Books I like to give:Frederick (Leo Lionni)Free To Be... You And Me (and accompanying CD) (Mary Tyler Moore & Friends)The Phantom Tollbooth (Norman Juster)Illusions (Richard Bach)What books do you like to give?
Hi, Samatakah!Books run through my fingers like water. Whatever I've got at the present moment becomes a gift.For little kids, I like everything from alphabet books (like the Wild one, exact title forgotten) to teeny tiny board books. Fave picture books--I've given Leo Lionni books (one about a library lion that I remember); and my dd loved MONSTER MAMA. I don't even know what's on my shelf for giving now (I keep a stack of books handy, after I've read/reviewed them, etc.)When the Harry Potter books were coming out/new, I gave those out.I also give "Popular" books --like manga/graphic novels--which go over well. Everything from Fruit Basket (?) to steam punk (Samantha?), to anything by Gipi or from FirstSeconds. (As you can already tell, I'm bad at remembering titles!) I loved when THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET came out and included that in book gifts, but it met with only moderate success.On the adult side, I give books I've recently read (new copies, though, because I typically keep my books). THE UNNATURAL HISTORY OF THE SEA by Callum Robert (or Robert Callum?) for my nonfiction-reading friends. Trashy detective fiction for my family (yes, we love to read these!).And for my reluctant reader nieces and nephews, I typically slip a $5 bill between the pages of the book somewhere, so they've learned to think positively about getting books as gifts and not be deflated by receiving a "book." I've found that even kids who don't typically think of themselves as readers, who don't "like" reading, will at least start a book that you give as a gift. It it's a good book they may keep reading.Some successes--HOOT, MANIAC MAGEE, and SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL (not sure about that last title...)
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