Friday, November 23, 2007

Becky's Favorite Things Pt. 1

Becky's Favorite Things: A Gift Guide for Book Lovers

Note: The prices are the list price. I would imagine you can find the books at many places for lower than the list price. The links are for Amazon, but you're definitely encouraged to shop at independent bookstores as well.

All Things Alice

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Vintage Classics) by Lewis Carroll $9.95
Princess Alyss of Wonderland by Frank Beddor, Catia Chien illustrator $19.99
Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Lizabeth Zwerger $24.99
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: A Pop-up Adaptation by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Robert Sabuda $26.99
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor $17.99 hardover, $8.99 paperback.
Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor $17.99
The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition by Lewis Carroll. Edited by Martin Gardner. $29.95 hardcover, used editions of paperback are available.
Madame Alexander Alice in Wonderland Doll, $49.95

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Commemorative Pop-Up by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by Robert Sabuda $26.99
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 100th Anniversary Edition by L. Frank Baum, W.W. Denslow, illustrator. $24.99
The Annotated Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Martin Gardner, Forward; Michael Patrick Hearn, editor. $39.95
The Treasury of Oz by L. Frank Baum $19.49
Wicked and Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire $44.95 [Note: These books are not appropriate for children. Older readers--teens--should be fine though.]

All Things Little House

Little House 9 Book Box Set (Paperback) $59.99
The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods From Laura Ingalls Wilder's Classic Stories by Barbara M. Walker $9.99
My Little House Crafts Book: 18 Projects From Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House Stories by Carolyn Strom Collins $12.99
My Book of Little House Paper Dolls $10.99
Little House In the Big Woods Audio CD, Unabridged Cherry Jones, narrator. $25.95
Little House On the Prarie Audio CD, Unabridged Cherry Jones, narrator. $25.95
On The Banks of Plum Creek Audio CD, Unabridged, Cherry Jones, narrator. $25.95
By The Shores of Silver Lake Audio CD, Unabridged, Cherry Jones, narrator. $25.95
The Long Winter Audio CD, Unabridged, Cherry Jones, narrator. $25.95
Little Town on the Prairie Audio CD, Unabridged, Cherry Jones, narrator. $25.95
These Happy Golden Years Audio CD, Unabridged Cherry Jones, narrator $25.95
The First Four Years Audio CD, Unabridged Cherry Jones, narrator $25.95
Farmer Boy Audio CD, Unabridged, Cherry Jones, narrator $25.95
Little House in the Big Woods: 75th Anniversary Edition by Laura Ingalls Wilder, ill. Garth Williams $19.99

All Things Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia Pop-up: Based on the Books by C.S. Lewis Robert Sabuda, Matthew Armstrong, and Matthew Reinhart $29.99
The Chronicles of Narnia CD Box Set, Audio, Unabridged $75.00
The Chronicles of Narnia: Radio Theatre (Full Cast Drama) Audio $49.97 (Abridged)
The Chronicles of Narnia Boxed Set (Paperback) by C.S. Lewis, $45.00

All Things Peter Pan

Peter Pan Audio CD, Unabridged, Jim Dale narrator $29.95
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson $17.99
Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson $18.99
Peter and the Secret of Rundoon by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson $18.99
Escape From the Carnivale: A Never Land Adventure by Ridley Pearson $9.99
Cave of the Dark Wind: A Never Land Adventure by Ridley Pearson $9.99
Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean $17.99
Peter Pan 100th Anniversary Edition by J.M. Barrie, Michael Hague illustrator $25.00
Peter Pan and Wendy Madame Alexander Dolls $149.99

All Things Beatrix

A Beatrix Potter Treasury $19.99
Complete Beatrix Potter 2-Disc DVD $19.98
Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales (Hardcover) $40.00
Beatrix Potter's Nursery Rhyme Book $12.99
The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit $14.99
The World of Peter Rabbit (23 Books & Presentation Box) $160.00
Peter Rabbit's Giant Storybook $15.99
The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Board Book) $6.99

