Miguel De Cervantes' Don Quixote - Martin Jenkins

The adventures of the aging, not quite sane, country gentleman of La Mancha and his not so clever, but philosophical squire, Sancho Panza have been retold by Martin Jenkins in Miguel De Cervantes’ Don Quixote (Candlewick, $27.99). Paired with Jenkins’ accessible, inviting text is a bounty of witty, engaging ink and watercolor illustrations by Chris Riddell. This is an edition to add to every family’s collection of best-loved books. Ages 10 up.

We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes - Patrick Jennings

Gunnar captures a snake and is convinced it is a male rattlesnake. But, We Can’t All Be Rattlesnakes (HarperCollins, $15.99), and Crusher turns out to be a female gopher snake who is desperate to be free. Together with Breakfast, a mouse that was once meant to be her breakfast, Crusher decides to use whatever means necessary to be free, or die in the attempt. Ages 9-12.