The hardest part about giving books as a gift is choosing something that the child hasn’t already read or received. There are the beloved classics, like Good Night, Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Where the Wild Things Are for young kids. And so many kids have already read through the Harry Potter or Little House on the Prairie series. Nobody giving a book as a gift wants to hear, “Oh, I already have this one!”
Books are the BEST gifts! Encouraging reading is one of the best things we can do for our children. Whether you are gifting a book for the holidays or supplying the kids with summer reading material, these are some of the BEST books for kids!
Best Book Gifts For Kids
Perhaps you’ve heard of these titles or maybe even read them as a child yourself but it will be a new discovery for the little ones in your life!
1. MY BOOK WITH NO PICTURES
Author: B. J. Novak
If you have a child who laughed uncontrollably at The Book with No Pictures, this is an excellent follow-up–and a chance for them to write their own version! Kids can write in their own words or fill in the blanks with the provided stickers. Either way, they’re sure to be laughing!
2. I SURVIVED: TEN THRILLING STORIES (BOXED SET)
Author: Lauren Tarshis
Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade
Your third grader is going to love this book. They are thrilling books and great way to introduce major historical events–particularly those that can be difficult to talk about with younger kids, like 9/11. The book doesn’t gloss over all the events but rather focuses on highlighting the heroes and survivors.
3. HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE: THE ILLUSTRATED EDITION
Author: J.K. Rowling
This is the latest addition to the illustrated series, but the whole set is a beautiful addition to any Harry Potter lover’s shelves. They’re also a great option for kids who are new to Hogwarts; we loved looking at the illustrations when we read the Harry Potter books aloud.
One of our favorite books we’ve read throughout the years is Push Pull Empty Full by Tana Hoban. Yes, we still read it to our 8 year old on very late bedtime nights when I need to get through a book in about 20 seconds flat. It’s beautifully designed, and the photography is great. It’s the kind of book that’s so off-radar, that it makes for a clever birthday gift for a 2 or 3 year old.
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