Elm Books Holiday Gift Guide 2020



This year, it's more important than ever to support small businesses. We want to keep making inclusive, diverse, and empowering books for kids and adults, and you can support us in that goal. That's why we put this gift guide together, to help you shop for all the book-lovers on your list while supporting our small independent press. Happy holidays!


Elm Books Novels:



Finding the Daydreamer
by Estella Kuchta
Literary and insightful, a Canadian historical fiction novel addressing abuse, escape, and the desire to be truly seen and loved by others.



Figures on a Beach
by Kirk VanDyke
A haunting novel of schizophrenia, discovery, and making do on a Texas beach.


Sci-Fi Starring Protagonists with Disabilities:


Elm Books' disability sci-fi anthologies imagine diverse futures for disabled protagonists. Readers will find hopeful, empowering, and impactful stories from across the multiverse.

          



Gen-E Diverse Children's Books:



Superbeetle
by S. Michele Chen, illustrated by Leda Chung
A girl visits her grandmother in Taiwan, and finds a huge beetle in the bathtub! An illustrated middle grade book.


The Illustrated Phonics Booklet
by Jennifer Monaghan, illustrated by Virginia Cantarella
For parents of young aspiring readers. Phonics education can help kids become independent readers faster! Learn more about the importance of phonics on our blog (link).


Strong Female Characters:



Finding the Daydreamer
by Estella Kuchta
Literary and insightful, a Canadian historical fiction novel addressing abuse, escape, and the desire to be truly seen and loved by others.


Death and a Cup of Tea
edited by Jess Faraday
A collection of eight mysteries, all featuring female sleuths (and tea).


Christmas is for Bad Girls
edited by M.M. Ardagna & Lily Callahan
Elm Books presents a full Christmas stocking of stories for romance fans!


For Amateur Detectives, Sleuths, and Mystery Lovers:


The "Death" Series is a multi-volume collection of mystery short stories. With a wide range of themes, there's something here for every kind of mystery lover.






For the Romance Reader:



Christmas is for Bad Girls
edited by M.M. Ardagna & Lily Callahan
Elm Books presents a full Christmas stocking of stories for romance fans! These stories are sweet, with a little holiday spice.


Fae Love
edited by M.M. Ardagna and Jess Faraday
All the brilliant magic and wonder of fairy tales, with the adult passion of modern romance.


Introduce a New Fantasy Series:



The Duchess of the Shallows
by Neil McGarry & Daniel Ravipinto
A game is played in the fog-shrouded city of Rodaas, and every citizen, from the nameless of the Shallows to the noblest of the Garden, is a player or a pawn. Book 1 in the Grey City series.


For Poetry Lovers:




hatred of one's fascination with an idea of wilderness
by Kirk VanDyke
Kirk VanDyke's stark and lyrical poems on life, death, nature and urbanization.


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