Are you planning on gifting any children's books during the holidays? If you'd like to find a special one, but need some guidance One Potato offers a carefully curated collection to browse. We asked the owner, Jay Bushara, to share a book list today to give you the flavor of the kind of discoveries awaiting you. Here are ten books that have stood the test of time, even if they are unfamiliar to you. Jay tells us that they're all at least thirty years old - but all still available.
Many of us still have books stamped across our memories from an age whose more obvious landmarks - which house, what school, which friends - remain stubbornly foggy. I do hope our kids are so lucky. Because it's not like we grew up in such a golden era in children's picture book history that we shouldn't have been doing just about anything else - watching Gilligan's Island, say, or George of the Jungle, playing Pong.
No, we are living in that golden era now, believe it or not, and while there is undeniably a lot of twaddle hogging shelf space where you probably do your shopping, it's the striking evolution of the wallflowers - in themes, and ambitions, and original art - which suggests the problem is not with the form, but our underestimation of it.
So let's take a moment, please, to acknowledge the simple, single moments which have somehow transcended our many years and expectations. For me, these begin with a lion combing his hair in the forest, two elephants in knitwear, and a rabbit who just wants to be included - but what about you? Do you have a place like that? Which you never emerged from completely, or maybe left the door a little cracked....
Ten Books Found Between the Cushions of Grandma's Sofa:
In the Forest, story and pictures by Marie Hall Ets.
Fortunately, story and pictures by Remy Charlip.
Miss Suzy, story by Miriam Young, pictures by Arnold Lobel.
The Rainbow Goblins by Ul De Rico.
Miss Rumphius, story and pictures by Barbara Cooney.
A Pocketful of Cricket, story by Rebecca Caudill, pictures by Evaline Ness.
Who Needs Donuts?, story and pictures by Mark Alan Stamaty.
White Snow Bright Snow, story by Alvin Tresselt, pictures by Roger Duvoisin.
The Moon Jumpers, story by Janice May, pictures by Maurice Sendak.
Goggles! story and pictures by Ezra Jack Keats.
The links above will take you to the One Potato book review where you can also purchase the book. We've reviewed One Potato before and still think it's one of the best places to discover terrific and sometimes overlooked children's literature.