Coming up blank when shopping for the children and teens on your list? Keep reading to find the complete list of bookworm gifts for everyone under 18. Whether you have a tiny kiddo who loves pictures or an older teen into fantasy or suspense, this selection of books has you covered.
Bookworm Gifts for Children and Teens
Sometimes you see something so adorable you just want to squeeze it. Or explode. Fluffy McWhiskers knows how true this is in her book Fluffy McWhiskers Cuteness Explosion. Poor Fluffy is so incredibly cute that when anyone looks at her, they will explode. Like a firework.
On the bookworm gifts list for preschool-aged kiddos, your child will giggle as you read about Fluffy’s journey. Fluffy does not want anyone to get hurt and does everything from running away to getting a really bad haircut. Find out how Fluffy learns to accept her cuteness and makes an unexpected friendship.
Back in its ninth title in the series, Spy School at Sea, and all of the books in its series, are perfect bookworm gifts for your kids in grades three through seven. Ben Ripley’s mission is to pose as part of a family and track down Murray Hill, his nemesis. Unfortunately, missions aren’t always as easy as they sound and Ben finds that not much happens as planned. Packed with adventure aboard an ocean liner, your child will enjoy this story with or without the other books in the series.
Portico Reeves is not a normal superhero. In fact, no one even knows that he IS a superhero! Portico is tasked with keeping all other superheroes super and safe. Which sounds easier than it is. Read all about his adventures (and misadventures) in his first middle-grade novel, Stuntboy, in the Meantime.
Struggling to keep his superhero identity a secret and also to keep his regular identity secrets a secret (his parents are fighting ALL THE TIME), Portico has a full plate. On the bookworm gifts list for its original content and relatable characters, this is a great book to get your kids reading.
In this high school read that is a battle between witches and wizards, The Witch Haven is an atmospheric historical fantasy novel about a teen coming into her powers. Francess Hallowell is a seamstress in New York in 1911 who is mourning the death of her brother. Months after her brother’s mysterious death, a man ends up dead with her scissors in his neck. But Francess has no idea how her scissors ended someone’s life.
Before she has time to go to trial as a murderess, Francess is swept away by two nurses under the guise that she is deathly ill. To her surprise, Francess discovers she is not sick at all…she is a witch who was just enrolled at a school for witches.
Francess takes to this power immediately and what she discovers not only takes her to the truth of her brother’s death – but gains the attention of the leader of an ancient order. Read as Francess is faced with choosing between the safety of her new sister witches and the power of this new order. This is one of the bookworm gifts that will be the first of the books to read!
The first book in the Shadowhunters series was just released by New York Times bestselling author Cassandra Clare. Chain of Gold: The Last Hours is about Cordelia, a Shadowhunter trained to battle demons. After her father is accused of a crime, Cordelia refuses to get married and instead travels to London to save her family’s reputation.
While in London, Cordelia experiences the glamorous world of ballrooms and the supernatural all before a series of demon attacks that rock London. Cordelia and her friends soon discover they possess incredible powers but with powers come the price of being a hero. On the bookworm gifts list for high schoolers, your fantasy lover will get sucked in right from the start of this brand-new trilogy.
Who ISN’T intrigued with spies, disguises, and fun gadgets? National Geographic Kids recently released Top Secret: Spies, Codes, Capers, Gadgets, and Classified Cases Revealed, a book that will help your child in grades 3 through 7 learn what it takes to be a spy. Diving deep into cool spy gadgets, conspiracies, and code-cracking, give your child behind-the-scenes access to these fun and bonkers secrets.
Covering everything from cold cases to the truth behind real magic tricks, your child may just end up disappearing to a corner of your home to get through this book. One of the great bookworm gifts for so many different kiddos – you may want to buy more than one!
Treat your eight to twelve-year-old to bookworm gifts that are not only fun to read but handy to learn. 101 Life Hacks: Genius Ways to Simplify Your World will show your child how to solve everyday problems with stuff around your home. Examples of what you have to look forward to hearing about from your kiddo include curing a brain freeze, fun facts, and how to un-stink your smelly shoes.
