Diverse Children’s Books to Give as Gifts, Ages 6-12

Still searching for the best books to gift to young readers? We’ve got you covered!

Last week we shared our gift recommendations for children ages 0-5. If you’re looking for colorful, striking, authentically diverse books for the children in your life ages 6-12, check out our suggestions below!

Stay tuned for recommendations for older readers later this week.

Bookjoy, Wordjoy, by Pat Mora and illustrated by Raúl Colón

Bookjoy, Wordjoy

A collection of poems that share the love of reading, literacy, and words!

Iguanas in the Snow and Other Winter Poems/Iguanas en la nieve y otros poemas de invierno, by Francisco Alarcón and illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez

Iguanas in the Snow

In their final collection of seasonal poetry, poet Francisco X. Alarcón and artist Maya Christina Gonzalez invite us to celebrate winter—perfect for those who love to play in the snow!

Lend a Hand, by John Frank and illustrated by London Ladd

Lend a Hand

Simple acts of kindness and the joy of giving back are featured in this collection of fourteen original poems.

Prairie Dog Song, by Cindy Trumbore and Susan L. Roth, illustrated by Susan L. Roth

Prairie Dog Song

Celebrate North America’s grasslands and their iconic prairie dogs while singing along to the accompanying Prairie Dog Song! Great for the budding environmentalist.

Galápagos Girl/Galapagueña by Marsha Diane Arnold, illustrated by Angela Dominguez

Galapagos Girl

Animal lovers will rejoice at this bilingual and gorgeously illustrated picture book about Valentina, who grows up on the Galápagos islands among Sally-lightfoot crabs, manta rays, and penguins!


Every Month is a New Year, by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Susan L. Roth

Every Month is a New Year

Celebrate the new year–all year round! This poetry collection highlights new years celebrations and festivities all around the world.

There’s No Base Like Home, written by Jessica Mendoza and Alana Mendoza Dusan, illustrated by Ruth McNally Barshaw

There's No Base Like Home

Perfect for sporty kids ages 8-12, this highly illustrated novel  follows the trials and tribulations of Sophia Garcia in friendship, family, and softball!

The Wind Called My Name, by Mary Louise Sanchez

The Wind Called My Name

In this heartwarming historical middle-grade set in the 1930s, Margarita Sandoval and her family try to navigate the shifting winds of belonging in their new Wyoming town.

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