Books are my favorite. But you know that, right? I believe there should be at least one book under every single Christmas tree this year, one book given for at least one night of Hanukkah, and yeah, Kwanzaa should totally be celebrated with a book. So part of my
job passion here is to help you find books to give your kids that will rock their socks off.
If you haven’t checked out my awesome ideas for cool gifts for teen readers, you need to take a look at all the awesome stuff my boys approved to get your teens this year. It was a lot of fun to put together, but you know me–the Lit Mama has to give you some book ideas for all the kids.
Because books rock. And if you filled my stocking and underneath my tree with books, you would be my best friend. And every-everybody should feel the same.
Since you’re doing your best to raise lifelong readers, I have some ideas for books that will knock your kiddos socks off. What are we waiting for?
Books for All Ages
Buying classics is always fun, but beautiful, hardcover, illustrated classics are even better. Because then you have a keepsake that can become a family heirloom, and how could you not want a book for a family heirloom? There are so many that would be wonderful for kids from birth through college, but I’ve done my best to narrow it down to just a few (she says with a wink).
This is one of my all-time favorite stories, and this particular copy makes it even better with wonderful illustrations on every page. It’s a perfect read-aloud and the pictures are detailed enough to keep the attention of even the youngest listener. Since I hope everyone is like me in that they never truly grow up, this beautiful copy will even apeal to your teens as a keepsake.
I’ve mentioned before that this book is my go-to baby shower gift because Velveteen Rabbit. But this copy not only has genius illustrations, it comes with a velveteen rabbit for your child’s very own. And I don’t know about you, but I’d have darn near killed for one when I was a kid. I mean, seriously.
Who doesn’t dream of being a Lost Boy? Seriously. And this copy is super cool with interactive elements such as a detailed map of Neverland, a Fairy Clap Chart, and a Croc O’Clock with moving hands! I mean, I can’t even. Every single kid ever should have this copy of this book.
Full-color illustrations brighten Carroll’s incredible, timeless story about the girl who fell down the rabbit hole. And there’s nothing more fun than Carroll’s poetry. Even if you already have an old, worn paperback, this hardcover is likely to cause fits of ecstasy.
Love. Twoo love… Every single person on the planet should own a hardcover copy of this book. Personally, I just got my own last year. Don’t make your kids wait that long.
New Picture Books to Discover
My favorite-ist thing is discovering new authors and introducing them to you. Because everybody has access to Amazon and the best seller lists, but what about those authors who are doing this on their own, for the love of books and kids?
You want to support them, right? Of course you do!
Glad to Do It! Series by James Burd Brewster $12.99 each
I can’t say enough about this amazeballs series. If you have a little who is fascinated by the every day heroes in our lives, you’ve got to get your hands on these books. Super interesting stories accompany lots of info about what it takes to be a firefighter, a police officer, or an EMT. Plus, there are Story Times for many of them to extend your kiddos’ reading pleasure. I seriously can’t recommend these books enough. I’ve been doing so for months now, and if you haven’t grabbed one yet, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. The holidays are the perfect time!
The Elm Grove Series by JB Allen $9.95 each
These adorable books are my latest discovery, and I’m super stoked to introduce you to them. All about the animals on Elm Grove Farm (a real place in Texas, be still my heart), this series is written by a wonderfully kind lady who feels as strongly about reading aloud to kids as I do. My friends, that is the stuff. I’m also excited to announce that I’ll be doing a Story Time for Isabella: The Cow Who Wanted to Sing in December and there might even be a giveaway in there somewhere. But don’t wait. Visit the website and get to know the Elm Grove animals. Because cute just doesn’t describe them.
Fun new books for older kids
I wish I had the time to make up a mile-long list this year like I did last year, but I’m hop-hop-hopping this holiday season with a million projects and whatnot so I’ll make this quick and easy for you. (The books on last year’s list are still available, too!)
Hair In All the Wrong Places and Hair in All the Wrong Places 2: The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf by Andrew Buckley $11.00-$16.00
Andrew Buckley is a heck of a nice guy who has written a couple of incredible middle grade novels perfect for fans of the supernatural. I mean, puberty must be a lot different when you sprout hair everywhere. Sucks being a werewolf. Good thing Buckley approaches it all with a sense of humor. Your tweens and teens will love this one.
This was one of my favorite books this year. It’s a steampunk version of Cinderella with plenty of action. Told from the points of view of Eleanor Banneker and Benjamin Grimm, childhood friends who reunite after 7 years, it’s full of mystery and excitement. And you won’t believe who turns out to be the ‘fairy godmother.’ Good stuff for any gender.
Got young readers with growing pains? This brilliant book follows Chloe Snow’s Diary through 365 days of freshman year. It perfectly captures that awkward age when the goods are really, really good, the bads are really, really bad, and high school is both horrible and exciting. Really, really horrible and really, really exciting.
I hope you’ve found something here that will make your young readers swoon. I wish I could buy them all and ship them to your house.
Is there a way to apply to be Santa Claus?
We could totally celebrate Bookmas.