Thursday, December 12, 2013

Guest Post Jennifer Flaherty, Librarian

Did you ever have trouble with your computer?  Well, I have and I'm so sorry, Jen.  Her words are so helpful I can't not post this.  Sorry the pictures are all screwed up.  I think you can figure it out though, I know I have smart readers!

Hi Everyone
I was so pleased when Sue asked me to recommend a few books for Christmas gifts! Listed below are some titles that would make great Christmas gifts for the 2013 year.  Not all are new titles, some are old favorites.  I hope this helps you with gift ideas or as new suggestions for your reading list.

I’m a Frog by Mo Willems
From the amazing Mo Willems comes the newest book from “Elephant and Piggie” series.  When Piggie starts “ribbiting” around, Elephant is very confused.  After some funny explanations, Piggie is able to teach Elephant all about pretending.  This series is adorable!
The Dark by Lemony Snicket (Ages 3-6)
 Lazlo, a young boy, accompanies “the dark” on a journey to help him overcome his fear of darkness.  With a beautiful story and illustrations, Lemony Snicket has done it again!

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (Ages 8-12)
While shopping at the Winn Dixie grocery store, India Opal meets a scraggly dog with a fabulous sense of humor.  Winn Dixie, her dog, helps her learn more about her estranged mother and make new friends including a librarian, an ex-con, and a blind woman ‘who sees with her heart’.  This works as a great read-aloud   with your child.

Holes by Louis Sachar (Ages 8-12)
Stanley Yelnats is cursed just like all of the Yelnats men that came before him.  Stanley’s bad luck leads him to doing some time at Camp Green Lake, where the boys dig holes to “build character”.  Stanley quickly learns that they are not just building character, but looking for something the Warden finds very important. 

Divergent by Veronica Roth (YA)
In a dystopian Chicago, there are five factions divided by virtue.  Upon her sixteenth birthday, Beatrice Prior has to decide which faction she wishes to live her life.  If she leaves her current faction, she will never be able to see her family again.  Will she stay with her family or be who she truly is meant to be?

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (YA)
Sixteen year-old Hazel has terminal cancer.  She is living out the final chapter of her life, when she meets Augustus Waters in her “Cancer Kids Support Group”.  As the two get to know each other and discuss their life and legacies, they fall in love.  This book is amazing and is cherished by teens AND adults!

  Jennifer Flaherty is a high school library media specialist and avid reader.  She loves to read anything YA and lots of pictures books with her two year-old son.