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Inspiring Reads

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Need a pick-me-up? A little inspiration? Grab a book. We asked two local booksellers — Kristen Eaton of Phoenix Books in Burlington and Essex, and Jane Knight of Bear Pond Books in Montpelier — to recommend their favorite uplifting children's books.

Eaton recommends:

A Child of Books

by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston, Grades K-12

"This absolutely stunning book is a call to adventure, imagination, questioning and creative thinking — and a celebration of storytelling."

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes her Mark

by Debbie Levy; illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley, Grades 3-5

"This compelling and empowering biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg provides a wonderful opportunity to talk about having meaningful discussions and about the power of dissent."

Knight recommends:

Beautiful

by Stacy McAnulty; illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff, Grades Pre K-3

"This picture book takes stereotypes of gender and female beauty and flips them to show you what true beauty really is. A wonderful gift book for all the young girls in your life."

The Inquisitor's Tale

by Adam Gidwitz; illustrated by Hatem Aly, Grades 5-10

"A medieval tale set during the Inquisition in France that manages to be both a literary meditation on religion and a hilarious, adventure-packed romp with minstrels, knights, murderous bandits and farting dragons. One of my favorite kids' novels of the year."


This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.