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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Tuesday- Friday10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

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Holiday Gift Guide: For Teachers

While everyone is usually able to find something to love in our bookstore, it's always the teachers who go particularly nuts.  We hear them say things like, "You'll have to drag me out of here." or "Stop me before I buy everything in the store." So who better than us to give a few recommendations to parents looking to give a holiday gift to a special teacher? I always recommend a gift for the classroom first, because often so many of the classroom's supplies - books, games, art activities - come straight out of the teacher's own pocket. I like suggesting something that teachers might not feel like they could afford on their own, but always seem to be pining over in our store.  Big books! These oversized editions (about 17" tall) of favorite children's books can make story times more engaging and lively and are big enough so that everyone can see the pictures, even in large classes. My favorite big book is Anno's Counting Book because the giant size makes it easier to see the hundreds of tiny details Mitsumasa Anno puts into his illustrations. A book is always the perfect gift, but which book should you get? Ask your child and you'll probably be amazed at how well he or she can remember exactly what books they do and do not have in their classroom library to make sure you find the perfect choice. If you're looking for something a little more special, our Very Hungry Caterpillar Flashbags are a huge hit with teachers. They're eco-friendly, made out of recycled newspaper, and are in instant fashion statement and conversation starter. We also have sturdy canvas tote bags too. What else ends up in a teacher's shopping baskets besides books? Eric Carle fabric, adorable Caterpillar pens, Eric Carle: Picture Writer DVD, Museum logo mugs and t-shirts, and even puzzles and games for the classroom. Need just a little something? Our Very Hungry Caterpillar eco-totes or Eric Carle notecards or a set of postcards might the perfect thing. Click here for even more gift suggestions and let us know your favorite teacher gift in the comments below.

by Eliza Brown

This entry was posted on Saturday, November 27th, 2010 at 5:31 pm and is filed under Book Lists by Theme, Recommended Books. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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