By Christina VanGinkel
Children's books are some of my favorite gifts to give during the holidays, and I have given recommendations on some of my favorites here before, and thought with the holidays just weeks away, I would once again tell you about some of my favorite authors and their titles in stores now. Be sure to read any of the titles that you feel might be a match for the child you have in mind, but also be warned that the list includes a few that you might just want to bring home for yourself! Remember, we are never too old to enjoy a good book, no matter the recommended age level!
Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack: An Alphabetical Adventure, another fun filled romp from Doreen Cronin, author of other past favorites including Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, Giggle, Giggle, Quack, and Duck for President.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book and Toy Set, from author Eric Carle, is one of those books that are an enduring classic. I believe every child should own a copy of the book, and if you are giving it as a gift, this collection complete with its very own stuffed caterpillar is perfect. Eric Carle is also the author of several other well known titles including Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?, Very Busy Spider, Polar bear, Polar bear, What do you Hear?, From head to Toe, and The Grouchy Ladybug Board Book.
The 12 Days of Christmas: A Pop-up Celebration, by Robert Sabuda. This pop-up book was a classic from the very first day it was released. While not all of Robert Sabuda's books are pop-ups, those that are, are sure to become both your children's and your own favorites. The artwork in these books are stunning, and if The 12 Days of Christmas leave you wanting to experience more of these clever works along with your child, be sure to check out some of his others. Winter's Tale: An Original Pop-Up Journey, Movable Mother Goose: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up (Mother Goose Pop-up Series), America the Beautiful: A Pop-up Book, and his most stimulating one that I have seen, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Commemorative Pop-up (Oz Series #1).
Absolutely anything by Shel Silverstein, from his new release, Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook (Spelling is correct! Be sure to check it out), to one of his classics, such as Giving Tree, Light in the Attic, to Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros.
The Olivia books by Ian Falconer, including Olivia…and the Missing Toy, the original Olivia, Olivia Saves the Circus, Olivia Counts, and Olivia's Opposites. Each of these books focuses on Ian Falconers gregarious little piglet, you guessed it, Olivia. She is sure to become a favorite though, so do not give these to a child unless you want requests for more.
Finally, any of the Mouse books by Lauren Thompson, which include Mouse's First Day of School, Mouse's First Spring, Mouse's First Summer, Mouse's First Christmas, Mouse's First Valentine, and Mouse's First Halloween.