10 Children's Books That Make the Best Gifts

Already searching for Christmas presents for your kids? Not an easy task! To make your search easier, here's my top 10 list of children's books that make excellent presents for kids.

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I consider these to be among the best books for kids you can buy. {No wonder they are all best sellers!} You can check them out here if you want to, I'm listing them one by one:

1) Giraffes Can't Dance

Let's start with a really cute one, Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae. It's about Gerald the giraffe who can't dance but would love nothing more than that. The message: It's OK to be different! {I wish I'd have read it a thousand times when I was a kid!}

2) First 100 Words

This one is for babies. Yes, First 100 Words by Roger Priddy is often the very first book in a baby's life. The 100 esential words with simple and boldly colored photos will help your munchkin start recognizing the world around. 

3) Maisy Goes on a Plane

A new release, by Lucy Cousins, off course. Who doesn't love Maisy! This time, she visits a friend. She goes on a plane. Seatbelts fastened, off we go! Maisy explains how it looks like to travel by plane. The book would make a nice new addition to your child's Maisy books collection!

4) Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night?

Do you have a child {like ours} who can't get enough of trucks? Go for Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night!
Written by Brianna Caplan Sayres, it's a versed story about diggers at a construction site and dump trucks, garbage trucks, all going to sleep.

A piece of warning though: your trucks fan might be so happy about this book that bedtime reading might go an additional round {with the same book, off course!}

5) Dear ZOO

You surely know this classic among children's storybooks by Rod Campbell. Dear ZOO is about a child who is looking for a perfect pet, meeting 8 animals: an elephant, a giraffe, a lion, a camel, a snake, a monkey, a frog and a dog. You'll be happy to hear it's available for the first time as a pop-up book, yeey! It has sturdy flaps that open from various sides, which means the book doubles as a great fine motor skill activity for babies and toddlers!

6) The Day the Crayons Quit

A playful, entertaining book by Drew Daywalt for kids of all ages, but older ones will probably get the most from it. Have a look at illustrations and I'm sure it will tempt you to have one - for yourself!

7) The Wonderful Things You Will Be

The Wonderful Things You Will Be was written by Emily Winfield Martin. You'll just love reading it, I promise! While enjoying the absolutely adorable illustrations, your ears will relax at the soothing sound of quality rhyme {who says children's books are for kids only!} A wonderful book about the endless possibilities a child has. And a perfect baby gift.

8) The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep

Do you know a child who has a hard time falling asleep? His parents will be enourmously grateful for this book. It's an excellent bedtime story book for kids, making the bedtime routine a calmer, more enjoyable end of the day. And if you need a tried-and-tested way of getting children to fall asleep more easily, this is a book you will want to try out.

9) Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You is a classic, written by Sam McBratney. To be fair, this book might {just might} be a favorite of us parents more than of children. I love it because it's a touching reflection on the parents' love of their child without being cheesy. Add adorable illustrations and here it is, a winning combination - this could easily become your new all-time favorite read-aloud!

And have I told you why there is a miniature version of  Carl's Very Hungry Caterpillar in our home? Oh yes, I have, here. While I'm nearly 100% sure you all already have that book (although probably not in the pocket-size version), I'm suggesting another one by Eric Carl and Bill Martin Jr. that will make a great present for your kid:

10) Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Especially if you have a toddler in your home, this book will be a perfect choice! You'll recognize Carle's unique illustrations of the animals. The 'story' follows a repeating word and sentence pattern, easily recognizable by a toddler. The collages will capture the child's attention and so will the enchanting rhythm of the words. Colors play a significant role in the book {and you know how much I love that!} 

These 10 are tried and tested children's books which have already become favorite reads to a gazillion of little munchkins (and their parents). You cant miss with these!  


This post is a part of the 75+ Gift Guides & Holiday Ideas for Kids. If you'd like to expand on your gift search, you might want to browse through a variety of ideas for presents for kids of all ages:



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  1. I like giving books as presents. You have some real winners here!

  2. Indeed! Book makes best gifts for children. Aside from they love bedtime stories, they love seeing every colorful pages in the book.