For as long as I can remember, our family has always given book gifts for kids. On Christmas morning, I would find a stack of new reads under the tree – often some of the gifts that I found to be most exciting. In seeing books as gifts – and good gifts! – I developed an insatiable love for reading. I attribute these book gifts to my lifelong reading habits and my choice in profession (you don’t become a literacy professor when you don’t love books!).
Here are some last minute ideas for the little readers on your list. Amazon Prime is a great way to make sure these holiday gifts get to you on time!
Is there anything better than cuddling up with a baby and reading a few books? There are certain books that become instant favorites because the rhythm of the language or the interesting characters capture interest. Our family has an interpretive dance we created to The Going to Bed Book and Good Night, Gorilla is our favorite for when we are in the mood to giggle.
This year, the baby will find Reindeers are Better than People in his stocking. What you can’t see in this picture is that the book has adorable plush antlers sticking out the top of it! This book is perfect for future Frozen fans!
Olaf’s Night Before Christmas is our go-to bedtime story this holiday season – perfect for any Olaf fan! If you love the original poem, this Frozen rendition will be sure to please. The illustrations are beautiful and will entice your little one to head to bed to await their own visit from Santa and the eight flying Svens!
Mother Bruce is another top choice for preschoolers this year. A bear who loves to eat eggs changes his mind when the eggs start to hatch. However, the little chicks inside think Bruce is their mommy. Find out what he does when it is time for the goose chicks to fly south for winter. It is super cute!
The Elementary School Child
I am a huge fan of all of Rick Riordan’s books for myself. However, I have particularly enjoyed Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1 which focuses on Norse mythology. These books are awesome for learning about mythology, and I *may* have drawn on some of the information I got from Riordan’s Egyptian mythology books when helping to plan my husband’s recent trip to Egypt.
One of the super cool things about Rick Riordan’s series is that Disney Hyperion has started publishing mythology primers to go along with the books. They are beautifully illustrated and help kids delve deeper into the myths that are featured in the books.
The Who Would Win? series is a favorite in our house. We have all of the books in the series (and the card game!) which pit 2 animals against each other and compare and contrast their features to see who would have the upper hand in a fight. We learn so much from these books and they are really engaging.
The Middle Grades Reader
So You Want to Be a Jedi? and the rest of Adam Gidwitz books are a new favorite of mine. The rewrites of the Star Wars episodes are made to be engaging for middle graders (and adults!). I have tried to read some of the typical Star Wars movie books and have nearly fallen asleep – but these capture our interest from the start!
The I Survived series is one that my information-hungry oldest son and I have recently gotten in to as a result of his obsession with the Titanic. I really should write a book on Titanic books for kids, (though I can’t imagine there is a huge audience for that.)
What books are on your kids’ lists this year?
Disclosure: Disney/Hyperion provided some of the books above to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed within are my own and have not been influenced in any way.