Guide highlights best gift books for youth

Deborah Stevenson
Deborah Stevenson, Editor, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books; Clinical Assistant Professor

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books has released the 2016 Guide Book to Gift Books. This annual publication, available as a free downloadable pdf, highlights more than three hundred of the best books for giving and receiving. 

The Guide Book is organized by age group for easier access to the right books for a particular recipient: Picture Books, Books for Young Readers (Grades 1-3; 6-8 years), Books for Middle Readers (Grades 4-6; 9-11 years), and Books for Older Readers (Grades 7-12; 12-18 years). The guide offers a broad range of styles, genres, subjects, and challenge levels. 

"We've seen some truly amazing books in the last few years, and the Guide Book to Gift Books is our way of letting people know how many wonderful titles are out there just waiting to get to the right young person," said Deborah Stevenson, editor of The Bulletin. "Books are a slice of experience between covers; you can give a young person a trip to another dimension, an arresting new look at our own world, or an opportunity to share a laugh with family and friends."

The Bulletin, founded in 1945, is devoted entirely to the review of current books for children and publishes eleven times each year. Each issue provides concise summaries and critical evaluations with information on the book's content, reading level, strengths and weaknesses, and quality of format as well as suggestions for curricular use.