Thursday, December 11, 2014

Merry Book Time to Children Everywhere!

Christmas for us is all about books, no matter what your age.  As a gift buyer, picking out special books for little ones is a big part of the seasonal fun.  I still treasure the moments reading to my own kids and 'grands'.   Yesterday I had a wonderful morning in a children's bookstore in Ottawa.  The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. How great is that? Before Christmas, I'll  also hit other bookstores and online.  We're very fortunate to have so many options. 

Kaleidoscope Kids' Books

Here's what I've found so far for gifts for some special children.  I know the kids will love Scaredy Kate, by Jacob Grant, Off We Go, a Bear and Mole Story, by Will Hillenbrand,   Julia Donaldson's The Paper Dolls, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb and A Visitor for Bear, by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton.  I am still on the hunt!

 I love the idea that many of the classics: Good Night Moon,  Are You My Mother and The Very Hungry Caterpillar have gone from generation to generation in our family and are still out there.

We're starting Baby Ella young with some books with texture and of course, she already has the Sandra Boyton books that are good in the bathtub.

You may not be able to see the baby books for Baby Ella in the photo above, but they are Baby Animals  from " bright baby touch and feel"

and Fluffy Chick and Friends, a cloth book from  "priddy books".  


I forgot to get a new copy of The Night Before Christmas.  I think this version looks lovely, but am happy to take advice. All are on amazon as well as in stores. 

We are always looking for new authors and titles.  So how about a gift from you to us: tell us your favorites or even let us know how you feel about books for kids!  Let us know where you find your books.  If you have a special story about reading, please share!

Remember, to us Merry and Happy means reading.


Anonymous said...

When my local Barnes and Noble or Sleep Country, a mattress/bed store which often sponsors gift drives for foster kids, are doing a book/gift drive, I try to buy a YA book. It's so easy to buy books for the little kids because the books are usually really cute and/or well-illustrated. I always feel that the older kids are ignored and I know that reading for pure enjoyment helps them read for school. Cordella

Annette N said...

Recently, I have been trying to eliminate some of the things I have in my house. I looked at all the books I have left from when my children were younger. There were 2 small girls who lived near me, I gave them a set of books. The daughter of a friend has dyslexia and I gathered a large grocery bag of books for her. My kids all loved books and I hoped to pass that on to others.

Heather said...

I'm all for giving books at any time of year, and I love that most bookstores have some sort of program to distribute books (B&N collects for foster kids, HPB for "Half Pint" libraries), My sister signed my niece up for the Disney Book Club before she was born, and she now reads two grades above the one she is in. I try to pick up a few kids books at the monthly library book sale to leave in our neighborhood Little Free Library -- it's at a park and never seems to have any children's books.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

A terrific article! I always give books as gifts...books are like cats, you can never have too many.

Sandy said...

Two of my very favorites for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners are The Owl Babies by Martin Waddell -- a story of fear at being abandoned and joy at it not being true -- which has never failed to mesmerize the little ones I read to and Press Here, the English translation of the book by the French author Hervé Tullet. It seems magic to the little ones as you ask them to press on a dot and on the next page they see two dots, rub a dot and on the next page it has changed color, shake the page and on the next page the dots have shifted to the left or to the right, clap their hands and on the next page the dots have gotten bigger etc. A big hit.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

That is lovely, Cordella. I am not aware of book drives in our communities, but now I'll be looking for them. I'll check our local Sleep Country too.

Thanks for this great idea.



Mary Jane Maffini said...

This is a great idea, Annette! I have books here too. Way more than we need for visiting grands and great-grands. I am sure that we can find kids who can really love them.



Mary Jane Maffini said...

Our Chapters/Indigo chain doesn't seem to have the same kind of program to distribute books. I'll see if I can stir that pot, Heather.

The idea of Little Free Library is so wonderful.



Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Mary! So true, although Daisy and Lily and Peachtree would beg to differ on the cat question.



Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks so much, Sandy! I have added both these books to my list. They sound absolutely delightfu.



Annette said...

As a retired school librarian I say BRAVO for today's blog. You are correct in saying children's books are for readers of all ages. I never get tired of reading; Goodnight Moon, Harry the Dirty Dog, Where the Wild Things Are, Madeline and during the holidays, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Unknown said...

At the baby shower for my great-grandniece (who's name is Story), her parents asked that people bring a book that was/is special to them and write something inside to explain why it's special. I had a 1946 edition of A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson that my parents had given to me, and my dad gave that to her. I gave her my copy of Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss that was mine when I was young (many moons ago). I read it to my nephew, my grandniece, and am looking forward to reading it to my great-grandniece. The book isn't in great shape, but that just shows that it was well read.

I keep books at my house for when Story comes over. She started with the plastic bathtub books and she is now reading the heavy cardboard ones. But I also have some that she has to have help with, so they don't tear. I recently got a copy of Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel (the alphabet version where the dog arrives) because it makes me laugh out loud. But often I have a tendency to pick kids books because of the illustrations. I got Story Rip Squeak and His Friends (written by Susan Yost-Filgate/Illustrated by Leonard Filgate). The illustrations are wonderful and it's also a sweet story. I also have several of the little Serendipity Books because the illustration are so sweet.

When Story comes over, she always goes to her shelf, grabs a book, and comes back to plop into my lap so we can read. We are training her well....

katherine is love said...

To instill the love of reading in a child is truly a gift that lasts a lifetime. I love reading to my two and a half year old son. We read every night before bed. He picks out three books and I lay down with him, snuggled up, and we read them (sometimes more than three if he isn't too sleepy yet). It's so wonderful.

I love to give books as gifts and I LOVE to receive them as gifts too.