The holidays are fast approaching. Regardless of what you celebrate, it’s always a treat to buy the child in your life a gift or two and see the smile on their face. And what better time to get them a brand new book, or something based on one of their favorite books? We have a few picks for growing bookworms that are sure to be a hit at holiday gatherings.
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Does your kid want to take the action of Mockingjay Part 2 into playtime? Now they can, without all of the danger that comes with fighting the Capitol. One of the latest Barbie dolls takes on the appearance of heroine Katniss Everdeen, complete with the facial likeness of superstar Jennifer Lawrence.
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Magaret Wise Brown’s seminal children’s story Goodnight Moon has been helping kids fall asleep for ages. But what if the story were interactive? For a fun nightly activity besides storytime, try this adorable board game based on the book.
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It’s no secret that tweens love Sherlock. Benedict Cumberbatch’s modern-day take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective has captured the hearts of girls worldwide, with the latest special even getting a theatrical release. If your kid wants to show their love for Sherlock, consider picking up this trendy graphic tee featuring Sherlock and Watson.
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Expelliarmus! Wingardium Leviosa! If your child has immersed themselves in the wizarding world of Harry Potter, this is the perfect way for them to test their magical abilities out. If they ask, tell them it came straight from Olivander himself.
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Another gift perfect for young Potter fanatics, the first official Harry Potter coloring book features lavish, never-before-seen designs straight from the Warner Bros. vault. The magical tome also contains 16 pieces of concept art from the films to inspire your fledgling artist.
The Story of Diva and Flea
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Mo Willems, animator and author of beloved children’s book Knuffle Bunny, just released his latest picture book this year. The Story of Diva and Flea tells of an unlikely duo—a stray cat and a pampered dog—taking a tour through the streets of Paris. Avid kid readers are sure to love this funny, beautifully illustrated tale.
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Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? The latest Pixar movie, The Good Dinosaur, will likely be a favorite of movie-going and dino-loving kids this season. To tie in with the film, Disney and Random House are releasing a Little Golden Book based on the film, filled with the colorful drawings and charm you’d expect from the series. Don’t pass it up.
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Another popular coloring book worth looking into is this book, filled with illustrations of cutesy creatures. The Adorable Animals Coloring Book combines creativity with a puzzle game, as filling out the animals with the right colors in the right places will reveal secret messages. Sounds like a colorful good time.
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Readers from the 4th to the 6th grade will likely find a thrilling story in Crenshaw, the tale of a boy dealing with a family crisis. To help cope, he imagines a giant cat with a snarky attitude who he can talk to about these difficult subjects. Even with its fantastical elements, this very real story could resonate well with kids who have faced similar situations.
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Headlines broke this year with the news that a brand new Dr. Seuss story was discovered. Found in Seuss’ attic, the story is exactly as the title suggests- a tale of love, indecision, and bizarre animals. Even though it went unpublished in his lifetime, What Pet Should I Get? has just as much charm and passion to it as the classics. If you want to pass on your love of Seuss to a new generation (and who wouldn’t), then this is definitely worth wrapping up.
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Has your child ever wanted to leap into the pages of their own storybook? Thanks to the personalizing power of Etsy, they finally can. When you order a copy of My Magical Adventure, you just give CrayonCrunch Books the first name of the recipient and they’ll print the book with the child’s name used as the protagonist. They can represent any child regardless of gender, ethnicity, or special needs, making it a universally great gift.
Wishes for Fishes: Fantastic Tales and Stupendous Stories
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Author and illustrator C. Spliedt brings forth a variety of tall tales from his wacky mind. This diverse array of stories covers such goofy topics as a zebra who lost his stripes, a one-legged octopus, and a fish walking around on land. These stories are sure to make your kid laugh and are a great idea if they start to tire of the more mainstream reading material.
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Even if most of these suggestions are for kids old enough to read, we couldn’t resist including this extra-adorable outfit. Whether your little one is a prince or a wild thing, they’re sure to look their be(a)st in this getup. You know what they say: You gotta start ’em young!
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Ever wanted a Wocket on your wall? How about a Sneetch scroll? This gorgeous wall adornment isn’t quite that, but does provide one of Seuss’ most inspiring messages. If you want to give someone a daily reminder of how special they are, this deserves a place on the wall.
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Last but not least, here’s something to make coming back to your favorite book even more fun. Even as adults, we wouldn’t want to pass on this amazing bookmark figure of a mouse with little reading glasses and a book of its own. The mouse’s long pink tail serves as the actual bookmark, while the body sits atop the book, eagerly awaiting its friend to come back. If you’re already getting a book for your kid, then this works even better as a complement.
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