We love books, and we love to give books as gifts. Here’s a guide to some choices for many on your list:
“Becoming Judy Garland” by Randy L. Schmidt
From local music educator and best-selling author Randy L. Schmidt, this is a new children’s biography of famed “Miss Show Business.” Discover how Garland transitioned from vaudeville to movie stardom and landed the role of a lifetime.
“Dance Like You Mean It” by Jeanne Skartsiaris
Cassie, a working mom, follows her dream to be a writer. When her sexy romance becomes a bestseller, she realizes she can’t let her family know she wrote it.
The novel was a finalist in the 2017 Best Book Awards for humor.
“Sarah’s Song” by Rosie J. Pova and illustrations by Emma Allen
It’s a story about a granddaughter and the special bond she shares with her grandmother through singing and dancing. But when Grandma gets tired more and more and sings and dances less and less, Sarah is determined to find the perfect song to bring back the experience. Will she be able to make Grandma sing and dance like before or will her song work in a surprising way?
The picture book is for ages 4 to 8.
“Bitter Betrayal” by Amanda M. Thrasher
They say there are two sides to every story, and somewhere in the middle lies the truth. There’s no exception to this one. Impaired decisions, questionable actions, and consequences with irreversible damage destroy the lives of two young teens. High school junior Payton Phillips is dating the boy she knows she’s going to spend the rest of her life with: Reece Townsend. An opportunity for the dating teens and their friends to have the night of their lives – an invite to Stacie Wiggin’s party – will go down in the books as epic. But when things escalate and emotions run high, the evening of their dreams turns into a nightmare of he said, she said. Who did exactly what that night? As teens tweet, Snap, and play their stories out online, social media threatens to ruin more than the teens’ reputations. Relationships, scholarships, and entire families are at stake. Whose side of the story will you choose to believe, his or hers?
This one is for lovers of young adult fiction. The book is a Gold recipient of The Mom’s Choice Awards.
“Magnet Max” by Monica Lozano Hughes and illustrations by Holly Weinstein
The children’s book teaches about magnetism. Max visits his friend, Nick, at his house, and together they explore objects around the house to test if they are magnetic. Illustrations and science vocabulary are included.
The book is for children ages 4 to 8 years old.
“The Rainwater Secret” by Monica Shaw
The historical fiction novel is about a woman who becomes a missionary in Africa after the death of her mother. Single and feeling there is nothing left for her in small-town England, Anna embarks on an adventure as a volunteer with the Medical Missionaries of Mary to teach the leper children in Africa. Anna’s daily life is an adventure as she travels from one village to another across a hostile land with few passable roads, rickety bridges threatening to fall apart and cast its occupants on the jagged rocks far below and weather that turns a calm river into a roiling death trap.
“Which Came First?” by Janet Sever Hull and illustrations by Vicki Killion Guess
Named Best Children’s Book winner at the 2017 North Texas Book Festival, the farm story is about learning to face fears and not giving up even when someone feels like a “chicken liver.” After much effort, the girl in the story comes up with a way to accomplish the task.
In addition to online, the book is available in Denton at both Community Pharmacy and S & J Scripture Street Pharmacy.
“Rowdy’s Night Before Christmas” by Lynn Sheffield Simmons and pictures by Denise Remfert
Rowdy, a Yorkshire terrier puppy, does his best to stay awake on Christmas Eve. Can he make it until Santa Claus arrives?
“The Charming Bracelet” by Sherry Hall
The teen read follows Lexie on a coming of age journey. Lexie, or Alexandria Evangeline Malouff, has 27 letters in her name. She has been to the principal’s office for 27 different stupid reasons this year. Her mom was 27 when she dropped Lexie and her younger brother, Anthony, off at their grandparents’ house and disappeared. Lexie considers 27 her number, but not her lucky number.
When Lexie finds a silver charm bracelet in the park, she isn’t surprised there are 27 charms on it. There are many surprises in her future, though, that begin when Lexie finds the bracelet’s owner, an elderly lady named Miss Em. As Miss Em shares the stories of the charms, Lexie comes to terms with many things in her own life and discovers that 27 might just be her lucky number after all.
“Patches’ Awesome Day” created by Timothy T. Civick and James S. Martinez
Patches is our favorite little rescue dog with a big wet nose. Patches invites readers to come along and share his day, reminding them of the importance of smiling, laughter, playing and friends. It’s aimed at ages 5-12.
“Manjhi Moves a Mountain” by Nancy Churnin and illustrations by Danny Popovici
It’s a true story about a man in India who spent 22 years chiseling a path through a mountain to make life better for people in his village. The book has won many awards and aims to show youngsters that one person can make a difference.
“Fred’s Texas Stampede” written and illustrated by Diane Shapley-Box
Fred the Frog and his Apple Bunch buddies had no idea about the Texas adventure that was in store for them when they started their trip to a dude ranch. They learned how to rope and ride, but when one mischievous longhorn left the herd, the pals from Appleton sprang into action. They traveled from the cities to the canyons, from the hill country to the gulf coast, seeing so much more of Texas along the way.