Books to Read in 2016

Six picks – from cooking to crafting to zombies – that you and the kids should read this year.

From being happy in your skin and home to easy cooking, crafting and more, these recent books are sure to get you – and your kids – in gear for a new year.

The Tiniest Tumbleweed

Written by Kathy Peach; Illustrations by Alex Lopez

A tiny tumbleweed and small sparrow inspire kids to chase their dreams, think big thoughts despite their size and circumstances – and to be the best person they can be. $12.95. Five Star Publications, Inc., January 2016. Ages 4-9.

Creating Really Awesome Free Things

By Jamie Dorobek

Looking for something to do with the kids? The writer behind the blog of the same name (C.R.A.F.T.) offers step-by-step instructions and pictures for quick crafts that help with fine motor skills and creativity. $17.99. Adams Media, 2015. Ages 4-8.

Once Upon a Zombie

By Billy Phillips and Jenny Nissenson

Fear is like a hoard of zombies overtaking a group of apocalypse survivors. This book uses these iconic horror creatures to show how anxiety can eat up your brain – and how you can overcome it. $17.95. The Toon Studio Press, 2015. Ages 8-16.

Tiny Bites

By Susan Berry Eberhardt

Pull out that toy oven that’s been in storage for years, grab the kids and whip up pizza, hamburgers, cake and bread with recipes that don’t require those pre-mixed bags of ingredients. $16.95. Epigraph Publishing, 2015. Ages 8-plus.

My Fringe Hours

By Jessica N. Turner

This lifestyle blogger tackles the idea of taking care of the responsibilities moms already have, spending time with family and finding pockets to pursue passions – rather than picking up extra stuff to do. $9.99. Revell, 2015. Ages 18-plus.

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