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25 Great Kids' Books for Last Minute Giving

As a former bookstore employee, books are always one of my favorite gifts. And now that I have children, I’m quickly compiling a must read list, for now and for as they get older. Here are some fabulous children’s books, from toddlers to teens. Run out (quick!) and grab a few to fill in any holes in your holiday shopping.

  • Roxaboxen 1 of 25
    Imagine where you want to be and there you are. A book about the power of imagination and naming places.
    Available at Amazon
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making 2 of 25
    The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
    The title alone hooked me in this fabulous story of a girl's adventures in Fairyland. Not what you'd expect and a wonderful addition to fairy books.
    Available at Amazon
  • The Book Thief 3 of 25
    The Book Thief
    This book has become a favorite of adults as well and is suitable for children ages 13 and up.
    Available at Amazon
  • My Friend Rabbit 4 of 25
    My Friend Rabbit
    A perfect story about friendship, toys and trouble.
    Available at Amazon
  • Frog and Toad 5 of 25
    Frog and Toad
    Frog and Toad's silly adventures are still classics.
    Available at Amazon
  • Matilda and the Orange Balloon 6 of 25
    Matilda and the Orange Balloon
    A wonderfully illustrated story about the power of imagination.
    Available at <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&sprefix=matilda+and+the%2Cstripbooks%2C193&field-keywords=matilda+and+the+orange+balloon&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_15" target="_blank"Amazon
  • Complete Book of Fairy Tales 7 of 25
    Complete Book of Fairy Tales
    Every child needs a book of fairy tales. This one's small enough to carry around everywhere.
    Available at Amazon
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle 8 of 25
    The Mouse and the Motorcycle
    Still classic.
    Available at Amazon
  • The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents 9 of 25
    The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
    Terry Pratchett's foray into children's literature doesn't disappoint. Available at Amazon
  • The Percy Jackson Series 10 of 25
    The Percy Jackson Series
    Myths and adventure with male and female heros.
    Available at Amazon
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles 11 of 25
    The Spiderwick Chronicles
    A fantastic adventure through a new realm.
    Available at Amazon
  • Harriet the Spy 12 of 25
    Harriet the Spy
    This book has been mentioned by so many I know the book that made them love reading.
    Available at Amazon
  • City of Ember 13 of 25
    City of Ember
    A world underground, a city reimagined. One that needs two children to save it, of course.
    Available at Amazon
  • Just so stories 14 of 25
    Just so stories
    A classic, required reading for every child's library.
    Available at Amazon
  • Wildwood 15 of 25
    This new series is fantastic! And the author is Colin Meloy, from The Decemberists.
    Available at Amazon
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 16 of 25
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Roald Dahl. Need I say more?
    Available at Amazon
  • Amos and Boris 17 of 25
    Amos and Boris
    A story about a mouse and a whale who are friends. Yes.
    Available at Amazon
  • Charlotte’s Web 18 of 25
    Charlotte's Web
    "It is not often that someone comes along who is a good friend and a good writer."
    Available at Amazon
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret 19 of 25
    The Invention of Hugo Cabret
    This book is beautiful. Read it before seeing the movie.
    Available at Amazon
  • The Order of the Odd Fish 20 of 25
    The Order of the Odd Fish
    A fun, odd romp of a book. Check it out.
    Available at Amazon
  • City of the Beasts 21 of 25
    City of the Beasts
    Isabelle Allende brings her magical realism to the teenage set with this amazing series.
    Available at Amazon
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus 22 of 25
    Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
    Learning to read doesn't get any funnier than Mo Willems.
    Available at Amazon
  • My Father’s Dragon 23 of 25
    My Father's Dragon
    A classic trilogy, featuring Elmer Elevator and the flying baby dragon.
    Available at Amazon
  • The Penderwicks 24 of 25
    The Penderwicks
    Four sisters, two rabbits and one very interesting boy. What more do you need?
    Available at Amazon
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society 25 of 25
    The Mysterious Benedict Society
    Dastardly plots are afoot and only the smartest of the outcasts can come together to save the world. Available at Amazon

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