Do you have a tiny know-it-all who would appreciate any and all bookworm gifts? Look no further than Brain Candy 3, the third edition of sweet facts from National Geographic Kids. Learn fun facts like how fast a honeybee beats its wings (200 times a second!) and just how many flowers they need to pollinate to make a pound of honey (TWO MILLION!). Your kiddo will amaze you with his or her knowledge smackdown after reading this book.
Hullabaloo Book Co. is an educational company that hand-picks every offering for its customers. Whether you just want to send one book or a subscription box, Hullabaloo Book Co. has multiple options to fulfill bookworm gifts this holiday season. Simply go to the website, select the gift you would like to give (whether a book, a box, or a subscription), and then fill out a questionnaire about the child.
The company prides itself on encouraging kindness, curiosity, intelligence, imagination, bravery, and empathy with its book selection to foster connections between children and adults. Give the gift of curation by sending a hand-selected present from Hullabaloo Book Co.
Better with Books by Melissa Hart is an excellent go-to resource for parents, teachers, librarians, and students of young adult literature. The book is organized according to recommended literature books on topics including adoption, foster care, body image, LGBTQIA+ youth, mental health, homelessness, race, ethnicity, religion, and much more.
Each chapter explores issues affecting youth. It groups 500 diverse literature books by middle-grade readers and teens. All the recommended books have been published within the last decade. Middle school and high school students who read literature can help learn about or relate to characters in books going through similar real-life situations. You can never go wrong with bookworm gifts appropriate for parents and teens alike!
Are you a fan of “The Barren Grounds,” a Misewa Saga series? If so, The Great Bear will be an engaging novel for you! This middle-grade fantasy series by award-winning author David A. Robertson is about two orphans named Eli and Morgan. Eli and Morgan travel to Misewa, seeking help and answers about their past. They decide they’ll get the best answers if they travel back in time. Will Eli and Morgan be able to save their friends and their beloved village before it perishes? You will be on the edge of your seat throughout this beautifully written novel!
OwlCrate Jr sends this title in its bookworm gifts that include exclusive foiled lettering, a personally signed bookplate, and a special letter from David A. Robertson. In conjunction with this limited edition book, OwlCrate Jr. will donate 50% of the profits to irsss.ca, an organization with a twenty-year history dedicated to providing assistance to Canada’s Indian Residential School Survivors.
Sometimes all you and your little one needs is an innocent, adventure book to snuggle up by the fire or under a big, plushy blanket. Good thing The Adventures of Ginger the Red Fox is just a read away! Join in as you and your little one follow a young fox on a life-changing adventure to discover the world around her and how her actions can impact her forest. Travel along with Ginger as she works to save the home she was born and raised in. A family classic to send as bookworm gifts for years to come!
Bookworms gifts that draw you in right at the start are ideal for middle schoolers. The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne: An Account of Their Daring Exploits and Audacious Crimes is the first title in an excellent fantasy teen series set in future England where gunfights and monsters are the norms. England’s landscape changed dramatically, cities like London disappeared and now a large lagoon sits there instead. People struggle to exist in fortified towns, while strange creatures prowl. Conformity is mandated, but a few fight back – outlaws Scarlett McCain and Albert Browne, an unlikely duo, use their “talents” to fight.
The page-turner is filled with action, quick dialog, and vivid description. Written by bestselling novelist, Jonathan Stroud. Stroud is the author of Bartimaeus Sequence and Lockwood & Co., which is being adapted by Netflix. Although the book, The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne, is geared toward teens, any reader who loves action-packed new worlds and dynamic characters will enjoy this book. It is perfect for fans of Rick Riordan and Eoin Colfer.
Do you have a child that loves to learn little-known facts about animals? If so, check out Wild Life!: A Look at Nature’s Odd Ducks, Underfrogs, and Other At-Risk Species. Re: Wild takes the reader on a journey through the world to explore rare, interesting, and uncommon animals on each continent. With its beautiful illustrations and inspiring facts, your bookworm gifts list will be complete with this fun title. Your child will learn not only about the funny and rare animals but also the endangered species across the globe.
