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Baby Loves

Illustrated by Mary Cassatt

Atheneum 2003

Ages: All ages

Topic: Gifts for the New Baby

American Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt conveys the exuberant love mothers feel for their new baby with her impressionist paintings of a baby clapping hands, drinking milk, feeding ducks or kissing mommy good night. MORE...


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The Water Hole

by Graeme Base

Harry N Abrams 2001

Ages: All ages

Topic: Books You'll Want to Give as Gifts to Everyone

You won’t want to miss this ingenious combination of a counting book, art book, animal book and first geography book. MORE...


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Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales

by Hans Christian Andersen

Illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger

Minedition 2006

Ages: All ages

Topic: Books You'll Want to Give as Gifts to Everyone

Every family should own this exquisite collection of stories by Hans Christian Anderson whose 200th birthday we celebrate this year. Stories such as The Princess and the Pea, The Nightingale, The Little Match Girl, The Emperor’s New Clothes, should be familiar to your child as well as some new ones. MORE...


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My Mother Is So Smart

by Tomie dePaola

G. P. Putnam's Sons 2010

Ages: All ages

Topic: Books You'll Want to Give as Gifts to Everyone

In this perfect Mother's Day book, Caldecott-award winning Tomie dePaola acknowledges the gifts that mothers have as he sings praises to their different skills. The child recognizes all his mother's talents, for example, "My mother is so smart...She taught the whole neighborhood how to sing, 'Row, row, row your boat.'" Each phrase recognizes all the little things that make a big difference in a child's life. A tribute to mothers everywhere. MORE...


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Handsprings

by Douglas Florian

Illustrated by Douglas Florian

Greenwillow 2006

Ages: All ages

Topic: Poems and Rhymes

Filled with poems and child-like drawings, this is a perfect book to welcome spring.

“Sometimes warm
And sometimes chilly
Spring is silly daffodilly”

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A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children

by Caroline Kennedy

Illustrated by John J. Muth

Hyperion 2005

Ages: All ages

Topic: Poems and Rhymes

This collection of more than 100 poems selected so thoughtfully by Caroline Kennedy and framed into sections (About me, That’s So Silly, The Seashore, Adventure, Animals, The Seasons and Bedtime) is a family treasure you must own. MORE...


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Museum Trip

by Barbara Lehman

Houghton Mifflin 2006

Ages: All ages

Topic: Books without Words

A little boy goes to a museum with his class and gets separated from the others. He imagines that he becomes a part of the exhibits and finally, he hears his classmates in the room next to him and joins them, just in time to board the school bus. MORE...


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The Birthday Ball

by Lois Lowry

Illustrated by Jules Feiffer

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children 2010

Ages: All ages

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

"Please don't be so vicious, Delicious" pleads Princess Patricia Priscilla to her cat when she is so terribly bored with her royal life. In this amusing novel, a perfect read-aloud for 8+ readers and adults, we see the princess change places with her chambermaid and attend the village school in disguise. The events humorously build up as she has to choose a suitor from an unsuitable group of young men for her 16th birthday ball. We delight in a surprising ending and the values and friendships between the characters this marvelous story holds for its readers. Not to forget the engaging pen and ink illustrations by Jules Feiffer that bring these characters to life. MORE...


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Winter's Tale : An Original Pop-up Journey

by Robert Sabuda

Little Simon 2005

Ages: All ages

Topic: Books You'll Want to Give as Gifts to Everyone

This is a dream of a book about winter landscaoes with dazzling spare white intricate pop ups set against a background of sparkly, shiny papers. The art work is stunning, but delicate and the story is simple. This elegant book will dazzle you and amaze you as you look at it together. MORE...


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The Treasure

by Uri Shulevitz

Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1979

Ages: All ages

Topic: Books You'll Want to Give as Gifts to Everyone

Breathtaking watercolors in earthy colors combine with the story of Isaac, who is told in a dream to find his treasure. He searches the world on a long journey, only to be surprised when he returns home. The greatest “treasures” are often those we forget we have (family, friends, love) and what could be a better reminder than this touching, beautiful story? MORE...