Sunday, November 22, 2009

Wrap a Bow Around This! Holiday Gift Guide 2009

Nothing says to a child, "I love how you think," like the gift of great book.

This holiday celebrate your child's curiosity by tying a ribbon around one or more of these exciting new titles!

Below I've selected 50 books, 10 in five categories, that are sure to keep brains busy and happy through the holiday, from magical picture books and short stories to rollicking adventures and suspenseful series to beautifully remade classics and novelty books that stretch the imagination.

The first category is Wondrous Read-Alouds (picture books), followed by Sweet Beginnings (storybook collections, learning books, early readers and short chapter books), Page-Turners (novels), Stellar Returns (repackaged, retold, reissued and deluxe editions) and The Unique and Unusual (novelty books and craft books/kits).

Once you find your favorites, visit author Anne Fine's collection of free bookplates at for more than 100 designs by published illustrators.

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