The force is strong this year with Chronicle Books’ offering of Star Wars: A Vader Family Sithmas. Sithmas is here and the characters in Star Wars are busy getting ready. Read as a young Luke, Leia, and the Dark Lord prepare the tree, hang their stockings, and have a nice little family sithmas. This classic holiday story with a Star Wars twist is the sequel to Jeffrey Brown’s bestselling series, Darth Vader and Son. If seeking bookworm gifts for the whole family, look no further.
High schoolers will love to receive the thrilling novel The Ivies as one of their bookworm gifts. Set at one of the most sought-after universities in the United States, the Ivies, five girls will stop at nothing for an acceptance letter into the Ivy League. One of the five tells her first-hand account of jumping class rank, cut-throat academic competitions, and whatever it takes to increase her chances of having the top resume. Unfortunately, stopping at nothing sometimes includes death…
A list of bookworm gifts for kids and teens wouldn’t be complete without a good, old-fashioned comic book. The Best of Archie Comics: 80 Years, 80 Stories brings nostalgia to the next level with 80 years of stories from Archie comics. Featuring a story from each year of its existence, your fourth through seventh grader will fall in love with Archie and the Riverdale Gang.
Daughter of the Deep, by New York Times No. 1 best-selling author Rick Riordan, is an actioned packed, modernized take of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Told solely from the point of view of the female protagonist, Ana Dakkar, the reader sets sail with the freshman class at Harding-Pencroft Academy. The academy is a five-year high school that graduates the best naval warriors, navigators, underwater explorers, and marine scientists.
Adventure awaits as the freshman class journeys for a weekend at sea at the end of the school year. But Dakkar and her classmates face a variety of troubles on the bus ride to the boat and later as they try to navigate the waters. Daughter of the Deep is a fast-paced, humorous and exciting read. Riordan intricately weaves Verne’s timeless classic with his modern and exciting writing style, which makes the underwater world come to life.
The holiday season teaches us that family is the most important thing, and in An Elf’s Journey Home, we get the magical and loving perspective of an elf. This little elf wants to be with his family all year long. Follow our elf friend along on his journey and catch a glimpse of how it feels to long for family connection, even for magical folks. Bookworm gifts that will help you and your family keep the holiday magic alive all year long are the best.
BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)? A Girl’s Guide to Happy Friendships makes a great gift for preteen girls to help navigate the ins and outs of friendship. The interactive guidebook is packed with quizzes, colorful illustrations, and stories about girls the same age. The book by Jessica Speer explores topics of bullying, feeling left out, and gossip, along with tips to strengthen friendships that mean the most to you. Friendships can be tough even for adults, but preteen years, especially after distance learning and social media can be extremely tough.
BFF or NRF? (Not Really Friends) by Familius Publishing provides a path for girls to gain social awareness, skills, and confidence. The book is an offshoot from Speer’s friendship program that helps children develop social awareness and healthy friendship skills. Speer has a master’s degree in social sciences, and her writing focuses on social/emotional topics for kids and families.
Give your kids the gift of creativity this holiday season while they learn to draw. The Drawing Book for Kids will give them step by step instructions on how to draw everything from fiction to fantasy, animals, objects, food, plants, vehicles, sports, holiday symbols, and more. Combine this book with a drawing pad and colored pencils for the perfect holiday gift set.
Does your little one love to laugh at all things cute and goofy? Give the gift of laughter with the Squeaky Clean School Jokes book any child is sure to love. Let them giggle and share their jokes with friends and classmates this season as they laugh around the lunch table
Rhoda the Alligator is a Level 1 I can Read Book that helps your child practice reading while building confidence and celebrbating diversity. Perfect for children ages 4-8, Rhoda the Alligator is the tale of a uniquely colored alligator who is trying to find her place in the wild world of the Florida Everglades National Park. Born in an array of colors different from her peers, Rhoda the Alligator faces challenges as she navigates her world full of others who look a bit more like one another. Written by former U.S. Senator (Florida) Bob Graham, this book celebrates the Everglades while teaching powerful lessons all children need to learn at an early age.
