8 Ideal Graduation Gifts from Prosaic to Practical

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ― e.e. cummings

Give your special graduate words of wisdom and practical advice. 
Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives by Katie Couric
Kitchen Simple: Essential Recipes for Everyday Cooking by James Peterson
Q & A a Day: 5-Year Journal
What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self by Ellyn Spragins
The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces
Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips High-res

8 Ideal Graduation Gifts from Prosaic to Practical

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ― e.e. cummings


Give your special graduate words of wisdom and practical advice. 

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed

The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives by Katie Couric

Kitchen Simple: Essential Recipes for Everyday Cooking by James Peterson

Q & A a Day: 5-Year Journal

What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self by Ellyn Spragins

The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces

Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips


“One of the greatest gifts my brother and I received from my mother was her love of literature and language.”

                                                                        -Caroline Kennedy
Give mom a book this Mother’s Day and thank her for being your very own Jackie Kennedy.
With or Without You by Domenica Ruta
Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou
Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me by Patricia Volk
The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius by Kristine Barnett
Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe High-res

“One of the greatest gifts my brother and I received from my mother was her love of literature and language.”

                                                                        -Caroline Kennedy

Give mom a book this Mother’s Day and thank her for being your very own Jackie Kennedy.

With or Without You by Domenica Ruta

Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou

Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me by Patricia Volk

The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius by Kristine Barnett

Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

Best Book Gifts for Young Readers Ages 10 - 12

No batteries, no plastic, no disappointment…These books are sure to please even the most particular tween on your list.

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead (Also available as an audiobook)
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
The Dragon’s Tooth by N. D. Wilson
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens (Also available as an audiobook)
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Babymouse #15: A Very Babymouse Christmas by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

Chapter Books Gifts for Ages 7 - 10 

Junie B., Babymouse, and the Wizard of Oz, oh my! Don’t be surprised if the little kids make a beeline for their favorite reading spots after they’ve unwrapped these beloved books.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Audiobook) Written by Frank L. Baum; Read by Brooke Shields and Paul Rudd
Junie B., First Grader Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten by Barbara Park
Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! by Barbara Park
Top Secret, Personal Beeswax: A Journal by Junie B. (and me!) by Barbara Park
Magic Tree House #29: Christmas in Camelot by Mary Pope Osborne
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Babymouse #16: Babymouse for President by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm
Squish #1: Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm
A to Z Mysteries: The Bald Bandit by Ron Roy
A to Z Mysteries: Books K-N  by Ron Roy
A to Z Mysteries: Books O-R by Ron Roy
Calvin Coconut: The Zipper Fix by Graham Salisbury
Zigzag Zoom by Patricia Reilly Griff

Gifts for Animal Lovers

Whether their fancy runs to fur or feathers, you’ll never fowl out with these endearing tales of animals and the people who love them.

The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs Foreword by Malcolm Gladwell
Buddy: How a Rooster Made Me a Family Man by Brian McGrory
Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers
The Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts
The Birding Life: A Passion for Birds at Home and Afield by Laurence Sheehan
Dancing Dogs by Jon Katz
Horse Stories (Everyman’s Library Pocket Classics) Edited by Diana Secker Tesdell
The Original Dog Tarot by Heidi Schulman
Sibley Backyard Birding Flash Cards by David Sibley

Best Holiday Picks for Kids Overall

There’s no greater gift than the love of reading. Readers of all ages will be thrilled when they unwrap these beloved books this year.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
Inheritance Cycle 4-Book Boxed Set by Christopher Paolini
The Worlds of Lois Lowry 3-Book Boxed Set by Lois Lowry
I Have a Dream (Book and CD Set) by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Seuss’s Second Beginner Book Collection by Dr. Seuss
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens
Junie B. Jones’s First Boxed Set Ever! by Barbara Park
Magic Treehouse Boxed Set: Volumes 1-4 by Mary Pope Osborne
Magic Treehouse #29: Christmas in Camelot by Mary Pope Osborne
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Favorite Little Golden Books for Christmas: 5-Book Boxed Set
The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
D’Aulaire’s Books of Greek Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

Gifts for Teens

Avoid eyerolls, groans, and cries of, “Mom, Dad, what were you thinking?” from your teens this holiday season. Give them a book, the gift that’s never out of touch or out of style.  

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
The Enchantress by Michael Scott
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Eragon: Inheritance, Book 1 by Christopher Paolini
Inheritance (Deluxe Edition) by Christopher Paolini
Inheritance Cycle 4-Book Boxed Set by Christopher Paolini
Every Day by David Levithan
Fallen by Lauren Kate
Rapture by Lauren Kate
The Fallen Series Boxed Set by Lauren Kate
Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Kill Order by James Dashner
Son by Lois Lowry
Mystic City by Theo Lawrence
The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis
Ask the Passengers by A. S. King
The Diviners by Libba Bray

Books for Judy Blume Fans

Whether your special reader is seven or seventeen, give her a holiday present she’ll treasure. Share the joy of Judy with these classics.  

Best of Judy Blume 4-Book Boxed Set
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume
Blubber by Judy Blume
Iggie’s House by Judy Blume
Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself by Judy Blume
Deenie by Judy Blume
Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume (Also available as an audiobook)
Here’s to You, Rachel Robinson by Judy Blume
Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume
It’s Not the End of the World by Judy Blume
Just as Long as We’re Together by Judy Blume
Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume
The Pain and the Great One Boxed Set Quartet by Judy Blume
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman