Books that Make Great Christmas Gifts for Kids: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

December 1, 2014

Books that Make Great Christmas Gifts for Kids from

Week at a Glance:

  • Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: $25 Amazon Gift Card
  • Books that Make Great Christmas Gifts for Kids
  • Books for Kids who Like Imaginative Story Telling
  • Books for Kids who Like to Build and Make Things
  • Books for Kids who Like Funny Stories
  • Books for Kids who Like Numbers, Math and Trivia
  • Books for Kids who Like Animals and Exploring Outdoors
  • Books for Kids who Like Science and Facts
  • Books for Kids who Like Hands-on Science Experiments

 Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: $25 Amazon Gift Card

Do you give books as Christmas gifts? Books are definitely on my gift giving list this year. (Just like every other year!) My grown nieces and nephews actually have books that I gave them once upon time when they were wee little ones. It makes my heart smile to know that they now share these books with their own children. I’ve put together some of the books that are making an appearance on my Christmas gift list this year. Remember if you win the Amazon gift card you must spend it on books. Alright, I can’t make you . . . but the thought of books under the Christmas tree warms my heart!

For Kids Who Like Imaginative Story Telling

Kids Books & Simple Activities that Inspire Creative Story Telling from

Book: Journey by Aaron Becker

Journey became an immediate favorite with my children. In fact, I think it is their favorite book this year. We read a lot! It is an understatement to say we read a lot of books! Consequently, it says a great deal about a book if my children say it is their favorite.

See if this sounds familiar . . . A girl is bored . . . she draws an adventure with a red crayon. Journey is a brilliantly sophisticated version of Harold and the Purple Crayon. It doesn’t make it better; however, the intricate illustrations, the enchanting storyline and the ending with a twist totally captures the attention of even older children! Oh, and did I mention it is wordless? Typically, I’m not a big fan of wordless books. What can I say. I like words, storytelling and beautifully woven language. This book doesn’t need words. The words and story grow in your imagination as you turn the pages. Journey is a book truly worthy of a place under the Christmas Tree!

For Kids Who Like to Build and Make Things

Kids Books & Simple Activities that Encourage Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Imagination from

Book: 1,2,3 I Can Build by Irene Luxbacher

Most of us know a budding architect. Come to think of it, most children like to build and make stuff out of junk. 1, 2, 3 I Can Build teaches children simple architectural techniques such as joining, roofing and folding, in addition to concepts such as foundation, structure and function. It uses photos to highlight fun building projects. Here’s the best part. The structures are mostly made out of every day craft items such as toilet paper rolls, pantry boxes, colored paper, modeling clay and twigs. How about a creative kids’ Christmas gift that doesn’t make noise, doesn’t require batteries and it uses up all of the boxes and odds and ends left over from Christmas packaging. Sold!

For Kids Who Like Funny Stories

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Book: Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

My kiddos were seriously laughing out loud during this story. It’s hilarious, imaginative fun! “It all began when Floyd’s kite became stuck in a tree.” Then he threw his favorite shoe to knock the kite loose, and that got stuck too! From here Floyd goes from a cat . . . to the house across the street . . . to a whale. (Yes, there are bits in between and yes they all get stuck!) Floyd is determined. But how will he ever get everything out of the tree?

If you know a kid who isn’t exactly crazy about books, Stuck may just change his mind. It’s silly and pure fun! Now what’s not to like about that?! Go ahead and take a chance. Put it under the Christmas Tree.

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Book: Rain Makes Applesauce by Julian Scheer

I’m including Rain Makes Applesauce because Miss Enigma quoted from it today out of the blue, “Oh you’re just talking silly talk.” She even said it the funny way I read it to them but she was using it in the context of a conversation. Her silly talk remined me what a great gift book this is.

Rain Makes Applesauce has been a favorite read aloud of mine since just about forever. To put it simply, this is a book of silly talk. Each illustration and text weaves together a story of fanciful thoughts, ending with the phrase “and rain makes applesauce.” I don’t even know how it happened, but I read this song to a made-up tune. Children love it and sing-along. This book is a longtime favorite in our home. It’s just a delightfully crazy book.


For Kids Who Like Numbers, Math, and Trivia

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Book: Counting on Frank by Rod Clement

Do you know a kid who thinks in numbers and soaks up trivial facts? (I do.) Look no further, I have the book for you. Meet Frank the dog and his mathematics maniac owner. This young mathematician likes to ask questions. But not just any questions. He likes to ask questions about estimating, size, measuring, counting, growth and figuring. What’s even better is he investigates those questions using his mathematics skills to arrive at an answer. This book puts a humorous twist on math.

