Neil Gaiman

The master fantasist recommends a children's trio.


Elin Hilderbrand

One of the most celebrated among contemporary fantasists, Neil Gaiman’s unique body of work spans the worlds of novels, short stories, children’s books, comics, plays, and film. From his groundbreaking Sandman series of graphic novels, to dreamlike tales such as American Gods and Coraline, Gaiman employs an apparently supernatural ability to weave together haunting visions with sprightly humor and gripping storylines across ages and genres: His most recent novel The Graveyard Book, has garnered not only the Hugo Award but Newbery and Carnegie medals as well. Here is the author himself on three of his favorite books for readers of all ages.


Books by Neil Gaiman



The Jungle Book

By Rudyard Kipling


"Mowgli, the little frog, raised by animals in the Jungle. Kipling writes about wildness and the borders, and turns the jungle into a world. The other short stories are wonderful as well. Kipling could use language like nobody could."




Midnight Folk

By John Masefield


"Only one English Poet Laureate also wrote wonderful children's books. Masefield took his hero Kay Harker through time and space in this magical adventure, as one brave boy is all that stands against the forces of black magic in their quest for the Box of Delights."





The Thirteen Clocks

By James Thurbur


"They let me introduce this fabulous concoction by America's greatest humorist. Part poem, part fairy story, all perfectly unique, a story made to be read out loud. In a castle of frozen hearts and time, where the clocks are stopped and the fair Saralinda is kept prisoner by an evil Duke, can a minstrel and a Golux save the day?"

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).