Indulge you inner (or outer, or actual) child! These are a few of the children’s book that made the list of our 2013 holiday picks:
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild: Mr. Tiger is tired of always being on his best behavior. He can’t run, he can’t roar, he can’t swim in the city fountains. Mr. Tiger is bored. So one day, he decides to escape to the wilderness where he can be as wild as he wants and no one can tell him no! But, now Mr. Tiger misses his friends. Mr. Tiger decides to return to the city. When he returns home, he finds that things are different – in fact, they’re just the perfect amount of wild. Perfect for all Peter Brown fans and all children who like to be wild. (Emily)
Alphablock: There may be an A for Apple and a Q for Queen in Alphablock, but all tired alphabet tropes end there. Full of vivid illustrations and paired with a sturdy, hard to tear design, Alphablock is meant to entertain and last. Pages cut in the shape of each letter lend a peek-a-boo tactility that will provide hours of fun for toddlers and parents alike. (Grace)
Now Open The Box: Written by the wonderful Dorothy Kunhardt (author of Pat the Bunny) and originally published in 1934, Now Open The Box has been reissued by the New York Review of Books Children’s Collection in a new hardcover format so well designed that, like the imperative in its title, it demands to be read. The story concerns Pee Wee “the teeniest weeniest teeny teeny teeny weeny weeny weeny little dog in the world,” who, even though he doesn’t know any tricks, is beloved by the members of the circus in which he lives. In addition to Pee Wee, the story features a delicious ensemble of silly circus performers, beautiful illustrations, a loopy sense of humor and handwritten text that mirrors the emotion of the actions, making it a great book for teaching reading. (Michael)
You can see a full list of our 2013 childrens’ book picks here
We’ve got a lot of great Holiday Picks this year; here are three of our Cookbook Picks to whet your appetite. The theme is Sweets and Liquor aka The Bookseller’s Breakfast.
Be on the look out over the next couple weeks for more Holiday Picks, as chosen by the wonderful Greenlight staff.
Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book: This brand-new cookbook is as filled with delicious goodness as one of Emily and Melissa’s pies! I doubt there’s a more perfect gift for anyone who bakes, or has supposed once that they might like to try baking. Arranged seasonally, the recipes are thrilling and unique, and the photography is perhaps the most mouth-watering and beautiful I have ever encountered in a cookbook. (Annie)
You can see the list of our entire Holiday Picks here.
The staff of Common Good Books shows you how to embrace the job you’ve always had.
- Shelve a book. Shelving a book has classic bookstore job description written all over it. Grab a book, any book, and put it on the shelf. Take a moment to look at the books next to it. Are they in alphabetical order? The important thing is that you tried.
- Say hello. These days, everyone is in a rush. Once an oasis of solitude, bookstores today are just another place to lose one’s self in a sea of information. Make a conscious effort to look up and greet your customers. C’mon. It’s your life. Direct, unwavering eye contact establishes trust and a sense of community. It also prevents shoplifting.
- Look it up. You’re not perfect and no one expects you to be.* Don’t be afraid to admit you’ve never heard of a book’s title or author. Take a breath. Keep breathing.
Ahhh!!! It’s like looking in a mirror. But where’s the part about jealously looking at new fiction and obsessing about the unfinished project in your drawer?