Recommendations for the best quality books to gift this Christmas season! By age and category!
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Tweens and Teens
Favorite Picture Book Gifts
A beautifully illustrated picture book with an equally beautiful theme about lying, reparation, and forgiveness. Read my full review here!
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Here’s a brand new Christmas book so you can be sure they won’t already have it! A simple book with a nice theme about spiritual blindness and the power of a little kindness.
Affiliate link: The Grumpy Old Ox
We love this reworking of the beloved Christmas poem. Twas the Evening of Christmas reclaims the traditional Christmas story while keeping the familiar rhythm children love in The Night Before Christmas.
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For more of my favorite Christmas picture books, check out my list: Good Christmas Books for Catholic Kids!
Little Annie dearly wants a new friend after her cat Taffy disappears. Despite her best efforts, she finds the forest animals unmanagable. Fortunately, Taffy comes home in time for spring.
Affiliate link: Annie and the Wild Animals
Dogger always makes me cry, in a good way. Dave loses his favorite stuffed animal, and his older sister gets it back with an act of sacrifice.
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The Brambly Hedge stories are completely charming with the cutest detailed illustrations. This collection is quality hardcover.
Affiliate link: The Complete Brambly Hedge
Our Lady’s Wardrobe is a gorgeous introduction to various Marian Apparitions. With a hardcover and high-quality artwork, this book makes a great gift. Full review here: Review of “Our Lady’s Wardrobe”
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Shirley Hughes is a wonderful British author and illustrator. Out and About is a collection of her poetry about the changing seasons. Follow a little girl and her brother through the year in poems.
Affiliate link: Out and About: A First Book of Poems
Favorite Early Elementary Books Gifts
The “Along the paths of the Gospel” series of Saint stories are wonderful for young readers with only a couple sentences per page and beautiful illustrations. They can be hard to find, but Seton Educational media has some for sale right now.
In The Adventures of Loupio, a young boy encounters St. Francis of Assisi and his life is transformed. This simple graphic novel series particularly delights young boys.
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This beautifully illustrated newly published Christmas books retells a Eastern European legend about a spider who saves Christmas.
Affiliate link: The Spider Who Saved Christmas
The Miracle of Saint Nicholas is a heart-warming story of a community coming together to create a miraculous Christmas. One of my very favorites.
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The Children of Noisy Village play hard, fight occasionally, and always entertain. These charming tales from beloved Swedish author Astrid Lindgren are sure to be a hit with their short chapters and vivid descriptions of village life.
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Jenny and the Cat Club is part of the classics about a little black cat named Jenny’s many adventures. Short chapters and simple stories.
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Prince Martin is a brave young lad who wins his sword by courage and loyalty. Full review of this awesome contemporary series here: Review of the “Prince Martin” Books
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Favorite Middle Grade Books Gifts
The five volumes of The Saints Chronicles tell the stories of over 25 saints both ancient and modern in a compelling way. The bold graphic novel art style really captures the attention of 8-12 year olds!
Affiliate links: Saints Chronicles Collection 1, Saints Chronicles Collection 2, Saints Chronicles Collection 3, Saints Chronicles Collection 4, and Saints Chronicles Collection 5
I love Mary Fabyan Windeatt’s Saint biographies! This set has all 20 of her classic books for youth.
Affiliate link: Mary Fabyan Windeatt 20 Book Set
J. R. R. Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas were one of my favorite Christmas season reads growing up. Kids who love the Hobbit will be delighted with these!
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The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald is a fairy tale for older kids. This book with its deep symbolism and evil goblins inspired both Lewis and Tolkien!
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Little Britches and his family’s experiences farming in the rural west a century ago will fascinate today’s children. Complete with round-ups, rodeos, natural disasters, and beautiful scenery, it’s hard to believe these books are autobiographical!
Affiliate link: Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers
Check out one of my favorite publishers, Bethlehem Books, for an amazing assortment of historical fiction titles for hte middle grades, all wonderful classics. Some notable series on their site include: The Mitchells series, The Bantry Bay Books, The Letzenstein Chronicles, The Drover’s Road Books, and the Fairchild Family series.
Favorite Gift Books for Teens and Tweens
Here’s a saint book modern teens can relate too: one about teens like them! Stories of 8 teenage saints from around the world.
Affiliate link: Ablaze: Stories of Daring Teen Saints
The Shadow of His Wings is Fr. Goldman’s incredible story of his ordination to the priesthood while serving as an unwilling Nazi soldier. Amazing memoir from a great priest, sure to make a deep impact on teens.
Affiliate link: The Shadow of His Wings: The True Story of Fr. Gereon Goldmann, OFM
The Plans God has for You is an uplifting little book perfect for the teenage girl in your life! Full review here: Review of “The Plans God Has for You”
Affiliate link: The Plans God Has for You: Hopeful Lessons for Young Women
How about a nice edition of a classic series? I love these gorgeous hard-cover editions!
Every teenage girl must read Austen as an inoculation against unsuitable young men! Love this beautiful matched edition!
Affiliate link: Jane Austen: The Complete Works
Here’s another set every teen should own! What better story than The Lord of the Rings to give us hope these days?
Affiliate link: Lord Of The Rings Boxed Set
C. S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy is a perennial favorite with teens. Some editions have unfortunate covers, so buy all 3 volumes of the Scribner edition for the most visually appealing collection.
Affiliate link: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength
Favorite Gift Books for Adults
This gorgeous newly published cookbook/coffee table book is sure to delight. Full review here: Review of “The Vatican Christmas Cookbook”
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Kendra Tierney’s newest book is the hit of the season this year. In O Come, Emmanuel Tierney brings her years of mothering wisdom to a family-friendly Jesse Tree guide.
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Any philosophy or theology lover will enjoy this collection of 8 of Lewis’s most popular works including The Four Loves and The Screwtape Letters.
Affiliate link: The C. S. Lewis Signature Classics
Ever silently wondered about the point of the Responsorial Psalms? Fr. Hanson offers a convicting and helpful perspective to understanding and praying the Psalms. I really enjoyed this little book.
Affiliate link: Praying from the Depths of the Psalms
Who doesn’t love James Herriot’s heart-warming stories of life as a country vet in the beautiful Yorkshire dales?
Affiliate link: James Herriot Box Set
Till We Have Faces is Lewis’s last and perhaps greatest achievement. A simple myth with complex layers of meaning, this book appeals to a wide range of interests.
Affiliate link: Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold
Anything Chesterton always comes highly recommended on this blog! The Everlasting Man is Chesterton’s sweeping look at how all history leads to the coming of Christ.
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For light comedic relief, Wodehouse can’t be beat. The Code of the Woosters is Wodehouse at his best with the hilarious Jeeves-Wooster duo. If you prefer audiobooks, the Jonathan Cecil narrations are spot-on.
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a modern classic. The historical fiction is exceptionally well done, the characters memorable, and the story pulls on the heart strings.
Affiliate link: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Favorite Family Gifts
For the whole family, I love quality hardcover collections like these!
Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women books are wonderful read alouds for the whole family. These gorgeous hardcovers are sure to be treasured.
Affiliate link: Juniper Books Little Women Book Set
This beautifully designed edition of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Silmarillion is my favorite set!
Affiliate link: Juniper Books Lord of The Rings: The Complete Writings Five-Volume Book Set
My paperback copies of The Chronicles of Narnia are literally falling apart. Any family will love these hardcover copies that will hold up to frequent reading.
Affiliate link: The Chronicles of Narnia | Seven-Volume Hardcover Book Set
An Anthology of Intriguing Animals is a not-too-expensive coffee table style hardcover full of eye-catching animal drawings and fun facts.
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