Free books to put under the tree and “Hurry Less Worry Less at Christmas”

A few weeks ago, I found myself looking for a “Bluey” gift for a 4 year old in our family. It was a particular challenge because I didn’t know who / what “Bluey” was.

I did what book lovers do: I went to Barnes & Noble on Youree Drive and was taken to two books featuring the adventures of a Blue Heeler puppy, Bluey, who lives with his mother, son. father and sister and finds himself in all kinds of unpredictable situations. . Bluey is featured on a TV show and in a variety of books and toys.

While at B&N I treated myself to some pleasant stress-free shopping and purchased other children’s books, happy to support a local business, put together affordable and special gifts for the kids on our list. and give me an easy packing job, because… pounds!

Some recommendations:

– “Grannies” is the brand new “Bluey” book, and many more on the dog are available, not only locally but online, for ages 3 to 5. Kids love this TV series, and paperbacks are inexpensive.

– “The Wonderful Things You Will Be”, by Emily Winfield Martin, goes to our grandson. The rhyming text celebrates all the loving things we think of when we think of the wonderful children in our life, and it contains beautiful illustrations. For children from 3 to 7 years old.

– “Extra Yarn”, a picture book by Mac Barnett and illustrator Jon Classen, aimed at ages 4 to 8, is intended for a preschool-aged great-niece. About How a Young Girl and Her Box of Magic Thread Transform a Community, This is a Caldecott Honor Book and New York Times Best Seller, and is part of a Special Offer for the B&N holidays. (Of course, it’s also available from other booksellers.)

Guinness World Records 2022

“When my brother, Shreveport pediatrician David Pace, was a kid, he loved his copy of” Guinness World Records, “and it has become my favorite gift book, worthy of hours of talking. This year a hardcover copy of “Guinness World Records 2022” is under the tree for our 9 year old grandson.

Updated and with a new design, it offers a glimpse of our world and touches on hot topics. This edition includes a chapter exploring the superlative efforts people go to to save the environment, for example. The new edition also encourages readers to put their own efforts to break records with the right people stimulating them to seek out projects to make a difference.

National Geographic Children

—If you haven’t discovered National Geographic children’s books, I highly recommend them. They are full of fun, interesting and educational stories. 11-year-old grandniece who loves animals of all kinds gets “National Geographic Kids 125 Amazing Animal True Stories: Inspirational Tales of Animal Friendship and Four-Legged Heroes, Plus Crazy Animal Antics” .

This book introduces readers to a sea otter kayaking, a penguin turned knight, a bear who stole a family’s car, a pet cat who called 911 to save its owner, and other amazing animals, with photos and animal facts, lists and information boxes.

Our 9 year old granddaughter and her athletic dad receive a book to read together: “Weird But True Sports: 300 Wacky Facts About Awesome Athletics”. This fun book includes statistics and stories about the sport, with lots of facts and dozens of fascinating athlete photos.

These National Geographic books are for Grades 3 through 7, and there are plenty of topics to choose from.

Crazy for birds

—One of my favorite book finds lately, also browsing B&N, is “Crazy for Birds” by artist Misha Blaise. It’s for a young granddaughter, but it would also be great for adults who love birds. The author loves birds and talks affectionately about their behavior, intelligence, and how we share our world with birds, and vice versa. (Did you know that the Common Swift can stay in the air continuously without landing for up to 10 months?) The illustrations alone are worth the price of the book.

And an idea of ​​lagniappe for adults

Healthier than a box of candy and more unique than a candle, one gift book idea is “The Old Farmer’s Almanac,” which I first encountered at my farmer’s grandfather in Dubberly il. decades ago. This year, I’m giving away the 230th edition (yes, it started in 1792) of the handy yellow book which includes everything from the best days fishing and recipes to my favorite weather forecast, with a laid back tone. The 2022 edition contains fun facts, predictions and articles on horticulture, fashion and other trends; historical features; time and money saving tips, gardening tips and recipes. It’s one more book that’s fun to read and discuss with friends and family at a vacation get-together.

Old Farmer's Alamanac

Free: “Hurry less worry less at Christmas”

It’s not too late to slow down and get more out of this season. Seriously. To help book lovers do just that, I am giving away the Kindle version of “Hurry Less, Worry Less This Christmas,” with practical tips and inspiring words, including ideas and recipes from northerners. of Louisiana. You don’t have to own a Kindle to download the book for free until December 12. Here is the link:

Hurry less worry less

This is part of my non-fiction series “Hurry Less, Worry Less”, the first books I wrote, aimed at helping busy people reduce stress and increase the enjoyment of each day. Good reading!

Shreveport author wins big book deal

Kudos to Ashley Elston of Shreveport who sold her first adult novel, “First Lie Wins,” to Pamela Dorman’s Imprint at Penguin Random House, a book ad receiving a lot of national attention. The release, slated for summer 2023, is billed as an “elegant cat and mouse thriller for Laura Dave and Liv Constantine fans.” It follows a woman who holds multiple jobs for a mysterious employer under various aliases. The book has also been sold in the UK, Brazil, Germany, Greece and elsewhere.

Elston is known for her young adult novels, and her “10 Blind Dates,” set in northern Louisiana, are a fun Christmas-themed story for the middle school and high school girls on your list.

Named Book Lover of the Year

Every year we recognize a Book Lover of the Year in a special section, and it’s nominations time for 2021. Tell us about an avid reader, library worker, organizer or member of a book club, a teacher who encourages reading, or anyone you think deserves to be considered. The deadline for nominations is December 15th. Email nominations to and help celebrate the book lovers around us.

Columnist Judy Christie is the author of 18 books, including the non-fiction “Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Lived in the Tennessee Children’s Home Society,” co-authored with the author NYT hit list Lisa Wingate. For more information:

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