By Barbara Bietz –   Childrens' Books and DVD Reviews

 

The holidays can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to gift giving for kids. In the midst of plastic toys and high tech gadgets, don’t underestimate the joy of a wonderful book gift.

 

You can find many choices for the kids of all ages. Book sets of classic favorites or new releases will be enjoyed all year through.

 

 

A Barnyard Collection: Click, Clack, Moo and More by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin

Three adorable board books fit into a barn box – a book set and a toy all in one! Pre-school children will feel a sense of independence with small books they can hold and read on their own. Timeless and charming.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books (1-5) by Jeff Kinney

 

Whether you are introducing the series to a child in your life or you surprising a longtime fan, the Whimpy Kid books are new classics that will be read the books over and over again. The graphic novel style diaries reveal the drama and trauma of the turbulent middle school years for Greg Heffley. This gift set includes Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Rodrick Rules, The Last Straw, Dog Days, and The Ugly Truth. Note – there is a sixth book in the series, Cabin Fever you may choose to include for die-hard fans!

 

 

 

The Little House Collection Box Set (Full Color) by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Garth Williams (Illustrator)

The beloved Little House books have been delighting young readers for generations. What a treat to have the whole set! It’s a great time for parents to revisit these childhood favorites. Life in a log cabin, and travels in a covered wagon give today’s children a sense of family warmth in simpler times.

 

 

 

Teens on your list will be thrilled with the latest dystopian blockbuster trilogy. A futuristic reality television show takes teen readers on a scary journey. The set includes The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. The Hunger Games movie will be out in 2012 and your teen will not want to be left out of the excitement.

 

 

 

If you can’t find the perfect gift set, consider making your own. Gather several books in a similar genre based on the interest and age level of the child in your life and place in themed style box or gift bag for a perfect presentation. Be creative – a selection of sports related books can be presented in a personalized gym bag; crafting books can be wrapped in fabric and topped with a small set of markers or paints.

 

Remember, the gift of reading will last a lifetime!

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz -is a children's author, magazine writer, children's book reviewer, and past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. She loves talking about the creative process, books and the craft of writing. Her middle grade chapter book, LIKE a MACCABEE, was released in October 2006 (Yotzeret Publishing)  and is a PJ Library selection. Barbara reviews books and has contributed to numerous print and on-line publications. She also teach writing classes for adults. Learn more about Barbara at www.BarbaraBietz.com
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