I love books but I also love libraries. So, when it comes to suggesting books as gifts, I prefer books most people won't find on library shelves. Books that have pages that flip or move, books that invite readers to scribble inside or tear pages out - these make excellent gifts for children and teens.
Other types of books I enjoy to give - and receive - are books that give instructions, like cookbooks or craft books or how-to books.
Here are some activity/recipe/instruction books for children and teens.
Make Art Mistakes : a creativity sketchbook 978-811870764 Chronicle $16.99
This book includes graphic scenes that the reader can add words and drawings to. All ages.
Papertoy Monsters by Brian Castelforte 9780761158820 Workman $16.95 Offers cardboard punch-out models to build and inspiration for more. Ages 9 - up
This book made me do it: cool things to make do and explore by John Woodward 97810756668815 DK $19.99. Instructions for landing a plane, knitting, staging a ghost hunt, treating hypothermia and baking a chocolate cake are just a few of the instructions in this book that I have decided is going to each of my 10 year old nephews! Ages 10 - up.
Do Something : Change the world! a handbook for activists. Workman 13.95 97807661157472 This handbook helps youngsters analyze problems they hope to solve and gives the steps needed to organize, understand and work toward change. Ages 9 - 12
Wind Power : 20 projects to make with paper by Clive Dobson. Firefly, $24.95 9781554076598 Instructions about wind powered models abound with a discussion of the uses and problems of wind power. Pretty technical and a lot of reading is involved. Still the models look fascinating. Ages 10 and up.
My list of favorites of 2010 will be posted on Friday! Keep reading.