Book gifts for young readers can bring enduring delights

Of all the gifts one could bestow on a young person for the holidays, there are few more likely to be enjoyed over and over again than a thoroughly engaging or transporting book. As you puzzle over the appropriate choice for your favorite young readers this holiday season, consider the following:

“Rory the Dinosaur Needs a Christmas Tree” by Liz Climo (Little, Brown and Company $16.99, ages 4-8). Part of the “Rory the Dinosaur series,” this one has Rory hunting for the perfect Christmas tree. The surprise is what he finds in this sweet tale with humorous illustrations.

“Nina, Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone” by Alice Briére-Haquet, illustrated by Bruno Liance (Charlesbridge ,$16.99, ages 4-8). This is written as a bedtime story told to Simone’s daughter. Within are the obstacles she faced as an African-American woman and the dream and hope of civil rights. Black and white illustrations effectively capture the lyrical words.

“Wangari Maathai, The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees” by Franck Prévot, illustrated by Aurélia Fronty (Charlesbridge, $17.95, ages 6-9). Can one woman change a country? Wangari Maathai did just that. She said, “Trees are living symbols of peace and hope.” When her country was threatened by deforestation, she challenged and fought ­­and won. Exquisite mixed media illustrations (guache, color pencils, pen and ink) display the beauty of Kenya.

“The Books of Heroines, Tales of History’s Gutsiest Gals” by Stephanie Warren Drimmer and “The Book of Heroes, Tales of History’s Most Daring Dudes” by Crispin Boyer (National Geographic Kids, $14.99, ages 8-12). This two-volume series would be a boon for any elementary/middle school student. With color photographs, they feature famous and less well-known historic and legendary figures from past times and our time. They are men and women who changed our world by breaking barriers, fighting for justice …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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