Host Scott Tong gets suggestions for this year's best kids books from Juanita Giles, director of the Virginia Children's book festival.
Traci Thomas, creator and host of the podcast "The Stacks," shares her ideas for books to give to adults.
Juanita Giles' booklist
- "Stuntboy, in the Meantime" by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Raul the Third
- "The Beatryce Prophecy" by Kate Dicamillo, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
- "Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom" by Sangu Mandanna
- "Bad Sister" by Charise Mericle Harper, illustrated by Rory Lucey
- "The Monsters of Rookhaven" by Padraig Kelly
- "Liars' Room" by Dan Poblocki
Traci Thomas' booklist
- "Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty" by Patrick Radden Keefe
- "A Little Devil in America Notes in Praise of Black Performance" by Hanif Abdurraqib
- "Seek You: A Journal Through American Loneliness" by Kristen Radtke
- "Abolition for the People: The Movement for a Future without Policing & Prisons" by Colin Kaepernick
- "Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619–2019" by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
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This segment aired on December 13, 2021.