10(+) Books Your Younger Readers Will Love This Holiday Season

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As far as non-fiction goes, the hands-on set of either gender might enjoy these three suggestions. Both the LEGO Star Wars Character Enclycopedia and Harry Potter: Building a Magical World are books I want as a grown woman, but kids are sure to enjoy them as well. Under our tree this year, in addition to those two, will also be The Big Book of Science Experiments. The age range is from 8-12, but I have a little dude who loves science, so both his dad and I are going to be working with him on some of these during the cold winter months to come. What’s better than a non-fiction book that gives you something to do when there’s nothing else to do? Fantastic.

Big Book of Science Experiments

If you’re looking specifically for holiday themed picture books, I could honestly go on for hours. However, I’ll give you one book that actually results in a whole series of holiday book suggestions. Our favorite book is The Firefighter’s Night Before Christmas. It’s not new (2002) or anything shiny, but it’s a great way to personalize a story that everyone already knows and loves. Best part? There’s a whole bunch of these books! There’s The Teacher’s Night Before Christmas, The Nurse’s Night Before Christmas, Librarian’s Night Before Christmas and, another favorite, The Soldier’s Night Before Christmas. (And many others, including, uh, something about Rednecks? Hmm.)

Firefighter's Night Before Christmas

That’s a lot of book suggestions for the younger set, but I think it’s pretty good. A bunch of great new picture books, two different (hilarious) sets of chapter books, some non-fiction must-haves and some Christmas books that your family will treasure for generations to come. I’m like the Santa of book gift ideas, though I do apologize that the gift guide doesn’t come with money to purchase all of those. So just pick one or two favorites and give your child the gift of reading this holiday season. There’s nothing better.


Family Section Editor Jenna Hatfield (@FireMom) blogs at Stop, Drop and Blog and The Chronicles of Munchkin Land. She is a writer, editor and photographer.


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