We have read so many wonderful books this year that it’s hard to recommend only a few for Christmas, but I wanted to mention a few extra special ones in case you need to make any last minute purchases this weekend. All of these are Amazon links that help support this blog, but I always encourage you to shop local bookstores first! All of the books mentioned were either checked out from the library and loved so much that I bought them or I am buying them as Christmas presents myself.
Probably our favorite book of the year was Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls. Each page has a small biography about a woman in history and how they changed the world for the better. There are also beautiful portraits to go alongside each woman and we would read one story each day as a part of our morning time ritual. I loved that the women featured were incredibly diverse, all ethnicities, all different time periods, all different ages, and both my kids looked forward to reading this every day. I may have to look into purchasing the sequel soon.
A Year Full of Stories: 52 Classic Stories from Around the World by Angela McAllister is another one that you can pick up throughout the year. Like the title suggests, there is a story from a different place around the world for every week. Holidays are listed so you can plan ahead if you want to dive into a topic, the illustrations are gorgeous, and again I love the diversity of the stories told.
A Poem for Every Day of the Year from the same people as the book above, this one looks gorgeous and I’m buying it as a gift for special friends this year. We read poetry every single day and I think when we finish up the book we are on now, I may have to get this one for our home library.
A Child’s Introduction to Art: The World’s Greatest Paintings and Sculptures by Heather Alexander I first picked up a few in this series from the library and absolutely love them. We are going to be building our art history around this book, but even if you don’t homeschool this is a great resource to have. It works chronologically through art periods and focuses on a select number of artists. Again I like the diversity that this series of books aims for and I appreciate that they include different activities kids can do that correspond with the artist being talked about.
Uni the Unicorn This is my daughter’s all time favorite book and I would be amiss if I didn’t mention it. If you have a 6 year old that loves unicorns, please get them this book. I have the follow up, Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True by Amy Krouse Rosenthal ready for Christmas morning!
Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold And finally, not a beautiful book really, but a series that my son absolutely adores and is getting him excited about reading, the Fly Guy books. These books are silly, some are slightly educational, and all of them crack my kids up. If you’re trying to tempt a reader, maybe look into these!
There are a million more great books out there and I hope to share more throughout the year! These just happen to be the ones that made the Christmas buying list, I hope you enjoy some of them whether you have children or plan on giving to children.