The boy likes to pose math questions like, How many Frank’s would fit in my bedroom? (Remember, Frank is his big, gigantic dog!) He uses tally marks to record his data. The calculating doesn’t stop there. He goes on to calculate whales, bath water, mosquitoes and even peas at dinner time. All of his estimating and figuring is put to good use when he wins the family a trip to Hawaii by guessing how many jellybeans were in a giant size jar. Now that’s my kind of son!

For Kids that Like Animals and Exploring Outdoors

Teaching Children to Explore Nature with Field Guides from

Book: Golden Guides (Field Guides)

It’s no secret, my kiddos love exploring the great outdoors (even if it’s just our backyard). We have quite a variety of these little Golden Guides and they have traveled many miles. MacGyver especially has one of these books with him at almost all times. We even have a set for the beach: fish, seashells, ocean mammals, seashore life.We’ve looked at quite a few field guides and we like the Golden Guides the best. The compact size make them easy to take exploring. And while they’re compact they are packed with photos and simple detailed text.

These make great little stocking stuffers and inexpensive gifts. You name it Golden Guides has it: Birds, Geology, Pond Life, Reptiles, Rocks, Weather (just to name a few). I’m almost certain you can find a topic that will interest the kids on your Christmas list.

For Kids that Like Science and Facts

Actual Size by Steve Jenkins

Book: Actual Size by Steve Jenkins

We own more books by Steve Jenkins than any other author (now that’s saying something). Our first Steve Jenkins book was Actual Size and it might just be my favorite. The artfully done collage pictures immediately drew me in and captured my attention. Before Steve Jenkins, I had no idea that a nonfiction book full of facts could be so engaging.

If you want to give a book that will wow, browse through the many books by Steve Jenkins. He covers such a variety of nonfiction topics, I’m sure you can match one to the kiddos in your life. I’m betting MacGyver would recommend Prehistoric Actual Size. Then again, it might be The Bettle Book. Miss Enigma would certainly recommend the double sided Dogs and Cats. And I really want to get the new The Animal Book.


For Kids Who Like Hands-on Science Experiments

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Book: Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes by Steve Spangler

Okay, look at the name of the book. Need I say more? What kid wouldn’t want to open a book that reads Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes? My kids looooooove this book! They ask me to check it out so much from the library that they are getting it for Christmas. Shhhh! I want to surprise them!

I’ll tell you more about this book next week. I’ll even share an experiment or two. Oh and yes, I’ll be giving away a copy! Be sure to back in next week . . .


We’re GIVING AWAY one $25 Amazon Gift Card

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

maryanne @ mama smiles December 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm

I love the book Stuck! Great recommendations here :)

Robin Guerra December 1, 2014 at 10:18 pm

I love books.. especially good children’s books. but this year I am giving my niece who is 16 Dave Ramsey book: Smart Money Smart Kids.

Stasia December 2, 2014 at 6:29 am

I always give books as gifts. My boys are receiving the Ultimate Bugopedia, Computer Coding and many more. My daughter is Ladybug Girl and Strawberry Shortcake books.

Julie (thegirlwhopaintedtrees) December 2, 2014 at 6:44 am

I am most thankful to be pregnant after four losses in a row, one being stillborn twins last fall. Praying all goes well with this pregnancy!

Jeannine December 2, 2014 at 7:12 am

Julie prayers for a healthy pregnancy.

Sarah December 2, 2014 at 7:29 am

I always give books as gifts at the holidays! I’m giving my neice a copy of The One and Only Ivan, which I think she’ll really like; I’m still working on an idea for my son….Last year we gave him Steve Jenkins The Animal Book, which he pores over all the time. Love the suggestions in the post–will check them out! Thanks!

Jeannine December 2, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Kids absolutely love Steve Jenkins! Depending on his age he might like Steve Spangler’s book of experiments. If he’s into animals the field guides would be nice to take along while exploring outdoors.

tammy cordery December 2, 2014 at 8:43 pm

I love giving books to my kids for Christmas or any holiday.

Elizabeth December 3, 2014 at 8:08 am

Not sure yet on what I am gifting, but it will surely have to do with sailing. :)

Robin Guerra December 3, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Just looking through all this cool books I think I will give some to a child from the angel tree too…

alaine December 3, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Thankful for a happy, healthy child and a wonderful marriage:)

Jeannine December 4, 2014 at 7:44 am

Robin, I love that idea. Now my heart is really smiling!

Robin Guerra December 6, 2014 at 11:40 pm

If you are in the Schertz area, Scholastic is having a big warehouse sale.. lots of books there too.

Sofia December 7, 2014 at 9:37 am

I’m most thankful for getting my health back and my family. :)

Jeannine December 7, 2014 at 11:41 pm

Robin, The Scholastic warehouse is on my to do list. I can spend hours there!

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