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Holiday Gift Guide: Give them extraordinary stories!

We asked our kid experts (teachers) to provide you with insider info on some of the best books for your little ones! These books make perfect gifts, but remember that the very best thing you can give your child is time devoted to sharing stories together every day. These books will give you a circle of fictional friends and will open the door to many thoughtful conversations and shared experiences – the very heart and soul of family relationships.

Ms Candy and Ms Meghan’s Preschool Picks:screenshot-2016-12-05-12-53-00

Not a Box and Not a Stick, both by Antoinette Portis

These books capture the vivid imagination of three and four year olds. For many parents, they’ll bring back treasured memories of hours of happy play in the basement, driveway or back yard. (You many want to have an empty box on hand for after the story!)

Ms Kelsey and Ms Cindy’s Kindergarten Picks:

screenshot-2016-12-05-12-54-00The Scaredy Squirrel series by Melanie Watt

Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? both by Mo Willems

Kindergarteners are ready for stories that help them identify the strong feelings they discover when interacting in many new social situations. These books provide fun characters that kids will love and connect with.

Ms Marcia’s Grade 1 Picks

screenshot-2016-12-05-12-54-46Anything is Possible by Giulia Belloni Maro Trevisan

Drawings of DaVinci inventions add the touch of reality to this message about two friends who learn to work together to bring their dream to life.

You’re Finally Here by Melanie Watt

First graders are learning many things  . . . including how to be patient. The funny bunny in this book jumps right off the page and brings the reader into the story. You will love the fun and unexpected twist at the end. Your first grader will want to read this over and over!

Ms Katie’s Grade 2 and 3 Picks

Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends

“A tree house, a tree house; A secret you and me house;

A high up in the leafy branches; Cosy as can be house.”

No one captures the mind of the child quite like Silverstein. A classic, kiscreenshot-2016-12-05-12-55-40ds will dip into this collection over and over – many will want to keep it on the bookshelf in their room forever.

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

A wordless graphic novel, this book is perfect no matter how far reading skills have progressed. Amazing artwork, amazing story.

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Learning to read is fun when you’re accompanied by these two BFFs. Every child should get to know Frog and Toad.

Ms Aisha’s Grade 4 and 5 Picks

Wonder by Racquel Palacio

An amazing story to share as your child is growing up and getting ready for middle school. We all want our children, most importantly, to be kind. This story about a child who doesn’t look like everyone else will be indelibly impressed upon kids’ hearts and minds as they encounter increasingly complicated social situations.

The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

screenshot-2016-12-05-12-56-30Sometimes the oldest stories are the best.

Dear Reader, you hold in your hands a very special book that contains more than thirty-five classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes, plus your very own survival guide to the Land of Stories. If you notice the pages glowing, followed by an inviting humming noise, don’t be afraid! That is just the book’s magic. But whatever you do, don’t lean too far into the book. You never know where you might end up.

(And check out the many other collections of wonderful stories by Colfer!)

For All Ages

screenshot-2016-12-05-12-58-40The Journey Trilogy by Aaron Becker

“We live in a time with a lot of flash and beep and tweets. Mr. Becker has made a beautiful reminder that there are times we need to turn it off. Sometimes we need a book, some quiet, and our imagination. It’s so well done!”