Hello! Welcome to “Lacey Recommends,” a monthly column updating you on some of the latest and greatest books being published for girls.
I know lots of you LOVE to read. I do, too! In fact, my whole life pretty much revolves around the power of stories and writing. I always loved writing and wrote my first novel when I was 15. I also wrote a lot of fan-fiction and letters to over 50 pen pals. As an adult, I took jobs as a writer, an editor, a reporter, and a librarian. In fact, my first editing job was with New Moon Girls. All these jobs let me read a lot!
I often recommend books to be reviewed in New Moon Girls Magazine, so publishers send their newest releases to my house for consideration. Since there isn’t room to cover all the great reads that come across my desk in the magazine, I’m sharing some of them here.
Whether you are preparing for Christmas, Solstice, Hanukkah, or another winter celebration, for many girls December is a time to think about the holidays and giving gifts to loved ones. A homemade gift can be especially meaningful. If you’re still searching for ideas, check out these books for inspiration.
- Make It, Gift It: Handmade Gifts for Every Occasion by Mari Bolte – This book includes ideas for homemade calendars, memory boxes, jewelry, and more, with whole sections dedicated to special holiday gifts, edible gifts (yum!), “upcycled” gifts (gifts made from items you might otherwise throw away), and the pretty packaging you’ll need to wrap everything up when it’s ready to give to someone special. Each gift idea includes a handy list of materials, step-by-step instructions, and a full-color image of the finished project.
- Knitted Fairy Tales: Recreate the Famous Stories with Knitted Toys by Sarah Keen – Whether you have kids on your gift list or someone of any age who loves fairy tales and stories, this book tells you how to knit adorable characters from favorites such as “Cinderella,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” as well as from less well-known tales such as, “The Princess and the Pea” and “Puss in Boots.” Although there are tips and techniques in the back of the book, some of the designs are tricky and might be best-suited to experienced knitters. If you’re a beginner, see if you can find a parent or another talented knitter to help.
- Paper Cutting: 20 Projects for Friends to Make by Claire Culley and Amy Phipps – If the thought of getting tangled up in yarn intimidates you, consider making gifts out of more basic materials: paper! This book includes ideas for cell phone covers, flower bouquets, baby mobiles, pinatas and more — all made using paper, scissors and glue. The book includes step-by-step instructions and full-color photos of finished projects.
What about you? Do you have other favorite sources of inspiration for homemade gifts? Share your ideas in the comments!