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December 5th, 2015 at 11:26 am

We are helping buy gifts for a family in need. It was a last minute decision on our part. The gifts need to be dropped off on Monday.

Under the heading of toys for a 13 year old girl is listed Educational Books. Thoughts on that? My sister said all books are educational. However, I wonder if non fiction is the direction they are pointing. Or possibly trying to avoid certain types of teen novels.

If anyone has any ideas, I'd love to read them. We are shopping later tonight or tomorrow morning with our 15 year old daughter that probably will be a great help, too.

12 Responses to “Ideas?”

  1. Buendia Says:

    My first thought was "how to" books like origami, etc... but my 10 year old said "that's not educational." Maybe a mix of different types of books?

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    Can you do a gift card for the books? I don't know if that's frowned upon, but it just seems so vague.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    MM, I will get receipts, but yes I think gift cards are a no.

    I do like origami, Buendia...One would learn something!

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    The receipts sound like a good idea then!

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    Here's a local publishing house that does lots of age appropriate educational books. AS has edited several history books for them. https:// www. lernerbooks.com/pages/browse-books.aspx

  6. ceejay74 Says:

    I just saw you need them now, though...still, might be worth checking to see if your nearby bookstores carry any of them...

  7. jokeable Says:

    Eyewitness books are not only educational but really fun! Also, there's a series of books called "You wouldn't want to..." and have topics like "be on the Titanic!" or "Live in Pompei!"

    For fiction books there is "Dear America" that is a diary of a teenage girl during different points in American history. There is also a series for a more global experience.

  8. snafu Says:

    What a wonderful project to undertake. My initial reaction was STEM which translates Science, Technology, Engineering, Math as educators are all examining ways to get girls interested in developing their innate skills. I'd talk to the closest librarian to see what is popular with her young, female readers. I'd copy the free, on-line SEDOKA pages for middle school level for the Math segment to combine fun and learning. Anything covering Nature and environment is important. Love the origami idea for hand/eye co ordination development with perhaps a few pads of Origami paper.

  9. rob62521 Says:

    Jokeable beat me to it, but I was going to suggest Eyewitness books. But even fiction tomes have some lessons to be learned. I'm sure they are thinking to steer clear of some of the junky books out there. Joan Bauer books are pretty good and relate well to teen age girls - almost realistic fiction.

  10. crazyliblady Says:

    Check out your local public library to see if they have discarded books for sale. You might find some things there. Maybe check for home schooling type materials? Those would be educational. School supplies?

  11. crazyliblady Says:

    How about a back pack for school? Winter coat? Age appropriate toys? Board games?

    My two favorite books I read as a tween were the following:

    Are There God? It's Me Margaret http://books.simonandschuster.com/Are-You-There-God-Its-Me-Margaret/Judy-Blume/9781481409933

    Summer Begins by Sandy Asher

  12. creditcardfree Says:

    Thanks again for all the ideas! We found two books for each child, and we got gift receipts. So if they aren't quite right they can exchange them for something else.

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