Our next holiday pick is SUGAR AND ICE by Kate Messner. It will make a perfect gift for any
girl who likes skating, theatre, dance or other competitive athletic or
artistic endeavors. For
Claire Boucher, life is all about skating on the frozen cow pond and
in the annual Maple Show right before the big pancake breakfast on her
family's farm. But all that changes when a charismatic Russian skating
coach offers Claire a scholarship to train with the elite in Lake
Placid. Tossed into a world of mean girls on ice,
where competition is everything, Claire realizes that her sweet dream
come true has sharper edges than she could have imagined. Can she find
the strength to stand up to the people who want to see her fail and the
courage to decide which dream she wants to follow?
Winter 2010-2011 Kids Indie Next List
Junior Library Guild Selection
For the child who appreciates facts, may we recommend JUST ONE BITE
? This is a color-saturated, gorgeous and life-sized introduction to what animals eat, how they eat it, and how much they eat in a single bite, and it is full of compelling facts and images. From drops of nectar and tiny sand-grain-sized bits of earth, to the vast tentacles of the giant squid that is a snack for a sperm whale, this book and the eleven animals in it are EXACTLY as large as life!
Our next featured gift idea is PENNY DREADFUL , by one of our favorite new voices in children's lit, Laurel Snyder. What better book for the season of spending than one about how money isn't everything? When bored, lonely, Penelope Grey makes a wish that "something interesting would happen, just like in a book," her dad suddenly quits his job in The City and the family fortune melts away, leaving the Greys floundering. So Penelope's next wish is simply that something would happen to make things better. But that only lands them all in a ramshackle house in rural Tennessee, surrounded by a cast of oddball characters. This is a warm and whimsical treat for book lovers aged 8-12.
Meet the ever-so-slightly subversive 10 LITTLE PENGUINS
This small-sized book is from the same makers as the very popular 365
Penguins from a couple years back, and of course, the title animals are
as adorable - and mischievous - as ever. But these dare-devil tuxedo'ed beasts find that fire and ice make a dangerous mix. They get into quite a lot of
hot water (among other perils!) on every page. Still, keep going all the
way to the end for a happy surprise! This has been a big hit with
Our festival of awesome gift ideas continues with one of the funniest entries on the list, INTERRUPTING CHICKEN
by David Ezra Stein. The antics start at storytime, when papa chicken reads... or TRIES to read... fairy tales to an enthusiastic little one. She just can't help interrupting to make the stories JUST a little better by inserting herself into them to save the day. Anyone who has ever told a fictional character "HE'S BEHIND YOU!" will relate to this chicken tale.
JENNY & THE CAT CLUB
by Esther Averill is a true classic, reissued by the New Yo
rk Review Children's Collection, and one of our favorites no matter what time of year! In Greenwich Village a gentle little black cat lives with her
master, a sea captain. She would like nothing
more than to join the local Cat Club, but she is too shy. Will her new friends (and her red scarf!) help her become brave enough to take on her fears? Discover
the world of Jenny and her friends, including the wonderful Pickles the Fire Cat among others, and find out why The Atlantic Monthly
called Jenny " a personality ranking not far
below such giants as Peter Rabbit." Jenny is just perfect to read aloud as a family with 4-7 year olds, or for young independent readers.
As promised, we're going to be featuring some of our favorite children's book picks for this holiday season all December long.First up is the extraordinary and magical pop-up BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by master paper engineer Robert Sabuda. Anyone who has seen his versions of Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland knows that his work is amazing - BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is no exception. This is a book for the whole family to enjoy. (Ages 4+)
Today, Dec 1, is our very special event with Anna Dewdney, the beloved author of the LLAMA LLAMA books. Are you going to get your Holiday Drama on in Palo Alto?
It's turkey day and we are full of thanks for great friends, great food, and GREAT BOOKS! Join us in celebrating the bookish bounty all December long. Stop by any of our stores and let our children's book experts help you choose new books that the whole family will cherish. And keep your eyes on this space for book recommendations to make your holiday season extra-bright. :-)