Holiday Gift Guide 2022

Fiction books for adults | Nonfiction books for adults | Teens | Middle Grades | Early Chapter Books | Early Readers | Picture Books  

We hope you enjoy these titles suggested by our staff. Please consider purchasing your books at Northbrook's Book Bin, which has been serving the community for over 50 years. View a pdf version of our gift guide.

Fiction books for adults

Horse by Geraldine Brooks
A legendary racehorse and an enslaved groom are at the heart of a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history.

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
A humorous and observant story of a woman stymied in her career as a chemist who becomes the unlikely star of America’s most beloved TV cooking show.

Overboard by Sara Paretsky
In a mystery that lays bare secrets and corruption in Chicago’s neighborhoods, private eye V.I. Warshawski rescues an injured girl who vanishes from the hospital before she can be identified.

Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Daniel Silva
A stylish thriller featuring retired spy Gabriel Allon, now working as an art restorer in Venice, as the sale of a questionable Old Master draws him into the world of art forgery.

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
A captivating epic fantasy inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess, in which a young woman’s quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm.

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
In this immersive family saga, two estranged siblings receive a legacy from their mother including a traditional black cake and a recording that reveals a secret family history. ​

Nonfiction books for adults 

Boards and Spreads by Yasmin Fahr
Foodies will enjoy these simple ideas and scrumptious recipes for a variety of meals and snacks to share on platters or boards.

Against All Odds by Alex Kershaw
This story of four Medal of Honor winners from the same unit is a gripping account of American courage, spanning more than 600 days of combat, from the deserts of North Africa to Hitler’s mountaintop fortress. 

The Hurting Kind by Ada Limon
The latest collection of poems by the new Poet Laureate of the United States highlights our interconnectedness to the natural world. 

Hello Molly by Molly Shannon
A candid, humorous, and heartbreaking memoir of resilience and redemption by former Saturday Night Live comedian Molly Shannon.

Gardening for Everyone by Julia Watkins
A guide to creating and growing a backyard garden simply and sustainably—from planning to planting to harvest, with profiles of essential vegetables and herbs, ecological tips, and fun and creative projects.

An Immense World by Ed Yong
A Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist takes us beyond the confines of our own senses to experience the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, textures, vibrations, and energy that other animals perceive. 

Books for teens

Across A Field of Starlight written and illustrated by Blue Delliquanti
An epic sci-fi graphic novel about the friendship between two non-binary characters as they find one another through time, space, and war. (Grades 6–12)

I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
When her rival for valedictorian kisses her and then vanishes, Chloe is thrown into an unlikely alliance with two boys, also kissed by Shara, to decipher the clues she left behind.
(Grades 9–12)

Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds; illustrated by Jason Griffin
A smash-up of art and text for teens that viscerally captures what it is to be Black in America right now. (Grades 7–12)

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys
A historical thriller about communist Romania through the eyes of a 17-year-old who risks everything to expose the truth behind the regime. (Grades 9–12)

Books for middle grades

Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros
A hilarious and heartfelt story about two best friends—one athletic and one academic—who support each other through middle school and family problems. (Grades 3–7)

The Travel Book by Malcolm Croft; illustrated by Maggie Li
A thrill-packed journey through every country on Earth, with facts about everything from amazing animals and super sights to fun festivals and fabulous food. (Grades 3–7)

PAWS: Gabby Gets It Together by Nathan Fairbairn; illustrated by Michele Assarasakorn
Three friends with different personalities start an afterschool dog walking business. (Grades 3–6)

Witchlings by Claribel Ortega
In an action-packed adventure, three Spare Witchlings who must complete an impossible task to gain their full powers learn that friendship can be the most powerful magic of all. (Grades 4–7) 

Early chapter books

Fly High, Lolo written and illustrated by Niki Daly
Four easy-to-read stories about the delightful and irrepressible Lolo and her daily life in South Africa. (Grades 1–3)

Olive Oh Saves Saturday by Tina Kim; illustrated by Tiff Bartel
Olive Oh is excited to go camping with her best friend, but when a week of rain threatens to cancel their trip, she learns to cope with unexpected changes. (Grades 1–3) 

Books for early readers

Our Friend Hedgehog: A Place to Call Home written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo
Autumn leaves are falling in Hedge Hollow, and the change in season brings with it a spiny surprise... another hedgehog! Is it friend or foe? Or is it... family? (Grades K–2)

The Very Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Tim Lihoreau & Philip Noyce; illustrated by Olga Baumert
Discover the main instruments of the orchestra through illustrated scenes and a sound button with clips of ten famous child-friendly pieces. (Grades K–2) 

Picture books

I Love You Like Yellow by Andrea Beaty; illustrated by Vashti Harrison
From walking through the rain to playing pirates with swords, parents list ways their children are loved and adored. (Ages 2–6)

Something Beautiful written and illustrated by Lita Judge
A trio of animal pals discover the beauty in making new friends. (Ages 2–6)

Sometimes Love by Katrina Moore; illustrated by Joy Hwang Ruiz
This story of a military family temporarily separated from their beloved dog shares a powerful message of love and loss, with a happy ending. (Ages 4–8)

The Book That Did Not Want To Be Read by David Sundin; illustrated by Alexis Holmqvist
A silly interactive story about a book that will do just about anything to make you stop reading and put it down. (Ages 4–8)