Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! Kwanzaa Tidings to you and yours!
You know what makes an awesome present? A really awesome book. Okay, and a Wii Fit. But if you’re looking for something more economical to get the kids in your life, here are some good picks:
For the itty bitty tiny ones:
Tana Hoban Board Books (White on Black, Black on White, Who Are They) Infants love high contrast images. Plus- they’re drool resistant.
Margaret Miller’s Look Baby Books Did you know babies gaze longer at faces than other images?
For the toddlers:
The Wheels on the Bus by Paul O Zelinsky You simply can’t go wrong with a book that you can sing aloud.
First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger Beautiful illustrations, cool die cuts, simple text, and concepts that will grow with a toddler as she becomes a preschooler.
For the Preschool Set:
Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea For the sweet love of jellybeans! If you haven’t already read this book, go out now to your local library or bookstore and peruse a copy. You shall not be disappointed. And if you are, well, we simply cannot be friends.
For the beginning reader:
For the elementary school-aged:
Just Grace by Charise Mericle Harper (super cute series for girls)
Journal of a Cardboard Genius by Frank Asch (funny series for boys)
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look (this might be my favorite book of the year!)
For tweens, teens, and advanced readers:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (laugh-out-loud funny, moving, and relatable)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (scary sci-fi distopian tale)
And now I put the question to you, fellow children’s librarians, teachers, moms, and lovers of kidlit: what are your favorite books to give as gifts? (Either for this year or all-time?)