I love being a writer, but first and always, I’m a mom. I have a teenage son and daughter, and both of them know they’ll find books under the tree.
My son has always hated my daughter's dolls,
so I thought he'd appreciate this book ;)
Being a mom also means shopping for my children’s wonderful teachers. My neighborhood has housed at least six teachers over the years, ranging in grade level from pre-school to high school, so when my son was young and I was stressing over that special something for his pre-school teacher, I took a poll … what do you like to get for the holidays? #1 favorite thing … a gift certificate.
“A gift certificate to where?” I asked, which was a silly question, because if there is one thing teachers universally love, it’s books. (Can a teacher ever have enough books? Pffft … no!) And a gift certificate doesn’t have to break the budget – gather a few of your fellow parents and kick in a few dollars each and voila … you have a useful gift that your children's teacher will be thrilled with.
By the time your child reaches middle and high school, they generally have different teachers for each subject, so the gift giving tapers off, but the need does not. If you want to honor your child’s school during the holidays, consider donating a book to the school library. Purchase a book that you think the kids would love, or one that teaches something that you feel is relevant. Don’t worry if they may already have a copy because books bounce around from school library to school library within a school district, so it’s good for the district to have more than one copy.
Some suggestions ~
Fiction! Fiction! Fiction! If it’s something that you or your kids love, share it with your school. I hesitate to suggest one title over another because there are so many great titles out there and whatever you choose, someone is bound to love it. The one fiction title I will recommend because I think every library should own it, is IT’S A BOOK by Lane Smith
Non-fiction titles I love:
D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’AulaireThe quintessential guide to the gods … especially for those Rick Riordan fans
Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students by Mignon FogartyGrammar rules presented with a little more fun and flair
Can You Feel the Force by Richard Hammond (DK Publishing)The basics of physics are fascinating in this book
Poop Happened! A History of the World from the Bottom Up by Sarah AlbeeYes, it’s a silly title, but I guarantee you will be amazed!
Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary - The Ultimate Guide to Characters and Creatures from the Entire Star Wars SagaA favorite among reluctant readers – every elementary school library should own more than one copy of this book.
Sports books – anything to do with sports (including sports like motorcross) is a welcome addition to any library!!
Most libraries (both school and public) are on a first name basis with their local indie bookstore’s children and teen bookseller, so ask for suggestions. And libraries love gift certificates, too!
Wishing you and yours a merry, happy holiday season!
Gina Rosati is the author of Auracle (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan - August 7, 2012). She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two teenagers. Her Christmas tree is still not up.