zedislepidus asked: Do you have any book recommendations for an 11 year old girl? She is very very smart (taught herself Calculus this summer just for fun) and loves to read. I got her the Wrinkle in Time series for her birthday in September. She really loves biographies. And she loves Dork Diaries and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I was hoping for something with strong female characters.
She might really like Luv Ya Bunches by Lauren Myracle. (Ugh, that cover looks sooooooo young! Check out the original cover. So much better.) Girls who band together to be awesome and to defeat (by having more fun than) the evil popular girl.
Does she already love Wendy Mass? Because the Willow Falls series 11 Birthdays is super fun. Amanda and Leo have spent every birthday together since they were born at the same hospital but after a falling out after their 10th birthday, they are having seperate 11th birthdays. Are they doomed to repeat this one birthday forever? And can they repair their friendship enough to figure out what is going on?
Diamond Willow by Helen Frost is one of my favorite books that not enough people read. Set in Alaska, Diamond Willow takes her dad’s sled dogs out in a storm without his permission and this, obviously, causes things go very very wrong. The story is told in verse, which I am a sucker for a well done novel in verse, and Diamond Willow is really just the best.
If she likes biographies, I’m assuming she’s read Smile by Telgemeier? (if not, get it!) I’d bet she’d like Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret or Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine.
Let me know if none of these are what you want or if you want more ideas!
sleepandbooks asked: Have any recs for me? I finished the 2nd Finishing School book (and have read Parasol Protectorate). Wouldn't mind more books about ladies not quite following tradition/expectations getting into wild capers. IDK.
You do realize that “Princesses who Suck at being Princesses” is my favorite thing in the world, right?
Check out Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. Historical fiction about a convent full of nuns who are daughters of Mortain - the God of Death - and are therefore kick-ass assassins. There are 2 books so far in the series and it’s SO DARN GOOD! Lots of courtly manners, lots of courtly intreague, and lots of ladies killing people because they want to. The audiobook is really well done as well.
Chalice by Robin McKinley is so darn good. Mirasol has been chosen as the new “Chalice” which is one of the highest members of the Master’s Circle but she’s just a country beekeeper and the new Master is a Fire Priest and that’s really weird and oh goodness all is not well.
I can’t say enough good things about The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N K Jemisin. It’s an adult book, not YA, but don’t hold that against it. Yeine is the daughter of the King’s estranged daughter and when her mother dies she is summoned back to the capitol and named an Heir to the King. Problem is, the King is dying and he has 3 heirs and Yeine doesn’t understand all the weird court crap or the gods who wander around and yet she is the key in the power struggle raging around her. Such the best ever. Also an amazingly well done audiobook (even if the narrator can’t pronounce consortium).
Who’s got two thumbs and viral bronchitis? This moi. I shoulda gone to the doctor last week.
Guys, I left to go to a parade and dinner and I got a ton of book requests while I was doing so but now I’m taking NyQuil and going to bed. I promise I’ll get to them asap in the morn! (:
Anonymous asked: Recs for a soon to be 7 year old girl that loves adventure and fantasy. Loves Harry Potter, Disney's Brave and The Hunger Games Movies she is pestering her mom for archery lessons princesses and dragons
Tony Abbott (not of Australia fame) writes a great first chapter book series called The Secrets of Droon starting with The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet that is tons of fun. (He also has a not quite old enough for Percy Jackson series called Underworlds that is also really well done.)
Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi write a wonderful series called The Spiderwick Cronicles beginning with The Field Guide that is wonderful!
Mermaid SOS by Gillian Shields is a series about mermaids that go on adventures.
I really love the Pirate Princess series starting with Portia but it’s a British book and is hard to get in America but worth it if you can track it down.
They might be a tad hard for her but Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin is a fantasy about a girl who goes on an adventure and saves everything and Dealing with Dragons by Pat Wrede is my absolute favorite book in the genre of princesses who would rather go on adventures then do proper princessing.
