Monday, December 24, 2012

12 Days - A Countdown of Holiday Ideas #11

On the eleventh day of this holiday season, my loved one gave to me...

FIRST DOG'S WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS - J. Patrick Lewis (Sleeping Bear Press)

With the recent election, your child might have more questions than usual about the White House. In this book, Dog travels the world learning about the many traditions and customs before finding the perfect home at 1600 Pennsylvania.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

12 Days - A Countdown of Holiday Ideas #10

On the seventh day of this holiday season, my loved one gave to me...

SAD SANTA - Tad Carpenter (Sterling)

You might not be the only one who gets post-holiday blues. How will Santa get his joy back after all the presents have been made and delivered? Find out along with you youngster in this fun and unique holiday book.

12 Days - A Countdown of Holiday Ideas #9

On the ninth day of this holiday season, my loved one gave to me...

LLAMA LLAMA HOLIDAY DRAMA - Anna Dewdnew (Viking)

Patience any time of year is difficult but especially so for Llama Llama during the holiday season. Enough of the shopping, baking, wrapping and decorating. When will Christmas come? Explore with your little one a meaning to the season deeper than the gifts.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

12 Days - A Countdown of Holiday Ideas #8


On the eighth day of this holiday season, my loved one gave to me...

THE PECULIAR - Stefan Bachmann (Greenwillow Books)

In a year filled with great debut novels, this one has gained much attention. Bachman tells the story of Bartholomew, a boy who is half human, half fairy. They don't fit into either world and have to go unnoticed to stay alive. When Bartholomew disregards this primary rule, he is dragged into a dark and magical adventure to save his sister.

12 Days - A Countdown of Holiday Ideas #7




On the seventh day of this holiday season, my loved one gave to me...

GEEKS, GIRLS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES - Mike Jung (Arthur A. Levine Books)


An unexpected superhero, a dastardly villain and a giant robot (along with a little romance) and you've got great elements for a boy book. It's not just one difficult thing that Jung accomplishes so masterfully in his debut novel; it's two difficult things. In addition to keeping this adventure fast-paced and engaging throughout, he's also made it funny. For many authors writing for young people, humor seems forced. Here it is so natural.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

12 Days - A Countdown of Holiday Ideas #6

Non-fiction is a great way to go with gifts for many emerging and reluctant readers. There are so many great books that open doors to exciting real world people, places and things and explain the mysteries of life around these young readers.


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On the sixth day of this holiday season, my loved one gave to me...

BUG SHOTS: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE BUGLY - Alexandra Siy (Holiday House)

This book has a wonderful format, something found in many of the non-fiction books from Siy, afantastic writer who has a great knack not only for appealing subject matter but a terrific ability to deliver it in a kid-friendly way. Bug Shots plays off idea of mug shots of villainous perpetrators. It is an ideal hook and format for a young, emerging reader. They can pick it up and  put it down as they like. They can find an individual topic, in this case a specific bug, read just that one, come back again and again to favorites.

This book has some of the most incredible photographs (technically, micrographs) from photographer Dennis Kunkel that will surely have youngsters showing every friend what a treasure this book is. Rumor has it, Siy and Kunkel are teaming up once again with editor Sylvie Frank at Holiday House for a spider specific book to go along with BUG SHOTS.  So keep an eye open for that one, too. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

12 Days - A Countdown of Holiday Ideas #5

We've conditioned ourselves during holidays to think bigger is better, that we have to do more, give more materialistically. Often it's too much about grand gestures. For children, it's not the gift that counts in the long run. Trust and love built in those quiet moments like those times we read books with them have a far bigger impact.


On the fifth day of this holiday season, my loved one gave to me...

OH NO, LITTLE DRAGON! - Jim Averbeck (Atheneum)

Little Dragon has lost his fire. How can he rekindle that spark that burns inside him? In a tender moment with Mama, she shares what makes the spark inside her burn. This is a wonderful book that can help you share your enduring love with your youngster.
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Monday, December 17, 2012

12 Days - A Countdown of Holiday Ideas #4




On the fourth day of this holiday season, my loved one gave to me...

WAVE by Suzy Lee (Chronicle Books)

One of the most beautifully illustrated stories in recent memory, WAVE speaks to children without a single line of text. The story captures a young child's day at the beach with emotionally evocative drawings in spread after spread. It would make a treasured addition to any child's library.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

12 Days - A Countdown of Holiday Ideas #3

A reading connection is vital in literacy with youngsters. The timeliness of a holiday book read during this season is one means of creating a connection through literature. Traditions can be reinforced by seeing them acted out in a story.



On the third day of this holiday season, my loved one gave to me...

HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY HAPPY CHANUKAH?

and

HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS?

The dinosaur book team of author Jane Yolen and illustrator Mark Teague bring the warmth and cheer (along with a little mischief) to the holiday season. Those dinosaurs our young readers have come to know and love will light the menorah and decorate the tree right along side your own young readers.


Friday, December 14, 2012

12 Days - A Countdown of Holiday Ideas #2

What better way to encourage a reader than making reading an anticipated ritual. And what better ritual than a bedtime story. 




On the second day of this holiday season, my loved one gave to me...
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GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT CONSTRUCTION SITE

In this book for young children, the beloved trucks and equipment of the build site are put to bed one-by-one after a long day of work. The beautiful illustrations and charming verse ensure your youngster will beg for you to create your family ritual with nightly readings.


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Thursday, December 13, 2012

12 Days - A Countdown of Holiday Ideas #1

We are well into the holiday season with Hannukah underway and Christmas and Kwanzaa fast approaching. A gift of the right book for a reluctant reader can make all the difference over this winter break from school.

I'll post a new title here each day. Check back if you have someone you're still shopping for.

On the first day of this holiday season, my loved one gave to me...

    DIARY OF A WIMPY KID - CABIN FEVER

Jeff Kinney is practically royalty in the world of boy books. Elementary and middle-school children have clamored for each book in the series. CABIN FEVER is a perfect winter read for the child in your life. In this, the 6th installment of the Wimpy Kid series, a surprise blizzard traps Greg at home with his family for the holidays.

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