Book Pairings Part 2: More advice for gifting books.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Last December, inspired by the 105 Ways To Give A Book post over at MotherReader in which she pairs books with a corresponding gift, we posted our own list of book/gift pairings. You can check that list out here.

This year we thought we'd do things a little differently and come up with book pairs that go well togther. So here's our list of great book pairs that would make great gifts!

Picture Books:
1. Pair The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood, with Too Loud Lily by Sofie Laguna.
2. For an art theme, pair Art and Max by David Wiesner with Chalk by Bill Thomson.
3. For the child learning the alphabet try giving LMNO Peas by Keith Baker with The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra.
4. Go with garbage! Try pairing Here Comes the Garbage Barge! by Jonah Winter with I Stink! by Kate McMullan.
5. For your favorite little dancer pair Brontorina by James Howe with Miss Lina's Ballerinas by Grace Maccarone.
6. For the budding scientist pair Oh No!: Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World by Mac Barnett with The Secret Science Project that Almost Ate the School by Judy Sierra.  For extra fun add a science kit like this one.
7. For the kid who really wants a puppy (but isn't getting one) pair City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems with Dogs by Emily Gravett. 
8.  For a bad idea theme try A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea by Michael Ian Black paired with Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown.
9. Pair We Are In A Book! by Mo Willems with How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills.
10. Explore the world. Pair Olivia Goes to Venice with Knuffel Bunny Free by Mo Willems. Add some swedish fish and a coupon for gelato for the finishing touch!
11. For the competitive kid try pairing Shark vs.Train by Chris Barton with Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea. For a fun extra throw in this Captain Corndog vs. Baron Von Broccoli Action Figure Playset.

Chapter Books
1. For the Star Wars enthusiast try pairing The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda by Tom Angelberger with Lego Star Wars: The visual dictionary by Simon Beecroft.
2. For girls who enjoyed the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series try pairing Doodlebug: My Book in Drawing and Writing by Karen Romano Young with The Populatrity Papers by Amy Ingatow.
3. Kids who like historical fiction might like Coundown by Deborah Wiles. Pair it with One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia for two different looks at the 1960's.
4. Give The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter with Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Mary Rose Wood for a slightly dark, slightly quirky pairing.
5. Give The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan with a Greek Mythology book like this one.
6. Try this easy reader pairing.  Give Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee with Ling and Ting: Not Exaxtly the Same! by Grace Lin

Can you think of any others? Let us know.
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