Honestly, I love giving books to anyone that has a chance of actually reading the book, and many who don't. This was something I did long before I saw it as my personal contribution toward keeping the publishing industry afloat.
You can find plenty of Book Gift Guides for preschoolers, kids and teens for the holidays, but I often have a hard time matching books to people. So, I thought I'd put together a small Gifting Books list based on the type of person you're giving them to. See if you recognize anyone on your list...
Have a kid whose nose is always in non-fiction tales from medieval weaponry to the anatomy of frogs? One whose favorite computer game is Crazy Machines II, or who takes apart appliances in your house with alarming facility? Give them these ...
- User's Guide to the Universe - which answers questions like Is it possible to build a Star Trek-type transporter or a working time machine? Works well for adults geeks as well as smarty pants kids.
- Any of Michio Kaku's books - our favorite physicist has books! How did I not know this before? With titles like Physics of the Impossible and Parallel Worlds these books are sure to keep your young Geek enthralled.
- Any of these Top 10 Sci-Tech Books for kids
For The Budding Military Strategist
Have a child who spends an extraordinary amount of time playing Stratego or RPGs (role playing games)? Do they like to devise their own codes and delight in giving you things written in gnomish sans the decoding key? Give them these ...
- Leviathan series - set in World War I and pitting the Clankers vs. the Darwinists these stories are challenging, yet accessible re-tellings of the political landscape that launched the war. Also, they're just plain fun
- The Hunchback Assignments series - set in Victorian England, these books have mystery and intrigue with secret societies and shapeshifting spies. Everything your budding spook will love.
- Only You Can Save Mankind - a hilarious, yet somber, look at war-as-video game and video games-as-war. Dry British wit gives the proper flavor that every aspiring spy should have.
For The Soft Hearted Free Thinker
Have a child who is greatly concerned about injustices large and small? Who thinks that third grade is fraught with more danger than any story with dragons and elves ever could be? One who is concerned for that doggie left in a car on a hot afternoon day? Give them these ...
- Justin Case: School, Drool, and other Daily Disasters - a great story about a worry wart trying to survive third grade
- Frindle - a fantastic tale about a boy who creates a new word, and a whole lot of mayhem with it.
- Savvy - a sweet, down-home story about a girl whose special power causes all kinds of misadventures
I'm having so much fun with this list, I'll have to continue it tomorrow ...