Books make great holiday gifts. Here are a few suggestions for the whole family from VBPL staff.
Diggers Go by Steve Light – Babies and toddlers will love this board book of fun sounds found at a construction site. Kiddos will get a kick out of mom or dad making silly noises like “whirrrffftt bonk” and “grrakka” for the forklift and jackhammer.
Tails Chasing Tails by Matthew Porter – Little animal lovers will enjoy this cute board book featuring animals chasing other animals’ tails. On each page, the tail of a mystery animal is shown and revealed on the next page, where it is chasing yet another animal tail.
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson – Interactive books are wonderful at captivating the little ones, notorious for their short attention spans. In Tap the Magic Tree, readers are asked to tap the tree, blow the leaves, wiggle their fingers, and perform other fun activities to see the tree change from page to page.
Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by James and Kimberly Dean – Pete the Cat woke up on the wrong side of the bed! Fortunately, he finds that he can improve his mood by looking through his magic sunglasses. Kids will love the latest installment in the popular Pete the Cat series.
I’m a Frog! by Mo Willems – Pick up a copy of the newest book in the Elephant and Piggie beginning reader series for the young reader in your life. Piggie is having an identity crisis! Will his best friend Gerald be able to help him while he insists he is a frog?
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman – A young boy and girl send their father out to procure some milk for their cereal. He is gone for much longer than they expect and returns with a tale of time travel, pirates, and many other fantastical things. Kid and adult favorite Gaiman is sure to please with this new title.
Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger – For the steampunk and supernatural fans on your holiday gift list, consider the second book in the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger. While Hogwarts teaches its students the ins and outs of wizardry, Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy teaches its pupils the fine arts of espionage and assassination.
The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan – Give the adventure seeker on your list the twelfth and final installment of The Ranger’s Apprentice series. Teens will get lost in the fantasy world of apprentice Ranger Will Treaty.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations by Ree Drummond – Author of the popular Pioneer Woman blog and Food Network star Ree Drummond has released a book featuring her favorite holiday recipes. This book is an excellent choice for the Pinterest-addicted home cooks in your life.
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon – Gift this title to the artist or writer in your family. This book started as a speech to college students that was well-received enough that Kleon published the content in book form. He insists that all art is inspired by past works so we should not wait for that one perfect idea to start creating.