2013 Classic Play Gift Guide pt. 3

by , posted on December 5th, 2013 in 2013 Classic Play Gift Guide

This season, give the gift of reading. Our Reading Nook editor, Sandra Harris, shares the best picture books for kids ages 4 to 8… -Jen

What to get the kids on your list who already have a Rainbow Loom or two and more than enough Lego? Books of course. Here are my fave picture books that I know your 4-8 year old kids will love. Some are classics and some are newly published this year and WILL be classics. All are a great addition to your home library.

give the gift of reading: books for 4 to 8 year olds

The Dark
Take the literary brilliance of Lemony Snicket, add the award-winning illustrations of Jon Klassen and you have this tale of a boy named Lazlo and how he stops being afraid of the dark.

Harry the Dirty Dog
Harry, a white dog with black spots will do ANYTHING to avoid having a bath – even running away. He soon learns that there IS no place like home. Originally in black & white, it was republished in 2002 with watercolors added by the original illustrator.

The Day the Crayons Quit
A NYT bestseller for 2013, this is a delightful story about how crayons REALLY feel. Each color has its own reasons for feeling more than a bit disgruntled. And with illustrations by Oliver Jeffers, you can’t go wrong!

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
Lilly loves school and she especially loves her teacher Mr. Slinger. However, her feelings change after Mr. Slinger confiscates her prized purple plastic purse when she just can’t wait until sharing time to play with it.

Frog and Toad are Friends
A classic tale of a year in the friendship of Frog and Toad. The subtle, lowkey humor appeals to every kid. A Caldecott Medal winner for its illustrations, this book will have your beginning readers thinking about the meaning of friendship.

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4 Responses to “2013 Classic Play Gift Guide pt. 3”

  1. Giulia Doyle Says:

    December 5th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    We have all of these except the Frog and Toad ;)


  2. Tanya King Says:

    December 5th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    great choices! Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse is seriously one of my all time favorite books. (Pointy pencils are my favorite too)


  3. 2013 Classic Play Gift Guide pt 5 Says:

    December 9th, 2013 at 7:00 am

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  4. 2013 Classic Play Gift Guide pt. 7 Says:

    December 11th, 2013 at 11:37 am

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