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Want to find the perfect book for your favorite foodie, crafter, sci-fi geek or dinosaur fan? Check out our guide for the books that will make the best gifts!
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Gift Guide 2010


Just Plain Cute

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Bunny Days - Tao Nyeu
There's so much happening in every picture that you'll be hesitant to turn the pages! (Great for ages 3-6.)

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Dogs - Emily Gavett
Big dogs, small dogs, stripy dogs, spotty dogs, all lovingly described by the narrator, a cat!
(Great for ages 2-6.)

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My Heart Is Like a Zoo - Michael Hall
Animal lovers will fall for this one. Also a great teaching tool for counting, shapes, similes and more!
(Great for ages 2-5.)

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The Quiet Book - Deborah Underwood
From "Coloring in the lines quiet" to "Best friends don't need to talk quiet", the calming illustrations and simple text make a wonderful addition to bedtime, nap time or any other quiet time. (Great for 2 to 5.)


Best for Boys

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The Boys - Jeff Newman
Fantastic story of a shy little boy finding courage in an unlikely place. Wordless. (Great for ages 4-8)

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Meanwhile - Jason Shiga
A choose-your-own-adventure comic book!
(Great for ages 8+.)

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Old Penn Station - William Low
Great for young boys with an obsession of all things transportation.
(Great for ages 5-9.)

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Star Wars: A Scanimation Book - Rufus Butler Seder
Star Wars. Need we say more? (Great for ages 8+)


Perfect for Parents

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Nurtureshock: New Thinking about Children - Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman
"A book about how kids (of all ages) work, and the ways that we’ve been completely misinterpreting them for years." (Read the full review on our blog!)

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Oh, Daddy - Bob Shea
A father does silly things to motivate his son to get ready in the morning. This book is sure to stir up some giggles from both dad & son!

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Starring the Boss Baby as Himself! - Marla Frazee
Parents will enjoy reading this one as much as their boss babies will enjoy listening to it!
(Also great for babies & kids with new siblings.)


Picky Eaters Beware!

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Little Pea - Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Poor Little Pea can't have his spinach dessert until he finishes his icky candy dinner. Reverse psychology at its best! (Want a preview? Watch it on TumbleBooks!)

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The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Food in Kids' Favorite Meals - Missy Chase Lapine
Though geared towards kids, this book is great for picky eaters of all ages, or for anyone looking to add a little more nutrition to their diet without sacrificing taste.


Need More Suggestions?

Check out our Gift Guides from 2008 and 2009.
Or browse our full list of suggested books!


Fun & Funny (Picture Books)

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Barry, The Fish with Fingers - Sue Hendra
A great twist ending that kids won't see coming!
(Great for ages 4-8)

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Chicken Cheeks - Michael Ian Black
Yes, this is a book about butts. Yes, kids will laugh.

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Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes - Eric Litwin
Made for reading aloud...and singing!
(Great for ages 2-7)

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Shark vs. Train - Chris Barton
Who will win this battle? You'll have to read to find out!
(Great for ages 3-8)

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Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! - Maureen Wright
Winter's coming & it's time to hibernate! But Big Bear keeps misunderstanding when Old Man Winter tells him to go to sleep. Fun bedtime story that will provide lots of giggles.
(Great for ages 2-6.)


Fairy Tales & Nursery Rhymes

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Beauty & the Beast - Max Eilenberg
A lush retelling of a classic fairy tale, with lively dialogue and sly humor.
(Great for ages 6-10.)

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Mary Engelbreit's Nursery Tales: A Treasury of Children's Classics - Mary Engelbreit
Happy, cheery & short renditions of 12 classic tales.
(Great for ages 2-6.)

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Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse
A book of fairy tale "reversos" - poems that can be read down the page, but also up! Paired with illustrations that are masterfully designed to use the same elements to show a two-sided story with one composition, this book will stand up to many re-readings!
(Great for ages 6+.)

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The Neighborhood Mother Goose - Nina Crews
A modern retelling of classic nursery rhymes full of city sidewalks, scooters and jeans-&-tees clad kids of a variety of ages and backgrounds.
(Great for ages 3+.)

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The Secret Lives of Princesses - Philippe Lechermeier
A great book for a princess fan who may be Disneyed out. These unique princesses have names like Princess Primandproper, who "doesn't laugh anymore because the last time she did, her bun came undone, she tripped, and her skirt flew up over her head. Since that fateful day she has only worn pants. Perfectly pressed pants."
(Great for ages 6-10.)

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A Treasury of Princess Stories
Six princess stories with a pop-up scene at the beginning of each tale.
(Great for ages 7+.)

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Walt Disney's Cinderella - Cynthia Rylant
A romantic & magical story that will captivate reader’s young and old.
(Great for ages 6 to 10.)


Selections for School-Aged Kids

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B Is for Buckeye: An Ohio Alphabet - Marcia Schonberg
Reveals all kinds of "Did you know...?" facts about our state. A must-have for every young Ohioan.
(Great for all ages.)

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The Clock Without a Face: A Gus Twintig Mystery - Scott Teplin, Mac Barnett & Eli Horowitz
A real-world treasure hunt for kids and parents alike! Detailed illustrations hide the clues to solving the mystery.
(Great for ages 7-12.)

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A Child's Garden of Verses - Robert Louis Stevenson
A classic collection of beloved poems that celebrate childhood in all its complexity and joy.
(Great for ages 9-12.)

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The Mysterious Howling - Maryrose Wood
For Lemony Snicket fans.
(Great for ages 8-12.)

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Never Smile at a Monkey: And 17 Other Important Things to Remember - Steve Jenkins
Animal lovers will pour over this guide to some of the world's most dangerous and lesser known animals' defense mechanisms and what you should absolutely NOT do to provoke them.
(Great for ages 5-8.)


All Kinds of Families

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All Kinds of Families - Mary Ann Hoberman
A great gift book for a kid wondering where s/he fits in the world...or a kid who likes to group like objects together (maybe a future librarian!).
(Great for ages 3-8.)


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