Children’s books are the perfect non-toy gift idea and are wonderful gifts for any occasion. Here are some of our family’s favorite books for kids! (PLUS, a list of beloved Christmas books!)
It’s That Time Again!
Time to start thinking about Christmas presents! (Or, maybe you’re one of those moms that already has all her shopping done. I hear they’re out there, though I’m definitely not one of them!)
And let me tell you, ever since I became a mom — especially a mom of more than one child with more than one set of belongings — I have been a HUGE fan of non-toy gifts. Because toy clutter is ugh, and kids stop playing with 90% of them within a few weeks of Christmas, anyway.
So, last year, I created two gift guide posts FULL of (mostly) non-toy gift ideas that wouldn’t be a waste of money. There was a list for toddlers and a list for preschoolers since those are the ages I currently have. And they were wildly popular!
This year, I’m building on that non-toy idea with a book-buying gift guide!
In this post, you’ll find a list of some of the board books, picture books, and early chapter books (for read-aloud sessions) that my kids are currently loving. At the end, you’ll also find a list of beloved Christmas books that would be perfect for starting a 25 Days of Christmas Books tradition.
I almost guarantee that any of these books would be sure to please, and would make excellent gifts for Christmas (or birthdays, or “just because”)!
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FAVORITE BOOKS FOR KIDS
All the Colors That I See — Little Words Matter
Little Blue Truck — Alice Schertle
Barnyard Dance — Sandra Boynton
Moo Baa La La La — Sandra Boynton
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb — Al Perkins (Bright & Early Board Books)
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? — Dr. Seuss
Sheep in a Jeep — Nancy E. Shaw
Giraffes Can’t Dance — Giles Andreae
Elephant & Piggie books — Mo Willems
Lexie the Word Wrangler — Rebecca Van Slyke
The Tooth Book — Dr. Seuss
Jamberry — Bruce Degen
Caps For Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and Their Monkey Business — Esphyr Slobodkina
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt — Michael Rosen
Purple, Green, and Yellow — Robert Munsch
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site —Sherri Duskey Rinker
Llama Llama Red Pajama — Anna Dewdney
The Book With No Pictures — B.J. Novak
Early Chapter Books
Stuart Little — E.B. White
Charlotte’s Web — E.B. White
A Bear Called Paddington — Michael Bond
The Mouse and the Motorcycle — Beverly Cleary
Nate the Great — Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
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I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas — John Rox
Polar Express — Chris Van Allsburg
One Small Donkey — Dandi Daley Mackall
Home for Christmas — Jan Brett
Gingerbread Christmas — Jan Brett
The Wild Christmas Reindeer — Jan Brett
Humphrey’s First Christmas — Carol Heyer
The Pine Tree Parable — Liz Curtis Higgs
The Night Before Christmas — Charles Santore
How the Grinch Stole Christmas — Dr. Seuss
Bear Stays Up For Christmas — Karma Wilson
Christmas in the Big Woods — Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Smallest Gift of Christmas — Peter Reynolds
Pete the Cat 12 Groovy Days of Christmas — James Dean and Kimberly Dean
Those are some of my kids’ current favorites. Are any of them favorites at your house, too? What are some other books your kids enjoy that aren’t on my list? Share with us in the comments below!
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