Offering some choice words about books as holiday gifts


For those last minute holiday gift shopping ideas, here are some great books that will fit just about anyone’s interest or budget:

For kids:

• Mo Willems is always a favorite and you can’t go wrong for children in the 2 to 4-year-old range with either the Piggy and Elephant books or the Pigeon series. The latest Piggy and Elephant book is called, Waiting Is Not Easy! And the most recent Pigeon book is called, The Pigeon Needs a Bath! My all-time favorite Pigeon books is, Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.

• The Problem with Not Being Scared of Monsters, by Dan Richards, shows some zany misbehaving monsters in silly situations (ages 4 through 8).

• House of Robots, by James Patterson, is short and zippy, with enough robots to interest youngsters ages 8 through 12. For boys and girls who are die hard fans of Minecraft, (an on-line video game), there is now a collection of four handbooks available in a boxed set (ages 8 through 12).

For teens:

• Children who love reality shows will enjoy The Selection series by Kiera Kass. For those teens who like a suspenseful story, Jackaby, by William Ritter, is a cross between the supernatural and Sherlock Holmes style mysteries. (Ages 12 through 15).

If I Stay, by Gayle Forman is set in Oregon. A teen’s life is changed forever as she ponders her life and what it has become after a car wreck (ages 12 and up).

For teens and adults:

• For those who saw the last movie in the Hobbit series that was just released in theaters in December, now is the time to reread The Hobbit to see how much the movie changed from the book! Try an audiobook of this title for on-the-go listening.

• Grave Mercy, by Robin LaFevers, is the first in the His Fair Assassin trilogy, which mixes assassination, political intrigue and valor in a historical fiction page turner (ages 16 and up).

For adults:

• If you like short stories, try One More Thing, by B.J. Novak or the Empathy Exams, by Leslie Jamison.

• For inspiration, read Big Tiny. Tiny homes are all the rage, and this book chronicles one person’s journey building a tiny home. This reminds me of one of my all-time favorite books about building a cabin, William Sullivan’s book, Cabin Fever. This has all the flavor of the Pacific Northwest and the can-do build-it -ourself attitude, even for those who live in downtown Eugene or Portland, two of Oregon’s largest cities.


• In the humor and food category: Food a Love Story, by Jim Gaffigan, is one stand-up comedian’s humorous take on loving all things food. If you don’t enjoy a healthy dose of humor while reading insights about the joys of eating, then give this book to someone who does! This guy doesn’t hold back.

• Another great thesis on eating meat responsibly is Carnivore’s Manifesto, by Patrick Martins. The author challenges the reader to eat well while knowing your food sources.

• If you need a great local fishing map book, try the Oregon River Maps & Fishing Guide.

• The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour: The 60 Best Gardens to Visit in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, by Donald Olson, is a must-see bucket list for gardening aficionados.

• A Boat, a Whale, and a Walrus: Menus and Stories by Renee Erickson is written by Seattle Chef Renee Erickson, who shares her recipes with anecdotes from the Pacific Northwest.

• Trees up Close, by Nancy Ross Hugo, has beautiful up close photos of leaves, flowers, cones and bark. This book is for the tree or nature lover to stop and take a closer look at the beauty of trees.

Esther Moberg is the director of the Seaside Public Library.

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