Arts and Culture

Some Louisvillians may be stuck trying to figure out what type of gift to give to a child this year.

We checked in Corin Hindenach, who works in Carmichael’s Kids bookstore on Bardstown Road. She said she likes to recommend the less popular books—the ones that maybe aren’t the biggest sellers, but offer colorful pictures, interesting presentations and good stories.


“Animalium”

Written Jenny Broom and illustrated by Katie Scottanimal

“It is this gorgeous book that has been designed as your own personal natural history museum. So you open it up and it has all of the animal kingdom displayed in a classification tree, and each of the major species in those classifications are given highlighted plated pages with these gorgeous illustrations that are vintage, and explanations of each animal on the page.”

“Robots, Watch Out, Water About!”

by Philippe UG.robot

“It is about a town full of robots and there’s a rain storm coming, so all the robots have to get into shelter or they’re going to get rust on them.”

“Should I Share My Ice Cream?”

by Mo Willemselephant

“Elephant and Piggy are best friends and they almost always teach a life lesson. They have these wonderful illustrations that have very expressive little faces on elephant and piggy, and very simple words and a lot of repetition so the kids aren’t intimidated to read them, and they’ll help them build their language skills.”

“Brown Girl Dreaming”

by Jacqueline Woodson

browngirldreaming

“It just won the National Book Award. It is about a young African American girl who moves back and forth between the South and the North and New York. She finds her voice through writing, and it’s all about self-discovery and being true to one’s own in the face of adversity.”