Gift Books for Children
How to Choose a Gift Book
The importance of picking quality literature cannot be overemphasized.
Quality literature does not preach or teach. It contains no bias nor is it written only to convey a message.
"Outstanding literature shapes and communicates the human experience in such a way as to illuminate, move, or delight the listener.
Margaret Mary Kimmel-"For Reading Out Loud"
Quality literature is written in a way that does not talk down to children or treat them as inferiors.
Books for children should be exciting and fun to read not dull or boring.
Expose children to quality literature and they will learn what quality literature is.
The rich written language of good literature enhances the development of oral language.
Choose books with fine illustrations and quality photographs.
Picture books are often a child's first introduction to art.
Sharing books with good illustrations show the child what constitutes good art.
Beautifully illustrated picture books will help to stimulate a child's visual imagination.
Text and illustrations of fine picture books are of equal importance. Illustrations extend and enhance the story and contribute to the child's understanding of the text.
Picture books today are innovative, almost toylike in design. They help to stimulate the imagination with flaps, holes, raised-relief surfaces to touch and feel, with sizes ranging from tiny to gigantic.
Select a quality book by examining it for study bindings, age-appropriate language, and if non-fiction, for accurate information.
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Your Library and Bookstore
Visit your library and skim through a few of the many guides available.
Become acquainted with the children's librarian. She has been trained to select books of outstanding quality and lasting worth for library collections. The children's librarian can direct you to many wonderful titles available for children on many subjects. Most libraries display the best new books face out on shelf tops. Check out some to read and examine. You will enjoy them as you begin to develop an eye for quality books. Pick up any free literature the library makes available to its users.
Visit the children's bookstore near you. Or it is easy and safe to order online. Most salespersons are trained to help you select books that children will love and cherish for a lifetime.
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Gift Books for Young Children
The Very Hungry Caterpillar-Eric Carle
A tiny caterpillar is born and then eats its way through much food, spins a cocoon, and goes to sleep to awaken transformed into a beautiful butterfly. This title is also available in Spanish. Eric Carle is the author of many wonderful books for young children.
The Polar Express-Chris Van Allsburg
A young boy experiences a magical train trip to the North Pole and receives the first gift of Christmas from Santa in this haunting and beautiful picture book.
The Cat in the Hat-Dr. Seuss
The classic tale of what happens on a rainy day when the cat in the hat comes to play.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom-Bill Martin
This favorite abc book begs to be read aloud. Bright illustrations add to its appeal. See if you can keep still. We bet you can't!
I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
One version of the classic children's song is hilariously illustrated by G. Brian Karas. "I know an old lady who swallowed a horse. SHE DIED OF COURSE!" Simms Taback won the Caldecott Honor Medal in his 1997 version of this popular song.
Millions of Cats-Wanda Gag
This older favorite recounts the tale of the little old man who tried to find the prettiest cat of all for his wife and discovers that choosing from millions of cats isn't easy at all.
Bunny Money-Rosemary Wells
This is just one of the author's titles about the lively Max and his long-suffering older sister, Ruby.
Henkes has written a number of popular titles for the picture book crowd. Each is a gem. Not to be missed!
Curious George-H.A Rey
Curious George and his friend, the man in the yellow hat, have been popular for 60 years.
Pilkey is noted for his creative imagination and improbable characters.
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Martha Speaks-Susan Meddaugh
What happens to a dog who eats vegetable soup? Find out in this funny picture book. One of several stories about Martha, the verbal canine.
Math Curse-Jon Scieszka
After her teacher remarks that you can think of almost anything as a math problem, a girl can't think of anything else!
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten-Joseph Slate
While teacher Miss Bindergarten prepares for school, her brand-new students are getting ready for their very first day of school.
Mouse TV-Matt Novak
The TV 's on the fritz, there's nothing to do. The Mouse family finds that doing things together is a lot of fun.
Officer Buckle and Gloria-Peggy Rathmann
Police dog Gloria adds some fun to Officer Buckle's dull lectures on safety.
Poppleton the pig moves to a small town and makes a new friend.
A Teeny Tiny Baby-Amy Schwartz
"I'm a teeny tiny baby and I know how to get anything I want," boasts a newborn baby in this sweet picture book.
Too Many Tamales-Gary Soto
Maria loses Mama's diamond ring somewhere in the kitchen. Many tamales later, the ring is found!
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For more gift books ideas follow these links:
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Graded Reading Lists: An excellent site for discovering good books for toddlers to middle school aged kids.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: Links to booklists on web pages. Find your favorites or pick a new book or author from one of the many lists.
100 Hundred Picture Books Everyone Should Know: Browse through this list of the very best picture books ever created for the enjoyment of readers of all ages. How many have you read?
Children's and Young Adults' Authors & Illustrators: Here you will find links to hundreds of authors pages with annotations about their books.
Bookspot.com: This site has links to many recommended reading lists for both children and young adults.
Teacher's Top 100 Books for Children: Take this list to the library or bookstore. Compiled during an online survey in 1999 and sponsored by the National Education Association.
Reading Lists and Awards: Compiled by the Redwood City Public Library, this site includes links to reading lists for kids K-9th grade, Libros en Espanol, the Caldecott and Newbery Awards, Coretta Scott King Award, Pura Belpre Award, CLASP Americas Award, and California Young Reader Medal. Is your favorite book an award-winner?
Bestsellers, Award Winners, and Recommended Reading-Adults and Children's Lists: This useful list will introduce to the top books in many categories.
Kid's Guide to Great Reading: From the Los Angeles Public Library Kid's Path. Click on recommended reading for booklists.
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Last modified December 01, 2005