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Christmas Gifts for Kids: Book Collections, Box Sets, & Toys

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 11, 2009

Giving the gift of reading is an excellent idea no matter which holiday you celebrate, but now that you have the idea … which book do you give? The following suggestions are some of our favorite collections and box sets for all ages. We’ve even gone as far as pairing them with an extra something-special to make giving books even more fun!

 The Little Books Boxed Set: Little Pea, Little hoot, Little Oink

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

(Author), Jen Corace (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 0-6

Board book: 80 pages

Publisher: Chronicle Books; Brdbk edition (October 7, 2009)

TCBR analysis: Love, love, love these books. Amy Krouse Rosenthal is one of my favorite authors; her humor and heart always shine through.

Publisher’s synopsis: Three adorable characters in three adorable board books! These clever twists on dinnertime, bedtime, and clean-up time will delight all the little mess-makers, picky eaters, and night owls in your life.

Pair it with: Snuggle Pod Pea by Manhattan Toys SnugglePod

Add this box set to your gift list: The Little Books Boxed Set

Add this toy to your gift list: Snuggle Pod Pea

 Brown Bear & Friends Board Book Gift Set

by Eric Carle

Reading level: Ages 0-6

Board book: 26 pages

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (October 30, 2007)

TCBR analysis: A must have collection with classic Carle illustrations and repetitive sounds, great for baby and beginning readers.

Publisher’s synopsis: With more than 6.5 million copies sold in board book alone, Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle’s classic Bear books have been a hit with young children for many generations. Now, for the first time, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Polar Bear, Polar Bear,What Do You Hear?; and Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? are available together in a boxed board book gift set—perfect for every baby’s first library.

Brownbear Pair it with: Brown Bear Touch ‘N Read Block

Add this set to your gift list: Brown Bear & Friends Board Book Gift Set

Add this puzzle to your gift list: Brown Bear Touch ‘N Read Block

Mouse Cookies & More: A Treasury (If You Give...) Mouse Cookies & More: A Treasury

by Laura Numeroff (Author), Felicia Bond (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 3-8

Hardcover: 224 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins (October 24, 2006)

TCBR analysis: A hearty favorite! Simple, repetitive, and fun for story time.

Publisher’s synopsis: All three characters from the #l national bestselling If You Give . . . series have brought their books, recipes, songs, and activities to this family treasury, chock-a-block full of fun things to do. Parents, grab your kids! Kids, grab your parents and join Mouse, Moose, and Pig as they read, bake, sing, and play.

MousePlush Pair it with: If You Give a Mouse A Cookie 6″ Plush Doll

Add this book to your gift list: Mouse Cookies & More: A Treasury

Add this toy to your gift list: If You Give a Mouse A Cookie 6″ Plush Doll

 An Amelia Bedelia Celebration: Four Stories Tall

by Peggy & Herman Parish, Lyn Sweat, Fritz Siebel

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 224 pages

Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Har/Dis edition (September 22, 2009)

TCBR analysis: A great way to introduce this fab series to beginner readers, or perfect for a true Amelia Bedelia fan!

Publisher’s synopsis: For nearly half a century, Amelia Bedelia has been turning ordinary tasks into extraordinary fun.

Amelia Bedelia draws the drapes with a pencil and sketchpad. She makes sponge cake with a real sponge.

She recruits a train conductor to lead an orchestra. And when she’s driving toward a fork in the road, she’s also on the lookout for a spoon.

You can count on the well-meaning Amelia Bedelia to take things to hilariously literal extremes. But you can also count on her putting her heart and friendship into everything she does—and always having a scrumptious cake or pie ready to share at the end of a long day.

This book includes four of Amelia Bedelia’s most beloved adventures; a CD to listen to while you read; and recipes, games, and more.

Cookware Pair it with: Cookware and Dining Set from Green Toys

Add this book to your gift list: An Amelia Bedelia Celebration: Four Stories Tall

Add this toy to your gift list: Cookware and Dining Set

Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies

by Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton, James McMullan (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-12

Hardcover: 192 pages

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Rei/Com edition (October 6, 2009)

TCBR analysis: A broad selection of engaging pieces that everyone will love.

