Gift Books

I always stress over choosing the best books of the year.  And in 2013 there were so many! Choosing best books always begins with my annual gift book column for NoveList . Years ago my editor and I decided on categories that would bring all ages joy of conversation, reflection, and read-aloud fun.

This year my mission had a funny twist. At the same time I was contacting publishers to get a line on soon-to-be-published books, I was gathering packages for a teacher workshop.  Our examination of Common Core Standards was scheduled to begin with a festive evening as we tore through envelopes, ripped open boxes, cut packing straps to reveal the recent riches of the marketplace.

Books waiting to be opened

Books waiting to be opened

Pre-class, stressing about my gift book deadline, I curiously returned to my childhood holiday habits as I shook boxes, felt envelopes and tried to guess which books I needed to open for review.  Sigh…if only those books could have spoken  through layers of bubble wrap and cardboard!


At any rate…Ta-da!  Here’s a link to a sampling of my list for 2013 Gift Books

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