She’s 12; she reads voraciously; she has eclectic taste in genres; she reads above her grade level; she’s ready for Gone with The Wind. The “she” in this case is my oldest grandchild. She is receiving this book for Christmas because (A) it is one of my all time favorites, (B) she is ready for the subject matter and (C) she is old enough to do research on her own about the Civil War to better understand the setting and meaning of the book. I am excited for her to receive it but more excited to talk to her after she has finished reading it. I am also giving her another book, a blank one, A Private Reading Journal. I wish I had kept a journal or log of all the books I read starting when I was twelve. It would be fun to look back ands what I thought a book when I was fifteen, 25 or 65 years old.
Do you give books as holiday gifts? I have friends who devote their gifts exclusively to books and have done so for years. One buys the book she decides is her favorite from the past 12 months of reading and gives it to the adults on her list. This is tricky finding a book that will appeal to all. Another loves searching, contemplating and then buying the right book for each person on her list. Both these friends read many books and belong to several book clubs so they have a wide variety of books from which to choose. Sometimes it is a classic that makes the list, other times, a new hardback book. Another idea is a gift card to a bookstore and the receiver can choose his own selection.
Here are some web sites for you to peruse to find the right book you would like give.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/writing-tips/ books on writing tips for writers
http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb notable children’s books 2014 by American Association of Library Services for Children
https://bankstreetcollegeccl.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/best-childrens-books-of-the-year-2014-edition/ The Banks Street Center for Children’s Literature
http://www.cbcbooks.org/childrens-choices/ children’s lists of best books 2014 chosen by children for ages 5 to 12.
Here are some other gift suggestions for the book lovers on your list. All are available by clicking on this link:
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|Book or e-reader holder|
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|Gift basket with book related goodies|