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Wish Lists

Posted by Susan T. on November 17, 2009 at 10:00 AM in
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With Thanksgiving just around the corner and the December holidays quickly approaching, parents may need some great book recommendations fast. Whether the children are looking for entertainment for a long plane trip or a little something to tide them over until the turkey is ready, the following offer a bounty of ideas. I collect lists, and these are some of my favorites:

The New York Times Book Review's Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2009

Booklist's 2009 Top Ten Religion Books for Youth

Outstanding science books of 2008, chosen by the National Science Teachers Association

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Gift Guide 2009. A large, wide-ranging selection of books published in the last few years.

The National Outdoor Book Awards. This roster includes books for children and adults.

The E.B. White Read Aloud Awards

Wired Magazine's GeekDad's book picks for 2009. Geektastic titles for kids and grown-ups.


Pam writes...

I rely on your List of Lists to find all the best books.

I've updated the links on my 105 Ways to Give a Book which pairs books with toys or other gift ideas over at

Susan T.Author Profile Page writes...

Thanks for chiming in, Pam! Everyone else, be sure to check out MotherReader's terrific series of posts, 105 Ways to Give a Book, which matches up books and toys.

Terry Doherty writes...

Your lists of lists are so helpful. Some I recognize, others (like the best religion books for kids) are new! Thanks, Susan.

Susan T.Author Profile Page writes...

Thanks, Terry. Collecting lists is fun, and unlike a rock collection, takes up no room on the shelves!

Another one I like is the "Growing Good Kids" award for ecologically- and gardening-themed books:

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