Sunday, November 14, 2010

holiday gift giving - picture books & bookplates

I'm starting to think about holiday gifts and one of my favorite gifts to give, or get, is a picture book. My list of favorites is long, but here are a few I've purchased already:

Little Beauty
by Anthony Browne
A love story...and because any Anthony Browne is a beautiful, mysterious adventure.

by Kevin Henkes
Because I once wished my name was Jane and every child has a moment when they want to wish away some fabulously embarrassing thing that they'll be thankful for later.

Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or, There Must Be More to Life
by Maurice Sendak
A lesser known Sendaak book - A terrier living the dream takes off in search of what's missing.

A book is a wonderful gift alone, but to add that special something consider adding a book plate, or a handmade bookmark. I love book plates; you can add the recipient's name and place one at the front of the book, or give custom book plates for their library. I'm happy to say they seem to be making a comeback and you can find a large selection on line.

Here are a couple of my favorites:

Personalized Vintage Blue Bird Bookplates

Bookplate (floral) - pack of 9 by Milkshake crafts

Do you have any favorites you'd like to add? Place them in the comments below!


  1. Love, love, love the book "The Sea Serpent and Me" ( Wonderful illustrations and a beautiful story that brings tears to my eyes. Also, I make bookplates and I do find that many people (too many!) have no idea what they are. Great gift ideas, Rosemary! (I also love Chrysanthemum.)

  2. Love children's books. Just blogged about Wabi Sabi (Ed Young is the illustrator)
    Also, Wendell by Eric Jon Nones
    Anything by Lois Ehlert
    I Can't Said the Ant.
    oh boy, maybe it's time for me to do a post on this myself. Hope you are well.

  3. Thank you

    Lisa - are the bookplates on your website? I'll add the link. Your illustrations would be lovely on book plates.

    Diana - great list! We are loving it here...hope to see you in December :)

  4. i put in my vote for (4-ish 5-ish year old kids):

    (1) any of the Mr. Lunch series
    (2) any of the Don't Let the Pigeon... series

  5. We are huge Pigeon fans.
    The other day we were at the park eating a snack and a flock of pigeons started creeping close looking for crumbs, U pointed to one and said, "He's definitely the one that wants a hot dog party."

  6. Higglety Pigglety Pop is one of my childhood all-time favorites. I so related to feeling small in a very big world, and adored the illustrations as a child and now as an adult. Thank you for brushing off the dust of one of my childhood treasures...I enjoy your blog and website immensely. Hope you are enjoying Spring around the bend.



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