OPL 2015 Holiday Gift Guide--Children's Books

Gifts for the readers in your life recommended by OPL librarians.

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


Frida: counting with / contando con
Patty Rodríguez, Ariana Stein, and Citlali Reyes
We can't get enough of the Lil' Libros series. Buy it for: bebés artísticos.

Global baby bedtimes
Maya Ajmera
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.

Steven Savage
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
Kate Beaton
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
Jared Chapman
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
Yuyi Morales
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
Bob Shea
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.

Neighborhood sharks
Katherine Roy
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
Kelly Jones
Sophie Brown is new in town and has some magical chickens to deal with. Buy it for: fans of Roald Dahl.

Alex Gino
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
Sally Warner
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
Jacqueline Woodson
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.