9 Great Books to Give as Gifts

Jarrett Krosoczka's Tips for Encouraging Reluctant Readers
The best stories and guides to give to your little readers this holiday season. 
Heath Robbins
Heath Robbins

1. Hey, Seymour!

Walter Wick puts a twist on his popular "I Spy" series with Hey, Seymour!, an oversize search-and-find book with foldout pages that stars a cute little wooden guy. Kids must spot Seymour, as well as letters, numbers, and toys on the filled-to-bursting pages. Ages 3 to 8 Scholastic, $19 

Heath Robbins 
Heath Robbins 

2. Minecraft Blockopedia

This book is a must-have for fans of the popular game. The reference book walks players through the different types of cubes and what they're used for in the 3-D world. Ages 9 and up Scholastic, $50 

Heath Robbins 
Heath Robbins 

3. Circus Mirandus

In Cassie Beasley's adventure novel Circus Mirandus, 10-year-old Micah risks everything to find "the Lightbender," a mysterious magician who owes his sick grandpa a miracle. Ages 8 and up Penguin Random House, $18 

Heath Robbins 
Heath Robbins 

4. Creaturepedia

Creaturepedia, by Adrienne Barman, is a fun illustrated field guide to 600 animals grouped into unique chapters. (The "night owls" include the Asian tree toad, kiwi, and Brazilian tapir.) Ages 5 to 8 Wide Eyed Editions, $23 

Heath Robbins
Heath Robbins

5. The Marvels

Brian Selznick's 640-page illustrated novel, The Marvels, follows in the style of his Caldecott-winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Through rich prose and dramatic drawings, this masterwork intertwines two generation-jumping tales. Ages 10 and up Scholastic, $33 

Heath Robbins
Heath Robbins

6. Maps

The world awaits in Maps, a sumptuously designed atlas from illustrators Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski. Its 50 charts are filled with vintage-y icons of historical landmarks, geographical sites, and more. Ages 5 and up Big Picture Press, $35 

Heath Robbins 
Heath Robbins 

7. Welcome to the Museum: Historium

Welcome to the Museum: Historium, by Richard Wilkinson and Jo Nelson, opens up a virtual gallery of 160 artifacts (figurines, armor, tools, and other treasures) from six ancient regions, including Africa and the Middle East. Ages 8 and up Big Picture Press, $35 

Heath Robbins
Heath Robbins

8. It's Only Stanley

In Jon Agee's story It's Only Stanley, a family is woken up throughout the night by their busy beagle. Sure, Stanley is baying at the moon, but he's also tinkering with household items to make a surprise that your kids will love. Ages 5 to 8 Penguin Random House, $18 

Heath Robbins
Heath Robbins

9. Fable Comics

Aesop gets an upgrade in Fable Comics, a collection of 28 parables illustrated by acclaimed cartoonists such as Graham Annable and Jaime Hernandez. Among our favorite entries: a 1970s version of "The Dog and His Reflection." Ages 6 and up First Second Books, $20 

Jarrett Kroscozka, author and illustrator of the popular Lunch Lady and Platypus Police Squad series, shares his tips for encouraging a love of reading in kids.

Tips for Encouraging Reluctant Readers

Jarrett Kroscozka, author and illustrator of the popular Lunch Lady and Platypus Police Squad series, shares his tips for encouraging a love of reading in kids.

Share the gallery



Parents may receive compensation when you click through and purchase from links contained on this website.