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Eva Says You Should Buy Your Kid These Books for Christmas

Today is Friday and I’ve been doing fashion posts on Friday because I love putting them together and they’re a nice low-key thing to do right before the weekend. I had a two-for-one outfit laid out for this week since I had an outfit for each kid from the same store, but sadly I’m quite down with some virus (cough cough) and the kids were not cooperative with the whole “let’s hurry and get dressed so we can run out and take photos before coming back in so Mom can get back in bed thing”.

Eva doesn’t often call shenanigans on what I do for a living, but I couldn’t even get her to look up at me. She asked why she should change her clothes just to take a picture and I told her that we were going to share these pictures in case any of the parents who saw her wanted to buy the clothes for their kids.

“For Christmas?”

“Maybe for Christmas.”

“Kids don’t want clothes for Christmas.”

“Some kids want clothes for Christmas.”

“I think kids want books. Take a picture of me reading this book and tell everyone to buy that for their kids for Christmas. So I don’t have to get up.”

Buy Kids Books for Christmas

She did get up, though. After I took the picture, she pulled out a couple more that she thought I should take a photo of her reading and together we came up with ten books Eva thinks your kids want for Christmas.

Normally I wouldn’t let her jump in on my editorial calendar like this, but you have no idea how sick I am and who am I to stand in the way of literacy. So, without further ado (this part has Amazon affiliate links):

And Tango Makes Three

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

This cute story about a little penguin family at the Central Park Zoo is a favorite because it really happened and it’s such a warm little story (esp. for being about penguins!).

Llama llama mad at mama

Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney

We like all of the Llama Llama books but this one might top out the list. It tells the story of a no-fun day in which Llama Llama gets dragged around on one errand and another. I don’t think my kids are the only ones out there who can relate!

Are You My Mother

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

You’ve probably read this one, since it’s as iconic as The Cat in the Hat. We’re including it anyway because it’s one of the books that’s really helping Eva with her reading and the story is so sweet I don’t mind reading it over and over.

What Do People Do All Day

What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scarry

Kyle was the one who ordered this for the kids’ library. I always liked Richard Scarry books, but I guess he really went through them with a fine tooth comb and it seems that habit was genetic. The kids love looking at all the little details and mini-stories on the pages.

Just Go To Bed

Just Go To Bed by Mercer Mayer

Little Critter comes up with a million ways to postpone bedtime but his parents get him in the end.

If the Dinosaurs Came Back

If the Dinosaurs Came Back by Bernard Most

This is probably my favorite children’s picture book of all time, even beating out Where the Wild Things Are. It’s so funny and simple and now our kids love it as much as I do.

The Most Magnificent Thing

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

A story about a girl embarking on a creative endeavor only to fall into the traps of ambition and perfectionism. Dad bought it, but Mama loves this one!

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish

The Day I Swapped My Dad for 2 Goldfish by Neil Gaiman

I bought this one more than a decade ago when I was working as a children’s bookseller. It’s just a touch beyond the age range of our kids in theory, but they really like the pictures (by Davd McKean) and the story is very funny.

Wheres Waldo

Where’s Waldo? by Martin Handford

I don’t really get it, but kiddo loves the whole series.

The Salamander Room

The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer

A little boy brings home a salamander and, in the process of trying to make his new friend feel at home, transforms his bedroom into a forest. The story is sweet but it’s the pictures that I really love. This is a great one for kids who love being outside.

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  • Reply Lila Allen

    Eva has never failed me in the gift selection department. I’m putting all these on the Amazon wish list.

    May 18, 2016 at 2:43 pm
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