Doing some holiday shopping? Nothing's better for kids than the gift of reading. Its benefits are well-documented and numerous, and as the holidays approach, sales will only get better.
Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl
Garabedian told Patch in an email that she thinks Patrice Kindl's Keeping the Castle "will be the big read this holiday season." She described the book as "a cross between Pride and Prejudice and Emma" that will hit home with fans of Jane Austen's work.
"A fun, short read getting starred reviews from Booklist, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly," Garabedian said. "Couldn't put it down!"
For the younger set (ages 3 through 6), Garabedian recommends "the impressive artwork of Jan Brett" in Mossy and the latest from Ian Falconer in Olivia and the Fairy Princesses.
"This is Olivia the pig at her humorous, over-the-top best!" Garabedian said.
"The over-8 crowd" might enjoy the sequel to Kenneth Grahame’s classic The Wind in the Willows, Garabedian wrote.
Finally, for "the legion of Janet Evanovich fans," she recommends Notorious Nineteen.
"Although these books are somewhat repetitious, the readership is vast," Garabedian wrote. "Perhaps by the time Torturous Thirty is published, [protagonist] Stephanie [Plum] will have finally chosen between Morelli and Ranger!"