Speaking of book suggestions, before I turn you over to the list, let me point out that the new Edge of the Forest issue is up with a wonderful compilation of suggestions from the editorial board (me included). Check it out for more great ideas about books to give or just to read this holiday season. Among the other wonderful reviews, features and interviews, this issue includes my round-up review of four of the picture books nominated for the Cybil awards that also happen to be bedtime books. And I’ll be sure to read the interview with über-cool blogging writer Sara Lewis Holmes. She rocks.
Before I go, I must point out that right now, I have the best collection of posts ever on my front page. Three lists of books as gifts. A BACA rant, along with the announcement of BACA-brand material now available at the MotherReader store. A review of an incredible book by Grace Lin. The Carnival of Children’s Literature, with tips, tricks, and suggestions galore. And my tips on adding humor to your writing. Looking at this lovely line-up if I do say so myself I may never post again. Scroll and enjoy.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going... making more obsessive lists of books ’n stuff. I went back to look at some of my favorite books of the year and ever to see if I could match ’em up. I’ve already covered many of the ideas with the first list, but here are some more.
- Pair Mo Willems’ book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus with a toy bus and a cargo truck.
- Pair The Moon with a flashlight and a promise for a nighttime walk or two.
- Pair new-classic Duck and Goose with a bright spotted ball (fans will know why).
- Pair MotherReader favorite The Day the Babies Crawled Away with a baby doll.
- Pair the funny wordless book Once Upon a Banana and a stuffed monkey but show your sense of humor by throwing a banana into the gift bag.
- Pair silly beginning reader book The Monster in the Backpack with a cute backpack (monster additional).
- Pair classic A Bargain For Frances with a tea set.
- Pair the offbeat book Pecorino Plays Ball with a bat and ball. You can throw in a coupon book for practice sessions.
- Pair Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs with a kazoo.
- Combine sweet Jenny and the Cat Club with a red scarf (don’t worry if it’s too long so is Jenny’s) and a black cat.
- Pair Clarice Bean Spells Trouble with a game of Scrabble, and some of your time to teach it.
- Pair a drawing book like Draw 50 Airplanes, Aircrafts, and Spaceships or Draw 50 Cats with a couple of nice sketch pads.
- Pair Phineas MacGuire... Erupts! with a science kit, or the next book in the series, Phineas MacGuire... Gets Slimed! with the slime science kit.
- Pair a spy-themed book like Steal Back the Mona Lisa! (picture book), The Case of the Climbing Cat (beginning reader), Harriet the Spy (chapter book) or Secrets, Lies, Gizmos, and Spies: a History of Espionage (nonfiction) with rear-view sunglasses and/or a fingerprint kit.
- Bigger girls like stuffed animals too. How about Hoot with an owl, The World According to Humphrey with a hamster, or Room With a Zoo with a puppy?
- Pair a magic book of your choice with magic tricks.
- Pair The Crafty Diva’s D. I. Y. Stylebook: A Grrrl’s Guide to Cool Creations You Can Make, Show Off, and Share or The Girls’ World Book of Friendship Crafts: Cool Stuff to Make with Your Best Friends with a gift card to a local craft store, and maybe some shopping and crafting time together.
- Pair Knitgrrl: Learn to Knit With 15 Fun And Funky Projects and/or Chicks with Sticks: It’s a Purl Thing with yarn, knitting needles, and a promise for some lessons.
- Pair Ductigami: The Art of Tape with... well, rolls of duct tape.
- Pair King Dork with a CD of The Mr. T Experience.
- It’s not really a toy or separate gift, but take a special book, like Wow! It Sure is Good to Be You (which is about an aunt loving her far-away niece) and make a CD recording of you reading it.