12 Best Books to Gift This Holiday Season

Looking for presents? We've rounded up the most engaging page-turners sure to entertain every young reader in your family.
May 20, 2019

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12 Best Books to Gift This Holiday Season

May 20, 2019

Searching for the perfect books to gift to your kids this holiday? Look no further! Here are our top picks for readers ages three to 15. Within each age group, you’ll find one selection that's funny, one that's inspiring and one that's adventurous. So whether you've got a voracious reader who loves to LOL or a reluctant reader who needs inspiration and adventure, you'll find a just-right book within this hand-picked dozen of must-haves. Plus, browse our best-selling new releases and coveted book sets for other fantastic gift ideas.

Best Book Gifts for Ages 3 to 5

Funny:

When Duncan takes out his crayon box to color in The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, he discovers that all his crayons have quit! In their place Duncan finds a collection of handwritten notes from his disgruntled crayons, outlining their complaints. Can Duncan find a solution that will convince his crayons to come back home?

Inspiring:

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae is the story of Gerald the giraffe, who would love to join in the Jungle Dance. Unfortunately, everyone knows that giraffes can’t dance, and Gerald leaves the dance sad and disappointed. On his way home, a chance encounter with a wise cricket helps Gerald to discover his own magical music and the duo proves everyone wrong — giraffes can, in fact, dance!

Adventurous:

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is a celebration of the wondrous imagination of children. When Max is sent to his room for misbehaving he wishes himself away to the place where the wild things are — a place where he is king of all the wild things.

Best Book Gifts for Ages 6 to 8

Funny: 

In Goodnight Already! by Jory John, Bear is exhausted and needs to sleep but Duck, his exuberant neighbor, is keeping him wide awake! A hilarious story with a lovely message about respecting the needs of our friends.

Inspiring:  

The title characters in Bink & Gollie (by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee) are great friends but they're also complete opposites. Whether it be pancakes, fish, or socks that cause disagreements, Bink and Gollie struggle through their differences and in the process learn to appreciate each other and compromise as only true friends can.

Adventurous: 

Introduce young readers to the thrill of a great mystery with The Mysterious Moonstone (Key Hunters book #1) by Eric Luper. When Evan and Cleo decide to search for their missing librarian, they never imagined that they would be sucked into the pages of a book for a thrilling adventure to catch a crook and find the key that will save them all.

Best Book Gifts for Ages 9 to 12

Funny:

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson is the very funny story of Rafe and his best friend, Leo the Silent, and their crazy decision to make middle school more interesting by breaking every rule in the school’s Code of Conduct handbook.

Inspiring: 

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is the inspiring story of Auggie, who just wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He feels ordinary — inside. But ordinary kids don’t make other kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Born with a facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled his whole life, but now he’s starting real school — and he’s dreading it. Can he convince the other kids that he’s really just like them?

Adventurous: 

Told from the perspective of one of five young dragons destined to end the war for a new leader between the seven dragon tribes, The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland (Wings of Fire series #1) is an exciting story about taking back control of one’s own destiny in an epic fight for freedom.

Best Book Gifts for Ages 13 and Up

Funny:

The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar, and Michelle Schusterman is the story of three unlikely heroines, each with brilliant and diverse wishes, talents, and passions, who form an unlikely friendship despite their differences when they meet in unlikely circumstances.

Inspiring: 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene is a moving story about life, death, friendship, hope, and love, as a sixteen-year-old girl learns to deal with the fact that she will die and leave everyone she loves behind.

Adventurous:  

Book-then-movie, or movie-then-book...either way Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald by J.K. Rowling is a must-read installment for fans of Harry Potter. This prequel to the original series sees Dumbledore on a mission to stop Grindelwald from raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings.

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