We have a confession to make: we librarians LOVE IT when you buy books. LOVE!! And we know you want to give exactly the right book.
So, without further ado, OPL is proud to present its first ever Holiday Gift Guide. These are books we love and want you and your loved ones to read, ones that are 99% guaranteed not to garner this reaction. And as if that weren't great enough, we're capping it off with a list of local indie bookstores where you can buy these gems. (Call ahead to confirm availability!)
Click here for our Graphic Novel Gift Guide!
Click here for suggestions for adult and YA readers!
OPL 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Children's List
For babies and toddlers
Global baby bedtimes
Babies love to look at faces, and you won’t find a cuter collection than in the “Global Baby” books. In this one, they are soooooo sleepy. Buy it for: new parents.
Every truck has an important job except for one—until he becomes Supertruck! Buy it for: the truck obsessed. It won’t disappoint.
For silly billies
The princess and the pony
Princess Pinecone wants a pony for her birthday, but not THIS pony! Buy it for: the preschooler to whom you’ve read the same princess book a thousand times.
Vegetables in underwear
I wear underwear, you wear underwear, and—turnips wear underwear?! They sure do. Buy it for: any kid who’s ever run through the house in their drawers.
For fierce individualists
Niño wrestles the world
Niño can fight and defeat terrifying luchadores like Cabeza Olmeca and la Momia de Guanajuato! Buy it for: niños y niñas who love lucha libre.
Ballet Cat: the totally secret secret
There’s nothing Ballet Cat loves more than ballet—well, almost nothing. Buy it for: little ballerinas who like a funny story.
Puffy: people whose hair defies gravity
Aya de Leon
“Puffy here, puffy there; yay! I love my puffy hair.” A celebration of natural black hair by an Oaklander. Buy it for: families who love their puffs and fros.
For families who love the Bay (and who doesn't?)
Last stop on Market Street
Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson
CJ and his nana don’t need a car—they have a bus that breathes fire! Buy it for: families who appreciate the little things.
Visit the great white sharks who live around the Farallon Islands. Buy it for: budding marine biologists.
For kids who've already found Waldo
The world of Mamoko in the time of dragons
Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinska
Mamoko is the best thing to happen to search-and-find books since the dude in the red-and-white striped hat. Buy it for: puzzle lovers of all ages.
For older readers
Unusual chickens for the exceptional poultry farmer
Sophie Brown is new in town and has some magical chickens to deal with. Buy it for: fans of Roald Dahl.
This groundbreaking novel about a transgender child is written by an Oakland resident. Buy it for: readers who love stories about defining who you are.
Ellray Jakes the recess king
The Ellray Jakes series is one of the best going for middle graders. Buy it for: class clowns.
Gone crazy in Alabama
Rita Williams Garcia
The Gaither sisters trilogy draws to an exciting, funny, and warm conclusion. Buy it for: oldest siblings.
Brown girl dreaming
A beautiful memoir-in-verse of growing up to be a writer in an African-American family. Buy it for: aspiring novelists and poets.
Graphic novels? Well...........
We literally had too many to mention, so the graphic novels have their own list. Click here!
Oakland Indie Bookstores
Remember to call before you visit if you're looking for particular titles.
Laurel Book Store, 1423 Broadway. 452-9232
Pegasus- Oakland, 5560 College Ave. 652-6259
Marcus Bookstore, 3900 MLK Way. 652-2344
A Great Good Place for Books, 6120 LaSalle Ave. 339-8210
E. M. Wolfman, 410 13th St. 415-250-5527
Diesel Bookstore, 5433 College Ave. 653-9965
Walden Pond Books, 3319 Grand Ave. 832-4438
Dr. Comics and Mr. Games, 4014 Piedmont Ave. 601-7800
Looking for graphic novels? Look here!
Go here for adult and YA recommendations.