2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Children’s Books For All Ages
As the holiday season quickly approaches, it is vital to remind everyone of the importance of giving the gift of reading. There are so many children’s books to choose from, so how do you know which books are the “right books” to choose from? It is essential to match a book with a child’s age, reading level, as well as interests and topics. We also know that it is also imperative that we find books that have a lasting impact on your child’s life where it will grow their love of reading. I have created a special holiday gift guide that highlights children’s book picks across all age ranges – from the littlest learners in your life ages 0-2 to the eager young adult readers. Our children’s book gift guide features an assorted range of titles that will get even your most reluctant child wanting to read.
Ages 0-2 Years Old
This beautifully illustrated, rhyming ABC has big, colorful letters on every page, in upper and lower case. For preschool age and up.
A is for airplane, flying way up high,
B is for balloon, floating in the sky.
C is for clouds, gliding past the moon,
D is for drum going boom, boom, boom!
The gorgeous flying bear illustrations make learning the alphabet fun! Kids will love flying through the ABC with ‘Goggles’ the bear in his magic plane, and enjoy the rollicking rhythm. It’s a wonderful way to learn the alphabet.
Perfect book for parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers, and librarians to read to kids.
Author: Jonathon Gunson
Between the covers of this vibrantly illustrated book you find pages dripping with sweetness. Originally written as songs to aid the author’s children up an out into their days with joy and prepare them for a restful night’s sleep each evening, they have been transformed just for you. To add brightness and hope, gratitude and love, and the unfailing sense of goodness this world is filled with if you will but look for it. If you are searching for something to read to your toddlers and preschoolers that will uplift and affirm their lives and set the right tone for them to carry through their days and nights, you have found the perfect book. Let its special words and delightful, full colour images bring you both the best, most fulfilling, and encouraging experience so that their lives can be impactful and positive for years to come.
Author: M.C. Warren
Arial, the Astronaut (UnicornPreneur)
Arial flies to space, but on the way back to Earth something terrible happens. Will she be able to think quick on her feet and get her and the crew back safely?
Find out in this beautifully illustrated space book for kids that inspires children to stay calm and empowers kids to problem solve. Sometimes, the solutions may lie right at your fingertips.
The UnicornPreneur Series fosters creativity, supports early readers, and encourages out of the box thinking
This book will compliment a collection of titles from authors like Mo Willems (The Pigeon Has to Go to School), Dr Suess (There’s No Place Like Space), and Adam Rubin (Dragons Love Tacos).
Author: Mary Nhin
Ages 3-5 Years Old
There’s a new puppy in town and he just wants to play. Will the bully dogs chase him away?Bullying is a problem. We need to teach our children how to deal with these tough situations. This book will be a wonderful addition to your bedtime reading rotation. The illustrations are top-notch. The rhymes help teach in a memorable way.
This story shows how we are all different and that’s okay. You’ll share the journey with your child and delight in how they build their friendships, learn to help others, and stand up to bullying. Do you want to Join the K.L.U.B? You’ll adore this delightful story, because it shows how to make friends.
Author: April M. Cox
A children’s book for little girls with BIG dreams. RAD Girl Revolution features inspiring photographs of real little girls in careers where women are often underrepresented. It is a fun and powerful way to help young girls picture some of the endless possibilities for their future.
Author: Sharita Manickam
Bad days are the worst and Layla badly needs a do-over day. Sometimes, everything goes wrong and your little sister presses the elevator button first, your favorite socks are missing, and you’re not allowed to wear your new costume out of the house. Join Layla and her grandma as they think about what they could change if they could do the day over again. A great book for kids ages 3-9 on how to handle the occasional worst day ever.
Author: Julia Inserro
Oliver loves going out to play, but Oliver also loves his pajamas. Why spend time trying to figure out how to put on his shirt and pants when he could be playing with his friends? But if you want to go outside, There’s one thing that is wrong . . . You’re still wearing your pajamas, You can’t wear them all day long! With captivating rhyme and whimsical illustrations, Mom lovingly guides him through the process. The story provides encouragement to youngsters as they watch Oliver learn to put his clothes on correctly. The abundance of Fry sight words and lyrical text contribute to better comprehension and cognitive development making this book perfect for young readers.
Author: Kelly Louise
Join Abrahm in this 14-page story as he zips about the house getting ready for school. While reading each page, sign with Abrahm common words and phrases used in your morning routine! Included in this story are watercolor hand-drawn illustrations (by the infamous Maima Adiputri) and pictures of chosen select words, in ASL. As a bonus, the alphabet, numbers 1-10, colors, and various foods are also signed in ASL following the story.
