Book Recommendations Newsletter - May 2011
For Mother’s Day give your mom a gift that will come all year long with our wonderful book of the month gifts designed just for her. In addition to our special Mother’s Day gift recommendations, we have great May book recommendations for everyone in the family.
Mother’s Day Gift Recommendations
Wouldn’t your mom love to receive a reminder of your love all year long? Our beautifully packaged book of the month gifts are hand-selected for women and will come each month to remind her that you are thinking of her long after Mother’s Day has passed.
Favorites for Women - Book of the Month Gift - With fiction to be savored and insightful nonfiction, this collection of our experts' favorites will be a gift that any mom will treasure. Browse all our gifts for women.
Fiction for Women - Book of the Month Gift - With stories of wisdom, humor, and love, these novels are chosen for their special appeal to women and make an ideal gift for any mom who likes fiction. Browse all our gifts for women.
May Book Recommendations
Children's Book Recommendations
Three by the Sea by Mini Grey – Three friends, Dog, Cat, and Mouse, live happily together until a mysterious stranger from the Winds of Change Trading Company turns things upside down in this thought-provoking picture book of true friendship from award-winning Mini Grey. Part of our Great New Picture Books Age 2-5 collection.
A Dazzling Display of Dogs by Betsy Franco – From farting in the car to wheezing and snoring while sleeping, these pups are funny and lovable even when they're being annoying, in this new collection of playful poems that celebrate all things canine. Part of our Poetry and the Arts Age 5-8 collection.
Junonia by Kevin Henkes – From Caldecott and Newbery award winner Kevin Henkes comes a lovely story about a young girl's search for a rare shell, but her discoveries aren't what she expected. Part of our Favorites for Girls Age 8-10 collection.
The Emerald Atlas (Books of Beginning #1) by John Stephens – With plenty of action, humor, and secrets propelling the plot, this engaging first in a fantasy trilogy has the makings of a classic as it charts Kate's, Michael's, and Emma's extraordinary adventures through an unforgettable, enchanted world. Part of our Great New Releases Age 10-12 collection.
Okay for Now by Gary D Schmidt – From the Newbery Honor author of The Wednesday Wars comes a powerful novel set in 1968 about 8th grader Doug Swieteck whose brother is on a mission in Vietnam. When Doug learns that his town is selling off the plates of John James Audubon's Birds of America to collectors to raise money, he sets off on a mission of his own. Part of our Favorites for Boys Age 12-14 collection.
Teen Book Recommendations
Blood Red Road ( Dustlands #1 ) by Moira Young – A great pick for Hunger Games fans, this powerful debut filled with action and romance is the first in the new Dustland series and follows Saba as she braves the wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms and embarks on an epic quest to save her twin brother. Part of our Great New Fiction for Teens collection.
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey – Set in 1962 in a small-town in Australia, 13-year-old Charlie is drawn into a dark secret by Jasper, the half-aboriginal town "bad boy", in this evocative exploration of truth and lies that combines mystery, humor, peer pressure, and racism. Part of our Fiction for Teen Boys collection.
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton – Award-winning author Hamilton delivers a smart, inventive, and captivating new thriller about a young man with the talent to become the perfect criminal--whether he likes it or not. Part of our Adult Fiction for Teen Boys collection.
Adult Book Recommendations
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks – The New York Times bestselling author of People of the Book has created a luminous novel of love and faith, magic and adventure based on the true story of the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Part of our Fiction for Women collection.
The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips – By turns hilarious and haunting, this clever novel follows Arthur Phillips, whose father, a forger with a passion for Shakespeare, enlists Arthur and his sister in securing the publication of a previously unknown play by Shakespeare, which could be the bard's last gift to humanity...or their father's greatest con. Part of our Favorites for Men collection.
1861: The Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodheart – As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of its defining national drama, 1861 presents an evocative reinterpretation of the Civil War's beginnings, shifting focus away from the power centers of Washington and Charleston to look at the actions and reactions of citizens. Part of our Great New Hardcover Nonfiction collection.
Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman – Celebrated author Francisco Goldman chronicles his great love and unspeakable loss in this exquisitely written and heart-wrenching novel about the joy of loving. Part of our Great New Hardcover Fiction collection.
Family Book Recommendations
Poindexter Makes a Friend by Mike Twohy – Perfect for family reading time, this sweet tale from New Yorker cartoonist Twohy introduces Poindexter, a very shy pig whose love of reading leads him to a special surprise. Part of our Read Aloud Ages 4-8 collection.
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant – Selected as a 2011 Alex Award winning best adult book for teens, this suspenseful novel follows teenage pariah Pia and her only friend as they attempt to solve a sinister mystery that has plagued their quaint German town for decades. Part of our Parent & Teen Paperback Fiction collection.
We hope you share our love of literature and passion to inspire people of all ages to read and will consider GiftLit for your next gift purchase.