Publisher’s synopsis: Julie Andrews and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, have hand-selected a wonderful mix of their most cherished poems, songs, and lullabies in this rich and diverse poetry collection. Brought to life with James McMullan’s stunning watercolor paintings, this volume features nearly 150 treasured works, including beloved classics and modern favorites from Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Jack Prelutsky, Shel Silverstein, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and more – twenty-one of which are theatrically and playfully read aloud by Andrews and Hamilton on the accompanying CD

Andrews introduces each of the nine themed sections with intimate stories and family memories, offering readers a glimpse into her world and her personal connection to many of the selections. There are even a number of special poems written by the authors themselves as well as contributions from close family members.

This deluxe anthology is bound to inspire an early love of poetry and song and become a classic for families to grow with and treasure throughout the years.

Legocd Pair it with: Digital Lego CD Boombox

Add this book to your gift list: Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies

Add this CD player to your gift list: Digital Lego CD Boombox

Ivy & Bean's Secret Treasure Box (Books 1-3) Ivy & Bean’s Secret Treasure Box (Books 1-3)

by Annie Barrows

Reading level: Ages 6-10

Paperback: 376 pages

Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 1, 2008)

TCBR analysis: Ivy & Bean are humorous, charismatic characters that bring so much pleasure to readers. Thumbs-up!

Publisher’s synopsis: Meet Ivy and Bean two friends who never meant to like each other. This boxed set is a delightful introduction to these spunky characters. It includes the first three books in the Ivy and Bean series and a secret treasure-hiding boxówith a cool surprise inside!

Familyqs Pair it with: The Family Dinner Box of Questions

Add this book to your collection: Ivy & Bean’s Secret Treasure Box (Books 1-3)

Add this toy to your collection: The Family Dinner Box of Questions

Judy Blume's Fudge Box Set Judy Blume’s Fudge Box Set

by Judy Blume

Reading level: Ages 8-11

Paperback: 5 pages

Publisher: Puffin (October 4, 2007)

TCBR analysis: No child should be deprived of this family-favorite series!

Publisher’s synopsis: Fans young and old will laugh out loud at the irrepressible wit of Peter Hatcher, the hilarious antics of mischievous Fudge, and the unbreakable confidence of know-it-all Sheila Tubman in Judy Blume’s five Fudge books, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Superfudge, Fudge-a-Mania, and Double Fudge. Now all packaged together for the very first time, this collection of Fudge books will please lifelong fans and entice a whole new generation of Blume readers.

DScience Pair it with: Disgusting Science

Add this set to your collection: Judy Blume’s Fudge Box Set

Add this toy to your gift list: Disgusting Science

 A Light in the Attic: Special Edition

by Shel Silverstein

Reading level: Ages 8-12

Hardcover: 192 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins; Special edition (September 22, 2009)

TCBR analysis: Adults will enjoy and appreciate this book as much as the kids will!

Publisher’s synopsis:

Last night, while I lay thinking here,
Some Whatifs crawled inside my ear
And pranced and partied all night long
And sang their same old Whatif song:
Whatif I flunk that test?
Whatif green hair grows on my chest?
Whatif nobody likes me?
Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me? . . .

Here in the attic of Shel Silverstein you will find Backward Bill, Sour Face Ann, the Meehoo With an Exactlywatt, and the Polar Bear in the Frigidaire. You will talk with the Broiled Face, and find out what happens when someone steals your knees, you get caught by the Quick-Digesting Gink, a mountain snores, and they’ve put a brassiere on the camel.

With 12 never-before-published poems, here is a special edition of this beloved poetry collection, from the creator of Where the Sidewalk ends and Falling Up.

Rainbow in my room Pair it with: Rainbow in my Room from Uncle Milton

Add this book to your gift list: A Light in the Attic: Special Edition

Add this toy to your gift list: Rainbow in my Room

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Hardcover Boxed Set: Books 1 - 5 Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Complete Series

by Rick Riordan

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 1744 pages

Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (October 6, 2009)

TCBR analysis: An explosive and compelling set for sci-fi & fantasy lovers.

Publisher’s synopsis: The complete Percy Jackson & the Olympians series in hardcover, packaged in a gorgeous, reclosable “steamer trunk” fit for demigods. This perfect gift for Percy fans boasts a hidden compartment containing an exclusive Camp Half-Blood map and stickers.

