The Lee & Low 2016 Gift Guide: Give Books

Still stuck on what to get for the young people in your life? We’ve got you covered! Check out our recommendations below, or leave a comment if there’s something specific you’re looking for and we’ll get back to you with the right book!

Holiday Gift Guide 2016


America: A Book of Opposites board book

America: A Book of Opposites/ Un libro de contrarios by W. Nikola-Lisa: This beautiful board book, in English and Spanish, celebrates America as a land of contrasts.

Baby Born

Baby Born by Anastasia Suen, illus. by Chih-Wei Chang: This gentle board book makes a wonderful read aloud for babies and their families.

Ages 4-7

For the naturalist:
Call Me Tree/Llamame arbol

Call Me Tree/Llámame arbol by Maya Christina Gonzalez: This gorgeous meditative picture book empowers young readers to dream, reach, and to be as free and unique as trees.

For the yogi:
A Morning With Grandpa

A Morning with Grandpa, by Sylvia Liu and illustrated by Christina Forshay: This story of a young girl and her grandfather doing yoga and tai chi together is perfect for young readers who can’t sit still!

For the light sleeper:
Marisol McDonald and the Monster

Marisol McDonald and the Monster/ Marisol Mcdonald y el monstruo, by Monica Brown and illustrated by Sara Palacios: Give young readers who don’t like the dark this tale of fearless Marisol, who sets out to conquer her fear of monsters.

Ages 8-12

For the scientist:
Tiny Stitches

Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas, by Gwendolyn Hooks and illustrated by Colin Bootman: Young scientists will be fascinated by the story of Vivien Thomas, who created the first technique for open heart surgery on babies and saved thousands of lives.

For the artist:
Rainbow Weaver

Rainbow Weaver/ Tejedora del arcoíris, by Linda Elovitz Marshall and illustrated by Elisa Chavarri: Crafty young readers will be inspired by this story of a young girl from Guatemala who collects littered plastic bags and finds a way to make beautiful weavings out of them.

For the animal lover:
Step Right Up

Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness, by Donna Janell Bowman and illustrated by Daniel Minter: This is the amazing true story of a veterinarian who taught his horse, Jim, to read, write, and do math. You must read it to believe it!

Ages 13 and up

For the romantic:
Shame the Stars

Shame the Stars, by Guadalupe García McCall: Readers will swoon over this reimagining of Romeo and Juliet set in 1915 Texas during the explosive years of the Mexican revolution.

For the skeptic:
Perfect Liars

Perfect Liars, by Kimberly Reid: Teens who want to challenge the system will love this story of a valedictorian with a secret who teams up with the “juvie kids” to right a wrong.

For the survivalist:
Killer of Enemies

The Killer of Enemies series, by Joseph Bruchac: This award-winning series drops readers into a post-apocalyptic world in which a teen girl must hunt monsters to keep her friends and family safe.

What did we miss? Drop your questions in the comments below and we’ll share additional recommendations.