Author: April Pulver
Take a journey to the North Pole where Santa’s Reindeer share their unique personalities.While they are all very different, their shared passion for Christmas brings them together to make the holidays a magical time for children around the world.
Author: Brooke Stevens
Have you ever wondered who turns on the light in the refrigerator or who helps your garden grow? Take a look in this book and learn all you need to know! Yahooty Who? is a fantastical introduction to the mischievous, yet helpful, world of Yahooty-kind everywhere. Leave him a sock and discover all of the wonderful ways your Yahooty will help your around your house!
Author: Jen Oloo
An angel arrives in heaven covered with mud. While trying to earn her wings she creates chaos throughout heaven. It was when she sees her best friend back home that Coralie takes her role as an angel seriously and works hard to help her friend. A heartwarming story that teaches being responsible, friendship and not to trust strangers.
Author: Julie Hanson
This heartwarming poem tells the story of a joyful little dog named Scooter. Scooter was born different, but he doesnt let that slow him down. With the aid of his Scoot Scoot he can do just about everything that his friends can, and even some things that they cant! When hes in a bind, his buddies are always there to help him out. Scooter has a happy life and true friends. Scooter and his pals teach us that its whats in our hearts, not our outward appearances or our disabilities, that truly counts and sets us apart.
Author: Annie Streit
Four gorillas named Pete, Skeet, Treat, and Little Marguerite escape from the Central Park Zoo one night to have an adventure in New York City. Their midnight escapade brings them to different spots in the city where they get into a lot of mischief and “monkey business.” Gorillas’ Night Out is a humorous tale about just how a far a Gorillas will go in pursuit of the ultimate night out.
Author: Faith Goldstein
A Magical Wish… If you were a fairy who could make a big wish, what would your wish be? The River Fairy lives in an enchanting crystal house by the lazy Dream River. What more could she possibly want? With the help of a dazzling magical crown, the fairy’s most desired wish comes true! Can you guess what her wish might be? The story concludes with the message that delighting in the innocence of childhood is even more amazing than all the magical things we make up. Childhood is an amazing, enchanting gift. The fairy realizes that the best parts of childhood are to be able to read adventurous tales, play games, and dream beautiful dreams, which is what this fairy wants most. This lyrical story reveals the River Fairy’s wish through song accompanied by the colorful, whimsical artwork of Anastasia Yatsunenko. Much of the tale follows the tune of the old folk song “Green Grass Grows All Around,” and children will love the singsong quality of the story. The audiobook edition of The River Fairy’s Wish features the singing talents of vocal actor Megan Rutledge. Whether singing along with a parent or with an audio book, children will delight in “The Dream River Flows All Around” song in this book.
Author: Cyrena Shows
Double silver medal winner, 2019 IBPA Ben Franklin Awards. Lance rides along with Santa each Christmas Eve, but one year he falls from the sleigh! He’s taken in by the animal shelter then brought home by a military family who needs help as Dad is called to serve his country. When Christmas Eve comes around the next year, will Lance return to the North Pole with Santa or stay with his new family? This rhyming story will tug at your heartstrings as Lance decides where his heart truly lies—and shows us that love is a beautiful gift and a powerful force, even when your loved ones are far away. Appropriate for ages 3+
Author: JoAnn Sky
Book 2 in the Paw Elementary series: Roxy discovers that her friend, Honey bear, from Paw Elementary School is having a birthday party at a hair salon and now she’s nervous. What will happen during Roxy’s first visit to the hair salon? What will they do to her hair? And what are all of those scary tools they use? Go on an adventure with Roxy as she talks to her family and friends about the hair salon and she how she overcomes her fears in this adorable and educational children’s book.
Author: Katie Melko
Don’t judge a cookie by its sprinkles! Phil, with his fruit-filled interior and oatmeal exterior, feels a little jealous of all the fancy Christmas cookies at the holiday buffet. He longs to be as famous and popular as the others: a superhero, a queen, a celebrity, and an athlete! With kindness and understanding, they realize what’s on the inside is all that truly matters. This rhyming holiday story, with lessons about self-acceptance and avoiding comparisons, is perfectly paired with a mug of cocoa! Fun for reading aloud, early learners, and anyone who loves holiday cookie baking and eating.
