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Continuing from the previous installment, here are literary gifts for preschoolers, kids just starting school, and other children not quite reading yet. All of the books on this list should be in stock in most bookstores, so they should work for last minutes gifts.
Books That Should Be In Stock
Not a Box, Not a Stick by Antionette Portis
In this pair of awesomely entertaining books, a bunny pretends that a box is not a box but a race car! a volcano! a robot! and that a stick is not a stick but a spear! a fishing rod! a sword! The covers help make the books extra special; Not a Box has the look and texture of cardboard, Not a Stick the feel of wood.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay up Late, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, The Duckling Wants a Cookie?!, Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App! by Mo Willems
When the bus driver steps out for a while, he asks readers (and listeners) to watch the bus for him – and to not let the Pigeon drive the bus! Giving little ones a chance to tell someone else “NO!” for a change, as the Pigeon tries all the typical arguments (“I’ll bet your mom would let me”) to try to convince them otherwise. Willems illustrations are full of energy and personality, but remain still simple enough for children to imitate.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay up Late follows the same formula, while The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog and The Duckling Wants a Cookie?! do not but remain quite charming.
The spin-off app is brilliant as well. More than just an electronic version of the story, the app also allows children to fill in the blanks (Mad Libs style) and record their own version of the story, and gives them a chance to learn how to draw the pigeon, step by step, right on their tablet.
Press Here by Herve Tullet
This interactive story asks children to press, shake, and turn pages to make the dots multiple, move, and transform.
Blackout by John Rocco
When a blackout means that no one in the city can watch tv, play video games, or use the internet, a family rediscover the joys of spending time outside with each other and friends. Told in a comic book-like format, the beautiful and very readable sequential art helps prepare children for the process of reading – much like Snowy Day does, only in a more sophisticated way.
Planting a Rainbow, Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
This pair of brilliant concept books uses bright colors, rhyming text, and shaped pages to capture and keep little ones’ attention.
A young child explores all the wonders of freshly fallen snow. A lovely book with engaging pictures that are clear and sequential enough that children can use them to “read” the story on their own when adults and older siblings are busy.
Lime green, forest green, faded green, sea green…all kinds of greens! A bit more sophisticated than most color books meant for very young children, Vaccaro Seeger rich illustrations and clever cut-outs will delight older preschoolers and younger elementary age children.
Bold black and white backgrounds are joined by brightly colored train cars in a simple and classic story.
Do I really need to explain this choice? I didn’t think so.
Giftmas is creeping ever closer!
Which means it’s time for another “literary gifts” booklist. Today’s booklist is for pre-readers. As in: kids that are no longer toddlers, but are not yet reading aloud themselves.
As before, I’ve divided the main list into books that you have to order and books that you can probably walk into a bookstore and buy off the shelf. If you choose from the first group of books, you are less likely to duplicate someone else gift, or give a child a book they already have. But the books in the second group can be bought at the last minute. Probably.
However, partway through typing all this up I realized that this list was getting way too long for one post, so this time I’ve broken the list up into several parts.
Today, you get:
Books You Will Probably Need to Order:
National Geographic has some amazing picture books for children, and this is my absolute favorite. Lyrical in a way that non-fiction picture books rarely are, filled with breathtaking photographs, and expertly designed, The World is Waiting for You encourages to children to explore and treasure the world around them.
It’s also not the kind of book most kids would pick up for themselves, yet it is the kind of book that becomes a cherished favorite over time, making it a perfect gift book.
Kitten’s First Full Moon, Old Bear, A Good Day, Little White Rabbit, My Garden by Kevin Henkes
Henkes initially made his name with some great picture books meant for elementary age children, but I absolutely adore these newer, more preschool friendly books. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a sucker for illustrations with high contrast, gorgeous colors, and thick lines. All four of these books also have great stories for younger children – ones that engage their imagination and encourage them to predict what will happen next.
Wave, The Zoo, Shadow by Suzy Lee
Suzy Lee’s wordless picture books are incredibly beautiful and clever. Her wonderful use of color and contrast keeps the illustrations readable while allowing her to include the kinds of details that reward repeated viewings.
Hondo and Fabian by Peter McCarty
While not a wordless picture book, the illustrations are readable, informative, and expressive enough to work as one. McCarty also has a very gentle and distinctive style as an illustrator, making his books both intriguing and memorable.
Bark, George! by Jules Feiffer
This story never fails to make any crowd I read it to giggle and laugh hysterically.
Dinosaur vs. Bedtime! by Bob Shea
Particularly good for younger preschoolers, children will love roaring along with Dinosaur, and parents will love the fact that Dinosaur “wins” by getting everyone to roar with him. I mostly love how silly and cute the books are.
Dogs, Orange Pear Apple Bear, Blue Chameleon, The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett
Gravett’s books are clever (Orange Pear Apple Bear works as an “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” for kinders) and the illustrations are elegant, even when the subject matter is comedic.
