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We Have What You’re Looking For: Recommendations from Booksellers

December 7, 2011

We’re all so busy this time of year, so what could be better than a few quick recommendations to help you shorten your gift list? We polled booksellers and got some great answers.

From Caitlin at Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop 

Duck and Goose, It’s Time for Christmas! by Tad Hills

“I am fan of all the Duck and Goose books but this Christmas book is especially cute. The Christmas details and the touch and feel element on the board book makes this the perfect gift for your little one.”




From Lauren at Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop

“I first read The Phantom Tollbooth when I was in 5th grade and I was immediately sucked into the tale of magic, courage, and great vocabulary words! I continued to reread it year after year until my paperback copy was tattered and worn. Luckily, I now own the 50th Anniversary hardcover edition, which means I can continue to enjoy it for years to come! Fans of all ages will love this beautiful edition of a beloved classic!”



From Lisa at Wellesley Books  

Squish #1 Super Amoeba – by Jenni & Matt Holm

“Squish is a new graphic novel series about a comic-book-loving , Twinkie-eating grade school amoeba trying to find his way.  He battles the giant school bully amoeba with the help of his (unusual!) friends. A fun read!” Perfect for beginning readers, fans of graphic novels and anyone who likes to laugh.



The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories By Dr. Seuss

“As the introduction notes, this is buried treasure! These seven rarely seen stories appeared in magazines from 1948-1959. Charles D. Cohen, the world’s foremost Seuss scholar researched and gathered them to create this new read aloud. Zany characters, big, bold artwork and rhyming text are just what you’d expect from Dr. Seuss.”



From Caitlin at Mrs. Nelson’s Toys and Books

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

“Yes, most of us have this book but have you read it lately? Seuss tells a wonderful, whimsical tale of the true meaning of Christmas all while using language that kids love. Children will be demanding you to read aloud again!”



From Mary at Book Court

My personal holiday favorite is the pictureback edition of The Night Before Christmas, illustrated by Douglas Gorsline.

There are many wonderful editions of “The Night Before Christmas”, but Douglas Gorsline’s charming drawings make this one my favorite. I read this one to my children every Christmas Eve as they were growing up, and keep a copy on my bookshelf at home. I always wanted to live in the old-fashioned New England house that’s illustrated in this book! It’s a customer favorite too – quaint pictures & inexpensive price!

My other favorite is The Nutcracker Ballet, a chapter book by Deborah Hautzig. 

The Nutcracker Ballet, adapted by Deborah Hautzig as a chapter book, captures the beauty & excitement of the famous ballet story. Many children see performances of The Nutcracker during the holiday season, and this is the perfect little book to prepare them for the ballet, as well as keep the experience alive for them afterwards.

From Christine at Word Bookstore

If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet by Leslie McGuirk

Leslie McGuirk just might be the most patient woman in the world–for years, on a Florida beach, she’s collected rocks in the shape of every letter of the alphabet (and other cool things, too, like rabbits and noses). Now they’re all in this great book that will help your favorite kid learn the alphabet, and allow you all to look a little more closely at rocks before kicking them to the other side of the street.

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

My 2 1/2 year old son can’t get enough of this simple picture book. A bear is looking for his hat, finds out it was stolen, confronts the thief, and then he eats him. Sounds grim, I know, but it’s told through simple, graphic images that make the reader laugh the whole way through. 




From  Maggie at Books, Inc. 

The Iron Giant by Ted Hughes, illustrated by Laura Carlin 

Especially written to be read aloud one chapter a night over five nights, the Iron Giant, like The Little Prince, is one of those fabulous books that grows up with you. When you read it is as a kid it’s awesome because it’s about a gigantic iron man who eats cars and trucks and planes and boats. But when you read it as an adult it’s beautiful for other reasons entirely.



From Angie at Children’s Book World

Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner

In the city of Jewel, youth are chained to their parents 24/7 until the age of 16. Luckily for Goldie, the Grand Protector has lowered the age to 12. Unluckily for Goldie, the Blessed Guardians are unhappy with the decision and will do anything to stop her Separation Day. So begins a chain of events involving a magical and mysterious museum, a boy named Toadspit, and an evil force locked away set to destroy the world. Museum of Thieves, the first book in The Keepers trilogy, is an exciting adventure story that is sure to entertain. It is the perfect gift for the girl and boy adventurer who is suffering from Riordan withdrawal. No Greek gods in this one, but Lian Tanner does an excellent job of creating a new and original mythology.

Many thanks to Lauren and Caitlin from Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop, Angie from Children’s Book World, Lisa from Wellesley Books, Mary from Book Court, Maggie from Books, Inc. and Christine from Word Bookstore  for sharing some of their recommendations. Happy shopping to all!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 7, 2011 8:28 am

    I love Duck and Goose!!!

  2. December 11, 2011 9:59 am

    Yes to The Museum of Thieves!!!

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