by Kris Kahrs
Hey, let's do something really radical this year and buy our Hannukkah and Christmas presents a little ahead of time instead of at the gas station while filling up two hours before the big event. In this spirit, we here at The Pen and Ink Blog have some inspired suggestions from vintage books blogs, illustrators of kid's books, award shortlists, tucked away indie bookstores and more.
Peruse and delight in the variety you'll find and give to your favorite someone.
Twenty of the Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World by Emily Tempest via Flavorwire. Are bookstores your place of worship and books your religion? Then check out this post featuring a bookstore in a former Dominican church in Maastricht, Holland and the Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid, a converted movie palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ugh, so hard to go back to the Barnes and Noble in Burbank.
Book By Its Cover. This blog features a carnevale of wonderful kidlit books with innovative illustration. One of my son's favorites, the Follow the Line series is spotlighted here. Take a gander.
The Redhouse Children's Book Award Shortlist. Not only can you vote for your favorites on this site, but you can also buy them and what better way is there to show your support? My vote went to "Dog Loves Drawing" by Louise Yates.
Curious Pages. For the rebels among us who need to get their freak on, there is Curious Pages. A wonderful blog about 'recommended inappropriate books for kids'. At this blog you will find all of the books you read as a kid, including the ones that are no longer deemed appropriate.
We Too Were Children. What do Upton Sinclair, James Joyce and Langston Hughes all have in common? Why they are children's book authors, of course! At this blog, written by author, Ariel S. Winter, you'll be surprised to learn that many of your favorite classic literature authors also have a kid's book lurking in their past!
The Art of Children's Picture Books. Another blog for the Illustrator's out there or just for the lovers of wonderful illustration in all of us. The illustrations alone are so detailed and fantastic that I felt I could tell the story from the image without ever having read the book.
And Now Some Places to Buy Your Faves:
7) Elwood & Eloise. You don't get much more independent than an Etsy Shop. Right now, E&E has a Cyber Monday sale on, 20% off your purchase of 2nd loved books.
The New York Review of Books. At the opposite end of the book store spectrum, the NYRB has a 20% off special going on now also.
Enjoy and remember to support your indie booksellers!