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From my great-grandfather on down, I come from a long line of bibliophibians. Growing up, I frequented the local library and then, when I had my own cash, the bookstores – well, bookstore singular; I don’t recall there being more than one at the Green Tree Mall. It seems my genetically-encoded reading tendencies have been passed along to the next generation. ZP can already read (small words and big) and AP is well on her way (at least when she pretends to read, she has the cadence down pat). We’ve already graciously donated several shelves on the various bookcases around the house to their books. Some books are hand-me-downs from their cousins and faux-cousins. Some can be read in the bath. Some were gifts by people who know us and our tastes well and carefully choose books with more thought behind the selection than “this is in the kid’s section so it should be good”. We’ve got scads of classics already and our libraries have a fair share of decent books too but lately, I’ve begun coveting “indie” children’s books. Here is a sample of books on my wishlist … you know, for the kids:
- It’s a Book by Lane Smith, clever author of another book The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales which I owned pre-children and have given as a gift as well. I mean, come on. The book has its own trailer.
- Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein, based solely on the Barnes and Nobel salesperson’s recommendation after watching me caress like-minded books.
- The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too! by Mo Willems because both kids enjoyed Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!, and The Pigeon Wants a Puppy which has amusing drawings, clever writing, and a great use of space; but mostly because it allows them to shriek “NO!” to the pigeon and then laugh at his pouting and anger and tears.
- Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party by Melanie Watt coming out next year. The other Scaredy Squirrel books were an enormous hit, especially Scaredy Squirrel at Night whose cover has a tremendously attractive feature of a glow-in-the-dark smile which is (a) fun and (b) a perfect segue to bedtime because it requires turning the lights off
Monkey vs. Robot by James Kochalka. Read the title. Need I say more?