Books for Children

Children's books, libraries, book stores, readings, and related events.

Grab a Book—It's National Library Week

April 13, 2009

This week (April 13–19) is National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians, and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide. I know that some libraries in Marin are having some special programs to celebrate National Library Week. It’s also a great time to spend more time reading and enjoying books with your children. I love to go to the library for storytime and pick out some unique and fun books to read with my children. Listed below are a few book recommendations from the American Library Association (ALA). Go to their website for more 2009 notable children’s books.

Book (and Music) Review: My First Classical Music Book from Naxos

March 23, 2009

My First Classical Music Book from NaxosOne of the best and certainly one of the most innovative classical music labels out there is Naxos, the producer of budget price (but definitely not low budget) recordings. I'm a big fan of Naxos—we often play their CDs here at home—as well as a classical music enthusiast who tries to instill an appreciation of it in my children, so when I got ahold of a copy of Naxos' new My First Classical Music Book , I was pretty excited.

In case you're not familiar with Naxos, they issue low priced CDs (and downloads, available via iTunes) of everything from the standard classical music repertoire like Beethoven's symphonies to cutting edge modern music to really arcane but wonderful period instrument performances of baroque and renaissance music. They eschew slick graphic design and fancy marketing campaigns in favor of great recording quality and top notch performances. I like them because you can build a quality basic music library for not much money, and can take a chance and explore new areas of music without investing too much capital.

Meet Olivia, Everyone's Favorite Piglet, at babyGap

January 7, 2009

Olivia comes to babyGap in Corte MaderaMeet Olivia, everyone's favorite piglet and the precocious porcine star of Ian Falconer's Olivia series of children's books. Olivia will appear in person this Saturday, January 10, at the babyGap store at the Village in Corte Madera. She'll be on hand from noon to 3 pm.

The store is offering a special gift with purchases of $50 or more (in case you thought you'd get away without buying anything). For more information, call the store at (415) 924-4079.

Browse the Olivia books on here

The First Adventures of Incredible You

July 7, 2008

The First Adventures of Incredible You personalized children's bookOne-of-a-kind personalized gifts are always treasured keepsakes. We recently received a sample of a new personalized children's book, The First Adventures of Incredible You, by Sarah Riley Headrick and Sarah Foreman Rivers, with whimsical illustrations by Jill Dryer Bartolucci. The full color, hardbound book is a playful look at the fun and exciting adventures of small child, all personalized with details for your child. When ordering you fill in a variety of different fields with names of your child's family, friends, pets, and favorite activities, which results in a truly unique personalized book.

Once Upon a Time: The Barefoot Book of Fairy Tales

January 30, 2008

The Barefoot Book of Fairy TalesFairy tales are very popular in our house. I'm not sure why, but my 4-year-old son is really into them. Maybe it's the timeless stories, or perhaps it's the element of fantasy involved (he's an imaginative little boy), but regardless of the reason, he's very drawn to them. For that reason, The Barefoot Book of Fairy Tales has been getting a lot of mileage with us.

Art, Story, and Song in Barefoot Books--And a New Giveaway!

January 27, 2008

Barefoot Books Array

Some of the best loved books in our house are those published by Barefoot Books. Founded by mompreneurs in the UK in the 1990s, Barefoot Books has become a successful childrens' book publisher through a winning formula of great stories accompanied by beautiful art and illustrations. Many of their books, like Whole World pictured above, come with sing-along or read-along CDs, many narrated by well known award-winning actors. Stories presented in Barefoot Books are both timeless and timely, and include tales from a variety of the world's cultures.

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