Thursday, November 26, 2009


I'm thinking of buying my nieces, 8 and 10 (I'm nearly Eleven!), some books as presents. Are there any thought-provoking, possibly life-directing books you would recommend for girls that age?

Meanwhile, please enjoy Marcus Schenkenberg for Thanksgiving!
Sans Pantaloons of course!


Blogger Fantastagirl said...

I'd play it safe - give them bookstore giftcards - my kids (7 and 9) LOVE getting Barnes & Noble gift cards, they get to pick out any book they want and they will spend hours in the store.

Right now my kids are reading: Boxcar children; Judy Blume's Tales of Fourth Grade Nothing, Super Fudge etc.; Diary of a Whimpy Kid; The Lemonade War

8:03 PM  
Blogger Scarlet said...

Captain Underpants is a good series too.

2:10 PM  
Blogger bubbles said...

My eleven year old son loves the 39Clues series. Action, adventure, betrayal, some mystery. He has to have the books the day they are released and he finishes them within a day.

As I recall, the girls really liked "American Girl" how-to books about making and keeping friends, middle school survival, how to have a great slumber party, how to make a great braid, etc. Very tricky territory for a guy to choose, I suppose.

My 17 year old still talks (and laughs)about how the reference book set Santa left her in the fourth grade -- it wins second prize for "the lamest gift ever"... Geeze. It was just a little extra something for under the tree! Ungrateful brats. J.K. :-)

First prize in the lamest category? Knee socks that say "I love to read" on them. She got those from Mr. Ex's mother. Even *I* knew that was lame!

Thanks for the recent very nice well wishing email. Loved it!

5:10 PM  
Blogger joe said...

How about a year's subscription to 'Popular Mechanics'??? Or 'High Times'??
Or a Home Depot gift card???

3:58 PM  
Blogger joe said...

Or some cutlery.

4:00 PM  
Blogger bubbles said...

joe is a goofball. that's why we like him, tho.

3:10 AM  
Blogger anne altman said...

"Are You There God? It's Me Margaret" by Judy Blume.

a must.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Lynda said...

I liked books like Me and my Little Brain, Island of the Blue Dolphin (I'll still read it), A Wrinkle in Time, and pretty much whatever I could get my hands on. :)

Oh, Little House on the Prairie.

3:53 AM  
Blogger Sans Pantaloons said...

Fantastagirl, thank you!

Scarlet, thank you!

Bubbles, thank you! My pleasure.

Joe, thank you! Cutlery sounds good!

Bubbles, I concur!

Anne, thank you!

Lynda, thank you! I shall investigate those titles.

6:53 AM  
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2:41 PM  
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4:34 PM  
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8:13 AM  
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4:38 PM  

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