If you work with children's literature you've probably been asked once or twice (at least) what would be a good book for a daughter, son, grandchild, niece, nephew, 13 year-old boy who doesn't like to read and only wants to play video games, etc. at this time of year.
This year co-worker Paula and I spent some time at a local bookstore browsing the shelves looking for titles to add to a list that we would circulate to our co-workers and students with recommended titles for this year's gift giving season.
It was great fun adding familiar favourites and discovering a couple of new titles along the way for ages 4 to 18. Dividing books into groups was fun too as it allowed us the freedom to classify by types of readers not just by age. The list was long enough that we decided publishing it in sections over four days would be less overwhelming.
If you're curious (or perhaps, desperate) to see what made our list click on Recommended Literature for the 2015 Holidays.
Some of my personal favourites include:
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
I Really Like Slop (Elephant and Piggie series) by Mo Willems
The Day the Crayons Came Home by D. Daywalt
Hold Me Closer: the Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan
Erebos by Ursula Poznanski
Popular: a Memoir, Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Geek by M. Van Wagenen
The Marvels by Brian Selznick
Truth Commission by Susan Juby
Book with a Hole by Herve Tullet
Wet Dog by Sophie Gamand