Every birthday and holiday of my childhood was enriched by gifts of books. I grew up an avid reader. No surprise there. Readers grow from books in the home. We all love the library with its thousands upon thousands of books to borrow and return. But there’s a special joy in books we can keep as our own. Here are a few gift book suggestions for a child you love.
For the Youngest
This interactive story follows Bear and Mouse on a walk through the woods. It’s a treat for the senses as the friends discover the colorful world all around them. Rhyming text encourages the reader to play along in this latest in the series that started with “Bear Snores On.” Preschool.
Dogs and diggers and dinosaurs; this book has it all. Dog smells a delicious bone and is determined to get it. When big digging machines all fail to bring up the bone, Dog resorts to using the biggest digger in the whole world. He and his friends unearth an entire dinosaur skeleton! Fun chants and fold-out pages add to the excitement. Preschool - K.
A book to read a chapter a night is a gift the whole family can enjoy. The audiobook versions make good gifts as well.
It’s Peter Pan’s origin story with pirates and magic and excitement on every page. First in a series for listeners 7 and up.
The pirate captain is obsessed with hunting for a legendary lost treasure The pirate crew is mutinous. The cabin boy, “Fish” Reidy, is 11 years old and only on board by accident. For listeners 7 and up.
Two wealthy mice live in a mansion hidden inside a forgotten broom closet in a tumbledown cottage owned by an absent-minded inventor. When they play fairy godparents to the inventor’s motherless children, danger threatens their cozy life and their adventures begin. For listeners 3 and up.
A 2014 Newbery Medal Winner: Natural-born cynic Flora Belle Buckman and Ulysses, a flying, poetry-writing squirrel superhero, join forces to overcome Ulysses’ arch-enemy and change Flora’s life. Grade 4 up.
2014 Caldecott Medal Book and a Sibert Honor Book: A family’s unforgettable train trip from Omaha to Sacramento in 1869. Ages 2 and up.
To Tickle a Child’s Interests
A comprehensive guide to horses packed full of gorgeous photographs. Grades 4 - 8.
A funny, encouraging book of tips and techniques by beloved children’s illustrator Quentin Blake. Kids can doodle right on the pages. Grade 2 up.
This cosmic tool kit has a build-it-yourself telescope, star and moon maps, and tons of activities for navigating the vastness of space. Grade 3 up.
Gargantuan road trains, monster military vehicles, rigs, crawlers, haulers, and souped-up racing trucks. Grades 2 – 7.
Young children’s beloved construction vehicles in lively poetry with energetic illustrations. Preschool – Grade 2.
Gigantic format volume of trains kids love. Preschool – Grade 3.
Ernest, a bear, and Celestine, a mouse, live in a world where bears and mice are enemies, but this dreamer and protector form an unlikely bond. Loosely based on the picture books by Gabrielle Vincent, this animated movie received standing ovations at Cannes Film Festival.
A shipwrecked boy, a stallion and one of the most gorgeous book-to-movie adaptations ever.