Santa’s List: Books Books Books!

It is never a bad time to receive a recommended book list…but how’s this for timing: 3 days before Christmas (to help supply some last-minute gifts that kids and parents alike will treasure)?!  These picks were selected with preschool-aged children in mind, but some span to the kinder crowd and beyond. These gems don’t actually come from the big man himself, but instead from one of the owners of the beloved San Jose children’s bookstore, Hicklebee’s.  Hicklebee’s offers everything the heart yearns for in a children’s bookstore: cozy nooks to read, shelves spilling over with both classics and new publications, author readings (and a section of autographed books for purchase!), and, most importantly, owners and employees who are passionate about books and reading.  Without further ado, please enjoy this abundant list of book-enthusiast-approved finds from Hicklebee’s co-owner, Valerie Lewis.

For Young Ones
For Young Ones:
1. Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg- a great board book
2. Winnie The Pooh because of the imaginative pictures the stories paint for kids (books that give kids the opportunity to imagine the story rather than depending on pictures).
And she mentioned that The World of Christopher Robin by A.A. Milne is going out of print!
3. Mother Goose books – important for understanding references that kids will encounter throughout life (hearing others referencing nursery rhymes)
Bedtime BooksGood Bedtime Books
1. Go to Sleep, Little Farm by Mary Lyn Ray – has a classic feel
2. Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night by Jon Davis – great for big imaginations
3. A Bed for Bear by Clive McFarland – a book about a bear finding that there is no place like his bed
 Construction Lovers
For Construction Lovers
1. Five Trucks by Brian Floca
2. Construction by Sally Sutton
Chapter Books
Good First Chapter Books
1. My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
2. Princess in Black by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale – a princess who becomes a super hero in her black costume to problem solve (a nice alternative to all the pink princess stuff out there)
Holiday Books
Holiday Books
1. Winter is Coming by Tony Johnston
2. What Forest Knows by George Ella Lyon
Books About Problem Solving
2. My Grandfather’s Coat retold by Jim Aylesworth
3. Sebastian and the Balloon by Philip C. Stead
Books About Friendship
1. Pig and Small by Alex Latimer
2. My New Friend is So Fun by Mo Willems
3. Can I Come Too? by Brian Patten & Nicola Bayley
4. A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker – this is the newest book in the Bear and Mouse series; if you haven’t read these books she recommends starting with “A Visitor for Bear”

General Favorites
1. Everything is a Poem by J. Patrick Lewis – good for the whole family
2. 100 Things That Make Me Happy by Amy Schwartz – fun to get conversations going about things that make us happy
3. Animalium curated by Jenny Broom & Katie Scott – like a science reference book with very artistic (and curated) illustrations, great for the child who is curious about animals and reptiles
4. Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers – sarcastic, slapstick humor that adults will enjoy too
5. Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury by Arnold Lobel – she generally prefers the small size of these individual books for small hands but says this collection is done really well
6. Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads by Bob Shea & Lane Smith – so goofy that it works
Happy snuggled up reading fun!

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