Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Day 2 of Book Week - Spotlight on Children's Books

Today's forecast for St. Peters: Light snow, mixed with sleet. High 21 degrees. (I thought winter wasn't supposed to start until next week, but I guess Mother Nature has her own calendar.)

Children's books make great holiday gifts. Here are a few to consider.

The first recommendation comes from Margo Dill. On her blog you can read about a beautiful picture book--Under the Night Sky--which is about the Northern Lights. The book is perfect for kids in preschool through 3rd grade or for teachers to use with a science unit. Here's her blog address http://margodill.com/blog/ If you leave a comment on her blog you could win a free book--and you can't beat free!

The second book is The Gollywhopper Games, written by Jody Feldman, who was the guest speaker at Saturday Writers earlier this month. Her book has been recommended by Bookreporter.com as being one of their "great books for boys" to read.

The third is one I read and reviewed recently for Kidsreads.com. Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris, written by R. L. LaFevers, is the follow-on book to Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos. The fictional events take place in early-twentieth-century London, where Theodosia must stop the mummies who are running loose. Secret societies, supernatural events, and a heroine who won't be deterred from her mission are some highlights of the book, which received a starred review from Booklist.
Rounding out the list is Great Joy, a picture book written by award-winning author Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. Last year I reviewed Great Joy for Kidsread.com, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The illustrations are exquisite, with old-world charm and warmth, and the story is rich in the wisdom of a child, with a message for readers of all ages.

All of these books are available from Amazon.com, and I've included them on my list of favorites if you want to check them out.
This is an exciting week because I get to post about something I'm passionate about--books. Tomorrow's post will highlight young adult books.


  1. No matter the toy requests, my kids always got at least one book for Christmas. It gave me as much pleasure to buy them as the kids got from the read (maybe more)!

  2. Books are such wonderful gifts--both to give and receive. My family knows to expect books from me for either birthdays or Christmas--some times both.


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