Books Make the Best Gifts (40 Recommendations)

If you’re reading this, then I’ll hazard a guess that you don’t feel like there’s such a thing as too many books. I know I currently have teetering piles of books around the house, but I’ll still be delighted to see books under the Christmas tree this year. Below are a few of my favorites for you to share with your loved ones…or yourself.

The categories are ones I love and know pretty well, so you won’t be finding your historical biographies or thrillers, not because they won’t make for great gifts, but because I’m not the person to ask about those.  Additionally, since I’m trying to spend as much quality time with our beautiful little baby as possible, I haven’t written up descriptions for each of the books, but I’m happy to answer any questions in the comments below or on Instagram and can say unequivocally that I hold each of them in high esteem. Happy book hunting!

Board Books You’ll Love Reading Over and Over
– “Counting with Barefoot Critters” by Teagan White
– “The Bear Snores On” by Karma Wilson
– “This Is Sadie” by Sara O’Leary
– “Little Blue Truck” by Alice Schertle
– “There’s A Monster In Your Book” by Tom Fletcher
Pretty Pretty Picture Books
“Sun and Moon” by Lindsey Yankey
“The Thank You Book” by Mary Lyn Ray
“Mirette on the High Wire” by Emily Arnold McCully
“Hi, Koo!” by Jon J. Muth
“A House That Once Was” by Julie Fogliano
Middle Grade Is My Jam
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Wildwood by Colin Meloy
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
Young Adult We Can All Get Behind
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Should Be More Popular Classics
High Wages by Dorothy Whipple
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
Betsy Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace
Contemporary Books With Staying Power
Little Big Love by Katy Regan
This Is How It Always by Laurie Frankel
Station Eleven by Emily St. Mandel
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts by Therese Anne Fowler
LOLs with Substance
Maeve in America by Maeve Higgins
Born A Crime by Trevor Noah
Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley
Cookbooks To Actually Use
Breaking Bread: A Baker’s Journey Home In 75 Recipes by Martin Philip
Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman
Sweet Paris by Dorie Greenspan
Pizzeria Bianco by Chris Bianco
Non-Intimidating Poetry
Felicity by Mary Oliver
Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeanne Atkins
Pictures Are For Grown Ups, Too
Relish by Lucy Knisley
The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman
Books About Books
My Life With B.O.B.: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books by Pamela Paul
Bibliophile by Jane Mount
I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel
 What else needs to be added to this list?

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