Thursday, January 15, 2009

A Few of My Favourite Things

The greatest thing about owning a bookstore (besides being able to keep my own books face out 24/7 – LOL) is discovering so many new books and rediscovering some old treasures. There are certain titles in each section of the store that I love. This doesn't mean I've actually read all my favourites, it just means that I love the look or the feel of them. Yes, I'm a sucker for a good cover.

The children’s section is a one of the most enjoyable areas in any bookstore, and I decided that for today's blog, I would share my top 5 picks that are in our store right now. These titles are, of course, subject to change as new orders arrive.
#5 - THREE QUESTIONS by Jon Muth
(based on a Tolstoy short story)

A young boy thinks if he can find the answer to three questions, he will know how to be a good person. "When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do?"

#4 - THE MITTEN by Jan Brett

There’s nothing like illustrations by Jan Brett. Every time you read one of her books, you see things you didn’t see before, and this book is a new and exciting treasure with each turn of the page.

#3 - GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU by Sam McBratney.

What’s not to love about Little Nut Brown Hare as he tells his father “I love you right up to the moon.”??

#2 – CALVIN & HOBBES by Bill Watterson
Okay, perhaps not a children’s book per se, but for our purposes here, these books definitely qualify. My boys recently discovered C&H in their school library and we all have our favourite strips. The snowmen in the front yard. Eating supper. Wrestling with Hobbes. His dad’s sarcasm. Definitely his dad’s sarcasm.
And my #1 pick - and favourite book in our whole store is . . .(drum roll please). . .

#1 - BLESS THIS MOUSE by Dianna Hutts Aston

Oh my goodness, if you haven’t seen this book, rundon’t walk – to your nearest book store or library and hunt it down. To say it's beautiful doesn't even begin to describe it. The animals are slightly fuzzy, the mouse has the most beautiful little face you will ever see, and the story is downright adorable. Go find this book! Right now. Go! Run! Enoy!!
I'm going to go find more fun books to talk about next time!


Raven99 said...

Thanks for these recommendations. Now I know some great books to pick out for my niece next time I buy her a gift.

danie88 said...

THE MITTEN by Jan Brett was one of my favorite books when I was little. My mom used to read it to my sister and I alot with so many other great stories... such bittersweet memories.

I'm in the process of collecting children's books that my mom read to my sister and I when we were little and I just happened to find THE MITTEN in a used book store last week! I was quite excited about that :)

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