When I was younger, I would’ve been pissed off if I’d gotten all books for the holidays. I can’t remember what exactly it was that I wanted, but books always seemed boring and a cop out. But now I can’t think of anything I’d rather get.
(Flowers, chocolate, and jewelry might be a Valentine dream come true, but this year my darling husband gave me a Kindle and I just love it!)
As in the past, my kids are going to mainly receive books this holiday season. I figured I may as well buy something they’ll enjoy and get more use from than a piece of plastic that makes noise when they so robotically press a button.
Here’s the eclectic list of books one of them will receive:
Gene Luen Yang’s powerful graphic novel, American Born Chinese (First Second, 2006). Centered around three main characters, the stories are empowering, educational, and witty.
Sherman Alexie’s semi-autobiographical novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Little, Brown, 2009), about a Native American teen who dreams of a life outside the reservation.
Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief (Knopf, 2007), a novel about a girl who steals books in WWII Germany and shares them with her neighbors, including a Jewish man who hides in her basement before he’s sent to Dachau.
And Marie Lu’s debut, Legend (Putnam, 2011), a dystopian novel about two teens who come from opposite socio-economic circles and together fight to learn the truth their government is hiding.
My younger kids will also receive books, along with a few blocks sets. I’ve bought them some Grace Lin picture books, Ni Hao Kai-Lan books, and some nice picture books that tell stories with Chinese characters.