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Best Books for Gift Giving

What are the best books for gift giving this holiday season? Librarians from Anne Arundel County Public Library, Rachel Myers, Rebecca Hofleitner and Aurelia Larrimore reveal their picks for the best books for kids, teens and adults in this lively discussion.

During the pandemic readers have trended towards books that offer feel good stories, stories that bring comfort and those very satisfying “beach reads.”

Listen to the interview for more details and individual recommendations about the following Best Books recommended by the librarians.

Best Books for Toddlers

Grow by Theodore Henry

Wonderful You by Lisa Graff

Jazz for Lunch by Jarrett Dapier

The Cottonwood Tree by Serena Mangus

Burt the Beetle Doesn’t Bite by Ashley Spires

Best Books for Beginning Readers

The Baby-Sitters Club, remade into Graphic Novels adapteb by Gale Galligan, Raina Tegemeier, author Ann Martin

Hello Star, by Stephanie Lucianovic and Vashti Harrison

Best Books for Middle School Readers

Amari and the Night Brothers, by BB Alston

Maya and the Robot, by Eve L. Ewing and Christine Almeda

Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

Best Young Adult Books

Fire Keeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

The Guilded Ones  (part of the Shadow and Bones series) by Namina Forna

Best Books for Adults

Major Labels – A History of Pop Music in Seven Genres by Kelefa Sanneh

Nadiya Bakes by Nadiya Hussain

Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

Red At The Bone by Jacquline Woodson

Wendy, Darling by A.C. Wise

Carnival Snackery by David Sedaris

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

All of the librarians work at Discoveries: The Library at the Mall. They invite you to visit the library and reach out to them for more recommendations.

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