Books Make the Best Gifts: Ideas for Kids, Teens and Adults
Posted on November 14, 2018
by Library News
Shopping for someone who loves to read this holiday season?
Check out our librarian selected list of books that make gifts for all ages!
I Love You, Little Pookie by Sandra Boynton
An affectionate and heartfelt celebration enlivened with Boynton’s funny and captivating drawings. And Pookie’s Mom wisely knows that the best way to say I love you is simply to say it.
8 Little Planets by Chris Ferrie
Travel around the solar system and celebrate what makes each planet unique! From Neptune to Mercury and all the planets in between, each one is different and each one is happy to be what they are.
Black Bird Yellow Sunby Steve Light
Explores other colors, in a book that identifies such objects as orange leaves, purple grapes and pink flowers.
Toesy Toesby Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang
Toes have long had their place in songs, where they head off to market and enjoy roast beef, but they have been overlooked and underrepresented in children’s books. That’s all about to change with this rhyming board book featuring piggledy-wiggledy digits in all their delightful glory.
Wiggles by Claire Zucchelli-Romer
Little fingers twist and turn, zig and zag, moving on, over, and through pages filled with fluorescent die-cut dots and playful, grooved paths.
A gripping and hilarious middle-grade graphic novel memoir from the author of “Anya’s Ghost” that tells a relatable story about navigating one’s own culture, struggling to belong, and the value of true friendship.
Mason Buttle is the biggest, sweatiest kid in his grade, and everyone knows he can barely read or write. Mason’s learning disabilities are compounded by grief. Fifteen months ago, Mason’s best friend, Benny Kilmartin, turned up dead in the Buttle family’s orchard. Both Mason and his new friend, tiny Calvin Chumsky, are relentlessly bullied by the other boys in their neighborhood, so they create an underground club space for themselves. When Calvin goes missing, Mason finds himself in trouble again.
When his poor sharecropper father is killed in an accident and leaves the family in debt, twelve-year-old Little Charlie agrees to accompany fearsome plantation overseer Cap’n Buck north in pursuit of people who have stolen from him; Cap’n Buck tells Little Charlie that his father’s debt will be cleared when the fugitives are captured, which seems like a good deal until Little Charlie comes face-to-face with the people he is chasing.
Merci Suârez begins the sixth grade and knows things will change, but she did not count on her grandfather acting strangely, not fitting in at her private school, and dealing with Edna Santos’ jealousy.
Supporting STEAM education initiatives and the Maker Movement, this latest volume in Challoner’s Maker Lab series contains such kid-safe projects young scientists as constructing a working model of tectonic plates to learn about earthquakes and build a telescope to look at the planets and stars.
Showcasing the most attention-grabbing animals on the planet gathered together, this latest offering from an award-winning husband-and-wife team helps readers understand the range of ways animals try to get one another’s attention and why.
Since NASA was established in 1958, it has landed rovers on distant planets and launched telescopes deep into space, all so that we can look back to the beginning of time. Through stunning images provided by NASA and fascinating sidebars and profiles of lesser known contributors to the NASA program, young space fans will learn how NASA started, how it faced challenges along the way, how much it has achieved, and how it will continue to move forward in the future.
Presents a kid’s illustrated guide to 100 of the world’s wonders, both natural and manmade, in 47 countries and on every continent on earth. Travel the world through common points of interest, from sacred skeletons (Trunyan Tree cemetery in Indonesia leads you to India’s Skeleton Lake, for example) to wild waterfalls (while in Zambia visit the Devil’s Swimming Pool–and then move on to Antarctica’s Blood Falls) to ice caves to bioluminescence.
All it takes to rewrite the rules is a little fresh ink in this anthology published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books. Featuring such authors as Melissa de la Cruz and Nicola Yoon, this collection contains 10 short stories, a graphic short story, and an original, one-act play from Walter Dean Myers.
A National Book Award finalist chronicles the Vietnam War through the personal stories of eight people–six American soldiers, one American military nurse, and one Vietnamese refugee–capturing the intensity, frustration, and lasting impacts of one of the most tumultuous periods of American history.
A lengthy California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, turning Alyssa’s quiet suburban street into a warzone, and she is forced to make impossible choices if she and her brother are to survive.
You can’t go wrong with popular topics, series or characters!
Graphic novel series for kids are always a good choice. Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild by Dav Pilkey (of Captain Underpants fame) releases on December 24. The Bad Guysseries by Aaron Blabey is gaining in popularity especially since the announcement that the series is being adapted into a movie. For the nonfiction graphic novel reader – try Science Comics! Each volume introduces readers to fun topics including: the Solar System, Bats and Plagues.