About Me

My name is Genevieve Woods and in addition to being the mother of an adorable preschooler named Oscar and his adorable toddler brother Henry, I am the Children's Buyer at Spellbinder Books, a small independent bookstore in Bishop, California. I am often asked by customers for recommendations...and thus the idea for this blog was sparked.

Many sites recommending books for kids are created by librarians and non-profits. While these are great sites, they often recommend out-of-print books. This site is all about the great books that are available now! While I am not being paid for these recommendations, I would appreciate it if readers would purchase the books I recommend from local independent bookstores, or even B&N. Basically don't buy from the evil empire (A_A_O_), because if you do much of our literary knowledge will be lost.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Great Gifts for the "NICE" present

All books are nice, or at least most books are nice, but some books are REALLY NICE. I'm thinking of beautifully illustrated books that you adore, but are usually too expensive for you to justify buying yourself. These books, these REALLY NICE books, are usually the ones that I lust after and dream about. These are also the books that make fabulous presents.

Sylvia Long's Mother Goose
For Ages 0 - 6
Spectacular illustrations make this Mother Goose set stand out from all the others. This is a wonderful book for families with young children.

Flight of the Reindeer
by Robert Sullivan
illustrated by Glenn Wolff
Ages 5 - 99
A fantastical romp through the "history of Santa! A joy to read for non-believers & believers of all ages!

Harry Potter : A Pop-Up Book
by Lucy Kee
illustrated by Andrew Williamson
Ages 8 - 99
A terrific gift for Potter fans, art lovers, & film buffs! Amazing pop-ups with info on Potter lore and cinematic visions on every page.

by Adrian Mitchell
illustrated by Alan Lee
Ages 10 - 99
Based on Ovid's Metamorphoses this glorious book of stories, ballads, & poems is sure to delight well-worn myth lovers and newer fans of the age-old tales as well.