Books for Gift Giving, Part 1

This post is part of Colleen’s initiative for people to blog about giving books as gifts, which is a fine thing to do. (I myself have made a pledge to buy handmade, and I haven’t learned bookmaking yet, so I won’t be giving these.)

I am going to talk about some books I have read in the past year, and specific people in my life to whom I would give them. You’ll notice that these aren’t in tidy categories; sorry. I’ll try to give you a picture of what each person is like, so you can understand my book selections. I’ll talk about one person’s selections per day.

The first recipient of my imaginary book gifts is my friend Alana. Alana is a big fan of things morbid, creepy, goth, and sort of old-worldy. I would purchase A Drowned Maiden’s Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz for her, because its combination of historicity with eeriness would suit her taste well, I think. Just the fact that “A Melodrama” is part of the full title suggests to me that this is a book for Alana. I think Maud’s orphan-to-con artist transformation would amuse her greatly. Alana is in school to become a teacher, and it is for this reason that I would give her Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes. Through the alternating poetry and prose, Nikki Grimes shows how one teacher’s recognizing a “teachable moment” can snowball into a community building effort. This is the kind of inspirational book that future teachers need to read.

Return here for future links to the other posts in this series. Visit Colleen’s post collecting recommendations from around the kidlitosphere.

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  1. Ooh. I am going to look up that Nikki Grimes book.

    I’ve asked for “A Drowned Maiden’s Hair” from my family, but since we only do second hand gifts, I sent some links for old library copies from half dot com. That may conflict with the spirit of Colleen’s initiative as it doesn’t put any money in the author’s pocket.

    I have gotten several new books as gifts for people not on my side of the family. John is getting a version of Kafka’s “The Metamorposis” by R. Crumb and “The Lump of Coal” by Lemony Snickett. Niece Gemma is getting “The Octonauts & the Frown Fish” with my new favorite page of any picture book ever, “The fish tried on many disguises… but none could disguise its sadness.” And Kathy G (John’s Mom) is getting a spoof of those dangerous and daring books for children (this one’s for cats).

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