Loyal Chicken Spaghetti readers know that I like to take pictures of book displays. (On a similar post last summer, a few others confessed to doing this, too. My people!) Yesterday's family outing to the charming holiday train show at the New York Botanical Garden gave me an excuse to hang around its gift shop, acting like a spy and taking pictures with my shoe phone.
Store displays are great ways to get recommendations. I spotted a mix of fiction and nonfiction, including Big Yellow Sunflower, by Frances Barry; Bugs in a Blanket, by Beatrice Alemagna; The Grouchy Ladybug and The Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle; I Love Dirt: 52 Ways to Help Your and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature, by Jennifer Ward; Snow Is Falling, by Franklyn M. Branley; The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss; a new edition of The Secret Garden, illustrated by Inga Moore; The Practical Naturalist, by Chris Packham; Blue Potatoes, Orange Tomatoes: How to Grow a Rainbow Garden, by Rosalind Creasy; and NYC books like Old Penn Station, by William Low, and I Love N.Y., by Christoph Niemann.
Speaking of snowflakes, while I did not see The Secret Life of a Snowflake (Voyageur Press, 2009) at the NYBG, this 48-page Cybils nominee is well worth seeking out. Author Kenneth Libbrecht, a physics professor at Caltech, studies crystal formation and takes stunning photographs. Subtitled "An Up-Close Look at the Art & Science of Snowflakes," the picture book for older readers (about nine and up) offers just what it promises.
More nonfiction recommendations for children can be found at Scrub-a-Dub-Tub, today's Nonfiction Monday host.
I borrowed the cover image at the right from WorldCat.