Tuesday, December 18, 2012

give a book

Not done shopping for every one yet?  Don't know what to give this year for Christmas?  No matter who you buy for, a book makes a great gift.  You might think that it wouldn't be a gift for everyone as everyone isn't a reader.  But even reluctant readers (adults and children) find value in books when the topic is relevant.  Here are a few recommendations for a variety of ages and reasons.
Song of the Stars by Sally Lloyd-Jones is a new picture book with brief rhyming text and wonderful pictures.  This book is short enough for a preschooler but a good story for older children too.  It would make a nice addition to any family's collection of Christmas books.
Animal Tracks of Minnesota and Wisconsin by Ian Sheldon would be a good book for children and teenagers interested in the outdoors.  The book shows what different animals tracks look like and the size.  The illustrations are realistic drawings, but are not in color.   
Critters of Minnesota Pocket Guide is another book about animals.  This small book has information about each animal alond with a color photograph.  This book would is good for anyone from ten and older. 
Paper Made! by Kayte Terry is a book for a crafter.  Anyone who likes making things with paper would like this.  There are ideas in here for making books, decorations, and gifts of all kinds from paper.  I made a wallet out of Tyvek with the directions in this book.

If you need more ideas, click on any of the titles listed below to see what I wrote about these books. 

Nonfiction for Adults
Gifted Hands by Ben Carson
Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison
The Veggie Gardener's Answer Book by Barbara Ellis

Novels for Adults
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda Brunstetter

Novels for Children or Adults
Charlottle's Web by E. B. White
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Picture books
Penny and Her Doll by Kevin Henkes
Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara


1stteacher said...

Nice post, Clair.
The books I've read by Sally Lloyd-Jones are consistently good so I'll have to look for this one.

MelissaS said...

We had a BOGO book fair at the middle school in hopes of encouraging more students to read during their month long break---I picked up several books for gifts this year along with The Hunger Games trilogy for myself.

Ps--yes I'm still involved with PTSa at the middle school ;)