Books for Gifts
I’d love to give books for Christmas. I can’t do that anymore though. My children say it looks tacky for someone with a bookstore to do that. It’s almost like recycling presents, they say.
So I think about it, grumbling, as I go from counter to counter in the department stores thinking about other possibilities. (As if anything could be satisfying as a book to read in December with snow outside and a fire inside.)
So if I could give books to young readers, what would I give? The first four were written in my class, all for middle grade and up. I’ve seen them at every stage, I love them and kids will, too.
Ann Haywood Leal: A FINDERS/KEEPERS PLACE
Michaela MacColl: PRISONERS IN THE PALACE
JAME Richards: THREE RIVERS RISING (Listed as one of the top books of the year by School Library Journal)
Laura Toffler-Corrie: THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF AMY FINAWITZ
For books I wish I had written for the same age group, don’t miss these.
Kathryn Erskine: MOCKINGBIRD (National Book AWARD)
Jewell Parker Rhodes: THE NINTH WARD
Clare Vanderpool: MOON OVER MANIFEST
You might want to buy two copies and keep one for yourself to read. Mmmm, that fireplace, mmm, that snow outside.