I’ve always loved kids books. The stories are cute, there are usually gorgeous/quirky/creative/cute illustrations and there is always a happy ending. Books are one of the things I love to give as gifts (I hear you children of the world groaning in disgust) because they are not just some of-the-moment toy that will be quickly forgotten. A well chosen book for a child – or adult for that matter – can be a gift that will be cherished forever.
When I was out choosing some books with my son the other day for a gift, I was amazed at how many books made me stop what I was doing and flip through them. Kids books are so much cooler than they were when I was a kid! I thought I would share two that will be making debuts at birthday parties my sons attend soon… And a third which made its way home to our house. Because one of the greatest luxuries in life is sometimes never growing up. Or, you know, creating little people to relive it less creepily.
Hillary Rodham Clinton : Some Girls are Born to Lead (Michelle Markel)
Without getting all political on you, how cool is this book? Love her or hate her, it’s exhilarating to think that a woman could possibly be the next President of the United States. And terrifying to think a certain Oompa Loompa could, but that’s a topic for another day.
I loved the positive messages of the book…
and the frizz-free bouncy curls on Chelsea Clinton.
Dragons Love Tacos (Adam Rubin)
Such a cute idea! Since I’ve yet to meet a human who doesn’t love tacos, it’s only logical that dragons would love them too. This pick is perhaps influenced by my bingeing of Game of Thrones, but hey – if Daenerys got to sleep with Jason Momoa and get dragons… I’m listening. Oh, and it’s Tuesday. We could get cheap tacos AND watch Game of Thrones!
My 4-year-old immediately asked why the dragon had so many tacos. It proved a valuable lesson in the “sometimes your eyes are bigger than your stomach” analogy. But this dragon looks pretttty happy. I bet those tacos all had guacamole.
Richard Scarry’s The Best Storybook Ever (Richard Scarry)
I bought this one for
myself my kids based on the page below, exclusively. A villain who controls a gang of evil rats named Pepe Le Gangstair? I’m sold.
It’s also got all of the other characters from Busytown (like the creepy always hanging around never at his house Lowly Worm or Huckle Cat who never changes out of his one pair of overalls) that my son loves. And pickle cars! Who doesn’t love pickle cars?