Give the Gift of Literature: 25 Book Ideas

We are well into the holiday season, which means crammed stores, traffic jams, hard-to-find parking spaces, rude salespeople or customers, out of stock merchandise or just plain old out of cash. All that, however, is just a means to an end—and the end is to create joy, for loved ones, the community or ourselves. So don’t worry too much.

But back to that cash. Before you run out of it, don’t forget that books make great gifts. Buy couple or more and give the gift of literature. The books listed are new releases, consist of picture, middle, and YA titles, and cover a wide range of topics. Check our Award-Winning Books, New Releases, and Genres, Themes, and… pages for more ideas. And if you don’t have a child or young adult in your life to buy for, buy anyway and donate. Happy Holidays!

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem's Greatest Bookstore - Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem's Greatest Bookstore - Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton - Don Tate

Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton - Don Tate

Red, Yellow, Blue (and a Dash of White, Too!) - Charles George Esperanza

Red, Yellow, Blue (and a Dash of White, Too!) - Charles George Esperanza

Trombone Shorty – Troy Andrews

Trombone Shorty – Troy Andrews

Ira's Shakespeare Dream – Glenda Armada

Ira's Shakespeare Dream – Glenda Armada

Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation - Edwidge Danticat

Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation - Edwidge Danticat

The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can - Tererai Trent

The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can - Tererai Trent

28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World - Charles R. Smith Jr.

28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World - Charles R. Smith Jr.

Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound - Andrea Davis Pinkney

Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound - Andrea Davis Pinkney

The Jumbies - Tracey Baptiste

The Jumbies - Tracey Baptiste

The Lost Tribes – Christine Taylor-Butler

The Lost Tribes – Christine Taylor-Butler

The Toymaker’s Apprentice - Sherri L. Smith

The Toymaker’s Apprentice - Sherri L. Smith

Unlocking the Truth: Three Brooklyn Teens on Life, Friendship and Making the Band - Unlocking the Truth and Charisse Jones

Unlocking the Truth: Three Brooklyn Teens on Life, Friendship and Making the Band - Unlocking the Truth and Charisse Jones

Make It Messy: My Perfectly Imperfect Life - Marcus Samuelsson and Veronica Chambers

Make It Messy: My Perfectly Imperfect Life - Marcus Samuelsson and Veronica Chambers

Hope in a Ballet Shoe: Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet: An Extraordinary True Story – Michaela DePrince

Hope in a Ballet Shoe: Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet: An Extraordinary True Story – Michaela DePrince

Shadows of Sherwood - Kekla Magoon

Shadows of Sherwood - Kekla Magoon

Monster: A Graphic Novel - Walter Dean Myers

Monster: A Graphic Novel - Walter Dean Myers

Endangered - Lamar Giles

Endangered - Lamar Giles

I Love My Hair: A Coloring Book of Braids, Buns, Crimps, Curls, and Doodle Dos - Andrea Pippins

I Love My Hair: A Coloring Book of Braids, Buns, Crimps, Curls, and Doodle Dos - Andrea Pippins

X - Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon

X - Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon

Delicate Monsters - Stephanie Kuehn

Delicate Monsters - Stephanie Kuehn

Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon

The Star Side of Bird Hill: A Novel - Naomi Jackson

The Star Side of Bird Hill: A Novel - Naomi Jackson

Shadowshaper – Daniel Jose Older

Shadowshaper – Daniel Jose Older

Tate Kids Modern Art Activity Book - Sharna Jackson

Tate Kids Modern Art Activity Book - Sharna Jackson

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