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Ten Magical Children’s Books For Gift-Giving

Patch asked newly-published children's book author Jo Ann Kairys of Monmouth County to tell us about the most magical children's book on the shelves this holiday season. Here is her list.

Kids say and do the darndest things, right? And so often, they provide tender or hilarious or wonder-filled inspiration for picture books.

One day I heard my granddaughters complaining about the rain as they thumped on the window. Eager to get outdoors, they waited impatiently for the storm to end. Suddenly, they pretended they were the rain. “SWOOSH! SPLAT! SWISH!” Their sounds were innocently poetic, perfect ingredients for a rhyming picture book. Putting it all together in story form is when the magic happens—a sound in just the right place, a vibrant image that brings the story alive, and characters who draw you right into their world.

There are so many wonderful children’s picture books. I’d like to share a few from 2011 that I think have that special magic—the kind that children will love to hear and read over and over again—and you will, too! Some are from major publishing houses. Others are from smaller, independent publishing companies. Several have received high honors and distinctions.

Check out the gallery above to see my pick for this years 10 most magical books for gift giving.

Find more great children’s books at IndieBound Community, Goodreads, Library Thing and Scholastic.

Read and enjoy!

Karl Frank Jr. October 27, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I'd add 'Blueberry Girl' by Neil Gaiman.
Karl Frank Jr. October 27, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I'd also add 'I Want To Go To The Moon' by Tom Saunders - Great little book about a little boy named Neil Armstrong who grows up saying he wants to go to the moon and everyone says he'll never go to the moon. It comes with a CD where the author sings the lyrics in a folksy kind of tune. My daughter can't get enough. :) Looking forward to Sunbelievable http://www.amazon.com/dp/1897476566/ref=pe_175190_21431760_M3T1_ST1_dp_2

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