Obviously I'm a big reader, so are Pete & Maddie, and one of the things we like to do is buy books as gifts. I mean, think about it. Your kids will probably get too many toys and your relatives don't need another gag tie or goofy coffee mug. I find that books are easy to give, easy to get and most importantly, easy to lug home :) So I'm going to mention some of my favorites for lots of the people on your list. No gag books here!
KIDS: Don't be the aunt, uncle, grandma, etc. that gives the kids another hunk of plastic that will eventually end up in the landfill. These books are just as fun and more educational.
For the younger crowd:
- Charley Harper ABCs -- Awesome artist. Mid century modern meets the ABC's. Charley Harper is hot right now because his illustrations are timeless.
- Swing! -- The follow up to Gallop!, these books are interactive and as much fun for adults as for kids.
- Boynton's Greatest Hits -- Sandra Boynton was one of Maddie's favorite when she was younger. A must have!
Girls & Boys who are a little older and reading on their own. . .
- The Judy Moody Totally Awesome Collection -- Maddie *loves* the Judy Moody books and has flown through them. She is now onto the Stink books (Judy Moody's little brother -- great for boys!), and there is a nice holiday book too -- Judy Moody & Stink: The Holly Joliday.
- The Doll People -- The first of 3 books about dolls who are "alive" and have adventures. Maddie is currently reading the third as she liked the first two so much. These books include some great illustrations. (I would say these are geared toward girls.)
- The Trouble Begins: A Box of Unfortunate Events, Books 1-3 -- You have probably already heard of the Lemony Snicket books, but I thought they were worth mentioning. We read them in school and they are excellent. Good for boys and girls alike.
Older kids, teens, young adults:
- I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak who also wrote The Book Thief. Both excellent books. I reviewed them here and here.
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie will give them a new perspective. I also reviewed this book this year.
Well, this has turned out to ba a labor intensive post, so I'll leave it at that for now. Books for adults another day.