Books are our go-to holiday gifts (especially if you’ve saved your shopping until the, um, last minute): They’re easy to wrap and ship, they aren’t crazy expensive, and their impact can last a lifetime (even if the book gets loved to pieces). Here are some of our favorites of the year.
For all the littles. Lizi Boyd’s beautiful Big Bear Little Chair cleverly explores size, opposites, perspective, and relationships. For grandkids. Llama Llama is spending a night away in Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa, the latest installment in Anna Dewdney’s pitch-perfect rhyming series. For picky eaters. The second-to-last (sniff) Elephant & Piggie book is I Really Like Slop!, in which Gerald reluctantly tastes something new—and willingly shows what it means to be a friend. For toddlers who go nuts at bedtime. Touch the Brightest Star (which was written and illustrated by one of our own editors, Christie Matheson #humblebrag) is both interactive and soothing. Shhhhhh. For imaginative types. Leo: A Ghost Story is a sweet, funny tale of friendship and acceptance. For rainy-day lovers. The evocative and lovely Float celebrates small moments and simple pleasure. For kids of parents who are always in a rush. Mom wants to hurry, and her little boy wants to slow down in Antoinette Portis’s satisfying Wait. For bedtime resisters. Tired Bear is ready to say Goodnight Already! to Duck. For winter neophytes. Pedro isn’t sure he’ll like his First Snow, but he’s soon won over by cold-weather fun. For big sibs. It takes a while to adjust to adding a family member, as Lauren Child charmingly illustrates in The New Small Person.