Trust me, this book will make a great gift.
Skeptical? You’re probably not alone. Some stigma still surrounds the gift-wrapped book that sits under the Christmas tree, with its predictable square form and lack of sparkly excitement.
In the gift-giving world, books rarely rival the excitement of the newest trends in toys and electronics. Put a little thought into your book selection, however, and you’ll potentially find a personal gift with a life span that surpasses the warranty on the newest electronic gadget.
Here’s a roundup of possible book gifts geared toward the younger set. Next week, I’ll offer options for adults.
“Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make” by Amie Plumley and Andria Lisle
Your child doesn’t need to be an aspiring “Project Runway” contestant to master the suggestions included in this book.
It includes a variety of fabric masterpieces -- from a wallet to pillows -- that require minimal adult supervision. The projects are designed for kids ages 5 and up.
The book’s authors are known for their sewing camp and their blog that also includes sewing projects.
“The Gingerbread Pirates” by Kristin Kladstrup and Matt Tavares (illustrator)
You can’t go wrong with pirates and baked goods.
That’s my adult assessment of “The Gingerbread Pirates,” and younger readers will likely find a reason to enjoy it as well.
The book focuses on a gingerbread man (Captain Cookie) who comes to life and ignites a wild adventure. It’s designed for readers ages 4 to 8.
“Nat Geo Action Journal” by Becky Baines
This selection deviates from the old-school images that commonly accompany journals. Need proof? Its product summary cautions “boring people” against opening the book.
Suitable for young adults, the journal encourages its user to complete tasks ranging from dream analysis to crime scene investigation.
“A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park
This young-adult novel has earned rave reviews for its story of two children in Sudan. One is a refugee in 1985, the other collects water for her village in 2008. Their stories eventually intersect.
Park’s book proves that compelling young-adult fiction exists beyond the “Twilight” phenomenon.
“Llama Llama Holiday Drama” by Anna Dewdney
The title should be a strong enough reason to peruse this book, designed for readers ages 4 to 8. It tells the story of a young llama who hates waiting for Christmas.
Sonya Sorich, reporter, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-571-8516.