This is the second half of Jane’s holiday recommendations. For Part One, click here.
And now a handful of outstanding picture books, because I cannot choose just one (ever!).
- Sidle on up, pardner, for a hilarious Wild West caper by the outlaw author/illustrator duo Bob Shea and Lane Smith.
I’ve got lots on my mind as I think and write about books and giving this holiday season. But I think Kyle Zimmer, President of First Book in Washington DC says it best for me when she spoke at the National Book Awards ceremony this past month:
“In this country that we are so proud of, 45% of our children are being raised in homes that are poor or near poor.
Even though the whole concept of “Back To School” is somewhat distasteful to me since our summer felt like it lasted about two weeks, I’ll admit that I have read some pretty wonderful new books this season.
Some address what it is like to be at school for the first time, or what it is like to go back to school with a little trepidation.
The last time I was volunteering at a book giveaway, where we let each child in the school pick out a new, free book to take home, I had several middle school aged boys say to me “There’s nothing here I want.” Or “I don’t see anything I like.” It’s times like that I try not to deflate like a balloon.
If you missed yesterday’s post on 2014 nonfiction books Jane’s excited about… click here.
Moving on to fiction, it won’t take serious convincing to get any child to read Mo Willems’ latest Pigeon picture book, The Pigeon Needs a Bath.
For many of us in the book world, January is a strange mix. We’re looking forward to new spring titles. And we’re pondering our favorite books from the previous year with delicious hand-wringing in anticipation of the American Library Association’s award ceremonies, announced at the end of this month.
This is part 2 of a 2-part blog post. For part 1, click here.
Trust me. As the Children’s Book Buyer at Bear Pond Books I’m right there with kids in the search for the “next great book.”
Lucky for me, poring over publisher sales catalogs and getting advanced reader’s copies of books in the mail whets my appetite—a wonderful perk to my wonderful job.
Staff note: We are thrilled to welcome Jane Knight, Children’s Book Buyer for Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, VT and CLiF Advisor, as an occasional guest blogger. Jane’s focus is on finding the best kids’ books on the shelves via resources and reviews.