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Favorite Books
We love books! These are a few of our favorites for gifting and reading. All are visually strong enough for babies, complex enough in text and meaning for older kids, and much read and loved in our house.

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Beautiful Oops!

This entrancing interactive book reminds kids and parents alike that every mistake is an opportunity to make something beautiful. A spill doesn’t ruin a drawing — not when it becomes the shape of a goofy animal. An accidental tear can become the mouth of an alligator. Pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, tears, holes, overlays, bends, smudges, and even an accordion “telescope” demonstrate the magical transformation from blunder to wonder.


Dragons Love Tacos

This hilarious tale of fiery taco parties with quirky illustrations is a new favorite of kids and grown-ups alike. Beware dragon salsa breath!


Extra Yarn

Knitting and girl power unite in a story of a girl named Annabelle who knits for everyone (and everything) around her. A monochrome town gets a change of color and attitude in elegant, gently humorous illustrations. Feels like a classic, though Annabelle’s response to a greedy archduke is distinctly modern.


Maps

Travel the world without leaving your living room with this visual feast for readers of all ages featuring lavishly drawn illustrations by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski. Learn about borders, cities, rivers, and peaks, but also places of historical and cultural interest, eminent personalities, iconic animals and plants, cultural events, and many more fascinating facts associated with every region of our planet. Makes a great gift for curious kids of all ages.


Planting a Rainbow

Learn about flowers of each color of the rainbow through Lois Ehlert’s gorgeous collage illustrations. This educational and enjoyable book helps children understand how to plant bulbs, seeds, and seedlings, and nurture their growth.


Tap the Magic Tree

This delightful book, ‘interactive’ like Herve Tullet’s popular Press Here, invites kids to bring its pages to life as it celebrates the wonder of nature. The first page tells you “there’s magic in this bare brown tree. Tap it once. Turn the page to see.” Tapping, rubbing and touching make a bare tree sprout one leaf, then many, then buds, flowers, and finally apples. Jiggling, wiggling, and swishing the pages brings winter and then spring once again.


Thank You, Octopus

Ahoy! It’s bedtime, and Octopus is here to help his buddy get ready. First up is a bath (Thank you, Octopus) . . . in egg salad (No, thank you, Octopus). Then it’s time to brush teeth…with paint brushes. This hip, nautical-themed take on bedtime and friendship will have the whole family laughing. Lots of fun details in the awesome illustrations make each of the many readings there will be rewarding.


The Day the Crayons Quit

Crayons have feelings, too, and reading their complaints will have the whole family laughing (and make your kid think again next time he or she wants to tear a wrapper off a crayon leaving it shamefully naked).


The Thankful Book

We are huge fans of Todd Parr’s signature bright and bold illustrations and whimsically touching text, and this beautiful sentiments (“I am thankful for music because it makes me want to dance. I am thankful for underwear because I like to wear it on my head.”) in this book make it a favorite for the holidays and all year long.


Where's Warhol?

We found this fun arty update on Where’s Waldo? in the Whitney Museum gift shop and had so much fun finding Andy Warhol in spreads of iconic moments from art history. Interesting details abound as he travels from Michelangelo at work on the Sistine Chapel, to Jean-Michel Basquait painting the streets of New York, to the French Impressionists and the Bauhaus, and, our favorite, Studio 54.


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