Gift Books for Kids That the Whole Family Will Appreciate

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Gift Guides 2017

Books as kid gifts can be hit or miss—while the parents might be thrilled, unless it’s a title that’s on the child’s wishlist, the present might be met with polite disappointment (“Oh, how ... nice”), or if he’s under four, wild exasperation (“Books for Christmas?!”). They’re sort of the ambrosia salad of children’s gifting.

Not these, though. We’ve found five gift books that are sure to be opened with giddy excitement, passed around the room, and Instagrammed with abandon. There’s something here for young page-flippers of every age.

For Babies

What Does Baby Want?  by Tupera Tupera 

The baby in this book cannot be quelled by the shiny frivolities of the world, including his tambourine, his ball, or even his teddy bear. No, this infant wants just one thing. (Pssssssst ... it’s boobies.)

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For Toddlers and Preschoolers

Capstone Press

Book-O-Beards: A Wearable Book by Donald Lemke, illustrated by Bob Lentz

Beards are funny. On little kids, they’re hilarious. Here’s a whole book of them for children to try on. Try not snapping a pic of young Dexter looking like a scruffy lumberjack. You can’t do it. It cannot be done.

For Elementary Schoolers (and Up)

Matthew Reinhart

Disney*Pixar: A Pop-Up Celebration by Matthew Reinhart

For fans of Disney and Pixar, this brand new book by pop-up master Matthew Reinhart is a must-have for the collection. See scenes from Monsters, Inc., Toy Story, Cars and Finding Nemo come to life in awe-inspiring detail. Look closely to find Easter eggs to other Disney-Pixar films.

For Middle Schoolers (and Up)

This Book Is a Planetarium: And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions by Kelli Anderson

As the title proclaims, this book is a planetarium—an actual, working, constellation-projecting planetarium. So neat, right? And it’s even more than that. There’s a built-in speaker (place your phone into the megaphone-like structure to amplify the sound), a spiralgraph, a message decoder, a geometric drawing generator, an infinite calendar and a musical instrument complete with strings—all of it made out of paper. Creator Kelli Anderson writes that she hopes readers will consider the book “an interactive field guide to the invisible,” allowing them to play with aspects of our world that are usually abstractions, like light, sound, time and space.

Pop-up Shakespeare: Every Play and Poem in Pop-up 3D by The Reduced Shakespeare Co.,‎ Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin (Author),‎ illustrated by Jennie Maizels

If Shakespeare seems a little intimidating, this pop-up book will surely make it less so. Filled with cartoon-y illustrations and fun modern takes, it gives readers, new and old, an appreciation for classic works—violent deaths, invented words and all.


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