Holiday Gift Guide: Our Favorite Books

Reading is a big deal in our family.  We read in school.  We read for pleasure.  We read before bed.  We read on the potty.  We read in the car.  I listen to audio books while cooking and cleaning.  My kids listen to audio books while they are playing, cleaning or having fun.  My husband and I were both early readers and tend to consume books.  After a house fire several years ago, the Fire Marshall even commented on the huge “fire load” in our house (referring to the walls and walls and walls lined with books). So, it was no surprise that our children love to read, too.

As you begin shopping for Christmas, keep in mind that books are a terrific gift.  They can be read repeatedly, will not break the first time you use them and can be shared with others.  They require no electricity or batteries.  Books can help your child learn facts, increase their vocabulary and stretch their imagination.  I can’t think of any parent who would object to giving a child a book to read.

Each family is different.  Each child has different things that they are attracted to and want to read about, learn about and experience.  Our 10 (almost 11) year old daughter loves history, real life stories, mysteries and anything that has to do with the Underground Railroad.  She also has a fun sense of humor and loves comical stories.  Our 6 year old son loves anything that has to do with farming, construction equipment or trains.  He also has a sense of humor and loves to giggle about things.  Our 2 (almost 3) year old son also loves construction, farming and trains, but tends to choose books that require lifting flaps, moving something, finding a hidden object or feeling something.  It is also true that many of the books we read to the older kids, my younger children enjoy and many of the books we read to the younger kids, my older child enjoys.  So, while I have put these books in categories by age, there is much crossover!  With that in mind, without further ado, here is our family’s list of favorite books:

Favorite Books of Our 10-11-Year-Old Daughter

  • American Girl series Tales of fictional girls set in historical times and places that cover a whole host of history
  • Cloud Tea Monkeys Extraordinary events help a small girl get a miracle for her ailing mother
  • Gigi series A little girl knows she is a princess of the King and she lives like it!
  • Amelia Bedelia series What happens when you misunderstand puns, homophones, metaphors, similes and such?  Amelia Bedelia and her crazy antics!
  • Tales of Young Americans series Possibly true stories of kids performing a major role in historical events.  Titles include:

Pappy’s Handkerchief
Riding to Washington
The Scarlet Stocking Spy
The Last Brother
The Listeners
Lily’s Victory Garden
Minnow and Rose
Lucky Star
Rebekkah’s Journey
Friend on Freedom River
Mackinac Bridge
The Town That Fooled The British
A Book for Black-Eyed Susan
Rudy Rides the Rails
Junkman’s Daughter


Our 6-year-old son’s Favorites


 Our 2-3-year-old son’s favorites

Books make great gifts anytime of the year.  Build a personal library.  Build up a child’s library.  Read to yourself.  Read to your children.  Read to someone else’s children.  Read to your grandchildren.  In my humble opinion, there is nothing better than snuggling up with a good book and a kiddo to share it with.  Happy reading!





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    great gift ideas! thanks

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    Jennifer Young says:

    Reading is a huge deal in our house as well. We LOVE to read!! Thanks for the suggestions. I love to get my niece and nephews books for Christmas because they already have so many toys. I like to get my daughters new books too!

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