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Children's bestsellers

Posted by Jan Gardner  December 5, 2008 11:36 AM

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1 BARACK OBAMA: SON OF PROMISE, CHILD OF HOPE, by Nikki Grimes. Illustrated by Bryan Collier. (Simon & Schuster, $16.99.) Yes, he can; a children’s biography of the president-elect. (Ages 5 to 10)
2 GALLOP!, written and illustrated by Rufus Butler Seder. (Workman, $12.95.) Animals seem to move when you flip the page. (Ages 4 to 8)
3 SWING!, written and illustrated by Rufus Butler Seder. (Workman, $12.95.) Athletic children seem to move when you flip the page. (Ages 4 to 8)
4 BIG WORDS FOR LITTLE PEOPLE, by Jamie Lee Curtis. Illustrated by Laura Cornell. (Joanna Cotler/HarperCollins, $16.99.) A boisterous family improves its vocabulary, and thus its relationships. (Ages 4 to 8)
5 GINGERBREAD FRIENDS, written and illustrated by Jan Brett. (Putnam, $17.99.) The Gingerbread Baby just wants somebody to play with; an adaptation of the classic tale. (Ages 4 to 8)
6 ABC3D, by Marion Bataille. (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, $19.95.) The alphabet, in pop-ups. (Ages 9 to 12)
7 BRAVA, STREGA NONA!, written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola. (Putnam, $29.99.) An Italian grandmother shares six secrets of life in a pop-up book. (Ages 3 and up)
8 TEN LITTLE FINGERS AND TEN LITTLE TOES, by Mem Fox. Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. (Harcourt, $16.) A celebration of fingers, toes and love. (Ages 4 to 8)
9 A VERY MARLEY CHRISTMAS, by John Grogan. Illustrated by Richard Cowdrey. (HarperCollins, $17.99.) Marley the pup “helps” at holidaytime. (Ages 3 to 8)
10 WABI SABI, by Mark Reibstein. Illustrated by Ed Young. (Little, Brown Young Readers, $16.99.) Wabi Sabi the cat seeks the meaning of her name. (Ages 4 to 8)

NY Times, Dec. 5

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