Easy Hidden Pictures for Kids is an activity books for those little busy bodies that will love finding a treasure trove of hidden objects and pictures all while learning new skills to include short term memory skills, shape recognition, concentration and attention to detail. Perfect for letting your kids stay busy without a screen, the Easy Hidden Pictures for Kids makes a great gift that is both fun and educational.
7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is a deck of cards that allows your teens to develop the skills and confidence they need to accept challenges, failures, and everythign in between that leads to a sucessful and productive life. This card deck makes the perfect stocking stuffer this season to help youir teens learn to implement personal goals and work towards forming new habits early on while also finding balance in their lives while becoming efficient, effective, and practivvitng organization and time managament. Knowing one’s approachg to life is all about mindset, the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens will help your child become more self-sufficient and less stressed about their challenges and surroundings.
In this new book series, the Unmapped Chronicles your child will discover four secret unmapped kingdoms hidden right here in our very own world.
In book one, Casper Tock who hates risks and is allergic to adventures discoveres a kingdom responsible for controlling the weather in Casper’s very own hometown. Wanting to find his way home as soon as possible, Casper must outwit the forces at work in this new kingdom in order to save both worlds from the clutches of evil.
In book two, the Bickery Twins Fox and Fibber are rivals who are racing to see who will inherit the family fortune and the love of their parents. However in the meantime they find themselves in the middle of a jungle adventure full of wild animals, magical trees and enchanted temples. With the the fate of two worlds in their hands, the twins muyst leanr to work together to defeat the evil sources afoot.
Finally, in the book three finale of The Unmapped Chronicles, the young orphan Zebedee Bolt defeats the evil Morg once and for all. Traveling to the Unmapped Kingdom of Crackledawn that provides sunlight to our world, Zeb finds himself on a magical journey to save the world he loves while also making new friends and learning to trust others around him. With saving the kingdoms as his goal, Zeb will embark on a voyage like no other while discovering that running away from your problems only gets you so far.
The Unwanted Quests is a series all about kids whose craative abilites give them magical powers that allow them to take on the world! With incredible powers that are dangerously uncontrollable, the kids from the Unwanted Quests team up with an unexpected friend, a dragon, in this series of exciting and adventure filled journeys that bring a slew of excitement, danger, shocking twists, turns, and magical wonders for all. The box set includes Dragon Captives, Dragon Bones, Dragon Ghosts, Dragon Curse, Dragon Fire, Dragon Slayers, and Dragon Fury.
Santa Mouse is a classic board book little ones will love this holiday season! Let Santa’s littlest helper, the kindhearted Santa Mouse win your heart in this classic Christmas adventure. In this charming story this tiny mouse with a large imagination and generous spirit surprises Santa with an unexpected but beloved present. This Christmas family favorite is one chidlren and adults alike will love.
Santa’s littlest helper gets lost and must find his way back to Santa’s sleigh just in the nick of time! This fun and exciting story is all about how this tiny mouse helps Santa deliver presents to all the children on Christmas Eve.
Santa Mouse hopes he can make himself useful in Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole in this fun-filled adventure story of Santa’s littlest helper. Full of love, light and laughter, this tiny mouse is full of Christmas joy and holiday spirit as he tries his hand at various tasks while trying to figure out how to be the his most useful self in Santa’s workshops at the North Pole.
This tender loving story of family really brings the Christmas spirit home as Angela has just one wish for Christmas, her father’s return home. Full of joy and excitement with a bit of anticipation Angela loves the Christmas season with her family and this story touches on the true meaning of the season.
Peanuts Countdown to Christmas brings some of your favorite seasonal characters home! Join Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang in this delightful collection of stories celebrating everythign wonderful about the Christmas season. From writing cards to holiday shopping, sipping hot cocoa to baking cookies for Santa, there is a story for every day of the month to make Christmas all the more special this year!
Whether you are seeking bookworm gifts for your little one or your not so little one (insert sad face), this is the perfect list for you to complete your holiday shopping. A child can never have enough books so let this list of bookworm gifts guide you through your next purchase.
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