Books, Parenthood

Christmas gift ideas for young readers

“A book is a gift you can open again and again” – Garrison Keillor

If you ask me, there are few gifts better than books. You can keep your posh jewellery, expensive perfume and bottles of bubbly; you can’t beat a beautiful book. This is something that was instilled in me at a young age and is probably the reason why my go-to gift idea is books. If you’re looking for some tips on what to buy the young reader in your life, here are some recommendations based on what Jenson and I have been reading this year.

Christmas gift ideas for young readers

So many fantastic books have been released this year, designed to inspire and empower young readers, particularly girls. We’re, arguably, in a golden age of feminism, with children’s books focusing on the lives of filmmaker Alice Guy and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Lights! Camera! Alice! The Thrilling True Adventures of the First Woman Filmmaker by Mara Rockliff and Simona Ciraolo - review

Nevertheless, She Persisted (Elizabeth Warren) by Susan Wood and Sarah Green

There is also a fab encyclopaedia of sorts, detailing incredible women throughout history. HerStory is a fantastic book, with stunning illustrations.

HerStory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook the World by Katherine Halligan and Sarah Walsh

Older readers should check out the likes of Ms Marvel and Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy for even more bad-ass women.

Ms Marvel Volume 9

Star Wars®: Women of the Galaxy Notebook Collection

Of course, you can’t beat a classic, or a beautiful new edition. Treat the mini bookworm in your life to one (or more!) of the Matilda 30 editions.

Matilda 30th anniversary edition - World Traveller

Everyone loves a Roald Dahl book. This year, the focus of Roald Dahl Day was James and the Giant Peach, and you can still get your hands on a limited edition with fuzzy stickers, plus have hours of fun with James’ Giant Bug Book. You might even be able to get an adventure kit to go with it.

James and the Giant Peach Forest Adventure Kit review

When I’m shopping for super tiny readers, the illustrations are a very important factor. Fortunately there are so many stunning titles available, including this new release from Abrams + Chronicle. A Hug is for Holding Me* (released on 11 December) is so dreamy, and another example of a title which warrants a peek under the jacket. A book about love and affection, it also encourages young readers to connect with nature.

A Hug is for Folding Me book review

A Hug is for Folding Me book review

A Hug is for Folding Me book review

Shopping for teenage readers? I’ve read two particularly awesome young adult titles this year: The Hate U Give and Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes? The first will open its reader’s eyes to the brutal reality of modern racism and the second has the power to break down barriers and reassure a reader struggling with their own mental health.

That Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne - book review

“Books are often far more than just books” – Roxane Gay

What books would you recommend for young readers?

*I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes and all thoughts are my own

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