Our Favorite Books to Give

Books are a great gift for anyone!  With so many different types of books, you can easily find one to appeal to almost anyone!

Books make great gifts!


Sandra Boynton board books are our favorites!  You can never have too many; kids love them and parents don’t mind reading them over and over and over!

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is a classic!  All of my kids have loved this one!

These first words books have great pictures and toddlers love them!

These Sing a Story books are fun and catchy: CreationNoah’s ArkBattle of JerichoCalming the Storm

The Big Picture Story Bible is our favorite bible for little ones.


Classic stories like Beatrix Potter, Curious GeorgeWinnie the Pooh and Little Golden Books are always fun choices.

Guess How Much I Love You & You’re All My Favorites are such sweet stories and great to read before bed.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (and other books in the series) are fun and silly!

Baa-Choo is a great book to read and re-read.  Don’t be surprised if your kids can quote the entire thing before long!

Dr. Seuss books are classics that you (mostly) won’t mind reading over and over!

Arnold Lobel’s Frog and ToadMouse Tales and Owl at Home have been some of our favorites.

Amelia Bedila books are fun; we prefer the classic stories to the new ones.

The Francis books are fun and sweet and who doesn’t love a story about a badger?


Some of these books can be read by elementary aged children and some are longer “picture books” with story lines for older kids.

R.C. Sproul takes difficult theological topics and makes them understandable through stories.  Great for adults and kids!

The Magic School Bus and Ms. Frizzle makes science come alive.  Fun and quirky.

The Boxcar Children are fun chapter books for young readers.

So many great stories in the Three Cousins Detective Club and each also teaches a spiritual truth.  These are early chapter books.

The American Girls stories have been around since I was a kid and are still loved by girls.  Choose the classics like FelicityKirstenSamantha and Molly for a bit of history too!

Cam Jansen are good first chapter books.  Easy to read and large print.

In the Encyclopedia Brown books the reader gets to try to solve the mystery too!

We read these books (Adventures with WafflesThe Great Turkey Walk and By the Great Horned Spoon) as a part of our home school curriculum this year.  They are so fun, we had to share! (We’re giving them as gifts too!)


Cookbooks make great gifts for adults who like to cook/bake, and with so many choices out there, you are bound to find one they love!

National Geographic Books are beautiful to relax and flip through!

Endurance, Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage is a true story of amazing courage and perseverance.

Francine Rivers writes amazing stories.  I’ve gifted this set and this set.  This series is also wonderful.

Ted Dekker, while not for everyone, writes spiritually thoughtful fantasy books.  FYI, some get a bit weird.

For the crafter in you life, try a sewing book or a gift certificate for sewing patterns or a quilting book.

Gifting people books in Kindle format or in MP3 is great for tech savvy recipients and those who don’t like “stuff”.

This is a great collection of Kindle books at a great price.  I’ve read them all and they are fun, suspenseful and clean! (My aunt is one of the authors!)

Anyone wanting to simplify life yet remain sane in the process will love our book Everyday Simple!

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If your budget is tight, consider ordering used books from Thrift Books.  This is my favorite way to buy used books, low minimum to get free shipping and you earn points for every dollar you spend so you can buy more books!

What are your favorite books to gift?

2 thoughts on “Our Favorite Books to Give

  1. This is a great idea … to list your favorite children’s books! If I ever have a family someday, I want to find meaningful and fun books for my kids! 🙂

    Oh, I love Francine River’s writing. Her MARK OF THE LION series is one of my favorites. Have you read by Connilyn Cossette or Tessa Afshar (particularly BREAD OF ANGELS)? They write beautiful and rich historical novels set during Bible times or based off Bible characters.


    1. No, I haven’t read any books by Connilyn Cossette or Tess Afshar, but I’m adding them to my library list! Thanks for the tips!

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