There are wine pairings, and now there are book pairings, thanks to the talented and creative folks at CWILL BC. Here are some ideas for ways to “pair” a CWILL BC member’s book with a small gift for the holidays. (Thanks to the blog, Mother Reader for the idea!) All of these books can be ordered through your local bookstore.
[Updated December 14th ’07]
Pair any one of the books from the Eagle Glen Trilogy by KC Dyer (Seeds of Time, Secret of Light, or Shades of Red) and give with a package of peppermints, appropriate for soothing the stomach after time travel.
Pair Linda’s Goodnight Sweet Pig (illustrated by Josee Masse) with a plump new pillow and fancy pillowcase for “sweet dreams.”
And what would be more fitting to pair with Tanya’s The Blue Jean Book than a new pair of jeans?
For those kids who couldn’t get enough of the “maze of monsters” in Kendra Kandelstar and the Door to Unger, pair this book with a book of mazes, such as Monsters, Myths and Mysteries: A Tangled Tour Maze Book.
With Ainslie’s Ballerinas Don’t Wear Glasses, how about a tutu, toe shoes or leotards, or even a zany, wacky pair of sunglasses?
Norma’s Sophie’s Friend in Need, could be paired with a dreidel and instructions for the game.
Pair Kim Denman‘s Mirror Image with a plain mirror and a selection of art supplies to create a unique mirror frame just as the characters do in the story. You could also add a collection of inspirational poetry or quotes to help her find that special secret message to place on the back of her mirror.
Thanks to the writers who have sent in more ideas for holiday book pairings.
If, like the protagonist in Dayle Gaetz’s Crossbow, you have a young friend who is a tad disorganized, they might find an organizer, paired with the book, helpful.
Dayle’s Sea Dog could be paired with a toy sailboat or mesh goody bag for collecting treasures at the seashore.
Pair Heather Kellerhals-Stewart‘s Extreme Edge with a visit to a climbing wall, a pair of rock climbing shoes, or a trip to Shannon Falls on the Sea-to-Sky Highway to watch the ice climbers or to the Stawamish Chief to watch the rock climbers.
And Wow Canada! or any other of Vivien’s books about Canada would be great paired with a large Canadian flag, a stuffed beaver or small flags of all of the provinces/territories.
Pair Ann Alma’s Skateway to Freedom with new skates or a pass to the arena.
Ann Alma’s Summer of Changes is a great read while snuggling with a stuffed dog. Or give a model plastic or ceramic border collie.