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June 1, 2016

Holiday Picks for Young Children

We recently heard the rhyming suggestion that holiday gifts for children should cover four categories:

A gift they want
A gift they need
A gift to wear
A gift to read

We’re not qualified to say what the children in your life might want, might need, or should wear, but we do have some suggestions about books they can read!

Here are some of the picks from our editorial team for young listeners and budding readers on your list.

Laura Bryn suggests these wonderful books:

  • With twelve fantastic board books, the Honeybee Board Book Mega Pack lets toddlers unwrap the gift of reading together on each of the twelve days of Christmas!
  • I remember poring over Jan Brett’s gorgeously illustrated stories every Christmas with my mother, and now The Animals’ Santa is brand-new in paperback! It’s the perfect holiday gift for a new generation of Jan Brett fans. 

Kate offers up these ideas:


Heather had thoughts for family gifts:

  • This year I’m doing my best to spread as much joy and happiness as I can—so I’m bringing a copy of Happy! By Pharrell Williams to every holiday party I attend!
  • It’s the 40th anniversary of Tomie DePaola’s Strega Nona, so I’ll be sharing the original story and Merry Christmas, Strega Nona with my nieces before we celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve.


What board books, picture books, and read-alouds would you suggest for the readers in your life? Let us know in the comments below!



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