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No Kidding: The best kids' books to give this holiday season

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Looking for a gift for your young reader? We've got you covered. Local children's book experts Lisa Von Drasek and Holly Weinkauf joined MPR News senior producer Stephanie Curtis for a round up of the very best children's books to give and receive this holiday season. 

Holiday books: 

•  Red and LuLu by Matt Tavares

•  A World of Cookies for Santa by M.E. Furman

•  Hanukkah Bear by Eric Kimmel

•  Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel

For the littlest ones: 

•  General Relativity for Babies

•  Quantum Physics for Babies

•  Pizza! An interactive Recipe Book

•  Tacos! An Interactive Recipe Book

•  Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

•  The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Mac Barnett

•  I want my Hat Back by Jon Klassen

•  Baabwaa & Wooliam by David Elliott

•  Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin

•  La La La by LOCAL author Kate DiCamillo

For advanced readers in elementary school: 

•  Birchbark House Series by LOCAL author Louise Erdrich

•  The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

•  The War I finally Won Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

•  Goofballs Series by Tony Abbott

•  The CatStronauts Series by LOCAL Drew Brockington

•  Good Night, Planet by Liniers

•  Charlie & Mouse Series by Laurel Snyder

•  The Spy School Collection by Stuart Gibbs

•  Treasure Hunters by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

•  The Treehouse Series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

•  The Treasure Chest Series by Ann Hood

•  Small Walt by Elizabeth Verdick

•  The Boys' House by LOCAL author Jim Heynen

•  Bow Wow: A Bowser and Birdie Novel by Spencer Quinn

For middle grade readers looking for a challenge:

•  York: The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby

•  That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

•  Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

•  The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street Karina Yan Glaser

•  All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

•  Babymouse Tales from the Locker Series by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

•  Turtles All the Way Down - John Green

•  Things I'm Seeing Without You by LOCAL author Peter Bognanni

•  Favorite Folktales From Around the World by Jane Yolen

•  Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

•  Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr

•  Overturned by LaMar Giles

•  Searching for Dragons Series Patricia Wrede LOCAL

•  Frogkisser by Garth Knicks

For everyone:

•  Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

•  The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

•  A Different Pond by LOCAL author  Bao Phi

•  Come With Me by Holly McGhee

•  Doodling for Academics by LOCAL author Julie Schumacher

•  Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers

•  Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

•  SNEAKERS by Alex French and Howie Kahn

•  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

•  Knightology: A True Account of the Most Valiant Knights by Dugald Steer

•  Refugee by Alan Gratz

•  The Rooster who Would Not Be Quiet by Carmen Agra Deedy

•  Book of Bones: 10 Record-Breaking Animals by Gabrielle Balkan

 Use the audio player above to hear the full conversation.