Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Top Ten Books I Want To Give As Gifts


Arguably: Essays
From Amazon:  "For over forty years, Christopher Hitchens has proclaimed truth where others have spun falsehood and written, with passionate commitment, on matters that others fear to broach. This volume of essays spans Hitchens' whole career and encompasses his writing on politics, literature and religion...."
Big Questions
From Amazon:  "A haunting postmodern fable, Big Questions is the magnum opus of Anders Nilsen, one of the brightest and most talented young cartoonists working today. This beautiful minimalist story, collected here for the first time, is the culmination of ten years and more than six hundred pages of work that details the metaphysical quandaries of the occupants of an endless plain, existing somewhere between a dream and a Russian steppe...."


Poetry on Record:
98 Poets Read Their Work
From Amazon:  "This collection, arranged chronologically by the poets' birth dates, regardless of continuity, style, or recording quality, and without narration, introduction, or internal identification of the poets or their titles, communicates in a kind of hodgepodge the range and fullness of modern poetry."


One on One
From Amazon:  "101 chance meetings, juxtaposing the famous and the infamous, the artistic and the philistine, the pompous and the comical, the snobbish and the vulgar, each 1,001 words long, and with a time span stretching from the 19th century to the 21st."




Thinking, Fast and Slow
From Amazon:  "Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior...."


for the iPad


Guinness Book of World Records 2012


Blank Journal








Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Monday, December 12, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?!





 

What I Finished This Week:

How to Eat a Cupcake
Not yet reviewed


Mo Wren, Lost and Found
Not yet reviewed



  What I'm Reading Now: 


1Q84


Big Questions



The Discovery of Jeanne Baret



The Adventures of Tintin



What I Plan to Read Next: 

1Q84
The Discovery of Jeanne Baret
Big Questions
The Adventures of Tintin



What are you reading today?!



It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between! D This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! As part of this weekly meme Book Journey loves to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. Book Journey offers a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment telling me how many you visited.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

So You Want to Give a Child a Book for Christmas?



I'm crazy about the idea of giving everyone you know a book for Christmas...in theory....

The truth is the whole thing could backfire and you could end up with fifty friends and relatives who are furious, quietly steaming because they didn't get anything they wanted for Christmas.


But can you really go wrong giving a kid a book? A book and a toy, of course.


And I've got just the list of kid Christmas book recommendations for you.


First, some words of advice:

(1) No big enormous chapter books you loved as a kid. You giftee may be a poor reader and this will just drive him farther and farther away from Book World.

(2) No big enormous classics. See above.


  (3) No books made from popular tv series or celebrities (for example, skip all the awful Justin Bieber books). The cover is great, but it's the only good thing about the book.


(4) No books to teach lessons. Please don't make kids think books are just another way to sneak up on you and try to talk you into following our rules.


(5) Funny or is usually best if you are not sure.



(6) The truth is there are boy books and there are girl books.
Girls will read girl books or boy books, but boys rarely read girl books. Just look at the cover. Read the title. You know the difference.


(7) Thinner is better than thick. Lots of pictures is good.


(8) Just because the book says it is a level 1 book doesn't mean
it is a level 1 book or that your giftee can read it. Read it to him one time as part of the gift (or, even better, start reading it and then leave him hanging..."I'm so sorry, but I'm out of time.")


(9) With boys, if you are not sure, stick to nonfiction with lots of pictures. Scary, if possible.



Now, the ideas:

Ages 3-8...Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus...Fancy Nancy...How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night by Jane Yolen (any of this series)...If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (any of this series)...Diary of a Worm...How I Became a Pirate...The Kissing Hand...any dinosaur book...any true book about
animals...Biscuit...No, David!...books about trucks and cars...David Scarry books...princess books...Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?...fairy tales...short Seuss...Elephant and Piggy books...Fancy Nancy books...

Ages 6-9...Frog and Toad books...Henry and Mudge books...Mr. Putter and Tabby series...Magic Tree House series...Junie B. Jones series...A-Z Mystery series...Secrets of Droon series...Mercy Watson series...Franny K. Stein chapter books...still with the animal books or dinosaur books...joke books...fairy tales...princess books...book on CDs...In a Dark, Dark Room...

Ages 8-12...Judy Blume books...Roald Dahl books...Harry Potter series...The Lightning Thief series...Andrew Clemens books...My Weird School series...Diary of a Wimpy Kid series...Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark...Series of Unfortunate Evens books...Tale of Despereaux...Spiderwick books...space books...science experiment books...joke books...Where the Sidewalk Ends...I'm
Still Here in the Bathtub...Guinness Book of World Records...Ripley's Believe It or Not...download a book for his Ipod...Jack Prelutsky poetry books...


I'm sure I left some great choices out, but this should be a pretty good place to start.

Do you have recommendations for this list?

(Reposted and updated from Christmas, 2010)


And, if you are interested in be-gifting children a picture book from 2011, take a look at my Definitive List of the Best Children's Fiction Picture Books of 2011!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Top Ten Childhood Faves


I've already made a list of my favorite children's picture books. 
So, I decided to
tweak the list this week a little....

Here are a few of the 266 children's fiction picture books
published this year I've read
that I'd recommend as great Christmas gifts for children:



Press Here


Dinosaur Dig!


Rapunzel



The Princess and the Pig


Argus


Won Ton:  A Cat Tale Told in Haiku


The Rabbit Problem


If Rocks Could Sing:  A Discovered Alphabet


Not Inside This House!


The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man
by Michael Chabon


For more recommendations,
take a look at The Definitive List.



Thank you for stopping by Readerbuzz!
What are some of your top childhood favorites?

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Monday, December 5, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?









What I Finished Reading This Week:

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School
****1/2
I grew up in the sixties
when there was a strong movement
toward moving back to natural foods.
I had a mom who was a stay-at-home mother and prepared ...more


The Language of Flowers****
It was interesting to read The Language of Flowers
so close to reading Pollyanna.
The central character of The Language of Flowers,
Victoria, like Pol...more

Pollyanna
****
Pollyanna is that joyful book character that
we never find in contemporary children’s literature.
It was so refreshing to read this old story and reve...more



Crossed
****
It was the cover that compelled me to buy and then read Matched.
Not all covers deliver, but this one did.
Of course, Matched closed with a cliffhange...more


  What I'm Reading Now:  

How to Eat a Cupcake


Mo Wren, Lost and Found


What I Plan to Read Next: 




What are you reading today?!



It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between! D This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! As part of this weekly meme Book Journey loves to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. Book Journey offers a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment telling me how many you visited.