Purchasing books for a loved one can be a tricky endeavor. Will she like it? Will he read it? Does she already own it?
This holiday season, whether you’re seeking a gift for the office exchange or your picky 14-year-old niece, York County librarians have a few suggestions.
Younger kids should enjoy the interactive aspects of “Oh, No!” by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann, said Deborah Van de Castle, director of branch services for the York County Library System.
The read-aloud book “will have children exclaiming ‘Oh, no!’ each time an animal takes a tumble into a deep, dark hole,” Van de Castle said.
Other titles she recommends for children 3 to 4 years and older include “Charley’s First Night” by Amy Hest and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, a tale of a child’s first experience caring for a puppy; and “Life-Size Farm” by Teruyuki Komiya, with fun facts and life-size photos of farm animals.
And, don’t forget the classics.
“The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats, first published in 1962 and winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal, “never fails to enchant parents and children as Peter experiences the joys of a snow day,” Van de Castle said.
For an older child who classifies himself or herself as a bookworm, she recommends “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” by Chris Grabenstein, which tells the story of a boy who wins one of 12 coveted slots in a library sleepover.
“This library was built by Luigi Lemoncello, the world’s most famous gamemaker, and participants can’t escape the library until they solve the puzzle and win this real-life game,” Van de Castle said.