Give the Gift of Reading

Looking for a last-minute gift idea? Give the gift of reading! Our booklist of bestsellers, new releases and classics is sure to delight each toddler or preschooler in your life. Whether you are looking to purchase a book or check out a title from the library, there’s something on the list for everyone! Enjoy time together, either in person, virtually or over-the-phone, with an entertaining family read aloud.


Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty: Inspired by real-life makers Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, this beloved #1 bestseller champions STEM, girl power and women scientists in a rollicking celebration of curiosity, the power perseverance, and the importance of asking “Why?”  

Intended for ages 5 to 7-years

The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak: You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . .BLORK. Or BLUURF. Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY. Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, The Book with No Pictures is one that kids will beg to hear again and again. 

Green is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Thong: In this lively picture book, children discover a world of colors all around them: red is spices and swirling skirts, yellow is masa, tortillas, and sweet corn cake. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the colors found in every child’s day!

Intended for ages 3 to 5-years

Hair Love by Matthew Cherry:  Zuri is proud of her hair, which “kinks, coils, and curls every which way.” But she needs a spectacular coif on a special day. Her devoted father tackles the task, gamely noting that it will be “a piece of cake.” Harrison’s emotionally charged digital images of Zuri’s reactions match the exasperated girl’s spot-on utterances. With Zuri’s encouragement, her stylist nails it, fashioning “funky puff buns” just in time for a rewarding apogee: Mommy’s return home. A bighearted ode to individuality and father-daughter collaboration.

Intended for ages 4 to 8-years

How to Catch a Unicorn by Adam Wallace: Try to catch one of the world’s most elusive mythical creatures–the unicorn! Filled with zany traps and lots of rainbow unicorn fun, this is the unicorn book of the year! Can you catch the unicorn? You’ll have to use your brain. So, set your traps and prep your team to pet that rainbow mane!

Intended for ages 4 to 10-years

Huff & Puff by Claudia Rueda: This interactive retelling of the Three Little Pigs story allows the reader to play the part of the big bad wolf. Three interior die-cut holes invite readers to huff, puff, and blow the pigs’ houses down! This fractured fairy tale ends sweetly when, rather than blowing down the third pig’s brick home, the wolf/reader blows out the candles on a cake baked by the pigs! 

Intended for ages 2 to 5-years

It’s OK to Be Different by Todd Parr: This picture book cleverly delivers the important messages of acceptance, understanding, and confidence in an accessible, child-friendly format. The book features the bold, bright colors and silly scenes that made Todd a premiere voice for emotional discussions in children’s literature.

Intended for ages 3 to 6-years

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena: Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty–and fun–in their routine and the world around them.

Intended for ages 3 to 7-years

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle: Beep! Beep! Beep! Meet Blue. A muddy country road is no match for this little pick up–that is, until he gets stuck while pushing a dump truck out of the muck. Luckily, Blue has made a pack of farm animal friends along his route. And they’re willing to whatever it takes to get their pal back on the road. Filled with truck sounds and animals. noises, here is a rollicking homage to the power of friendship and the rewards of helping others.

Intended for ages 2 to 5-years

The Mitten by Jan Brett: Set in a snowy forest, the fun begins when, one by one, animals crawl into Nicki’s lost white mitten to get warm until the bear sneezes, sending the animals flying up and out of the mitten. On each turn of the page, Jan hints at what animal is coming next in her signature borders, inspired by Ukrainian folk art.

Intended for ages to 2 to 5

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins: Bruce is a grumpy bear who likes no one and nothing but cooked eggs, but when some eggs he was planning to boil hatch and the goslings believe he is their mother, he must try to make the best of the situation. 

Intended for ages 3 to 7

Peek-A Who? By Nina Laden: Guessing-game board book filled with vibrant, happy images: Peek-a-Who! takes the most loved baby and toddler game and puts it in book form! Colorful pictures and simple rhyming texts help children guess what’s peeking through the die-cut windows in this fun board book. The anticipation of what’s hiding on the next page and the bright, engaging illustrations will keep little ones guessing and giggling all the way to the surprise ending.

