Moorhead Library’s Favorite Books Of 2012

Take a look! Several of our staff members made book recommendations for the recent article “Best reads of the year: Local librarians, booksellers weigh in on best books to get as Christmas gifts” in The Fargo-Moorhead Forum. If you are looking for more gift ideas, or perhaps looking for something for yourself, check out these additional recommendations from the Moorhead Library.

For Kids:
The Hello Genius board book series by Michael Dahl is “perfect to engage your little one in learning the joys of reading together. The artwork is designed with their developing brains in mind and the books teach simple little lessons appropriate for their age.” – Jenna

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
“Every page of this book made me laugh! Who doesn’t want a party with dragons AND tacos?”  – Nicole

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose
“Reminiscent of Little House on the Prairie, this is the story of 11 year old May Betts whose family sends her to live with a neighbor in a sod house to help out his young city-born wife. The arrangement was only supposed to be until Christmas, but then the unthinkable happens and May is left all alone in the soddy with limited supplies in the harsh winter.” -Jenna

For Adults:
How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew
by Erin Bried
“I’ve checked [this] out at least 4 times this year. Of course, I still haven’t sewn on the buttons, but I’m pretty sure I can figure it out from the book.” -Deb

The Violinist’s Thumb and Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code by Sam Kean
“This book is fascinating! From a potential genetic connection to cat hoarding to explaining why you should never ever eat polar bear livers, I couldn’t put this book down. Every page, I’d find myself turning to whichever poor soul happened to be sitting next me to share some random fact I had learned.” -Kaia

Giant George by Dave Nasser
“This was an adorable book about a Great Dane that is world’s tallest dog ever. You can’t say no to those loveable eyes and that gentle giant personality!” – Nicole

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey
“I love Jane Eyre and was excited to read a modern retelling of the story. Livesey does a wonderful job adapting the story and her evocative descriptions of the landscapes and feel of Scotland and Iceland are simply beautiful.” -Kaia