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Holiday Gift Guide: Best Books for Kids

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 22, 2010

It’s time to get cracking on your holiday shopping and hopefully you’re planing to give the children in your life the gift of reading. Look no further than these hand-picked book lists. You’ll find a broad range of topics to choose from: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Sports & Science, Animals, Arts & Crafts, iPad Apps, and Classic Literature. There is certainly something for everyone.

Kids’ Christmas Books: For the Naughty & Nice

From nicely illustrated carols to tales for the naughty and nice, our holiday gift to you is this list of wonderful Christmas books. Let the jingling begin!

Christmas Board Books for Babies and Toddlers

The littlest ones should not miss out on any fun Christmas reading. There are plenty of sturdy-paged board books for babies and toddlers.

Kids’ Hanukkah Books: One for Each Night

This list features all of the typical elements: menorah, dreidel, latke, songs of the Maccabees and a visit from grandma.

Animal Lovers

The following books have been selected for their unique stories, poems, or fascinating facts, and expressive illustrations or photographs.

Science Experiments for Kids & Books for Sports Fans

This is a book list for sports enthusiasts, young Einsteins-in-the-making, myth busters, restless minds and grown men! Something for everyone.

Classic Literature & Fairy Tales

You want something well-written, tried and tested, but perhaps with updated illustrations that will tantalize any young mind? Feast your eyes on this list.

Kids’ Arts and Crafts

The holiday season can bring out the “Martha” in all of us. Unfortunately, ’tis the season to zap away the time required to be a “Martha.” So … this book list (or book-ish, at least) can be used a few different ways.

Kids’ Book Apps for iPad

From the more traditional pieces of literature to the fun, book-related games; these apps are a great way to kick-start a new iPad library.

Gifts for Horse Lovers: Books About Horses

This is our “Horse Lovers” fictional book list, hand selected for young horse enthusiasts.

Star Wars Gifts: Books for Kids

A great selection of Star Wars books for the young and old, alike. Give the gift of reading, you will! Do or do not… there is no try.

Picture Books for Kwanzaa

There are definitely enough to satisfy the needs of anyone looking to teach the history, meaning, and/or spirit of Kwanzaa.

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.


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