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Books for Gifts

2010 December 21
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by prgiff

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.

7 Responses leave one →
  1. Patti permalink
    December 22, 2010

    Hi Mimi!
    I loved Mockingbird, Ninth Ward, The Life & Opinions of Amy Finawitz. I haven’t really heard about the other ones though. I’ll have to read them. Merry early Christmas!
    Love,
    Patti

  2. December 22, 2010

    Thanks Pat! Happy Holidays!

  3. prgiff permalink*
    December 22, 2010

    I’m so happy to recommend your beautiful book. It’s a joy to read and I wish I could put it into the hands of children and adults everywhere!

  4. December 22, 2010

    Thanks so much for the shout out! Hope to see you at your next workshop.
    Have a wonderful Christmas holiday.

  5. December 27, 2010

    Thanks, Pat! Merry Christmas!

  6. January 14, 2011

    I’m curious if it’s alright to borrow some piece of this post to use for my school project.

  7. Wendy Lamb permalink
    January 14, 2011

    Hi Pat–I had no idea that Laura Toffler-Corrie was in your class!
    We were on a panel this fall at the Brooklyn Bookfest.
    I so enjoyed her book, THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF AMY FINAWITZ, and talking to her, and meeting her family.

    That’s some swell class.

    Happy New Year to you and all your students,
    Wendy

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