- Location: online only
- Website: onepotato.net
- Founded by: Jay Bushara
When it comes to shopping for Christmas gifts, we're of the opinion that you can't go wrong with children's books. Still, it's hard to know which books will stand the test of multiple readings, and the task can be mind-boggling given the gazillions of offerings available through online retailers and big box stores. Small independent bookstores are terrific resources for this reason, but sadly those are becoming harder to find. Meet Jay Bushara, father of two sons, whose passion for children's books has resulted in an excellent online book blog.
Devoted to rediscovering both classic and underappreciated children's books, curator and creator of One Potato, Jay Bushara, scours yard sales, libraries, and small bookstores in search of outstanding children's books, then shares his greatest, most beloved finds in a simple and well organized website.
This is a man who is clearly in love with kid's books, and thoughtful and selective about his choices. As Jay admits, the illustrations are the first to grab his attention. However, as he puts it "a good-looking book with no brains isn't what [he's] after." "Mostly, we are looking for stories, for pictures and characters that offer the possibility of becoming a part of your child's (or your own) daily vocabulary. Little classics you could call them."
One Potato features over 600 titles and growing, and arranged in fun and friendly categories from Strange Happenings in Scandinavia, Rascals and Cut-Ups, or Perilous Rescues and Thrilling Escapes. Plus, One Potato's entire catalog of books can be conveniently purchased directly from the website, via a partnership with Amazon.
If your relatives are asking for gift ideas, books are a safe bet. And if they need suggestions, we think One Potato is a great resource.
(images: One Potato)