Ripstik Pair it with: Ripstik Caster Board

Add this set to your gift list: Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Complete Series

Add this toy to your gift list: Ripstik Caster Board

 Peter & the Starcatchers Box Set

by Dave Barry

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 1488 pages

Publisher: Disney Editions (October 7, 2008)

TCBR analysis: A truly enjoyable series for children and adults who have grown up with Disney stories but are ready for even more action and adventure. The whole family will enjoy reading this together.

Publisher’s synopsis: Follow the adventures of Peter, Molly, Tinker Bell, and the Lost Boys in all three Peter Pan prequels: Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, and Peter and the Secret of Rundoon. Don’t even think of starting this trilogy unless you’re sitting in a comfortable chair and have lots of time. These fast-paced, impossible-to-put-down adventures are action-packed, touching, and tons of fun!

Blokus Pair it with: Blokus from Mattel

Add this book to your collection: Peter & the Starcatchers Box Set

Add this game to your collection: Blokus

Today I Will: A Year of Quotes, Notes, and Promises to Myself Today I will: A Year of Quotes, Notes and Promises to Myself

by Eileen & Jerry Spinelli

Reading level: Ages 10+

Hardcover: 384 pages

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 13, 2009)

TCBR analysis: As someone who collects quotes, I think this is a fantastic collection. A heart-felt gift for the sentimental.

Publisher’s synopsis: Reassuring advice for every day of the year

From an esteemed husband-and-wife team comes a book of daily advice and insight. In dated entries meant to be read one per day, the Spinellis open with a brief quote from children’s literature, write a paragraph of lively advice inspired by that quote, and end with a “Today I will . . .” promise. The entries range from the broad (self-esteem, the environment, gratitude, and open-mindedness) to the simple and specific (Today I will call a grandparent . . . smile at a new kid . . . take a walk . . . and send a snail-mail letter.).

With wide appeal to fans of both children’s literature and advice books, this cozy page-a-day volume (with black-and-white spot art) offers inspiring quotes, gentle guidance, and 366 “Today I will . . .” promises to thoughtful readers everywhere.

Mylifejournal Pair it with: My Life According to Me: An interactive journal by Klutz

Add this book to your collection: Today I will: A Year of Quotes, Notes and Promises to Myself

Add this journal to your collection: My Life According to Me

 The Twilight Saga Collection

by Stephenie Meyer

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 2560 pages

Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (October 15, 2008)

TCBR analysis: Haven’t read the Twilight series yet? You’ll want the whole set … because once you pick up the first book, you’ll be addicted.

Publisher’s synopsis: This stunning set, complete with all four hardcover books as well as four collectible prints, makes the perfect gift for fans of the bestselling vampire love story.

Pair it with: The Twilight Journals and the Twilight Board Game

Add these books to your gift list: The Twilight Saga Collection and  The Twilight Journals

Add this game to your gift list: Twilight Board Game

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Comments
  • I loved this post! Thanks so much for all the wonderful suggestions and great books. I can’t wait to pick a few up for holiday gifts!

    November 11, 2009
  • Great! I hope you’ll let us know which books you choose.

    November 13, 2009
  • Children should be taught from a small age the necessity of reading. Having their own bookshelf, with their favorite books on, might be the perfect start.

    November 14, 2009
  • Absolutely!

    November 17, 2009
  • With the festive season of Christmas closing in many of us take the calm organized approach in knowing exactly what your loved ones and friends wish for. The gifts are probably already wrapped, tagged and stored away, waiting for the 25th to hopefully bring a little joy and big smile to the recipient’s face. Others find this yearly ritual stressful and are probably too busy with their hectic life styles that for them the best way to cope is to do the mad dash for gifts on Christmas Eve. Whichever method of choice works best for you, there is still that decision in making your selection a fitting one for the lucky person in question. Once those gifts are purchased it’s just fingers crossed that duplicate items from other folk are not making their way under the tree. We all want to give and receive something special and different, not the run of the mill pair of socks that you mischievously rewrapped for your dad as an extra little prezzy.

    November 29, 2009
  • So true! Hopefully you found some gifts you like in our list.

    November 29, 2009

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