Book Recommendations Newsletter - April 2010
We have some terrific book recommendations to share with you this month in addition to a great Easter picture book suggestion.
Easter Picture Book Recommendation
The Easter Egg by Jan Brett – Celebrate Easter with this gentle tale from best-selling author Jan Brett, whose lovable bunny hero, Hoppi, hopes to create the most dazzling egg and become the Easter Bunny's helper.
April Book Recommendations
Children's Book Recommendations
Lmno Peas by Keith Baker – With delightful illustrations and rhyming text that never misses a beat, hundreds of tiny pea creatures introduce the alphabet in this hilarious and refreshingly original picture book. Part of our Educational Picture Books Age 2-5 collection.
All Star!: Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever by Jane Yolen – This well-crafted biography of Honus Wagner, one of baseball's greatest shortstops, highlights his humor, perseverance, passion and sheer talent and explains how his baseball card sold for three million dollars. Part of our Favorites for Boys Age 5-8 collection.
The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry – Newbery medalist Lois Lowry delivers a lighthearted fairy tale with a comical twist that is full of wit, wordplay, princes you'll love to hate, and a princess with a mind of her own. Part of our Favorites for Girls Age 8-10 collection.
Drizzle by Kathleen Van Cleve – Polly's family runs a magical rhubarb farm - the plants taste like chocolate, jewels appear in the soil, and bugs talk - but when the rain stops and her brother gets sick, it's up to Polly to save the day. This original fantasy with an environmental slant is a great read for Earth Day. Part of our Great New Releases Age 10-12 collection.
Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network That Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement by Rick Bowers – In this vivid and compelling book, Bowers brings to light the surprisingly untold story of a secret and extensive spy network created by the state of Mississippi to crush the civil rights movement. Part of our American History Age 12-14 collection.
Teen Book Recommendations
Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray – When Ross is killed, his three best friends steal his ashes and head out on an unforgettable journey where they get thrown off a train, escape from the police and discover some uncomfortable secrets about each other and their friend Ross. Part of our Fiction for Teen Boys collection.
Sandman: Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by P. Craig Russell – Gaiman's 1999 award-winning novella that weaves ancient mythology into a tale of the forces beyond life and death is reimagined as a graphic novel with exquisite Japanese-inspired artwork. Part of our Graphic Novels for Teens collection.
The Double Comfort Safari Club: The New No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Novel by Alexander McCall Smith – The two ladies of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency travel to the north of Botswana to visit a safari lodge in the latest installment of this much-beloved series that resonates with wit, warmth and wisdom. Part of our Adult Fiction for Teen Girls collection.
Adult Book Recommendations
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson – The unlikely hero of this witty debut novel set in the English countryside is the very embodiment of British aristocracy, but his life takes an unexpected turn when he finds his soul-mate in a Pakistani shopkeeper. Part of our Favorites for Women collection.
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes – This brilliant and unforgettable war epic, written by a decorated Marine over the course of thirty years, tells the story of a young lieutenant and his comrades who are dropped into the Vietnam jungle to face the horrors and heroism of war. Part of our Favorites for Men collection.
The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald – Beautifully written and filled with unforgettable characters, this captivating novel portrays the cultural tumult of the mid-20th century through the eyes of Henry House, who grows up as a "practice baby" handed off between practice mothers in a college home-economics program. Part of our Great New Hardcover Fiction collection.
Horns by Joe Hill – In this wickedly funny mystery/horror/love story, Ignatius Perrish wakes up, after a night of drinking, to find he has grown horns that give him an unusual power to make people tell him their darkest secrets. Part of our Fiction for Men collection.
Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt – This sensitive, tender memoir is a beautiful account of one family's struggle to cope with loss by building on the small mundane routines of everyday life. Part of our Great New Hardcover Nonfiction collection.
Family Book Recommendations
Sharing the Seasons: A Book of Poems Edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins – A stunning collection of poetry celebrating the seasons that combines the work of many poets, including Carl Sandburg and Karla Kuskin, with Caldecott Medalist Diaz's radiant artwork. Part of our Read Aloud Ages 4-8 collection.
The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors by Michele Young-Stone – This inventive story of two lost souls, whose lives are touched by lightning, explores the magic of nature and the power of redemption. Part of our Parent & Teen Hardcover 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.