Postcards From the Vacation
Blue Sky Press: $16.99, ages 4-8
Ike the dog's correspondence from his road trip across America on which he is forced to bring two cats along as companions.
The Midnight Palace
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Little, Brown: $17.99, ages 12 & up
From the author of the blockbuster "The Shadow of the Wind" comes this story following the lives of twin teens born in Kolkata, India and kept hidden from a mysterious evil that hunts for them.
Queen of the Falls
Chris Van Allsburg
Houghton Mifflin: $18.99, ages 6-9
This story of charm school teacher Annie Edson Taylor's attempt to be the first person to ride down Niagara Falls in a barrel deserves a spot on the bookshelf alongside the author's earlier books "The Polar Express" and "Jumanji."
A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays
Gertrude Stein, illustrated by Giselle Potter
Yale University Press: $25, all ages