Author: Sheri Wall
Ages 6-8 Years Old
Unicorn Jazz and animal friends in this happiness books for kids include a bee named BEE HAPPY, octopus, gorilla, cat, ocean friends, and Woof the Crow, who all show imaginative ideas on what being happy can mean. In the first children’s unicorn book series, Unicorn Jazz started off feeling a bit shy and unwelcomed after she moved to a new place far away from her first home. The idea of being unique is a lesson learned for Jazz with the help of her new flying friend, Woof the Crow, who showed her how to celebrate being different from everyone else and why she should not hide or change who she is. By the end book one, with her head proudly held high, Jazz made more friends to play with, not by trying to fit in with everyone else, but just by being her beautiful self.
Bee-ing Happy with Unicorn Jazz and friends is part of the Unicorn picture books for children series, Unicorn Jazz series, by author Lisa Caprelli and colorfully illustrated with hand-drawn art by Davey Villalobos.
Author: Lisa Caprelli
But then one day she paints, and she paints, and she paints some more, until she runs out of things to paint. Or does she? Don’t Paint the Cat is a silly story about embracing the things we love, but also recognizing that even fun things must have their limits. It also teaches that even mommies can say, “I was wrong.”
Author: Julia Inserro
Jacob and Halley are the best of friends. They live in the small town of Hadderville and they do absolutely everything together! Every day after school, they meet up in Jacob’s tree house to start their next adventure, but one day Halley doesn’t show up! How far will Jacob go to find her?
Author: Jake Evanoff
Root for Santa’s singing dog as she proves that courage grows inside each of us. The highly anticipated sequel to the Amazon bestseller, SANTA’S DOG, is here in time for Christmas! Santa’s singing dog is too afraid to sing! Carol leaves the North Pole in search of her voice but instead finds a girl in need of help. Can Carol overcome her own fears to help the girl? This touching and powerful story, written in verse with colorful and fun illustrations, incorporates themes of finding one’s voice, trying new things, and the importance of helping others. Children of all ages will enjoy accompanying Santa’s singing dog on her journey as she demonstrates that the courage to face and conquer our fears comes from within.
Author: JoAnn Sky
Kippi’s grandfather has passed away, but she wonders if he is truly gone. When the sky opens and a ladder appears, Kippi sets off on an adventure to discover his new home. Using charming illustrations and simple words, Kippi the Conqueror tackles the topic of death in a sweet and whimsical way and will help children as they come to terms with the loss of a loved one.
Author: Kady Oliker
Sally loves food. Take a look at this book and find out what happens to Sally when she eats one kind of food for the whole week. What advise does her mom give her? What happens when she eats a balanced meal of healthy foods? This book is great for those kids who are picky eaters.
Author: Lynnda Robinson
From author Kelsey Brown and illustrator Joseph Wrightson, “Come On, Calm!” is the story guide to finding the calm in everyday adventures. This children’s book, illustrated as a whimsical treasure hunt, gives step by step ideas for self-soothing when its readers find themselves nervous, excited, or just in a MOOD. Disguised as any other picture book, “Come On, Calm!” is just the book parents, teachers, and caregivers need to help their little ones build healthy habits and a shared vocabulary for when they need a break. Little readers of all abilities will relate to the diverse and inclusive characters with an understanding that everyone needs to take a breath sometimes – even pirates and explorers. A perfect addition to any child’s bookshelf, classroom, or waiting area, “Come On, Calm!” teaches tangible ways for caregivers and educators to be active partners in redirecting their little ones’ energy. The book’s cast of painters, vikings, and astronauts introduce its readers to strategies like “Blow some bubbles,” “Pat your armor,” and “Squeeze the lemon” to help find their calm and re-engage.
Author: Kelsey Brown
Growing up with a sibling who has special needs can be hard. But it can also be… awesome! Based on the author’s real-life experiences, this unique and touching children’s book explores how siblings of kids with disabilities are special, too.
Author: Jessica Leving
What do you do with your pets when you leave town? Find out what happens when Oscar and Emmy’s family goes on vacation without them. Their stay at Grandma’s house brings many new adventures! Readers will also learn about pet sitters and the possible challenges they may face – as well as solutions to those challenges! This is a must-read for pet parents and pet sitters alike. Oscar and Emmy Visit Grandma focuses on the fun of spoiling animals and gives guidance to those not used to the everyday care of animals.
Author: Terri Sabol
Charlie is a young okapi who wants to be a detective, but his one big flaw causes a big, big problem…he’s a very sloppy okapi! Join Charlie as he learns the importance of being neat while discovering that his weakness doesn’t determine his destiny.
Author: Keith Bosco
Our Heaven Baby embraces the joy of pregnancy, gently portrays miscarriage, and imagines the wonders and hope of Heaven.
