Holiday Giving – Part 6

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Even if you decide to sit out the Black Friday shopping frenzy, you may still be writing your list and weighing the pros and cons of online shopping vs. joining the crowds. However you decide to shop, I assume you’ll be purchasing a few books.  Today’s spotlight is on gift books.  It may be a  fun conversation starter or a picture book or a book to place on the coffee table, but what’s great is that normally these are not the kinds of books people purchase for themselves, and they often appeal to a wide age range.  I always judge a gift book by its “pick up” quotient. In other words, if it was laying on the table, would you pick it up?  All of these pass the test…

The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonell (Minimal text, but this is a sweet story about what gift giving should really be about.)

Star Wars: A Scanimation Book by Rufus Butler Seder (Seder is the creator of the enormously popular moving picture book Gallop!  I have a couple of Seder’s books in the school library, and it is not just kids who are tempted by his wonderfully low-tech creative books.)

Shadow by Suzy Lee (Another inventive magical book by Suzy Lee. In this one, the picture on one page casts a shadow onto the facing page.)

Dogs by Tim Flach (This is the book I’d like to put in a waiting room, set up a hidden camera, send people in and see how long it takes them to pick it up. Talk about pick-upability! )

Great Migrations by K.M. Koystal (I just saw a little of this National Geographic series on TV, but oh my gosh! I sat there with my mouth open in awe of what animals have to endure to move from one place to another. Get this one for the nature lover on your list.)

Race to the End: Amundsen, Scott and the Attainment of the South Pole by Ross MacPhee (This is the companion book to the exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. When the temperature begins to get into the single digits this winter, pull this book out and remind yourself what “cold” really is.  Although the story of Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott is told in many books, it is the incredible photographs that make this book amazing.)


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