Gift-Bundle Ideas Perfect for the Children on Your Holiday List
By Elyse Brantingham
Charlie & Emmet-Snowy Day
This book would make a great addition to any family library, especially since there is another book in this series (Charlie & Emmet-Surgery Day). Kids tend to get attached to characters and that helps them keep reading. This little girl and her pet dinosaur will traipse right into your heart. Follow Charlie and Emmet on this fun snowy day as they make the impossible possible. This story is fun, silly, and even has some conflict resolution practice too!
The Children in the Box
The illustrations are not the only delightful thing about this book. It would definitely make a perfect holiday addition as something to read by the Christmas tree together each year. This story is about service, integrity, and how each choice we make matters. The scenes are set around Christmas and truly express the gift of giving. This would bring a lot of wonderful family discussions into your home as the young man in this story has some difficult decisions to make.
The Kindness Snowflake
The holiday season is a time when we go the extra mile to put a smile on someone’s face, and this book helps give your children some ideas on how to make that happen. It is fun and silly with all the joy that snow brings. But with kindness at the heart of it, this story is a wonderful starting point to help encourage your kids to spread more love.
The World Can Wait For Dads
The World Can Wait For Moms
This is another book in the World Can Wait series. Parents don’t get special recognition or bonuses for all their hard work. This book is shared from the heart of the mother while she puts all her effort and talents into raising her humans. “So, for now, I’ll be your mom. The world can wait, it’s true. I’ll always be as rich as gold as long as I have you.”
Inclusion & Confidence Building
Holly's Hollyhocks and Holly and the Secret Seeds
There are two books currently in this series, with more on the way. I love a good series book for gifts because it continues the fun. These books are all about kindness, sharing, and community. There are so many important messages here. This would be well loved within your home.
Skimmer and Birdie - Let’s Help Nell
This is such a cute book about helping our friends. But not only that-it helps show kids how to recognize when people need help in the first place. We need to educate our kids to think outside themselves and teach them the joys of service-whether recognized or anonymous. This is a perfect book to help bring those conversations into your home.
Learn Something New
Step into Spanish
(3 book series: Senor Picante is My RED Fish, Tater Tot is My Fat Cat, Ten Crazy Kittens Try, Try Again)
These Step into Spanish books are essential when teaching children Spanish. I personally enjoy teaching my kids something new with these books. Through fun and creative writing, your children, and maybe even yourself, will learn new Spanish vocabulary. With the help of a fat cat, a red fish, and ten tiny kittens, you will find a colorful and engaging world of learning. My kids especially love the cute and crazy kittens!
This book covers the importance of teaching our kids about different forms of abuse and what to do in those situations. It can be uncomfortable to bring up the topic of sexual abuse. I was nervous to read this with my kids, however, this book is BRILLIANTLY done! It brought up tough subjects with such grace and shared the best message. It teaches our kids to speak up and talk about these difficult things. And it helps parents start these tough conversations.
Thank You, Please and Pardon Me
There are such excellent rhymes in this book, which make it fun to read and easy to remember. I have been using some of these phrases around the house to remind my kids about certain manners that they are forgetting. This is a great way to teach your kids to be polite, but also to remind them to continue to use those respectful behaviors.
Our home has a no-video games policy, so I encourage my kids to be resourceful and inventive. This book is about children trying to be imaginative and come up with a fun game, spending time together and being creative. There are even some great ideas in the back for your kids to join in on the fun !
I Hope Your Dreams are Sweet
I love a good bedtime story, and this is the sweetest of bedtime stories. It’s a book about the love of a parent for their child, and the love of a child for their parent. It connects with parents and how they feel about their children, and it connects with children in helping them understand the great love their parents have for them. My favorite page is the illustration showing the parents hiding the monsters and the child isn’t aware. It’s a heartwarming story that invites those night-time cuddles!
The Biggest Yawn Ever
My kids fight bedtime more than they should! And it doesn’t matter how tired they actually are! This book is about a little boy who fights sleep because he wants to keep talking about his day and his imagination but can’t stop yawning. It’s fun to ask your kids about their day while encouraging them to make up funny and exaggerated statements.
Just for Fun
A Heart Full of Colors
This is a colorful book in all forms. It is a bright and loving story with beautiful watercolor illustrations throughout. This little girl loves a color so much that she wants her entire life to be colored in it. Her obsession soon takes over the whole house. I have kids who become super obsessed and all they want are those things. So, this was a fun story to see that behavior played out.
The Hair Fairies and The Hair Fairies-Tangled Trouble
This series is my daughter’s absolute favorite! The creative rhyming is fun to read and the concept is absolutely adorable. Do your kids ever wake up with crazy hair? Or hair that just stands up straight? Or tangles that seem to come out of nowhere? Have you ever thought that these problems are actually created by Hair Fairies? Read the book to see what sort of trouble these cute fairies create!
Pigs Dancing Jigs
This is my favorite alphabet book out there! The art is incredible, the rhymes are so catchy, and it can even be a search and find adventure as your kids gaze at the detailed art on each page. Plus, it also goes through the alphabet with your kids. I love when books are fun while secretly teaching.
Emotionally Supportive Titles
A New House For Mouse
This book is excellent in helping to better understand the struggles that foster children face with continually moving from home to home. It explains all the changes that this mouse goes through and the worry he faces through each move. Having never been a foster child myself, it allowed me to put myself in the shoes of people who are helping foster children and gain more empathy for these children’s difficult situations. This would also be a helpful book for any kind of life-changing experience, like moving, and would bring support for kids who feel anxious during change.
Charlie & Emmet-Surgery Day
This is a series book (see Wintertime Stories), which makes it a fun gifting option. This story is about a day that could be super scary for kids: the surgery of a parent. This book could also be helpful in preparing them for their own injuries in addition to helping them work through the emotions that happen when someone in the family goes to the hospital.
My Daddy is in Heaven
Losing a parent is extremely difficult, and I cannot even begin to think of how to navigate that. This book brings those difficult feelings to light and could bridge any gaps you may be having in tricky conversations. This adorably illustrated book tells a sweet story about a dinosaur who has lost his dad. It’s especially pertinent being in a child’s perspective.
Another difficult trial for kids is when a parental figure gets sick. This book is about a Mom who gets cancer, and how she positively navigates it with her daughter. She ends up teaching her to find joy no matter the difficult circumstances. It’s a beautiful book about their relationship flourishing through it all.
Curious World of Dandy-Lion
This is an engaging chapter book for middle-grade and older elementary kids. We found it especially wonderful because the main character has sensory issues and is most likely on the spectrum. My oldest is on the spectrum, so he enjoyed having a character that he could relate to in that way. It is imaginative and creative, and talks about the importance of finding good friends, being open to new experiences, and being kind to those around us.
This is a fantastic chapter book that kids could easily read on their own. I love chapter books that can ignite a love of reading. This is a fun fantasy book about unique creatures, a boy wanting a pet, the lengths he will go to get one, and the exciting (yet excruciating) mayhem that happens when things go horribly wrong. It has an element of mystery that my older children enjoyed as well!
My oldest son loves this funny story about a poor cowboy who falls for anything his neighbors and so-called friends tell him. In fact, they spin all kinds of tall tales to see how much he will actually believe. What I love most is that it is a fun and engaging story for kids, while also teaching them the difference between facts and lies.
The Lost Island of Pirates, Curses, and Dinosaurs
This book is amazing in a lot of ways, but something extra special about it is that a father wrote it with his son. That’s a really special element because my kids are always creating stories and coming up with new plots. This story is full of imagination and mystery, a generational family curse, dinosaurs, and a father and son who go on an adventure together to explore a mysterious island.