[kids-lib] Do you often field gift book questions around holidays? Check out ALSC's new book list! (birth-middle school)

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Mon Dec 15 08:23:39 PST 2014

Hi! I just received the following email from ALA’s Association for Library Services to Children about their updated list of recommended books<http://www.ala.org/alsc/building-home-library-2014-update> for families and friends looking for books to give as gifts to children birth-14 years old. I’m sure many of you get asked to recommend books people should give as gifts and may appreciate this. These lists also may be helpful for readers’ advisory and selection.


Katie Anderson, Library Support and Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
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Posted: 13 Dec 2014 09:01 PM PST

Do you often field gift book questions from patrons around the holiday season? I’ve had my share of parents ask me for the best new picture book of the year for their daughter or a grandparent who wants to gift their tween a book but has no clue where to start. If you have also had these experiences, check out ALSC’s updated booklists<http://www.ala.org/alsc/building-home-library-2014-update>! These are a great resource to help parents, grandparents and caregivers of all sorts purchase great books for the children in their lives during the winter holiday season- or any time of year.
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Image from http://www.ala.org/alsc/building-home-library-2014-update.

The ALA-Children’s Book Council (CBC) Joint Committee<http://www.ala.org/groups/committees/joint/jnt-childbkcncl>, with cooperation from ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee<http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms/pg6partnerships/als-lmm>, have updated the four Building a Home Library booklists to provide advice to caregivers and others interested in constructing an excellent, star quality library for children at home. The committee looked to include less mainstream gems, wonderful multicultural books, beloved classics and new, notable titles.

The CBC Committee has included two printer-friendly versions of the bibliographies for four specific age groups. You will find suggested titles of exemplary content and quality for children from birth to age 3, children ages 4-7, children ages 8-11 and even for tween-aged children 12-14. The brochures are great for putting out at your desk for interested patrons. Does your library receive donation gifts for area shelters, churches or other organizations? You can place these brochures next to your donation bin for easy suggestions the busy patron can bring to their local bookseller when shopping.

Some of my favorite choices from the lists that would be perfect gifts are:

Carle, Eric. La oruga muy hambrienta/ The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Philomel/ Penguin, 2011.

This classic story from beloved author and illustrator Carle is indeed a great gift for babies birth to age 3.  This publication is particularly great because it will introduce both English and Spanish words to your little one.

Snicket, Lemony. Illustrated by Jon Klassen. The Dark. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013.
[The Dark by Lemony Snicket. Image from www.hachettebookgroup.com.]<http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/the-dark.jpg>

The Dark by Lemony Snicket. Image from www.hachettebookgroup.com<http://www.hachettebookgroup.com>.

Children ages 4-7 are sure to enjoy this wonderful picture book that gives a voice to the dark. This is an especially fun read-aloud with two readers and a perfect opportunity for caregivers to participate in their preschooler’s reading time!

Palacio, R.J. Wonder. Knopf/ Random House, 2012.

8-11 year olds of all reading levels will appreciate this heart-warming story of a 5th grade boy with facial abnormalities. It’s realistic tone and kind message make it a lovely holiday gift choice.

Telgemeier, Raina. Drama. Graphix/ Scholastic Inc., 2012.

Encourage caregivers to snag this title if they have a reluctant tween reader to please. This graphic novel about middle-school drama club and making new friends will become a well-read book at home.

What books do you love to recommend for holiday gifts? If you have any favorites, please share them with us in the comments!

From everyone on the Public Awareness Committee, happy holidays!


Nicole Lee Martin is a  Librarian at the Grafton-Midview Public Library in Grafton, OH and is writing this post for the Public Awareness Committee. You can reach her at nicolemartin at oplin.org<mailto:nicolemartin at oplin.org>.

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