2018 is just about wrapped up--but hopefully not all of your presents are! Below are 15 amusing, informative, moving and engrossing books for children and teenagers. But first, some fabulous gift-set biographies. (And look for our picks for Best Children's and Teen Books of the Year on November 27!)


Miami is the unofficial crossroads of the Caribbean and Miami Book Fair usually includes prominent writers from the region. This year, the fair is scheduled to run Nov. 11-18 on the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College in downtown Miami. Weekend readings and discussions will feature more than 500 authors for a variety of ages and interests, including programs in English, Spanish, French, and Haitian creole.

Words & Music

"Words and music." That familiar phrase has meant more than just lyrics to me recently. Several new books I've loved are by, or about, musicians who can also make words dance on a page.

Miami - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Miami Book Fair (MBF), the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, will present ReadCaribbean, a series including readings, panel discussions and storytelling for children, that highlights the vibrant and diverse literary culture of the Caribbean.  As noted, some author events will take place in Creole or French with simultaneous translation into English.

Not poetry, not autobiographical, not prose. Instead Lorna Goodison’s new work, Redemption Ground, takes us on the personal journey she traversed until she finally recognised, “I am a writer”. From teenage flirtations to life lessons to professional recognition, we gladly embark on the walk with Goodison watching her ‘voice’ take shape. In fact, this book is the outpouring of a writer’s heart.

Halloween is right around the corner! Below are some titles for little ones who are eager to enjoy the spooky season but may not be quite ready for its thrills.

Miami – Whether you are the parent of a child looking for their next favorite book or a teenager obsessed with the latest fantasy series, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Miami Book Fair (MBF), the largest and most comprehensive community-rooted literary gathering in the country, has something to offer, and is committed to fostering literacy and learning, while nurture the next generation of engaged world citizens. 

I always look forward to fall, and I love to indulge in dark and creepy reading to celebrate the season. Here are a few favorites with a nice fall chill. 

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