14 Great Books to Give this Holiday Season and Beyond - Kumon

14 Great Books to Give this Holiday Season and Beyond

“The greatest gift is a passion for reading.” –Elizabeth Hardwick

A good book never gets old. It can awaken the mind, soul and continue to inspire readers beyond the first, or even second, reading. With that idea in mind, we have compiled a list of books for you to share with your children to spark their imaginations and encourage them to read for years to come.


  1. Red Knit Cap Girl by Naoko Stoop

This thoughtful and charming tale of a young girl’s dream to meet the moon is perfect for inspiring your child’s sense of adventure.

Recommended for children ages 4 and under

  1. If All the Animals Came Inside by Eric Pinder

This extraordinary book answers the extraordinary question of what would happen to one’s home if all animals were allowed inside.

Recommended for children ages 3 to 5

  1. Lemonade in Winter by Emily Jenkins

This quirky, cute tale can work toward giving your students’ reading and math skills a boost.

Recommended for children ages 4 to 7

  1. A Perfect Day by Carin Berger

Creatively employing letters, catalogs, notebooks, newspapers, and book pages, Carin Berger’s exquisite collages capture the perfect winter day.

Recommended for children ages 4 to 7

  1. The Beasties by Jenny Nimmo

Daisy’s nighttime fears in a new home give way to the wonders of imagination and friendship.

Recommended for children ages 5 to 8

  1. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

In this charming tale, Mo Willems offers your children a fascinating alternative to Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Recommended for children ages 4 and older

  1. ABC What Can I Be? by Jennifer Dewing

In this whimsical and personalized book, your children will not only practice learning the letters of the alphabet but will also explore various careers, from A to Z.

Recommended for children ages 4 and under

  1. Goldilocks by Allan Ahlberg

Everybody knows what happened to Goldilocks, but in this charming twist by Allan Ahlberg, your children will learn what happens when she meets thirty-three bears, a Blim, and even three little pigs.

Recommended for children ages 4 and older

  1. A Trip to the Bottom of the World With Mouse by Frank Viva

With Frank Viva’s bold colors and charming story, this book can encourage your young explorers to discover worlds of their own.

Recommended for children ages 4 and older

  1. Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin

Rendi has run away to the village of Clear Sky, where strange things are happening, including the disappearance of the moon. When a mysterious woman arrives in Clear Sky, she and Rendi work together to unravel the town’s many mysteries.

Recommended for children ages 8 and older

  1. Whatever After by Sarah Mylnowki

If your children love fairy tales, try reading this modern-day twist on Snow White.

Recommended for children ages 8 and up

  1. The Snow Walker by Margaret K. and Charles M. Wetterer

This heartwarming story can inspire your children to reach out to others in their own neighborhoods.

Recommended for children ages 7 and older

  1. Manic Magee by Jerry Spinelli

This classic and timeless story by Jerry Spinelli works to provide your children with the encouragement they need to do great things.

Recommended for children ages eleven and older

  1. Help! I’m a Prisoner in the Library by Eth Clifford

If your children love mysteries, check out Eth Clifford’s story of two sisters who stumble upon a curious old library, where something sinister could be lurking.

Recommended for children ages 9 and up