The Third Annual Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day—Ideas for Books as Gifts

Take Your Child to a Bookstore imageIf need incentive to schedule a trip to the bookstore, Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day is coming up this Saturday, December 1. Not sure where to find a bookstore near you? Check out the list of independents at

While you’re in the store, you may want to pick up a few gifts for friends and family on you holiday list this year. A set of Heather Vogel Frederick’s The Mother-Daughter Book Club series, whose last book Wish You Were Eyre just came out, is sure to be a hit with any ‘tween girl. Here are a few other suggestions for titles that topped my list in 2012:

Picture Books for Toddlers
Wumbers by Amy Krouse Rosenthal-fun wordplay that also helps with learning numbers
Every Little Thing Adapted by Cedella Marley, Illustrated by Vanessa-adapted from Bob Marley’s popular song Three Little Birds. It will have you smiling and singing all day.

Books for Readers Aged 9 to 12
The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin-a sister tells her brother stories about their cat’s other lives to distract him from Zook’s illness.
Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi-Skye and Hiroshi are cousins who must adjust to each other after Hiroshi moves from Japan to live near Skye in Washington, D.C.
Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen by Donna Gephart-For Jeopardy! lovers and those who want a good story about a girl who finds support for her dreams with family and friends.
Don’t Feed the Boy by Irene Latham-Two children became fast friends and deal with a problem that is bigger than they can handle.
Laugh With the Moon by Shana Burg-a girl learns about life and love when her dad goes to work in Malawi.
Audition and Subtraction by Amy Fellner Dominy-a girl learns to believe in herself and stand her ground for what she knows is right.
Project Jackalope by Emily Ecton-bloodthirsty jackalopes could be the next military secret weapon.

Graphic Novels for Teens
The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, and Nate Powell-a look at incidents in Texas during the civil rights movement.
Marathon by Boaz Yakin and Joe Infurnari-the story of the first run that was later the inspiration for long-distance races.

Books About Teen Issues
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King-a teen who is questioning her sexuality wonders why it matters so much to everyone else.
The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker-a girl wants to change her country image to something more sophisticated and she learns a lot about her friends in the process.

For Adults
Mink River by Brian Doyle-this story of life in a small Oregon coastal town steals its way into your heart.
Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn-for cooks who need a touch of fearless in the kitchen.

And One For All Ages
Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Phillip Pullman-Pullman not only presents some of the Grimm brother’s most popularly told tales, he also talks about the purpose of fairy tales, adds or subtracts from some, and discusses similar tales from other cultures. It can be enjoyed and appreciated on many different levels by many ages of readers.

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