The busyness of the holiday season has already begun for me and probably for you, as well. I’m determined to finish my shopping earlier than usual this year. As a retiree, there’s no reason why I can’t.
As you may have guessed, books are my favorite gift to give. Over the years, the youngsters in my life know to expect at least one special book, along with anything else Pop-Pop and I may offer. If you haven’t done so already, check out my post, Five Reasons to Give Books to Kids. Below are some non-fiction texts that will make great gifts. When I give an informational book, I always feel like I’m offering the gift to knowledge. What could be better than that? My next post will preview several fictional titles. Hopefully, these suggestions will provide you with some good ideas so you can wrap up your shopping in no time.
Seven Habits of High Effective Teens by Stephen Covey No need to wait until the recipient is a bona fide “teen”. This classic book encourages even younger kids to weave these important habits into their lives. It’s a great book to read together because the anecdotes and suggestions offer lots of opportunity for discussion. This is a book to own and revisit often. In my opinion, it belongs on the book shelf of every youngster ages ten and up.
How Things Work by T.J. Resler If you have an inquisitive youngster who loves to delve into the nitty-gritty of things, this is the book for them. Graphics, text supports and short informational text make this book accessible and enjoyable for both elementary and middle-school kids.
The Book of Heroines by Stephen Warren The author has compiled a fascinating collection of material about many outstanding women. This anthology includes stories of diverse figures ranging from first ladies, politicians and athletes to dare devils and legends. It is sure to be a hit with the young ladies on your gift list.
The Everything Kids Science Experiment Book by Tom Robinson Although I’ve not personally read and used this book, it generated great reviews. In previewing it, I see that it includes many areas of Science and experiments easy to do with common household items. Your budding scientist will love this gift.
For Boys Only-The Biggest, Baddest Book Ever by Marc Anderson This book will appeal to boys who can’t get enough details and information about everything. It covers a wide range of topics that will keep boys in grades five and up, revisiting its pages again and again.
K is for Kick, J is for Jump Shot, and H is for Home Run These are just a few of the alphabet books published by Sleepy Bear Press. Don’t let the alphabet theme fool you into thinking these books are for little kids. This series includes beautiful photos and short verses, accompanied by informational sidebars that provide a wealth of information. These are books you will be proud to give and will undoubtedly become a favorite of the boy or girl on your shopping list.
Chicken Soup for the Soul books – Older youngsters are intrigued by true stories and benefit from the inspirational messages this series provide. These books lend themselves to read alouds and are a wonderful way to provoke discussion and reflection in our young people.