Book Pairings: How to give the perfect holiday gift.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

We were really inspired by the 105 Ways To Give A Book post over at MotherReader in which she pairs books with a corresponding gift. The book/gift pairings in that post made us start to think of our own book matches. It was a challenge! Here are some holiday gift ideas from the youth services staff:

Picture Books
1. Pair The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney with a knot tying kit like this one.
2. Give Scribble by Deborah Freedman with a pad of drawing paper and crayons.
3. Give Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney with a pair of red pajamas.
4. Pair The Little Red Hen Makes A Pizza by Philemon Sturges with a play pizza set like this one.
5. Match Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy with a bottle of bubble solution (of course!) or a pack of bubble gum.
6. Give Kid Tea by Elizabeth Ficocelli and match it with some bath toys like Crayola Bathtub Crayons.
7. Pair Wiggle by Doreen Cronin with a hula hoop for wiggly fun.
8. Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson and a stuffed bear.
9. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats with a new snow hat and gloves.
10. Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel or (or any pirate themed book really) and a model pirate ship like this one or pirate gear like this.
11. Harry and Horsie by Katie Van Camp and this Radio Flyer Retro Rocket that matches the wonderfully retro illustrations.
12. Pair Bark, George by Jules Feiffer with a new puppy. (Just kidding!)

Easy Readers
1. Pair Mo Willem’s I Love My New Toy with a windup toy or an old fashioned top.
2. Pair any of the Fly Guy books by Tedd Arnold with those fake flies you can get as gag gifts. Add a butterfly net or bug catcher for a great gift for budding scientists.
3. Give Bones and the Math Test Mystery (or any of the Bones or Cam Jansen books) by David Adler with a detective set.
4. Give Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa by Erica Silverman and a cowgirl hat.
5. Match the classic Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman with a toy car.
7. Fred and Ted Go Camping by Peter Eastman paired with a play tent.

Chapter Books
1. Give Flush by Carl Hiaasen with a fishing pole or a plastic alligator.
2. Give A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban with some funky striped toe socks.
3. Match a book from the My Weird School series by Dan Gutman with a new backpack or pencil case.
4. A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman paired with a few packs of baseball cards, or tickets to Phillies game, or baseball glove.
5. All Shook Up by Shelley Pearsall (the characters father is an Elvis impersonator) paired with a music CD.
6. Saffy's Angel by Hillary McKay paired with a paint set and paper
7. Dessert First by Hallie Durand paired with a ice cream sundae kit, or gift card to Friendlys
8. Stink and the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers by Megan McDonald and a new pair of sneakers
9. Neil Armstrong is my Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty told me by Nan Marino paired with a telescope.
10. My Life in Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald with a makeup kit or a gift certificate for a facial.

1. Pair Moonshot by Brian Floca with astronaut ice cream.
2. Pair Never Smile at a Monkey by Steve Jenkins with passes to the local zoo.
3. Pair Fairy Tale Feasts: a Literary Cookbook for Young Readers and Eaters by Jane Yolen with a mixing bowl and some kid friendly measuring cups.

We're just getting started and we promise to post more book pairings as we come up with them. Please feel free to comment and add to the list with your own ideas!
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