I’m a children’s librarian but I also love YA - I just won’t do as well if you need books for adults.
Anyone else? I’m out! (Let me know if you want me to reply privately)
scoutinchicago asked: Do you have any recs for newborns (well, almost-about to be-borns?). I would like to become this child's Reading Godparent of sorts, and would like to send a book or two next month for the baby shower.
Ok, so bitty babies can’t see far or well so black and white prints are great. Look Look by Peter Linethal is the quintesensial black and white for newborns book (for a reason - it’s wonderful!) but there are a whole host of other options.
Babies also need to explore their world and that mostly happens with their mouth so books they can chew on and not get told “no” about are great. (Books are a yes!) I’m having a crap time finding what I want in Indiebound so Amazon it is for the fabric books. Cloth Books and Lamaze make some great ones. Karen Katz has a fun one, and I love the ones with little manipulative pieces like Goodnight, Teddy!.
Tiny babies won’t react to great literature just to hearing people who love them saying words at them and seeing baby-appropriate patterns. I read the fifth Harry Potter book to tiny baby Kaylee when she was tiny because that’s what I was reading and hearing language is best.
Good luck and let me know if/when you need more ideas as the baby grows!
whineandbeer asked: Ooo are you doing recs? Sorry if these are duplicates; I'm phone blogging which means less due diligence than normal! What should I get for a 3 year old boy and a 1 year old girl? And what are some great baby books you'd recommend as shower gifts? Thank you <3
No worries about duplicates! All kids are different.
So … for the 3 year old boy …
Here Comes Firefighter Hippo by Jonathan London is super readable and super fun. Our copy just came in at the library and I can’t wait to use it in a storytime!
Doctor Ted by Andrea Beaty (I couldn’t find Doctor Ted on indiebound so I linked to Artist Ted which is also wonderful) is fun and happy and wonderful about a teddy bear who pretends to be a doctor and it’s one of the funniest books I can think of.
How many times have I recommended various Jan Thomas books in the past 2 days? Well, The Doghouse is the perfect blend of slightly scary but not so much that a 3 year old will flip out wonderfulness that will make him laugh and laugh!
The Falling Raindrop by Neil Johnson is a story about a raindrop falling to the ground. Pathos and silliness and quite a bit of hidden science (the water cycle!)
and for the one year old girl
One year olds like manipulative books that they can touch and feel and taste. There is a whole “that’s not my” series that is wonderful for that age group. DK does this great series of lift the flap books that have super sturdy flaps that won’t get pulled off as babies love them, and Ladybug Girl (one of my favorite older picture books) has her own series of board books that have glitter and other fun stuff throughout that keeps kid’s interest.
as for the baby shower rec, I just got that exact same question in another one so hold on and I’ll answer you both at once!
I coughed until I threw up, took some NyQuil and now can’t concentrate. I’m not a horrible mother if I start the month with only half the book advent calendar ready, am I?
Guys, I bought this super effing sparkly wrapping paper for our book advent calendar and I hate it sooo much. The tape sticks to the glitter and not to the paper and ooh Em gee I hope the girls appreciate this because it SUCKS SO MUCH.
-periodic-meltdowns- asked: Book recs! (4years and running, btw!) Jacob (~2)likes 5 books: trucks (pictures of trucks w/name), Go Dogs, Go!, Hello Bugs!, Katzs Where's Baby's Mommy, and That's not my puppy. Others he will listen for a few pages and go get one of the 5 for hours.He loves trucks, balls, and certain animals. He's difficult. (He has night night construction site) Anything great to hold his attention? Nephew #2 (same age): he loves books and has a lot. Any interactive? His attention span is amazingly good.
Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas is colorful and rhyming and super silly and I have yet to see a child who isn’t enthralled by it. Maybe Jacob will be the exception that proves the rule? But we can only hope not!
If he already likes Karen Katz’s vibrant books, maybe try Shake it Up, Baby! by Karen Katz? It’s interactive and bright and noisy.