Intended for ages birth – 3

Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony: What is the proper way to ask Mr. Panda for doughnuts? Patiently and politely, Mr. Panda asks the animals he comes across if they would like a doughnut. A penguin, a skunk, and a whale all say yes, but they do not remember to say “please” and “thank you.” Is anyone worthy of Mr. Panda’s doughnuts? Steve Antony has captured a cute panda, delightful animals hungry for doughnuts, and a manners lesson. With the black-and-white animals, plain backgrounds, and brightly colored doughnuts, Antony’s art is bold, striking, and engaging.

Intended for ages 3 to 6

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad: With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It’s the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it’s her older sister Asiya’s first day of hijab–a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong.

Intended for ages 4 to 8

Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas: Bug! Rug! Mug! Hug! These dust bunnies love to rhyme. Well, except for Bob. Much to the other bunnies’ frustration, Bob can never get the rhythm right. Then he saves everyone from a big, scary monster wielding–gasp!–a broom, and they all breathe a sigh of relief. But can Bob save them from the big, scary monster’s next attack? Vrrrrrroooommm . . .

Intended for ages to 3 to 6

Share Some Kindness, Bring Some Light by Apryl Stott: Bear is sad. All the other animals think he’s mean because he’s so big. But his human friend, Coco, offers to help him. Coco shares her grandmother’s advice: “When life gets dark as winter’s night, share some kindness, bring some light.” They decide to bake cookies to “share some kindness” and make lanterns to “bring some light.” But when the cookies and lanterns don’t work, they must look for another way to win over the other animals. And while they’re at it, Coco and Bear just might discover that kindness is a gift that only comes from the heart.

Intended for ages 4 to 8 

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead & Erin E. Stead: Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee’s case, all sorts of species, too! Every day he spends a little bit of time with each of his friends at the zoo, running races with the tortoise, keeping the shy penguin company, and even reading bedtime stories to the owl. But when Amos is too sick to make it to the zoo, his animal friends decide it’s time they returned the favor.

Intended for ages 3 to 6               

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats: One morning, a little boy in Brooklyn wakes up to a changed world — sparkling with fresh snowfall. Readers go with him as he experiences the delights of playing in what was yesterday his familiar neighborhood, but is today a snowy wonderland. He has many great adventures he never wants to forget, so he saves them in the form of a snowball that he brings into the house. He soon learns that experiences, though fleeting, can stay with us in our thoughts.

Intended for ages 2 to 5

There’s an Alien in Your Book by Tom Fletcher: Get ready to shake, tilt, and wiggle the book in an effort to launch the alien back into space, because aliens do not belong on Earth–or maybe they do.  

Intended for ages 3 to 7

Where Do Speedboats Sleep at Night by Brianna Caplan Sayres: Ahoy there! Have you ever wondered what little speedboats do when it’s time for bed? The same things you do! Cruise ships, canoes, fishing boats- wash up, have a snack, stow their teddies for story time, and get “docked” to sleep by mommies and daddies, once the tides calm. Children who can’t get enough of boats will love this nautical nighttime story full of exciting and familiar watercraft.

Intended for ages to 2 to 5

The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be by Joanna Gaines: Joanna Gaines and illustrator Julianna Swaney celebrate how creativity and acceptance can come together to make for a bright and beautiful adventure. The book follows a group of children as they each build their very own hot-air balloons. As the kids work together, leaning into their own skills and processes, to fill the sky with beautiful colors, we discover that the same is true for life–it’s more beautiful and vibrant when our differences are celebrated.

Intended for ages to 4 to 8

Your Nose! A Wild Little Love Song by Sandra Boynton: Starring a little fox child and a big fox parent, here’s a loving ode to terrific noses of all kinds. Your Nose! is a year-round valentine in the tradition of beloved Boynton board books. It’s a celebration of the love between a parent and child—and of the beautiful, boop-able noses we love.

Intended for ages birth – 3


Be sure to comment on your favorite stories to read together as a family. Happy Holidays!

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