It’s gift giving time! If you’re looking for gifts or stocking stuffers for an inquisitive kid or tween, or if you just want to encourage reading this Christmas, check out these thirteen books (and their sequels!)

Now, about 80% of the books I read are still childrens books. Because, well, writers must read. But I love recommending new books to people looking for them. And in all my reading, I’ve got some standout favorites that I’d encourage anyone to read. I’m hoping you will discover that perfect new book to gift your book-loving kid or tween this Christmas!

100 Dresses Series: If The Magic Fits by Susan Maupin Schmid

Be sure to check out the sequels, Ghost of a Chance and The Starlight Slippers.

Top Elf by Caleb Zane Huett

The depiction of the North Pole in this book rivals that of The Santa Claus and Elf. PLUS, the cover is so shiny it’s like eating a candy cane while opening presents and drinking hot chocolate and watching a Christmas movie.

The Naughty List by Bradley Jackson and Michael Fry

This uplifting book has a sequel that I discovered while writing this post, so be sure to also check out Bobbie Mendoza Saves the World (Again). There are unicorns.

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

This series finally had a new release this year! So if your book-loving tween already loves The Mysterious Benedict Society, be sure to gift them The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages. The series is also on its way to Disney+ in 2021!

The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier and Gale Galligan

Gabriela Epstein (who also illustrates some of the Baby-Sitters Little Sister graphic novels) will be releasing Claudia and the New Girl in February 2021. The great thing about these books is that even if kids aren’t big fans of reading, these graphic novels meet them where they are.

Welcome to Wonderland Series by Chris Grabenstein

The first book, Home Sweet Motel, is a great book to start with, but don’t stop there. Also check out Beach Party Surf Monkey, Sandapalooza Shake-Up, and Beach Battle Blowout. P.T.’s crazy stories and inventive schemes will be entertaining for boys or girls.

The Book Scavenger Series by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

This book has two sequels, The Unbreakable Code and The Alcatraz Escape. Find the series set here.

Framed by James Ponti

Also check out the sequels, Vanished and Trapped, or the box set.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

This book is a Newbery Award Winner. When Miranda begins receiving mysterious letters, she is tempted to ignore them. But as things progress, the letters begin to predict the future. They also warn that one of Miranda’s friends is in danger. Miranda solves the mystery in a twist ending that will break your understanding of reality.

On a completely unrelated subject, and on a more geeky level, this book completely disproves Captain America’s Endgame ending scene. (But that’s a story for another day.) I really loved this book, so be sure to share it with the reader in your life.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

This is the perfect book for anyone, whether not into reading, or a big reading fan. The sequels are just as good. Check out the boxed set here.

Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, Heidi, and A Little Princess Boxed Set

The Story Girl & The Golden Road by L.M. Montgomery

Masterminds by Gordon Korman

This book is awesome–and you might as well go ahead and buy the sequels, Criminal Destiny and Payback. Because once you read this, you won’t want to stop.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and happy gifting!

Hi there! I am a writer for Crown of Beauty Magazine; also published in Screenrant & Tirzah Magazine. I blog about food & writing at

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