Thank You Bear, Don’t Worry Bear, I Miss You Mouse by Greg E. Foley
These are probably the most “typical” books for preschoolers on this list, but they are so very well done.
Little Pea, Little Hoot, Little Oink by Amy Krause Rosenthal, illustrated by Jen Corace
For some strange reason, you can get this series more easily as board books than as picture books, but I think they are better for preschoolers than toddlers. They also work really well for younger elementary school students, so the picture book format is a more useful investment, in my opinion.
A lovely, lovely book about what it means to be human – and all the new things little hands are learning to do.
10 of my favorite picture books for Thanksgiving, in no particular order.
Pilgrims of Plymouth by Susan E. Goodman
1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving by Catherine O’Neill Grace and Marge Bruchac
Shrinking Days, Frosty Nights: Poems About Fall by Laura Purdie Salas
Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson, illustrated by Matt Faulkner
‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey
This First Thanksgiving Day by Laura Krauss Melmed, illustrated by Mark Buehner
Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale by Derek Anderson
Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes, illustrated by Doris Barrette
Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
The Apple Pie That Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Jonathon Bean
(not including picture books)
Pinky and Rex and the New Baby by James Howe
Pinky and Rex and Go to Camp by James Howe
Babymouse: Cupcake Tycoon by Jennifer and Matt Holm
Babymouse: Mad Scientist by Jennifer and Matt Holm
Squish: Super Amoeba by Jennifer and Matt Holm
The Onts by Dan Greenburg
Middle Grade Novels:
The Black Book of Buried Secrets by Rick Riordan, etc.
Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur
Addie on the Inside by James Howe
Crispin: the Cross of Lead by Avi
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Betrayal at Cross Creek by Kathleen Ernst
Torn by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Vespers Rising by Rick Riordan, etc.
Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Bunnicula by James Howe
Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
More Scary Stories to tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz
Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn
Starting With Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass
Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite by Barry Deutsch
Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
Young Adult Novels (and Anthologies):
Liar by Justine Labalestier
Nightschool Vol. 3 by Svetlana Chmakova
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Nightschool Vol. 4 by Svetlana Chmakova
The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
Death Cloud by Andy Lane
Forever by Judy Blume
I’d Tell You I’d Love You But Then I Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
What Can(t) Wait by Ashley Hope Perez
Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman
Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
Double Helix by Nancy Werlin
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Awakening by Robin Wasserman
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Matched by Ally Condie
The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Karma by Cathy Ostlere
The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
Above by Leah Bobet
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Shine by Lauren Myracle
Black Heart by Black Holly
After edited by Ellen Datlow
The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Fire Season by David Weber and Jane Kindskold
Thief’s Covenant by Ari Marmell
Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde
Dramarama by E. Lockhart
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
Flora Segunda by Ysabeau S. Wilce
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
The Boy Book by E. Lockhart
Daja’s Book by Tamora Pierce
Diverse Energies edited by Tobia S. Buckell
The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
Come August, Come Freedom by Gigi Amateau
Frozen by Mary Casanova
Among Others by Jo Walton
God Stalk by P. C. Hodgell
Dark of the Moon by P. C. Hodgell
Seeker’s Mask by P. C. Hodgel
To Ride a Rathorn by P. C. Hodgell
Bound in Blood by P. C. Hodgell
Honor’s Paradox by P. C. Hodgell
Soulless: The Manga Vol. I by Gail Carriger
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Timeless by Gail Carriger
Kingdoms of Dust by Amanda Downum
Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear
Rivers of London/Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
Kindred by Octavia Butler
All the Windwracked Stars by Elizabeth Bear
Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn
Tune: Vanishing Point by Derek Kirk Kim
Cold Magic by Kate Elliot
Cold Fire by Kate Eilliot
By the Mountain Bound by Elizabeth Bear
The Sea Thy Mistress by Elizabeth Bear
The Poison Throne by Celine Kiernan
The Lego Ideas Book by Daniel Lipkowitz
They Called Themselves the K. K. K. by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Children’s Book of Music by Deborah Lock
I’m a Scientist: Backyard by Lisa Burke
That’s 103 folks!
or: Go to Gifts for Baby Showers, First Giftmases, and Other Occasions Involving Presents for Infants.
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton (1982, Little Simon)
Time for Bed by Mem Fox (1993, Harcourt Children’s Books)
Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann (1994, Putnam Juvenile)
The Napping House by Audrey Wood (1984, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Pajama Time! by Sandra Boynton (2000, Workman Publishing Company)
Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (1947, Harper Collins)
Anything I missed?
We all like booklists, yes? Since I’m clearly not posting enough here – and so much of what I do (story times, displays, reader’s advisory) is actually geared towards collecting groupings of books rather than detailed reviews – I’m going to start sharing booklists here too. Possibly I may even share some tie-in activities and crafts!
If you have any suggestions or requests, let me know. 🙂