Nelly Knowsit is showing me up posting all these helpful hints to make your holidays brighter, easier, and less stressed.  That woman is a maniac! I don’t know how she has time to write a daily article and get ready for Christmas. She must have house elves.

I like to give the kiddos in my life something to read for Christmas. After some extensive research in the wild (aka the Library) here are a few of my suggestions for those last minute shoppers who just don’t know where to begin.

Ages 0-5

Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

This is a favorite bedtime story in my house about a young rabbit says goodnight to everything in his room. The poem flows beautifully and the illustrations are a beautiful.





llama llama

Llama Llama Holiday Drama

Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama  and Mama Llama shop for presents, bake cookies, decorate the tree but Llama Llama is tired of waiting. I love all the Llama Llama books so you might even go all out and buy Llama Llama Mad at

Mama, Llama Llama Time to Share, or Llama Llama Red Pajama (and you could then buy that special kiddo red pajamas!).



mouse a cookie

If You Give a Mouse A Cookie

If You Give  A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff

A funny little story about what could happen if you give a mouse a cookie. A delightful for children of all ages. Other titles by Laura Numeroff similar to the cookie eating mouse  include If You Give a Pig a Pancake, If You Give a Moose a Muffin,  If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, If You Give a Dog a Donut, If You Take A Mouse to School, If You Take A Moose to the Movies.




Ages 6-10

polar express

Polar Express

Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

A Christmas class that won the Caldecott Medal in 1986. If you’ve never heard of this story you’ve been living under a rock your whole life!






Junie B Jones

Junie B Jones

Junie B. First Grader: Jingle Bells Batman Smells! (P.S. so does May)  by Barbara Park

Readers will laugh out loud at Junie B.’s hilarious mishaps and horribly bad grammar. There are 28 books in this series so far and they also come as audio books which are great for many reason besides the entertainment aspect.








Box Car Children

Box Car Children

Boxcar Children Mysteries by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Four orphans are determined to keep their family together even if it means living in an abandoned boxcar.  The books were originally published in 1924 but the versions most people are familiar with were the reissues published in 1942.



Ages 10-12

percy jackson

Percy Jackson

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

Don’t laugh, but I’m listening to this series in my car as I drive around town doing all my Christmas shopping. It’s a fun series that bring the Greek gods back to life. The books are fast paced and I love that not only am I reminded of Greek stories I learned about in school the underlying messages of doing the right thing even when it’s not the easiest thing makes this mom proud.





39 Clues Maze of Bones

39 Clues Maze of Bones

39 Clues series by Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman, Peter Lerangis, Jude Watson, et al.

I’ve reviewed this series before as again, one that I personally read. Fantastic action packed series that is sure to appeal to your sense of adventure. Kids won’t even notice the history, geography, and social studies lessons they learn along the way.






diary of a wimpy kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

These books are impossible to keep on the shelf at the library. As soon as one is checked in there are two kids asking for them.  Book 7, The Third Wheel, was released last month.




Ages 13-15

Little Women

Little Women

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I remember reading this book as a teenager about the four March sister growing up in poverty in England. It started my love classic British literature.








Rangers Apprentice

Rangers Apprentice

Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan

Another series that doesn’t see much shelf time at the library. It is popular with guys teenage and up. I’ve even known a few women who enjoyed this series as well.









Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

Chances are your kiddo may have already read this series but if they haven’t picked it up yet now is a good time to get them started. And no, the movies won’t do. The books are a million times better.


Ages  16 and up

Across The Universe

Across The Universe

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Amy is awakened early from her cryogenically frozen state aboard the spaceship Godspeed. I’m not really into Sci-Fi myself but I loved this book and A Million Suns that followed.












Matched by Ally Condie

A dystopian society where teenagers are matched with the person society believes they are most compatible with. However at Cassia’s Matching ceremony a second image flashes on her screen which leads Cassia to think maybe society isn’t always right. Matched is on this year’s Sequoyah list and has two follow up novels.






fault of our stars

Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction book of 2012. The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it’s also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness.” —Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine

I hope these ideas help you out as you finish up your last minute shopping. Have a wonderful and safe holiday everyone!