Librarian presents 38 books for holiday gifts

November 17, 2011

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Give a book, says Jane Sharpe, McDaniel Associate Librarian Emerita, during her much anticipated annual Books Sandwiched In presentation of suggested books for holiday gift giving.

This year’s holiday gift list featured books for toddlers, children, teens and adults, fiction and non-fiction, history and cookbooks. Most were published in 2011 – and every one was read by Sharpe before it earned her gift approval.

Jane Sharpe’s Holiday Book Gift List

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

The Winter Palace: a novel of Catherine the Great by Eva Stachniak

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman

The Next Always: (Book one of the Inn Boonsboro trilogy) by Nora Roberts

She-wolves: the women who ruled England before Elizabeth by Helen Castor

The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster by Joshua Kendall

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, terror and an American family by Erik Larson

The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma

Boomer Days by Gus Russo

And the Rest is History by Marlene Wagman-Geller

Annapolis: City on the Severn: a history by Jane Wilson McWilliams

The Untold Civil War: exploring the human side of war by James Robertson–ed. Neil Kagan

Carroll County – Then & Now by Catherine Baty & Jerry Trescott

Debbie Macomber’s Christmas Cookbook by Debbie Macomber

The Neelys’ Celebration Cookbook by Patrick Neely & Gina Neely

Momofuku Milk Bar by Christina Tosi

I Didn’t Ask to Be Born (But I’m Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby

If You Ask Me: (And of Course You Won’t) by Betty White

If Cats Could Talk: the meaning of meow by Michael Fertig

Weird But True 3! : 300 Outrageous facts by National Geographic Children’s Books

Everything on It by Shel Silverstein

Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts

Home for the Holidays (The Mother Daughter Book Club) by Heather Vogel Frederick

Wonderstruck: a novel in words and pictures by Brian Selznick

The Aviary by Kathleen O’Dell

Can You See What I See?: Toyland Express by Walter Wick

The Wizard of Oz – Scanimation by Rufus Butler Seder

You Are What You Eat and Other Mealtime Hazards by Serge Bloch

If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff & Felicia Bond

Bumble-Ardy by Maurice Sendak

Strega Nona’s Gift by Tomie de Paola

Home for Christmas by Jan Brett

The Magical Christmas Horse by Mary Higgins Clark, Illus. Wendell Minor

One Night in Bethlehem by Jill Roman Lord, Illus. Paige Keiser

My Little Maryland ABC by Cliff Read Books

Dragons & Monsters by Matthew Reinhart & Robert Sabuda