What to Give the Kids on Your List
The approaching holidays bring back warm memories of the joy I always felt (and still feel) at unwrapping the gift of a new book, so it seems only fitting to share some of our favorite gift ideas for kids this year, by which I mean books.
Of course, our Top 10 Best of the Year picks for kids (picture books and middle grade books) are always a good bet, so I won’t repeat myself, but here are some other ideas for bringing smiles to the young readers on your holiday shopping list:
The House in the Night – now in a board book, this beautiful Caldecott Medal-winning title makes a perfect gift for a baby or mother-to-be. Age Baby -2
Big Box of Little Pookie – four of Sandra Boynton’s beloved Little Pookie board books in one box. Age 2-3 is the sweet spot but these can be fun even a little younger.
I Want My Hat Back – Understated humor that kids and adults will appreciate (good for when you have to read it 100 times) this picture book has been garnering rave reviews. Age 4-up
2012 Calendars – a good gift if you have a vague idea of the child’s interest (Harry Potter, anything Disney, etc.,) or can make a good guess. Calendars are great for teaching younger kids the days, dates, months, and seasons, while older kids can keep track of their homework or activity schedules. Ages 4-up
The Sniffles for Bear – I’m a big fan of Bonny Becker’s Bear and Mouse books and the newest one is every bit as sweet as the others. Great for boys and girls, endearing characters and strong message of caring and friendship make this or any of her other Bear books a good bet for little ones. Age 5-up
Encyclopedia Mythologica: Dragons and Monsters Pop-Up – Amazing pop-ups and mythology together make for an impressive package--adults will love this, too. Age 5-up
Ivy and Bean Super-Duper Collection (Books 1-8) – an early reader chapter book series that is funny and engaging makes this a perfect gift for girls. Age 7-up
Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Cabin Fever (book 6 ) if they are already into the series, or the boxed set of 1-5 if they aren’t. The blend of cartoon-style illustrations and humor work for kids who love books and reluctant readers alike. If you know a child who is a Wimpy Kid fan and probably already has the new book, check out these ideas for similar books to keep that love of reading going. Age 8-up
Percy Jackson paperback 5-book boxed set (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) – one of the most popular series since Harry Potter, mythology and fast-paced action have made these books bestsellers for good reason. Age 9-up
The Invention of Hugo Cabret - if you think the movie looks incredible, just wait until you see the book--and the look of amazment on the child's face who receives it. Age 9-up
Want more? Check out our gift ideas in books for kids and teens. --Seira