Monday, November 26, 2007

Becky's Holiday Shopping Guide, Pt. 2

Friday's post was all about finding perfect gifts for book-lovers. Most of the books were classics or well-beloved favorites. Books known by the masses for the most part. But I hope that a few of them were new-to-you discoveries. Meaning, that while you might know of Alice in Wonderland...you might not know that there is a delightful pop-up edition that would be sure to please.

Today's post is different. I'm focusing on newer books. These books are books that I have loved, loved, loved in the past five or six years. Some of them are 'gift' editions or 'collectible' editions, but that's not the emphasis this time around.

If someone was going to FORCE ME to choose my favorite, favorite picture books. These would top my list:

Bubba and Beau: Best Friends by Kathi Appelt (paperback) $6.00 (hardcover) $16.00
Bubba and Beau: Go Night-Night by Kathi Appelt (paperback) $6.00 (hardcover) $16.00
Bubba and Beau: Meet the Relatives by Kathi Appelt (hardcover) $16.00
Dog Blue by Polly Dunbar $14.99
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems (hardcover) $15.99
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney $16.99
Llama Llama Mad At Mama by Anna Dewdney $15.99
Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal $12.95
Cookies: Bite Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal $12.99
No More Cookies by Paeony Lewis $16.95
Dooby Dooby Moo by Doreen Cronin $16.95
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin $15.95
Big Sister, Little Sister by Leuyen Pham $15.99
Grump by Janet Wong
Go To Bed, Monster! by Natasha Wing $16.00
Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler $16.00
My Cat Copies Me by Yoon D. Kwon $15.95
Hurry! Hurry! by Eve Bunting $16.00

And of course anything and everything Charlie and Lola by Lauren Child.

Of course the wonderful thing about picture books is that you can have fun browsing the bookstores, reading the titles that catch your eye, finding new authors, new titles, that interest you. It's not really possible to "preview" a novel in the store before you buy it.

Early-to-Mid Readers

I love, love, love the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems:

There Is A Bird On Your Head $8.99
I Am Invited To A Party! $8.99
My Friend is Sad $8.99
Today I Will Fly $8.99

I love the two Clementine books. I hope the series continues for a long time. :)

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker $14.99
Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker $14.99

And these books are great as well:

Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins $16.95
Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little by Peggy Gifford $12.99

Middle Readers on up...

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan $17.95 (hardcover) $7.99 (paperback)
The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan $17.95 (hardcover) $7.99 (paperback)
The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan $17.95 (hardcover)
Bartimaeus Trilogy Boxed Set by Jonathan Stroud $45.00 (Also available individually in both hardcover and paperback)
The Twilight Collection by Stephenie Meyer $55.00 (also available individually)
Uglies Boxed Set by Scott Westerfeld $25.99
Extras by Scott Westerfeld $16.99
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray $9.99
Rebel Angels by Libba Bray $9.99 (paperback)
The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray $17.99 (Amazon lists a post-Christmas release date)
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer $17.00 (also available in paperback for $6.95)

Other must-have authors: Sarah Dessen, Sonya Sones, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Shannon Hale, and Joan Bauer.

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