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Uptown Literati Gift Guide, Part II: For the Kiddies

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It’s back! Part two of the Uptown Literati Gift Guide is dedicated to the wee ones in your life: your kids, nieces and nephews, cousins, and every other little person with an appreciation for books.

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas [Ages: 3-6, Jane O’Conner ($10.00, Amazon): All the rage right now, the Fancy Nancy series has a special Christmas story for the young and imaginative minds in your life. For Nancy there is nothing better than fanciness and nothing fancier than Christmas. The New York Times loves the Fancy Nancyseries, stating “Nancy’s joy is infectious, and her over-the-top elegant vocabulary pays off in a warm twist.”

The Polar Express [Ages: 5-8], Chris Van Allsburg ($11.07, Amazon): Republished just in time for your holiday shopping (well, really for the release of the film starring Tom Hanks), this book tells the classic tale of the young boy who experiences a Christmas Eve every kid dreams of. Up waiting for the sound of Santa on his rooftop, he discovers the Polar Express outside his home. Already filled with children, the train takes them on an adventure to the North Pole that he never forgets.

The Princess and the Frog [Ages: 8-12], Irene Trimble ($4.99, Amazon): Every little girl wants to be a princess. Now young black girls everywhere have one to call their own. This “junior novelization” is a great way to get your little princess reading chapter books. Not only will she be enthralled with the enchanting love story of Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, but she will be delighted to have eight full-color pages of scenes from the movie.

A Really Short History of Nearly Everything [Ages: 9-12], Bill Bryson ($11.69, Amazon): Perfect for the child in your life who can’t stop asking “Why?” about nearly everything. This book will help them understand the fundamentals of the coolest science concepts out there, from atoms to astrology to energy. It’s all there. The best thing about putting this book in their hands? Shhhh… They won’t even know they’re learning.

What do you think of the list? Tweet your reactions to @UptownLiterati!

–Mademoiselle Mitchell

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Written by whitney teal

December 9, 2009 at 9:19 am

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