Five-year-old Abel and his little sister Roni find out the exciting news that they are about to have a new baby in their family. They are so excited! But soon they find out that the baby has died and is now in Heaven with Jesus. This opens up a whole new world of ideas for them as they begin to dream about what their little baby must be experiencing in Heaven.
Author: Leah Vis
Kai Can Do is a whimsical story of being lost in technology. Kai spends too much time on his Mypad. He misses out on all the fun things around him. He learns the importance of spending time with friends and family.
Author: Kathy V. Tran
Brooke Lynn, an adventurous young girl, sets out on a quest to find a ladybug she befriended & let go the day before. Through perseverance in her search, she discovers a wonderful surprise right in her back yard.
Author: Toby A. Williams
IT’S BEACH TIME”, says Mom. Excitable Brooke Lynne is finally going to the big ocean for the first time! On this new adventure to the seashore, she is amazed as her toes dig into the soft, warm sand while the salt air tickles her nose. Suddenly, Brooke Lynn spots seashells galore up and down the shore. From sandcastles to riding the waves, and even a trip over to the Boardwalk, all add to this vibrant, refreshing story. What treasures will she find today? MY LIL’ BIG OCEAN, Book 2 in The BROOKE LYNN Adventures series offers bonus material about our oceans. Grab the beach blanket and cuddle up for this fun, delightful beach experience.
Author: Toby A. Williams
Angel on Assignment follows the angels from the manger to the cross– from the playground to bedtime and explores the ways guardian angels look out for boys and girls today. With beautiful illustrations and rhyming verse, award-winning Angel on Assignment encourages children to act as angels in disguise for friends who may need help. This book is sure to be an enchanting addition to a young child’s library including detailed instructions for making your own angel including reproducibles for a paper angel as a reminder that we are never alone–comforting for the little one who might find bedtime a bit scary. Plush doll is also available from the publisher.
Author: Wanda Carter Roush
Ages 9-12 Years Old
Nine-year-old Wild West Wendy Jo is a feisty, red-headed, cowboy, boot-wearing tomboy. She is considered a misfit by many of her classmates and becomes a target for bullying. Afraid to go to school, Wendy Jo writes a letter to VIPPI- the main character of her favorite TV program- The Vippi Mouse Show. When Vippi answers her, everything changes. Vippi leads Wendy Jo on an exciting quest that could help her to solve her problems with the bullies forever. But will Wendy Jo be able to find the treasure? And what will happen if she does?
Author: Wild West Wendy Jo
Companion coloring book to ‘When You Feel Better: A Get Well Soon Gift.’ Both the picture book and coloring book share an uplifting message of positive thinking for a sick loved one or friend. Simply by being together and acknowledging a friend’s condition you make them feel cared for and loved. Full of peaceful coloring pages and activities for hours of creative fun.
Author: Misty Black
You have heard about the 12 days of Christmas… but do you know about the 5 Days of Diwali?
Immerse yourself in endless hours of fun and learning with this 50 activities book. Celebrate Diwali along with Maya, Neel and their cute little partner, Chintu the squirrel, through Storytime, Dance-along, Craft, Recipes, Puzzles, Word games, Coloring & More!
Maya & Neel’s India Adventures is a 10+ book series that is written with the mission to RAISE MULTICULTURAL KIDS.
Author: Ajanta Chakraborty & Vivek Kumar
Did you love Sofie at Bat? Then, there’s good news! Join Sofie in this brand new activity book! It’s a perfect companion to the beloved story. Complete puzzles, word games, writing activities, and coloring pages as you test your memory of the story, exercise your creativity, and much more!
Author: Suzan Johnson
Follow Cami and Wyatt Kangaroo in this powerful children’s book that focuses on the most important thing we can teach our children: how to be kind and compassionate to others.
From baking cookies for the neighbors to saying hi to the bus driver, this book shows that no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted!
In this unique book, you will find coloring pages, journal pages and spaces to draw, as well as ideas to inspire acts of kindness. There are also next steps for teachers, caregivers and parents as well as reproducible pages!
If you agree that compassion and kindness have the power to change the world, then this picture book is for you!!
Author: Stacy C. Bauer
Unicorn coloring book combined with children’s unicorn books are a popular unicorn themed choice for boys and girls of all ages! This unicorn and zoo animal coloring books is based on the popular original unicorn kids book series, Unicorn Jazz! What makes her unique? Her magical musical note for a tail!
Girls and boys will enjoy drawing or coloring happy animals and of course: Unicorns!
For all Unicorn Lovers and children of all ages, this coloring book for kids makes a nice gift for ages 4 and up.
Author: Lisa Caprelli