Sorry that I’m barely making the Hannukah season. But, since there’s still plenty of time to shop for Christmas (I keep telling myself), it’s worth thinking about that yearly conundrum: what’s the best book to buy for my friend, son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild, neighbor or _______.
Of course, there’s no one best book. Here are some tips for finding something special:
- Ask outright. What better way to get what s/he’ll genuinely like?
- Or, if surprise is more your style , consider his/her interests and what he or she’s crushing on now:
Is it part of a series? Which books from that series has your giftee already read? Is there a companion book available like The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Journal? Or something else related to that series topic like a cool Mythopedia book if s/he’s into Percy Jackson novels?
Are there other books by that author or illustrator? Just make sure they’re similar in tone and age level.
Are the books s/h like loaded with action?
or more thoughtful?
Consider the genre: mystery
or real life.
Does your giftee have a special interest?
Consider the format. Rather than traditional fiction, s/he may prefer
a graphic novel
Or is your youngster a reluctant reader and you see the holiday as a way to convert him/her?
Comic books, graphic novels, magazine subscriptions, scary or action books, celebrity bios, books based on a character (like Dora), or, again, an interest like sports or gross stuff may work.
Or ask a librarian for suggestions on what your special individual might enjoy most and peruse the selection we have for ideas. You just may decide the best gift of all would be a library card.