Any suggestions for books for gifts?
Dd1 reads so many books every day, but it is so hard to help her find books. We keep the libraries in business and always have more books checked out than we're technically allowed, but they know we bring them back quickly. Anyway, dd is 6 and can read anything. She is, however, very sensitive, does not like fairy tales, books about cats, dogs or horses, books about fairies, fantasy or anything remotely scary or depressing. Sigh. Her all time favorite is still the Little House series, which she's read all the way through at least ten times. She enjoyed the Clementine books and the first two Julia Gillian books (but not the third, as they we're older and the ninth-graders were mean to them). She loves mysteries, but not scary ones. She didn't really like the Magic Tree House books, but did like Cam Jansen, for example. I tend to have the most luck with random books I find buried in the library that the libraries have never heard of - or some recommendations from here that we order through inter-library loan. She loves books about girls that are smart and nice. The Cobble Street Cousins were sweet when she read then over a year ago, but they were much too short and there were too few of them. She loves series and doesn't like the snarky girl books. She is not super interested in non-fiction right now and can only deal with war if it's just alluded to. She is reading the Astrid Lindgren books in German, and is also reading a couple nice girl series in German. Dh and I really want to make sure she gets a book or books in English for the holidays (we're all set for German). (If anyone has German, Spanish or French recommendations, we would love those, too. We are attempting to go very wide with her reading, and she gets those languages at home.)
Dd2 has the holidays and a birthday coming up. She is 3.5 and reads really well and incessantly. She adores Cynthia Rylant books, so I'm considering getting a couple of the new ones. Of course, she reads them so quickly and the libraries do have them, so I'd love to get more recommendations. She likes things like Mr. Putter and Tabby, Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, etc. She also loves to read the High Rise Private Eyes and Minnie and Moo. Any suggestions? Again, she likes cute, sweet, innocent and funny books. (She has one German series she really likes and is just beginning to read in German and I've got her something for the holidays from that. I'd be open to any great suggestions in Spanish and French. She loves when we read to her in those languages and usually reads the chapter titles and we read the rest.)
Oh, they both like the math stories books - we've gotten lots of those from the libraries.
So, since you all are book experts, thank you in advance for any and all recommendations. I hope they're serve to help others, too.
Edited by expecting-joy - 11/14/10 at 8:31pm