This last week I've been reading Cybils books and updating The Best Children's Books 2010: A List of Lists and Awards.
While searching for kids-book items, I stumbled across some great recs for adults—the San Francisco Chronicle's Best 2010 Books by Bay Area authors. So far, I've written down seven titles from there that I want to read; I am so happy to find a list that isn't the same old, same old.
After reading lots of science-related books lately, I know of a couple that would make great gifts for the young naturalist: Nic Bishop Lizards, with its fabulous photos of the same, and Journey into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures, by Rebecca L. Johnson, featuring photographs of delightfully weird-looking animals discovered during the recent Census of Marine Life. Both are picture books for older readers--7+ for Lizards, and 10+ for Journey, younger for read-alouds, of course. Journey into the Deep was nominated for a Cybil award, and Nic Bishop Lizards should have been.
Meanwhile, some new kids-book-lists additions here at Chicken Spaghetti:
AAAS/Science Books & Film Gift Guide (AAAS=American Asssociation for the Advancement of Science)
BoingBoing Gift Guide. Includes some books for children & teens.
R.J. Julia (Madison, CT, bookstore)
Welcome to My Tweendom. Five books for tweens.