Global Babies by the Global Fund for Children is great because babies and toddlers love love love looking at pictures of other babies and toddlers.
More More More said the Baby by Vera Williams is fun and bright and wonderful.
If you want interactive then you can’t do much better than Can You Make a Scary Face? also by Jan Thomas.
I recommended Baby Dance by Ann Taylor earlier today but again - it’s wonderful and interactive and fun. A half step above that (age wise) is Dance with Me by Charles R Smith.
And then there’s the wonderful Do Pigs Have Stripes? By Melanie Walsh is silly and fun and encourages kids to reply to the book’s questions.
Anonymous asked: Recs please! A kindergarten girl who is strong willed and struggles a bit with school; loves owls and princess tiana. A 4yo boy, loves animals and construction equipment and is very bright. And a 2yo who is just really happy and mature for his age. They are siblings. Help?
So, super obvious but have you checked out Tiana’s Cookbook? The recipes are super child friendly and getting kids in the kitchen is wonderful for math/literacy/science/everything!
This sounds like the sort of girl who would love Kevin Henke’s Lilly books about a super strong willed little girl who gets into scrapes and is awesome.
Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison is a girl who always feels in the shadow of her sisters until she meets a way cool butterfly and blossoms.
The princess and her panther by Wendy Orr about a girl and her little sister who go on an adventure.
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen is about a family who goes searching for owls and it’s beautiful.
I super loveThe cazuela that the farm maiden stirred by Samantha R. Vamos, which is a cumulative tale (which Kindergarteners tend to loooove because they can get into the rhythm of it and read along even if they aren’t strong readers) and this one ends with a recipe which is delicious.
4 year old boy
Have you read Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker? Because it is wonderful and I love it!
The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens is another favorite that is just fun to read. Prarie Dogs steal the fluff from a tennis ball and have a blast.
And Mr Tiger GoeS Wild is just beautiful and fun and silly and inspiring and all those wonderful things about a very civilized tiger who just wants to go a little bit wild.
Niño wrestles the world by Yuyi Morales reminds me a lot of the Dinosaur Vs books only about an adorable little boy instead of a dinosaur. A little boy who, as they say, wrestles the world! Dinosaur Vs. is also wonderful.
2 year old
One of my favorite new books is Moo by David LaRochelle. It’s about a cow who does all sorts of wonderful/awful things. LOVE it.
Inside outside by Lizi Boyd is new and beautiful and fun and has all those great details that 2 year olds love pointing out.
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle is wonderful and sure to bring another smile to the face.
I am recommending a lot of cow books, but The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson is really great.
And please let me know if you need more/none of these work/anything!
rachelfershleiser asked: Board books for little babies that are fun to read out loud but aren't the same 5 Sandra Boyntons they already have?
I’m a big fan of Alexander Girard Color by Alexander Girard and Gloria Fowler if you like some lovely 70s art with your storytelling. This book grows well with kids because the pictures are interesting enough to keep the focus of a small baby but there’s always new things to see and find in the pictures to keep older toddlers happy.
Baby Dance by Ann Taylor is so great but don’t read it if you want quiet snuggly reading time because it gives you actions to do with the baby while you read it! I love this one. Plus the rhyming text is great for phonological awareness!
Pinwheel : Let the fun begin with every spin! by Salina Yoon is colorful and gorgeous and interactive and fun.
Scholastic has a series called Rookie Toddler that is perfect for the 2 - 4 set. Many of them are sung to familiar tunes and babies just love them.
Press Here isn’t exactly a board book but it has thicker pages so I’m counting it - again for the slightly older baby - 2 and up - because it invites the baby to interact with the book - push dots, shake it up, tilt it to the right, etc. This enthralling book makes everyone happy!
If none of these work for you or if you want more ideas please please please let me know and I’ll get right on it!
I’m a children’s librarian but I also love YA - I just won’t do as well if you need books for adults.