Monday, October 22, 2007

Giving kids books

If you have nieces or nephews or friends with kids, you will probably be giving kids books this Christmas. Like any other form of gift giving, it is hard to know what to buy. Kids books are particularly hard since kids can easily consume piles of books at the library. Here are some good new books that they might not have seen.

Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems. This is the sequel to the excellent Knuffle Bunny , which told the story of a young girl who loses her favorite stuffed animal and because of it speaks her first word. It has great art and will make the kids laugh. The sequel tells the story of a girls first friend, which of course involves the stuffed animal.

Diary of A Fly by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss. Following Diary of A Worm and Diary of A Spider, Diary of the Fly presents the lives of insects in brief humorous anecdotes. The kids will request this one again and again.

Toy Boat by Randall DeSeve and Loren Long. An allegory for facing the sometimes scary outside world, this book tells the tale of toy boat that gets lost at sea. While the art can be a tad menacing, my kids loved it and I thought the story was charming.

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