Unfortunately, I didn't have one, so I picked up a couple armloads of books, and a couple hours later headed to the checkout table. The books were in great condition and dirt cheap, so I'm excited that I was able to find some gems for our library!
As you are shopping for your loved ones this holiday season (or anytime, really!), consider these fantastic Best Books of 2014 and book-buying guides:
BCCB Guide Book to Gift Books: An Annotated List of Books for Youth 2014 is my absolute favorite go-to guide for gifts. Created by the Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books out of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (my alma mater!), this guide includes the best of the best children's books from the past few years and is the most organized and thoughtful that I've found.
From a few other prestigious book review journals, there's School Library Journal's Best of 2014, Kirkus' Best Children's Books of 2014, and Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Books of 2014.
If you've ever visited the Brain Pickings site, you'll appreciate Maria Popova's Best Children's Books of 2014 list with detailed descriptions and tons of illustrations.
Finally, every newspaper and news website/blog likes to chime in with these Best of lists, too. Here are a few:
- New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2014
- NPR's Guide to 2014's Great Reads
- The Wall Street Journal Gift Books: Children
- Huffington Post's Best Picture Books of 2014
We have some of these new and noteworthy books in our library and would welcome any as gifts to us as well! :)
Happy holidays & happy reading!