In January we look forward to better times, but these kids' books also look back, in different ways, at poetry, art and African American history.
The Horn Book Magazine has published its Fanfare List of the top kids books published in the past year.
Parents can help kids find books that match their interests and reading level.
New books for kids revisit The Odyssey, nursery rhymes, the Phantom Tollbooth and Houdini.
To prepare for the 2012 Olympics, kids can read a London guidebook, a history of Britain or (for the trans-Atlantic flight), a new collection of Dr. Seuss poems.
An appropriate Halloween love story for kids, Kelly DiPucchio's book seems to say there's someone for each of us,
Children's book reviews include the story of Mozart's sister and mysteries surrounding 13 artists.
Backseat activity books can keep the kids amused and learning while you head off to vacation, or once you get there.