A few weeks ago, I shared John Levy’s, of Mastermind Toys, suggestions for the perfect gift this holiday season. Last week, the moms group that I belong to had the good fortune of hosting Eleanor LeFavre of Mable’s Fables bookstore.
Mable’s Fables is the quintessential children’s bookstore. It reminds me of the shop that Meg Ryan’s character owns in the movie You’ve Got Mail. Eleanor’s bookstore is a warm and inviting place that easily lends itself to lulling away hours on a rainy afternoon. The selection of books is well edited to include only the best and the young adult section housed on the second floor is unparalleled to any bookstore that I have visited.
Eleanor shared with our group some of her favourite books to give as gifts this holiday and if you can’t get down to Mable’s Fables to support this incredible independent treasure, visit them on-line.
A must add to the holiday book line-up:
A Porcupine in a Pine Tree by Helaine Becker and Werner Zimmermann
Mother Goose Remembers by Clare Beaton
That’s Not My . . . (series) by Fiona Watt
Bright Baby (series) by Roger Priddy
Board books with black and white illustrations
for example: Daddies and Their Babies (series) by Guidio van Genechten
Classic Alphabet books (and their selection is so inspiring!)
A to Z by Sandra Boynton
For Younger Children:
No Two Alike by Keith Baker
(a great choice for celebrating differences)
Ten Little Fingers, Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury
Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow by Susan Shea
(I bought this one and the illustrations are beautiful!)
Tilly (series) by Polly Dunbar
Knuffle Bunny (three in the series) by Mo Willems
(a favourite in our house too!)
Baby Come Away by Victoria Adler
The Adventures of Taxi Dog (series) by Debra and Sal Barracca
One Smart Cookie: Bite-size Lessons for the School Years and Beyond
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (this is a fantastic book!!)
Little Beaver and The Echo by Amy MacDonald
My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems
The Big Snuggle Up by Brian Patten and Nicola Bayley
Burton and Isabelle Pipistrelle: Out of the Bat Cave by Denise Dias
Bear In Underwear (series) by Todd H. Doodler
Stories From Around The World For Little Children by Usborne
(the illustrations are stunning!)
For Early Readers:
Key Words with Jane and Peter by Ladybird
Runaway Duckling by Francesca Simon
Mish Mash Hash by Francesca Simon
Sleeping Beauty by Sally Gardner
The Amazing Adventures of Bumble Bee Boy
by David Soman and Jacky Davis
Jack and the Flum Flum Tree by Julia Donaldson
Dr. Xargles Book of Earthlets by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross
Big Bad Bruce by Bill Peet
Ella Bella Ballerina and The Sleeping Beauty by James Mayhew
The Jewel Fish of Karnak by Graeme Base
Suki’s Kimono by Chieri Uegaki
There’s A Princess In The Palace by Zoe B. Alley
For Independent Readers:
Book of Why by Kath Grimshaw and Jo Connor
First Nature Encylopedia by Dorling Kindersley
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
The Clumsies (series) by Sorrel Anderson
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate Dicamillo
Honey and Bear (series) by Ursula Duborarsky
Whether you plan on giving a book this holiday season or just adding to your home library, I hope that these suggestions serve you well.
What are some of your favourite children’s books?
What? No Maurice Sendak?
My daughter’s class read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane in grade 2 amd she loved it. We also love The Tale of Despereaux and Because of Winn Dixie. Kate di Camillo is a lovely writer. We highly recommend her.
Thanks for those suggestions, Aileen. I remember enjoying The Tale of Despereaux and I think that when the time comes, my boys will love it too.