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Books You'll Want to Give as Gifts to Everyone
A gift of a book is indeed a treasure and will be appreciated for any occasion These books as gifts will be especially cherished.


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Kitten’s First Moon

Illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Greenwillow 2004

Ages: 3 to 5

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

“What a night! The moon is full. Kitten is hungry and inquisitive and brave and fast and persistent and unlucky… then lucky! What a night!” Thus begins this magical tale of a hungry kitten, who mistakes the moon for a bowl of milk. The shimmering black and white illustrations reminiscent of moon beams with circles and pleasing curves, yet with swiftly changing expressions compliment the rhythmic text as well as the kittens irresistible spirit. 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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Feathers for Lunch

by Lois Ehlert

Voyager Books 1996

Ages: 3 to 5

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

One of my favorite read aloud books, this story begins with “Oh, Oh. door’s open just a crack…” and Caldecott artist and designer has just drawn a long tale on the first page. Already, the children wonder whose tail is that? What is the lunch that got away? MORE...


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The Magic Hat

by Mem Fox

Illustrated by Tricia Tusa

Harcourt Children's Books 2006

Ages: 3 to 5

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

A charming read-aloud with a repetitive verse, this tale of a magic wizard’s hat that blows into town and changes people into animals will have your children repeating the verses at top volume. This is a great interactive story that will delight all your children. Why not make or buy a wizard’s hat to go with it? MORE...


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Gooney Bird Is So Absurd

by Lois Lowry

Illustrated by Middy Thomas

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children 2009

Ages: 7 to 10

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

If you want a good laugh as well as a wonderful story, this book is it. Gooney Bird Greene amuses her second-grade class and Mrs. Pigeon, her teacher, when she wears frilly underpants on her head to warm her brain. Mrs. Pigeon is the kind of teacher everyone should have, who accepts her for her idiosyncrasies and teaches them poetry. It ends with a memorable poem and is my recommended read-aloud for all families. MORE...


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The King’s Equal

by Katherine Paterson

Illustrated by Curtis Woodbridge

HarperTrophy 1999

Ages: 7 to 10

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

A young prince, Raphael. hears the words of his dying father, “You will not wear my crown until the day you marry a woman who is equal in beauty, intelligence and wealth.” He has trouble finding such a young woman, until one day, a maiden, Rosamund, is sent to him by a mysterious talking wolf. She dazzles him with her beauty, her intelligence (she recognizes that he is lonely) and yes, her wealth. (She does not want or need anything.) She tells him that he must earn her love. 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...