Buy a book!
Buy lots of books!
Books last forever (figuratively speaking)!
I'm going to do as many posts as I can the next few weeks with Christmas book suggestions for all ages. I'd love some from you too!
In fact, I get to go to the Scholastic Book Warehouse Sale this year and buy books for fifty ESL kids for an elementary school in Virginia. Since buying books is my third favorite occupation after mother and writer, I am seriously excited. Spending someone else's money to buy books! Hooray!
I'd like to start with some Graphic Novel/Comic Book ideas for all ages. I am not a fan of graphic novels myself, and by that I mean, I don't like to read them. It gives me a headache to alternate between pictures and text, but I think they are great for kids or others who don't mind reading that way. Graphic Novels and Comic Books are great ways to expose kids to reading, and I don't think there's anything sneaky about it!
For the youngest kids:
Toon Books for kids ages 3-7. These truly are great. My kids love them. They are full of great stories and great illustrations. Kids can pick and choose what they want to read, and when they look at these books again and again, they will (I promise!) eventually choose to read all the words.
I know I've talked about the books below before. I know I'm repeating myself here, but I bet the majority of you still do not own a Marcia Williams comic book retelling of some of the best literature this world has ever produced.
So here you go. Again. Buy these books! Kids LOVE them. And Marcia has a new book about Roman gods and goddesses. Try the India one. Try the retelling of Chaucer. Chaucer! Let alone Shakespeare and the Bible. Give these books to someone for Christmas. Please.
Okay, I know I've spoken about the books below as well. But I'm going to again, because these are the most brilliant way to teach children history anyone has ever invented. Way better than Kahn Academy. Way better than apps.
If I had to recommend one book to give a kid ages 8-14, it would be one of these. Girls and Boys. Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales.
There need to be more books like Primates. There just need to be. The end. A graphic novel true story of scientists like Jane Goodall.
Buy this book for Christmas for your 9-14 year old!
For your more serious teen who loves history:
Boxers and Saints by Gene Yang
This is intense, and you may want to look at it before you buy it to make sure it matches your sensibilities.
Happy shopping! I'll do the best picture book ideas in a few days...