Great Gifts to Give Booklist

Librarians are often asked for suggestions of titles to give as gifts. Grouped by type of request, these suggestions of recently published books were made by children’s librarians and book experts from around the country.

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Off to a Great Start: Books for Babies and Toddlers

These recommended titles make great gifts for baby showers or youngest listeners’ birthdays. Little ones will hear these books and say, “Read it again!”


Ajmera, Maya

Global Baby Bedtimes

Charlesbridge, 2015



Arena, Jen

Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kisses

Illus. by Blanca Gómez

Little, Brown, 2014



Haworth, Katie

Around the World: A Follow-the-Trail Book

Illus. by Craig Shuttlewood

little bee books, 2015



Lullaby and Kisses Sweet: Poems to Love with Your Baby

Edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Illus. by Alyssa NassnerAbrams, 2015



McQuinn, Anna

Lola Reads to Leo

Illus. by Rosalind Beardshaw

Charlesbridge, 2012




Na, Il Sung

A Book of Babies

Illus. by the author

Alfred A. Knopf, 2014



Srinivasan, Divya

Little Owl’s 1-2-3

Illus. by the author

Viking, 2015



Taback, Simms

Peek-a-Boo Who?

Illus. by the author

Blue Apple Books, 2013



Van Camp, Richard

We Sang You Home

Illus. by Julie Flett

Orca Book Publishers, 2016



Yonezu, Yusuke

Moving Blocks

Illus. by the author

minedition, 2015



Destined for Greatness: Tomorrow’s New Classics

Sure to become classics in the coming years, these books are great for grandparents or others to give as gifts for any occasion, such as birthdays or holidays.


Barnett, Mac

How This Book Was Made

Illus. by Adam Rex

Disney-Hyperion, 2016



Becker, Aaron


Illus. by the author

Candlewick Press, 2013


Also available in German, French, and Korean.


Daywalt, Drew

The Day the Crayons Quit

Illus. by Oliver Jeffers

Philomel Books, 2013


Also available in French, Spanish, Dutch, and Japanese


de la Peña, Matt

Last Stop on Market Street

Illus. by Christian Robinson

Putnam, 2015



Kang, Anna

You Are (Not) Small

Illus. by Christopher Weyant

Two Lions, 2014




Klassen, Jon

This Is Not My Hat

Illus. by the author

Candlewick Press, 2012



Miyares, Daniel


Illus. by the author

Simon & Schuster, 2015



Novak, B. J.

The Book with No Pictures

Dial Books, 2014



Rubin, Adam

Dragons Love Tacos

Illus. by Daniel Salmieri

Dial Books, 2012



Tullet, Hervé

Press Here

Illus. by the author

Chronicle Books, 2011



On the Road to Great Things: Books for the Next Chapter in Life

These books offer encouragement for trying new things or suggestions on how to succeed in life, and are great for anyone to give at graduation time, the end of the school year, a confirmation, a bar/bat mitzvah, or any time in life when a child turns a corner.


Campoy, F. Isabel, and Theresa Howell

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood

Illus. by Rafael López

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016



Hanh, Thich Nhat

Is Nothing Something? Kids’ Questions and Zen Answers about Life, Death, Family, Friendship, and Everything in Between

Illus. by Jessica McClure

Plum Blossom, 2014



Hoose, Phillip

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015



Kerley, Barbara

The World Is Waiting for You

National Geographic, 2013



Martin, Emily Winfield

The Wonderful Things You Will Be

Illus. by the author

Random House, 2015



Otoshi, Kathryn, and Bret Baumgarten

Beautiful Hands

Illus. by Kathryn Otoshi

Blue Dot Press, 2015



Rex, Adam

School's First Day of School

Illus. by Christian Robinson

Roaring Brook Press, 2016



Spires, Ashley

The Most Magnificent Thing

Illus. by the author

Kids Can Press, 2014



Yamada, Kobi

What Do You Do with an Idea?

Illus. by Mae Besom

Compendium, 2014



Yousafzai, Malala, and Patricia McCormick

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

Little, Brown, 2015