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Books Too Good To Miss…

Post by Julie Corsaro
Posted November 26, 2012 in Kids & Book News

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… That make great gifts, too. (And we’re not just talking about the holidays, but all year round). Keeping in mind that a terrific book and a terrific gift book are not always the same (a combination of popular appeal and literary quality often works best), NoveList helps you pick out unforgettable books for the young people in your life. Here’s how:

The November/December issue of NoveList’s Kids & Books showcases the “Top Ten 2012 Picture Book Countdown,” a list that is dynamically and generously annotated by Ellen Foreman, Nextreads Juvenile Bibliographer extraordinaire. As Ellen notes in her introduction, these varied selections “have that indefinable quality that makes it possible to enjoy them over and over again -- an essential gift book quality.” Add to this holiday brew that every one of these titles will not only engage kids, but adults reading to them. (And don’t forget that picture books are designed to be read aloud!) The newsletter also spotlights “Standing Ovation Gift Books,” a selection of tried-and-true contemporary classics, as well as hot new books, highly recommended by our staff of librarians to fill the holiday stockings of youngsters from newborns to teens.

The NoveList Plus databases respond to the season of giving with “Great Gift Books, 2012,” an extensive annual guide by renowned children’s book reviewer and writing teacher, Susie Wilde, dedicated to helping you find the perfect present to warm the hearts of young readers everywhere. With a focus on picture books -- and niche interests -- for babies through age 12, you’ll find titles as varied as Eric Kimmel’s Moby Dick: Chasing the Great White Whale (yes, an amazing picture book!) and Chuck Close: Face Book, a memoir by the modern master featuring a nifty flip-book of self-portraits. Here’s a sampling.

Before you make your list and check it twice, check out these resources for cheery sharing, not only for the tikes at home, but those in your neighborhood, school and library. -- Julie Corsaro, Editor, Kids & Books