Books Sandwiched In offers holiday gift suggestions for every type of reader
By By Sarah Hainesworth and Times Staff Writer
Nov 21, 2014 | 4:04 AM
Shopping for thoughtful Christmas presents for the loved ones on your list? Step away from the gift card! Jane Sharpe, librarian emeritus at McDaniel College, suggests books as the ideal gift for anyone.
Sharpe led Books Sandwiched In, a presentation of 31 book recommendations, at McDaniel College on Thursday.
Books Sandwiched in began as a lunchtime book recommendation session in the 1980s. Sharpe has held so many recommendation sessions, she can't remember the exact number, but she does put a lot of thought into the books she adds to her list.
"My original premise was I took my list of people that I would shop for and pick books they would like," she said. "Lots of times, the books pick me. They'll keep popping up and I say, 'OK, I have to read you.' "
Some of the titles Sharpe recommended this year include the following:
What better way to keep children interested in reading — and learning — than a book that comes in the form of a stuffed animal? This book by Matthew Van Fleet comes equipped with textured pages that reveal clues to October's next catch.
"October the octopus teaches you the months," Sharpe said. "He goes through the different creatures of the sea."
October "catches" seas creatures up until the month of December, when he catches something else, but you'll have to read it to find out what.
Many of the event's attendees found the presentation helpful.
"I'll be heading to the bookstore," Jackie Hering, Westminster resident and McDaniel alumna, said. "I love the way she highlights things from each book that intrigue me and make me want to read them."
Hering also said she has a new granddaughter and plans to buy some of the children's books for her.
New Windsor resident Lorraine Thompson also found the recommendations interesting.
"I'm particularly interested in the historical novels. I just think we need to know our history," she said. " 'Rush Revere and the First Patriots,' [by Rush Limbaugh] I think that's a good example of a historical novel for children. It gives them an example of what our country was really like."
Those who missed the event will have a chance to hear Sharpe give her recommendations again at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the North Carroll Branch Library.
"I think books are the perfect gift," Sharpe said. "I hope everybody goes away with something they want to read themselves or give away as a gift."