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Searching for just the right gift for an adult on your list?
 Books marketed for children can be spot-on for grown ups, too!

Here are a few ideas:

Are they passionate about immigration?

Her Right Foot, written by Dave Eggers, illustrated by Shawn Harris
published in 2017 by Chronicle Books

This is the only book on today’s list that hasn’t been on my blog yet so just let me say: It is tremendous!

Dave Eggers, with his nonchalant, conversational tone, wows us with fascinating tidbits about our treasured Statue of Liberty, all building up to a surprising reveal about that Lady’s right foot! Shawn Harris knocks it out of the ballpark with his strong, vibrant artwork. 

This one sneaks up on you with understatement, then moves you to tears. One of the best of 2017, for ages 5 through Adult.

Do they treasure the beauty of flora and fauna?

Try: The Lost Words (review here)

Are they enamored with words?

Try: Ounce Dice, Trice (review here)

Do they dream of world travels?

Try: City Atlas (review here)

Did they recently become parents after a long, difficult wait?

Try: Wish (review here)

Have they loved books since they were knee-high to a grasshopper?

Try: A Child of Books (review here)

Are they allergic to morning?

Try: Pug Man’s 3 Wishes (review here)

Is Norse mythology their thing?

Try: Odd and the Frost Giants (review here)

Do they cry every time they watch You’ve Got Mail?

Try: Skating Shoes (review here)

Need a book for your favorite feminist?

Try: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (review here)

Have someone interested in African-American history? 

Try: Freedom Over Me (review here)

Or: Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph (review here)

Or: One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance (review here)

Or: March Trilogy (review here

Would they appreciate a gorgeous Minnesota read?

Try: Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold (review here)

Are they jazzed by Art Deco?

Try: Snow White: A Graphic Novel (review here)

In addition, you might consider…

…a children’s book written by an author they love. I’ve reviewed children’s books by Sylvia Plath, Salman Rushdie, Aldous HuxleySherman Alexie, Chinua Achebe, Jane Gardam, Frank McCourt, Sigrid Undset, and a number of others you might consider.…a favorite book from their childhood that’s out of print now. It might take some tricky questioning to find out which stories they loved best decades ago, but especially for friends or family members getting on in years, this might be a lovely gift. Amazon and Abe Books are great sources for purchasing out-of-print titles.

Know any other children’s books that feel like perfect grown-up gifts? Let us know in the comments!


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If you’ve got any young bookworms on your giving list, I’ve got some book-themed ideas today.

Of course, books themselves are the best idea of all! Scroll through my blog to find a gem, or ask the knowledgeable folk at your local independent bookstore for suggestions — they love matching the right book to the right reader!


Speaking of independent booksellers, my daughter works for what I think is the largest indie bookstore in the Twin Cities, Magers & Quinn. They offer an Utterly Exciting Book-of-the-Month Club which you can purchase as either a 6-month or 12-month subscription. Imagine the sparkle of receiving a new book in the mail, every month!

Here’s what you get in the 1st collection for ages 0-5:


Here’s the 2nd collection for ages 6-8:


And here’s the 3rd collection for ages 9-12:


Purchase by calling the store or inquire in the store if you live in the area.


Need some book-ends to shore up all those lovely titles? This set will gladden the heart of any Elephant and Piggie fan.


Another fine way to get kids reading is with a magazine subscription. The time-tested Highlights

just a few of Cricket's many magazines

just a few of Cricket’s many magazines

…and Cricket both have magazines dedicated to a variety of age groups and interests.


Sport your favorite children’s book character with Out of Print’s huge line-up of bookish t-shirts. Frog and Toad, Harold and his Purple Crayon, Mike Mulligan, and lots more are here including t-shirts for adult-size bookworms.


Need a reading break? New York Puzzle Company has smashing Harry Potter puzzles


…charming Peter Rabbit puzzles, and puzzles featuring other literary characters.


Or, a book-lovers’ lollapalooza puzzle — this 1000-piece White Mountain puzzle crammed with vintage picture books.


Maybe a game? Here’s a sweet matching game for Flora afficionados…


… a thrilling mystery at Hogwarts to solve,


and some Ivy & Bean paper dolls for a rainy day.


Now you’ve worked up an appetite. Serve some tea with this darling Madeline tea set.


Or sip some cocoa from this fabulous Moomin mug!


Time to say thank you for the lovely presents? Make it fun with these Very Hungry Caterpillar note cards.


Then snuggle up with the bunny from Goodnight Moon.

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