Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: I Challenge You to Buy Books for Christmas

Fight for truth and justice, my fellow readers. Here's one way you can do that: Buy a book for a child for Christmas this year.

A classic picture book, like How the Grinch Stole Christmas or an Elephant & Piggie book

A new picture book, like The Night Gardener or We Found a Hat

Mother Goose, like Rosemary Wells' My Very First Mother Goose

Pop-up book, like The Christmas Story by Robert Sabuda

An early chapter book series...Magic Tree House, Scholastic Branches books like Boris and Missy

A classic chapter book

A nonfiction book

A child's cookbook

A drawing book or a craft book for children

You know what...let's do more...I challenge you to buy a book for everyone at Christmas. Face it...this world needs a little more literacy. Here are a few (very random books) I have loved:

Letters of Note

Books about France

Maira Kalman book

A book about books

An action-packed read

A cookbook

Do it. For America.

Other great lists:
Here's a thorough list of books to give grownups at Lindsay's Library.
I love this list for special needs students at One More Stamp.
How about a wonderful list of coffee table books at Books Beyond Measure?
Take a look at a great list for those of us who love books at Pure Imagination.
Need to give a Secret Santa gift and don't want to spend a lot of money? Try this post from Falconer's Library.

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  1. This is a really good list! Thank you for the recommendations. The Complete Children's Cookbook sparked off an idea. While I've wanted to introduce my older son to some cooking, it never occurred to me to look for cookbooks for children!

    1. And thus the reason I so love books and reading and thinking...one idea leads to another....

  2. I already have 5 books for my boys for Christmas (and my little one's first birthday this weekend)! I have Where's My Hat for my 3 year old! Great list!

    My Top Ten

  3. I LOVE this list! The childrens book are especially dear to me, as I have a three and a half year old who loves to read as much as I do - and probably has 200 books of her own already. We definitely love the Pigeon books - Mo Willems is fantastic.

    I read the Phantom Tollbooth out loud to my students last year and there were some jokes and things they didn't get, but my paraprofessional and I laughed a lot of the way though. Such a genius book, love it!

  4. Our school is having a book fair this week, and I just stood there loading up. One of my students said, "How many kids do you have?" and seemed taken aback when I just said, "Two."

  5. All of those books sound amazing, especially We Found a hat and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  6. This is an awesome list to give the readers in your life. I am going to try to give several books this Christmas.

  7. Ooh very nice collection here! Lots of new to me ones! Except for The Grinch of course!!

    Here's my Tuesday post

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  8. Thanks for the ideas! Since I don't have kids myself I struggle to know what the best kids books to give are.

  9. Willems is one of my favorites! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  10. This list is really well thought out! Here's to all the children in our lives getting books as gifts!

  11. This is a wonderful idea! There are some good books here, so I'm glad that they made your list! :)

  12. What a great list and idea! This has given me some ideas now. :)

  13. I absolutely love your recommendation and list of books, Deb! Thank you so much for sharing.

  14. I don't celebrate the holidays but I promise I will buy books for everyone in the new year. And thank you for pointing out Letters of Note. How have I missed that so far?

    Super list!

  15. After Christmas, when I tally up the bills, bookstores account for the majority of them, particularly since that's now also where I buy physical music.

  16. Love this! I will definitely be buying books for my son and the other children we buy for. Don't Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus looks adorable!


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