Happy Day After Thanksgiving!

If you’re not out shopping for Black Friday deals today, you may at least be starting to think about what you are going to give this holiday season now that Thanksgiving is over.  As you might imagine, I like to give books. :)

Here are a few ideas for you to give books this year too.

Gift Books for Little Kids:


  • I like to stick with the basics.  The cute basics.  LMNO Peas and 1-2-3 Peas by Keith Baker are about as adorable as vegetables get, and they introduce numbers and letters as a bonus.  If your style is more retro than cute, try Apple Pie ABC and One, Two That’s My Shoe by Alison Murray.

Gift Books for Bigger Kids:

Gift Books for Future Scientists:


Gift Books for Grown-Up Science Buffs:

Gift Books for Artists, Poets, & Musicians:


  • Remember I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail from this post?  Perfect gift book for anyone interested in poetry, language, or design.
  • Record Collecting for Girls kind of limits the audience in the title, but it’s a great book for anyone interested in indie music (of either gender). I blogged about it here and here.
  • Everyone is talking about How Music Works by David Byrne.  I haven’t seen this one yet, but it may be worth checking out for the musician in your life.

Will you be giving books this year?  Which books do you like to give?

A portion of purchases made from Amazon.com links on this site benefit Proper Noun Blog.  Thanks for your support!  I might also point out that zines make great stocking stuffers.  My zines are available online here!  I also have books and blog related merch in my Cafepress shop.

Happy Shop Small Saturday!

It’s no secret that I love my city, so for Shop Small Saturday, I’m featuring some local businesses with items that show hometown pride.  They just might make the perfect gift for the Twin Citian in your life! :)

I love this vintage locket with a Minneapolis map from Left Hand Originals.  She will also do custom map necklaces from anywhere in the world!  Perhaps a great gift for the world travelers or those who dream of it.

First Avenue is a well-known landmark in Minneapolis music history.  Many bands that play there, including M83 recently, comment on what an honor it is to play there when they visit Minneapolis.  I love all of Red Shoes 26 Design‘s local landmark prints.

Start young with MN pride with a MN onesie from Dianapantz!

You might also want to check out the local artisans I found recently at the HandmadeMN Market or at the Red Hot Art Fest this past summer, and I highly recommend this local blogger’s series on local businesses of all sorts to support for Small Business Saturday–or anytime!

Happy shopping!

Giving Books

Tonight we met a friend for a playdate at the park to give a belated birthday present to the newly turned three-year-old.  A few days ago, Ladybug and I sat in the children’s section at Magers & Quinn trying to decide on what book to get her friend.  We went back and forth on what to get until we finally found one we both liked: Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep by Mo Willems.

Time to Sleep, Sheep the SheepYou can’t really go wrong with Mo Willems.  I love that his books are simple enough for preschoolers to “read” themselves before they can read.  The simple illustrations always manage to convey so much expression in bright colors.  Willems gets preschooler humor as few others do.  Ladybug always cracks up at the sight of the horse going potty in Time To Sleep, Sheep the Sheep. She likes the “twist ending” and the repetitive names.  She’s been calling me “Mama the Mama” since yesterday.  :)

I like the fact that Cat the Cat and all her friends are cooperating with bedtime.  Well, except Owl the Owl.  But I hate to give away the “twist” at the end of the book….

There are several more in the Cat the Cat series, and they all make great gifts for preschoolers.

Do you give books as gifts?  What are some of your favorite books to give and why?  Join the discussion on Facebook.