Go to Sleep (I Miss You): Cartoons from the Fog of New Parenthood by Lucy Knisley and Little Book of Kindness by Francesco Pirrone have little in common other than they will make awesome gifts!
Go to Sleep is not a graphic novel in the usual Knisley way. It is some of her sketches, thoughts and events of when her son Pal was first on the scene. This book covers the ups, downs and WHAT THE’s of having a new baby. This is a great gift for a new mom/shower gift. It will warn them… I mean show the love of a new baby. The fact she was still calling her almost toddling child a baby still (but Jon is the more logical one) says there is another book in the works. Anyone who is a parent/grandparent/aunt/uncle/babysitter/person who has been around a child for more than five minutes, will relate and appreciate much (if not all) of what Knisley says.
The other day I received an email advertising some new children books about kindness. The one that grabbed my eye was Little Book of Kindness with the intriguing yellow sweatered pig on cover. This book says it is 50 pages (but feels like only 10 as it moves quickly) would make a good graduation gift, possibly even a gift if someone is having an off day or might work as a hostess gift as well. The basic theme is all the ways the pig and friends can show you how to be kind and how to be a friend. It is simple without being simplistic. Little color, fewer details and limited text all come together to make a sweet, modern tale. Includes an author note.
And even if you do not have another person to gift these two, you are also worthy of such wonders.