Ten Hanukkah Titles for Tots

There’s still time to add some Hanukkah book titles into your little one’s library. These are my picks— with “My First Menorah” being my choice as the best first Hanukkah book.

Hanukkah Library

Chanukah Lights Everywhere by Michael J. Rosen- $7
My First Menorah by Salina Yoon- $7
Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale by Eric A. Kimmel- $13
Bright Baby Touch and Feel Hanukkah by Roger Priddy- $5
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins: 25th Anniversary Edition by Eric A. Kimmel- $14
Maccabee!: The Story of Hanukkah by Tilda Balsley- $6.60
The Story of Hanukkah by David A. Adler- $15
The Dreidel that Wouldn’t Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah by Martha Seif Simpson- $14
Hanukkah Haiku by Harriet Ziefert- $17
The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story by Lemony Snicket- $10

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Halloween Books for Kids

From cute to just a little bit creepy, these are my picks for your October reading. For more choices, shop the 2014 list. They’re still good!

Halloween Books 2015

From top left:

Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett- $17
Ghost in the House: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Ammi-Joan Paquette- $10
Frangoline and the Midnight Dream by Clemency Pearce- $17
The Monsterator by Keith Graves- $18
Have You Seen My Monster? by Steven Light- $17
Only a Witch Can Fly by Alison McGhee- $17
Crankensteinby Samantha Berger- $17
This Is NOT a Pumpkin by Bob Staake- $7
At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman- $17
Spooky Pookie by Sandra Boynton- $6

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Robot Reads

Kids have a tendency to obsess about all kids of different things. They go through fun phases like dinosaurs, firetrucks or robots. Since this week’s nursery board had some robots in it, here are some books to go a little overboard with the robot theme or thrill a robot obsessed tot.

Robot Books

The Robot Alphabet by Amanda Baehr Fuller- $14
Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman- $13
Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino- $14
The Robot Book by Heather Brown- $8
Clink by Kelly DiPucchio- $14
The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara- $14
R Is for Robot: A Noisy Alphabet by Adam F. Watkins- $14
Robots, Robots Everywhere! by Sue Fliess, Illustrated by Bob Staake
The Robot and the Bluebird by David Lucas- $15
Sometimes I Forget You’re a Robot by Sam Brown- $14

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Ten Must-Have Boxed Book Sets

After the diapers, carseat, layette and sleeping quarters are set up, the most important thing to have is a great collection of books to help develop language and a love for reading. I’ve been reading to my boys nightly since they were just a few weeks old and honestly, it’s one of my favorite parts of the day and time with them that I truly cherish.

Here’s a collection of great box sets that will start your child’s library off right. They also make great gifts.
Boxed Book Sets

1- Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection– $27 We read Cat in the Hat tonight!
2- Nutshell Library by Maurice Sendak– $13 I have mine from when I was a girl
3- Herve Tullet 10 Book Set– $119
4- My Very First Library by Eric Carle- $23
5- Mini Masters Boxed Set by Julie Merberg- $20
6- The Folk Tale Classics Keepsake Collection– $17
7- Peter Rabbit Naturally Better Classic Gift Set– $16 or get the entire Beatrix Potter Collection if you’re a real fan!
8- Pooh’s Library by A.A. Milne– $52 I love reading Winnie the Pooh!
9- Boynton’s Greatest Hits– $23 These were early favorites for our kids!
10- Baby Lit Complete Set– $160

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2015 Caldecott Books

The Caldecott Medal is “awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.”

What this means to you is that when you buy one of these books, you’re buying an instant classic. A great gift idea for a baby born this year? How about a set of all seven 2015 award winners? They’re bound to enjoy the gift for many years to come.


Caldecott Medal Winner and Honor Books 2015

2015 Medal Winner:

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat- $17

2015 Honor Books:

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo- $17
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales- $18
This One Summer by Mariko Tamai (author) and Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator)- $22
The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art by by Barb Rosenstock (Author) and Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)- $18
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant (Author) and Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)- $18
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett (Author) and Jon Klassen (Illustrator)- $17

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Valentine Books

There are just two weeks until Valentine’s Day. For the kids, a sweet book about love beats a paper card and it’s something you can share throughout the year. Order one today, whip up (or pick up) their favorite sweet treat, and you’re set for the 14th!

Valentine Books

Day It Rained Hearts– $14
Plant a Kiss– $12
Love Monster– $16
Consider Love– $12
Hug Time– $12
See a Heart, Share a Heart– $10
The Ballad of Valentine (Picture Puffin Books)– $6
All the Things I Love About You– $12
The Shape of My Heart– $12
Counting Kisses: A Kiss & Read Book– $6

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Ten Beautiful Baby Books

Parents-to-be might not be ready for dollhouses, puzzles or even rattles, but it’s never too soon to start writing down your thoughts and information in a baby book. This is the perfect gift for any expectant parent. Here are ten great modern options.

Baby Books

1- Sara Midda Baby Book– $17
2- Baby Journal– $19
3- Welcome Baby (Boy)– $17
4- My Baby Book: A Keepsake Journal for Baby’s First Year– $13
5- My Quotable Kid: A Parents’ Journal of Unforgettable Quotes– $10
6- This Is Your Book– $13
7- Binth Handmade Baby Book with Keepsake Box (Green)– $95
8- The Big Book of Me– $5
9- The First 1000 Days: A Baby Journal– $13
10- Petit Collage Baby Book– $16

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Amazing Artsy Alphabet Books

A collection of first books would not be complete without some versions of the alphabet. These artistic interpretations of the ABCs will delight both you and your little ones.

ABC Books

Damien Hirst: ABC– $17
Charley Harper ABCs: Skinny Edition– $8
ABC is for Circus by Patrick Hruby- $14
My First ABC by The (NY) Metropolitan Museum of Art– $8
Creature ABC by Andrew Zuckerman- $16
Bruno Munari’s ABC– $15
Paul Thurlby’s Alphabet– $14
Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli- $15
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault- $5
LMNO Peas (Classic Board Books) by Keith Baker- $8

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