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Holiday Gifts for Kids Who Love to Read

Got a reader in your family? Look no further than this holiday gift guide from Quick and Dirty Tips with in-demand books for children of all ages. 

By
Michelle Margulis, QDT Staff
3-minute read

It's the holiday season, and for many families, it's a time when cherished family traditions--like curling up for a bedtime story or reading quietly together on a snowy morning--feel all the more special. It's also the time of year when many of us mark the season by giving gifts to the loved ones in our lives. Some people might be delighted by a new gadget, but if you have a reader in your life, you know there's nothing they'd love more than a great book. 

In this post, we'll share some books that are perfect for kids of all ages. 

Picture Books (Ages 0-7) 

For a reader who can't wait to play in the snow

Snow by Uri Shulevitz is a classic for a reason. This Caldecott Medal-winning picture book brings a snowy day to life in such vivid detail that it's lived in the hearts of its young readers (many of whom aren't so young anymore!) since 1998. Snow depicts a boy and a dog whose vivid imagination and youthful spirit allow them to enjoy a snowy day like no one else in the city can. 

Find Snow on Amazon | Audible | Barnes & Noble | Bookshop | Indiebound

 

Middle Grade Books (Ages 8-12)

For a reader who stands out from the crowd

Other Boys by Damian Alexander is a heart-filled graphic memoir about grief, bullying, and coming out. After losing his parents and transferring to a new school, Damian starts seventh grade determined to avoid bullies at all costs--by not speaking a word on school grounds. But staying silent doesn't keep him from standing out. As Damian struggles with his grades, therapy, and making friends at an age when girls are reluctant to spend time with boys and Damian has less in common with other boys than ever, he comes to understand himself better and face his fears of rejection. 

Find Other Boys on Amazon | Apple Books | Barnes & Noble | Bookshop | Indiebound

 

For a reader who's always up for an adventure

Snapdragon by Kat Leyh is a magical realist graphic novel about embracing the magic in yourself. When Snap, a curious and helpful young girl, strikes up a friendship with Jacks, an elder in town who is rumored to be a witch, Snap knows that Jacks doesn't have any real magic. But as they get to know each other better, Snap comes to learn that Jacks can do more than she's letting on... and Snap herself is closer to magical ability than she thinks. 

Find Snapdragon on Amazon | Apple Books | Barnes & Noble | Bookshop | Indiebound

 

Young Adult Books (Ages 13-18)

For a reader who's fascinated by history

Displacement by Kiki Hughes is a time-bending graphic novel about generational trauma, historical erasure, and the power of memory. Kiki is an ordinary American teenager when she suddenly finds herself whisked backward in time to the 1940s, when her grandmother was a teenager. She is horrified to watch with her own eyes what her grandmother experienced in a Japanese-American internment camp. Displaced in time, Kiki learns some of the history she was never taught in school and comes to understand the power of community.  

Find Displacement on Amazon | Apple Books | Barnes & Noble | Bookshop | Indiebound

 

For a reader who wants to see the world

Himawari House by Harmony Becker is a graphic novel that follows three young students who are studying abroad in Tokyo. Nao came to Japan to reconnect with her Japanese heritage, while Hyejung and Tina came to find freedom and their own paths. On their own in a new country, the three friends navigate language barriers, cultural adjustments, family, self-discovery, and love. 

Find Himawari House on Amazon | Apple Books | Barnes & Noble | Bookshop | Indiebound

About the Author

Michelle Margulis, QDT Staff

Michelle Margulis is the Operations and Editorial Manager at Quick and Dirty Tips. She has been with QDT since 2017. She is in charge of developing new podcasts and working with sponsors on advertising campaigns. She also resolves technical issues with the website and podcast feeds. Michelle is a New York native and a graduate of Northwestern University.