Books to savor, from childhood classics to guilty pleasures.

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Kids 8 and Under

The Falling Raindrop by Neil Johnson and Joel Chin (Tricycle, 2010, $14.99)
Flotsam by David Wiesner (Clarion, 2006, $17)
Ladybug Girl at the Beach by David Soman and Jacky Davis (Dial, 2010, $16.99)
One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey (Viking, 1952, $17.99)

Preteens and Teens

Brand-New Emily by Ginger Rue (Ten Speed, 2009, $15.99)
The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper (Margaret K. McEdleny, 1973, boxed set of five $96)
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic, 2010, $17.99)


House Rules by Jodi Picoult (Atria, 2010, $28)
That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo (Knopf, 2009, $25.95)
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy (Bantam, 1987, $15)