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Friday, December 13, 2013

Twelve Days of Christmas: Gift Books: Kindergarten-2nd Grade (Picture Books, part 1)

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...

I thought that I would just post my suggestions each day in "age order." So, we start it all off with Picture Books for the Kindergarten-2nd grade crowd (these would also be good for older preschoolers also).

In no particular order:

(1) Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, and Alex. Illustrated by Matthew Myers, but mostly Alex.
Okay, I've been a fan of Scieszka's FOREVER, and am a recent fan of Mr. Barnett, and Mr. Myers is no slouch either. The fact that everyone has come together here to create a book which inspires creativity is just a bonus. 
This is a wildly imaginative book that will be appreciated by ALL!
From the publisher: 
Alex has been given a saccharine, sappy, silly-sweet picture book about Birthday Bunny that his grandma found at a garage sale. Alex isn't interested—until he decides to make the book something he'd actually like to read. So he takes out his pencil, sharpens his creativity, and totally transforms the story!

Birthday Bunny becomes Battle Bunny, and the rabbit's innocent journey through the forest morphs into a supersecret mission to unleash an evil plan—a plan that only Alex can stop.

(2) Ball by Mary Sullivan. 

I reviewed this book here over the summer. Dog lovers of any age (or wanna be dog owners) will rejoice with this one!

(3) Journey by Aaron Becker. 

I'm sure that I like this one because Harold and the Purple Crayon is one of my all-time favorites. But I'm not the only one who loved this book...starred reviews and "best books of 2013" awards abound for this wordless picture book.

From the publisher:
A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny. When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free. Can it also lead her home and to her heart's desire? 

(4) Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner. 
I LOVE David Wiesner's books. All of them. And this one is no exception. Another wordless (almost) picture book that tells a story while allowing you you to create your own story at the same time (my favorite kind). Best of the Best lists for this one also.
From the publisher:
A cat named Mr. Wuffles doesn't care about toy mice or toy goldfish. He's much more interested in playing with a little spaceship full of actual aliens—but the ship wasn't designed for this kind of rough treatment. Between motion sickness and damaged equipment, the aliens are in deep trouble. When the space visitors dodge the cat and take shelter behind the radiator to repair the damage, they make a host of insect friends. The result? A humorous exploration of cooperation between aliens and insects, and of the universal nature of communication involving symbols, "cave" paintings, and gestures of friendship.

That should get you started! #5-#8 will be posted tomorrow. Happy Reading! And gifting!

And remember, if you want an immediate link to the entire list, see this post.

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