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Giftable Picture Books

Posted: November 10, 2020

By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

Are you a last minute shopper? Or are you already done with your list? I fall somewhere in the middle. I’ve already got a lot of my gifts, but there are a few that still elude me. Since I’m a librarian, a few people in my life always ask me for books. Sometimes my friends even request recommendations for books that they can give to others.  

To help you with your holiday shopping, here’s a guide to some of my favorite, highly giftable picture books. As a bonus, they’re pretty easy to wrap, too!

Hat Tricks by Kitamaura Satoshi  

If the preschooler in your life loves interactive books, this is the one for them! It asks readers to chant “abracadabra, katakurico” to help Hattie the Magician with her hat tricks 

You Matter by Christian Robinson 

Christian Robinson is easily one of my new favorite authors/illustrators. His latest title reminds everyone that they matter. This could also double as a gift for elementary school teachers, because it’s a great first day of school book 

Are Your Stars Like My Stars by Leslie Helakoski  

No matter where they live, children around the world all look at the same sun and the same sky. This is a beautifully illustrated book about colors, perspective, and even travel.

In a Jar by Deborah Marcero 

Llewellyn is a collector; he collects things like feathers and pins and puts them in jars. He meets another rabbit and soon he challenges her to collect unique things like rainbows and the sounds clouds make. The sweetest part? The jars remind them of their adventures together.  

Moo, Moo I Love You by Tom Litchenheld and Amy Krouse Rosenthal 

This one features hilarious ‘moo’ puns! “I love you, no matter your moo-d.” For fans of the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal, too. 

Hike by Pete Oswald 

Hiking is one of my new social distancing activities. This is a wordless book about a dad and a child celebrating a longstanding family tradition.  

If you’re looking for more book gift suggestions, please email us at reference followed by @gepl.org or submit a Your Next Read request.