Books We’re Giving for the Holidays: Lea’s Picks

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There’s a delightful holiday tradition in Iceland called the Jólabókaflóðið (which roughly translates to “Yule Book Flood”) in which people gift books to their loved ones on December 24th, allowing everyone to spend the holiday with their friends and family, immersed in the books they were given.

Of course, booklovers all over the world know we don’t have to reside in Iceland to understand the joy of giving a book you love to someone else in hopes they love it as well. So for the next week, the TBF staff will be listing a few (or rather quite a few) of the books we’re giving our friends and family this year. Happy Holidays, y’all!

First up is our Outreach Coordinator, Lea Bogner:


If you are absolute avid followers of the TBF social media, you may have noticed that I got engaged in August! Now that I’m a future aunt, I feel like I need to up my game even more with my fiancé’s nephews and I couldn’t think of better books to do that with than Creepy Pair of Underwear and Creepy Carrots, by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown. I know William and Christopher will get a kick out of ordinary objects being creepy, and every librarian I work with in Texas has told me Creepy Carrots is the hottest item on their shelves. You could make the kid in your life the coolest kid in school!

Next, another picture book series: Let’s Investigate with Nate. My fiancé is an engineer and two of our closest friends have a young girl. Both of her parents are engineers/scientists, and I know she loves stories of exciting science museum adventures! The author, Nate Ball, was recently with us for Reading Rock Stars Houston and his book comes with the recommendation of the 400+ students he met at Blackshear and Cunningham Elementary schools. The best way to describe his books is a new iteration of The Magic School Bus with the mystery of the Night in the Museum films. Perfect for young scientists and kids with curious minds!


Last: My younger sister just finished her first semester of Physician’s Assistant school in New York. It’s been a whirlwind and she’s exhausted, so I want to give her something to read that’s far from her medical textbooks. She’s getting The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I don’t want to say too much because there are People Magazine worthy twists in this book! Give this to anyone in your life who loves to watch Bravo and follows the lives of reality stars like the Kardashians.


Creepy Pair of Underwear


Creepy Carrots


Let’s Investigate with Nate: The Solar System


Let’s Investigate with Nate: The Water Cycle


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo