(Random House, paperback boxed set, $21.46)
I can’t believe no one thought of doing this sooner! The great boxed set includes the first books in five great series (Magic Tree House, Junie B. Jones, A to Z Mysteries, Andrew Lost, and Nate the Great). This is a perfect birthday party gift and a great way to help a kid find a new series to get into.
by Betsy Snyder
(Random House, hardcover, $9.99)
This adorable touch-and-feel book lets kids poke a penguin, nudge a hedgehog, and kiss a walrus. I love it!
by Ruby Roth
(North Atlantic Books, hardcover, $16.95)
The vegetarian in me couldn’t let this book go by without giving it a brief mention. Though this book tackles a difficult subject for younger children, it does so well. This is a good book for vegetarian families or parents who are raising their kids veggie and want a way to explain it to them. Without getting too graphic (animals in confined cages are as dark as it gets), it explores basic issues of factory farming and discusses its effects on the environment. Roth is able to get her point across without becoming too preachy or delving into topics that aren’t age-appropriate.