All Things Pooh

Winnie the Pooh 80th Anniversary Edition $19.99
The House At Pooh Corner, Deluxe Edition $19.99
Note: Deluxe Editions of When We Were Young and Now We Are Six will be released in 2008!
The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh (75th Anniversary) $40.00
Pooh Library 4-volume Set (Hardcover) $48.00
Winnie the Pooh, Audio CD, Unabridged, Narrator Peter Dennis $19.95
The House At Pooh Corner, Unabridged Audio CD $14.95
Classic Pooh Plush $19.99
Classic Piglet Plush $19.99
Classic Pooh Hand Puppet Trio $19.99
Madame Alexander's Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day $99.95

All Things Anne

Madame Alexander Anne of Green Gables Doll $80.00
Anne of Green Gables DVD $24.99
The Complete Anne of Green Gables Boxed Set $43.49
Anne of Green Gables (Radio Theatre) Audio CD (Abridged, I'm assuming) $14.97
The Annotated Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Wendy Elizabeth Barry, editor $49.95

Mother Goose Time

Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose: One Hundred Best Loved Verses $19.99
Richard Scarry's Best Mother Goose Ever $14.99
Mother Goose's Little Treasures by Iona Opie, Rosemary Wells Illustrator $27.38
Here Comes Mother Goose by Iona Opie, Rosemary Wells Illustrator $18.95
My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie, Rosemary Wells Illustrator $22.99
The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews $16.99
Wee Sing Mother Goose $9.99
The Movable Mother Goose (Mother Goose Pop-Up) by Robert Sabuda $21.99
Tomie DePaola's Mother Goose $25.99

Spotlight on Mrs. Piggle Wiggle

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald, Anne MacDonald Canham. Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger $15.99
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald $5.99
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's Magic by Betty MacDonald $5.99
Hello, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald $5.99
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's Farm by Betty MacDonald $4.95

Note: 2007 is a great year to find new editions of Roald Dahl's books. All of his books have been reprinted, and new audio editions are available as well.

New Editions of Classic Favorites

The Annotated Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, editor. $35.00
Mary Engelbreit's Classic Library: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett $9.99
Mary Engelbreit's Classic Library: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett $9.99
The Annotated Brothers Grimm by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. A.S. Byatt, introduction. Maria Tatar, translator. $35.00
The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales by Maria Tatar (editor) $35.00
The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen by Hans Christian Andersen, Maria Tatar, editor $35.00
The Annotated Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Michael Patrick Hearn (editor) $29.95
The Annotated Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Michael Patrick Hearn (editor) $39.95
The Annotated Cat: Under the Hats of Seuss and His Cats by Philip Nel $30.00
How The Grinch Stole Christmas 50th Anniversary Retrospective Edition by Dr. Seuss and Charles D. Cohen $24.99
The Annotated Charlotte's Web by E.B. White $19.99
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, Lauren Child illustrator. New translation by Tiina Nunnally $25.00
A Collection of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories $21.05
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling $9.95

Anthologies for Enthusiasts

The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury $40.00
HarperCollins Treasury of Picture Book Classics: A Child's First Collection $27.99
Mike Mulligan and More: Four Classic Stories by Virginia Lee Burton $20.00
Eloise Wilkin Stories (Little Golden Book Treasury) $10.95
Farm Tales (Little Golden Book Treasury) $10.99
Animal Tales (Little Golden Book Treasury) $10.99
Sleepytime Tales (Little Golden Book Treasury) $10.95
Inspirational Tales (Little Golden Book Treasury) $10.95
The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury $19.95
Tomie DePaola's Favorite Nursery Tales $25.99
Tomie DePaola's Book of Bible Stories $12.99
Tomie DePaola's Big Book of Favorite Legends $14.99
Mercer Mayer's Little Critter Storybook Collection 30 Years Celebration $9.99
Just A Little Critter Collection by Mercer Mayer $9.99
The Complete Adventures of Curious George by H.A. Rey and Margret Rey $30.00
Your Favorite Seuss: A Baker's Dozen by the One and Only Dr. Seuss $34.95
George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends by James Marshall $25.00
Mouse Cookies & More: A Treasury by Laura Numeroff $24.99


Little Willow 7:54 PM  

Great lists! Fantastic suggestions!

I too am a big fan of Anne and Alice, and have similar lists for Alice and Peter Pan. :)

Michelle 2:10 PM  

Great list of books! I will keep this site on hand for when I begin teaching next year.

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