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ABC’s Gift Ideas: Childcare, Children’s Books, Consciousness, Controversial Knowledge

Friday, November 1st, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people. And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject. :-)

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Childcare, Children’s Books, Consciousness and Controversial Knowledge as picked out by section buyers Sigrid, Shirley, Lília, Jilles, Nyjolene, Agnes and Maarten. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit pas 2013), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

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This Just In: Childcare

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Five Recently-Arrived Titles from the Childcare Section:

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Book Review: Third Culture Kids by David Pollock and Ruth van Reken

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Reviewed by Aneesah Bakker

Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds (TCK) remains a seminal text addressing the international expatriate experience from multiple perspectives. In writing this comprehensive body of work, David Pollock and Ruth Van Reken have made a valuable contribution to this growing multicultural trend and phenomena.

The perspective that recognizes that children raised within internationally mobile families are part of a unique cultural dynamic with its own particular set of consequences is very refreshing. Readers will appreciate the thorough and extensive research presented in clear, insightful and practical ways.

Particularly useful is the focus that acknowledges the challenges that come with being globally mobile together with the practical and proactive strategies to empower Third Culture Kids and their families meet them. It is a valuable resource that will also help teachers, counselors, managers and others working with multicultural and mobile families. Equally significant is the shift from a primary focus on deficits to one that appreciates the gifts and especially powerful interpersonal and intercultural skills that such children develop. The findings presented are provocative and challenge traditional notions of identity and “home”.

This excellent book, written in an easy conversational style, rich in illustrations and relevant anecdotes, is presented in three parts: The Third Culture Kid Experience, The TCK Profile and Maximising the Benefits. Reluctant to create ‘labels’, I approached this book, which was on my ‘to-read list’ for 5 years, with ambivalence – an ambivalence that turned to relief, respect, reassurance and even delight. Even though, at times, the great body of information filled into the 300 pages felt intimidating, I enthusiastically recommend this as a worthy and valuable read.

Gift Ideas: Young Adult Books, Children’s Books, Childcare & Parenting

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Let us be your personal shoppers!

ABC’s booksellers don’t just sell books: as well as being voracious readers, almost all ABC staff members are personally responsible for buying the books for one or more sections in the stores. That means you’ll always find someone who can put exactly the right book in your hands when you need it. We asked our buyers for their tips for the best gifts for the upcoming holiday season, and they came up with some great ones: new books, classic books, magazines, games, merchandise, and stationery.

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Young Adult books, Children’s Books and Childcare & Parenting as supplied by Lília, Sigrid and Agnes.

Even more gift ideas can be found here and here!

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The Do Days of Summer

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Hands up all the boys and girls who are looking forward to 6 weeks of no school! And now hands up all the mums and dads who are looking forward to 6 weeks of no school! ;-)

Even the most dedicated and enthusiastic parent, yes, even me, can run out of ideas and be driven to distraction by the traditional summer vacation chorus of “I’m BORED!”   Here are a bucket and spade-full of  titles to replenish your store of ideas, provide inspiration, or just keep the little blighters busy on their own for a while.

356 Things to Make and Do: a perennial best-seller at ABC, flies off the shelves every summer and winter. It includes a  crafty activity for every day of the year, plus one for leap years!

The Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do is in a similar vein, and another bestseller at ABC, combining crafty projects with science experiments using everyday items and craft supplies.

With a  near-cult following, Martin Handford has been keeping kids occupied and squinty-eyed since 1987. Where’s Waldo? the Ultimate Travel Collection is a super tricky compilation of the first four books is extra small, and Waldo’s (or Wally’s for the Brits) hiding places are different to those in the original books! There’s now a new Where’s Waldo book out: The Incredible Paper Chase

Mini Scientist: In the Kitchen fills a gap in a market full of science experiment books aimed at the 8+ crowd. This is a really good science activity book for the youngest ones, full of big, bright photos, super simple instructions, and even flaps to lift! There’s a another book for scientists with green fingers too!

Make and Do: Cook is a compact cookbook for beginners with yummy child-friendly recipes on tough wipe clean pages. The book also stands up all  by itself, and each recipe is one one page, saving you from trying to turn the pages with doughy hands! My favorite beginner’s cookbook is The Usborne First Picture Cook Book a little pricier, but the recipes are as simple as can be and come with step-by-step pictures making it perfect for under-fives.

Manga Doodles is a great book for the budding manga artist who finds drawing a manga from scratch daunting – here are hundred of manga drawings for you to complete or customize. Another book in the same series,  Oodles of Doodles has a imagination-firing collection of drawings of just about everything to adapt.

The Dangerous Book for Boys, started a huge trend for retro books inspired by the Boys Own Annuals your dad (or grandad!) used to have. Full of facts, lore, techniques and activities to keep fathers and sons occupied for days at a time. (We stock both the US and UK editions – they are different!) The Daring Book for Girls and The Great Big Glorious Book for Girls quickly followed, and they do a great job of combining traditional girly pursuits with grrrrrlish ones.

Usborne have a created fabulous a range of activity cards that are great for popping in your bag on days out, leaving in the car for long journeys, and digging out at home in rainy days. They’re tough, wipe clean, and most of them also come with a whiteb0ard marker so you’re good to go as soon as you open the box. Our bestsellers include: