Giftable Kid’s Books with Knoxville Moms

My latest post for the Knoxville Moms is all about the best books to gift kids and teens this holiday season. You can view the post on their site here, and find purchase links at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: I am an affiliate of Bookshop.org and Amazon. I will earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you click through and make a purchase.

Holiday shopping is officially underway, as kids of all ages write their hopeful letters to Santa. Shopping for young readers can be tough, as you might not know what they’ve read, what genres they like, or even what their reading level is. This post is your go-to guide for holiday shopping for young readers, with picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult titles with age breakdowns as well. Happy shopping, and happy reading!

*Linked book titles will take you to my review of that book. Linked author names will take you to Amazon. All of these titles that are available on Bookshop.org are on a curated list linked at the end of this post.*

Picture Books

Picture books are great for preschool aged kids through second graders. Many beloved characters, like Pete the Cat and licensed characters (like Marvel superheroes, Disney characters, or other movie characters) are readily available as picture books and early readers.

Chapter Books

Chapter books are for young readers who are just getting started reading on their own. These have larger print, lots of pictures, and engaging storylines. Many of them are part of a series, so I give the series title here. If you know they haven’t yet read it, I recommend beginning with book one. If you know they’re well-entrenched in the series, the most recent release is a great option. A box set of the first three to five books also makes an excellent gift!

Middle Grade

Middle grade readers range from ages eight to fourteen. These books are more mature in themes and plot than chapter books, but much tamer content-wise than young adult. This is one of my favorite age ranges to read, as the stories are so varied and the characters intricately developed. 

Young Adult

Young Adult books used to be synonymous with the teen section, but these books are more for ages fifteen and up. These novels include serious topics, mature characters, and possibly mature language. StoryGraph is a wonderful website for readers, allowing users to track their reading and share reviews. It’s the most detailed review site I use, as it includes a place for content warnings. I highly recommend checking StoryGraph if you’re uncertain if a book is too mature, and checking the content warnings other users have provided.

Non-Book Gifts for Readers

If choosing a title is too intimidating, here are some fun ideas for the bookish folks in your life:

  • Bookmarks
  • Book plates (name tags for books!)
  • Erasable highlighters
  • A book journal
  • Bookish themed socks, tote bags, and pencil bags

When you gift a book, you aren’t just giving bound pages; a book is a portal to another world, a way to travel the world from the comfort of your favorite chair.

You can find all of these titles in my Bookshop.org shop here and my non-book gift ideas here!

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