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Lost in the Bookstore

December 23, 2011

It is a wonderful feeling to have enough time on your hands to browse through a beloved bookstore.  The soft voices in the background, the smell of books and paper, and maybe coffee.  It is almost an indulgence to be able to thumb through books, read the covers, peruse a few pages, or bask in the illustrations.  But at the holidays, time is of the essence, and there is not much time for browsing and previewing.  This is when it is good to have some lists of tried and true books to help guide you.

     We have compiled a list of book recommendations for children aged 3 to 11,  which you can find by clicking “Book Lists” at the top of this page.  Rather than focusing just on known favorites, we tried to include books that may not already be on your shelves or old favorites that may have been pushed out of the collective consciousness by newer books.  So, for example, Dr. Seuss, who we love, is not on this list—but you already know that virtually everything he wrote is fantastic.  Likewise, Harry Potter is not here, though I’ve read the entire series more times than I care to admit.

     We are including links to other helpful lists of books.  Even if you’ve already completed your book shopping for the year, take a look—it’s always nice to have book ideas to share, and everyone is always happy to get a book.  While you’re at it, why not buy a book for an angel tree child or pick a few and drop them by your local women’s shelter?

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