Reading is so important for our children’s imagination and intellectual growth, so I feel that it is important to start a love for books at an early age. So what better gift could you give this holiday season than a new book for their collection. Check out this list of stocking stuffer books for kids of all ages. I received some of these books for inclusion in this post. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
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Around the Table That Grandad Built – by Melanie Heuiser Hill; illustrated by Jaime Kim
A beautifully illustrated celebration of bounty and gratitude, family and friendship. Serving up a diverse array of dishes and faces, this warm and welcoming story is poised to become a savored part of Thanksgiving traditions to come.
The Little Snowplow Wishes for Snow – by Lora Koehler; illustrated by Jake Parker
The plucky little hero of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Little Snowplow returns in a story about wishing, waiting, and the magic of a first snowfall. The little snowplow loves his job. Throughout the year, he wishes for snow to come, but winter begins without a single flake in sight! As the weeks pass and the little snowplow’s birthday approaches, he starts to wonder whether it will snow at all. Will the little snowplow’s birthday dreams come true?
A Day for Skating – by Sarah Sullivan; illustrated by Madeline Valentine
On a brisk winter’s day, the frozen pond is crisscrossed by figure skaters, hockey players, new skaters, and old pros, all gliding across the ice. It’s time to bundle up, lace your skates, and give it a try — then head inside for cocoa and snacks when your cheeks grow rosy and your toes are cold. In a sweet rhyming tale, a young child’s first skating adventure on a frozen pond ends with a cozy bedtime story.
Little Robin’s Christmas – by Jan Fearnley
One frosty evening, a week before Christmas, Little Robin prepares for the chilly nights to come by washing his seven warm knit vests. But as the days go by, he comes across lots of shivering animals and kindly offers them his vests to wear. By Christmas Eve, Little Robin is cold and alone with no vests left. That is, until a special someone arrives to reward his kindness in this heartwarming holiday tale about the gift of sharing.
Maisy’s Christmas Party – by Lucy Cousins
The holidays are coming, and Maisy’s friends are thrilled to receive invitations to her party. It will be fun to play games, tell stories, sing carols, and eat treats! Dotty, Eddie, Cyril, Tallulah, and Charley all send thank-you notes to Maisy, each with a little something she might enjoy. And Maisy has something to give to her readers as well!
Peppa Pig and the Christmas Play – by Candlewick Entertainment
Everyone in Peppa’s class is excited about the Christmas play. Wendy Wolf is going to be an elf, Peppa will be a Christmas fairy, and Suzy Sheep is going to be the Christmas nurse — just in case someone gets sick. Peppa knows Santa is very busy, but she still hopes he’ll come to watch the play. He said he would! Could a Christmas surprise be in store for Peppa?
Busy Christmas – by Clever Publishing; illustrated by Rachael McLean
Spin the wheel for a festive learning adventure! BUSY CHRISTMAS is an entertaining way to learn basic concepts and celebrate the holidays!
Includes a sturdy spinning wheel mechanism for toddlers to play as they learn
Colorful illustrations and interactive format is a perfect way to keep toddlers engaged
Preschoolers are not only introduced to basic concepts they will also develop fine motor skills and remain active
Max the Rabbit Builds a Snowman – by Julia Shigarova
Max the Rabbit is back! And just in time for the holidays. Help Max build a snowman with the newest book in the charming series featuring simple jigsaw puzzles. This interactive format includes a large puzzle piece on every spread. Collect all the pieces throughout the story and put them together on the last page to reveal a surprise ending!
Arthur’s Holiday Adventure – by Hannah Jardine; illustrated by Zoe Waring
With a red stocking hat and scarf Arthur’s Holiday Adventure is ready to help you celebrate the season! This board book shaped like a sweet reindeer will send your child on a learning adventure
The whimsical illustrations and short story will keep active young imaginations engaged while learning simple facts about the little character’s surroundings and habitats The sturdy format are perfect for tiny hands to grasp
This playful format is a perfect stocking stuffer and sure to add joy to any child’s holiday
Olivia’s North Pole Adventure – by Hannah Jardine; illustrated by Zoe Waring
Meet this brilliant bear of the Arctic! When the other bears are sleeping through the winter Olivia goes on a snowy adventure Join OLIVIA’S NORTH POLE ADVENTURE and discover facts about the biggest bear on Earth
Holiday Celebration Sticker Book – by Clever Publishing; illustrated by Margarita Kukhtina
Ring in the winter season with hours of sticker fun! Perfect for decorating, little gift givers will delight in adding personalized touches to holiday cards and gifts. This 64-page book includes over 1000 stickers featuring exciting wintry images – snowy scenes, bright stars, scrumptious baked cookies, and adorable animals. Giant sticker book includes everything your family needs to celebrate the holiday season. Little learners will love to decorate, play, and celebrate!
Merry Mazes for the Holidays – by Clever Publishing; illustrated by Inna Anikeeva
Filled with merry-making activities these colorful pages of MERRY MAZES FOR THE HOLIDAYS invite young readers to solve holiday-themed maze challenges
Each activity features a fresh new scene and different things to discover
The mazes vary in difficulty levels so they challenge and entertain every reader
Children will sharpen their logical thinking skills as they explore the North Pole a Christmas tree lot and many more wintry surprises!
Happy Holidays, Pirates – by Tatiana Koval; illustrated by Inna Chernyak
Does Santa deliver presents to pirates? When a dastardly-looking pirate crew discover that theres a kindly old man who delivers presents to all people who behave themselves, the pirates decide to clean up their act! This joyous, rhyming story along with the irresistible lift-the-flap elements on each page make this the perfect holiday read you can revisit any time of the year. The large size, padded cover, delightfully detailed illustrations, and witty story make this book an ideal holiday gift. Sturdy thick board pages with rounded corners will make this treasure last forever.
The Holiday Season: 989 Things to Find – by Clever Publishing; illustrated by Margarita Kukhtina
Loaded with hundreds of attention-grabbing illustrations, this adorable Holiday Look & Findbook provides hours of fun for curious toddlers and their entire families.With almost 800holiday pictures to search, this stunningly illustrated book combines the classic Look & Find game with a large number of questions and challenges on each page making it not only entertaining but educational as well. Children will also develop attention skills while looking at the bright colorful pictures.The large format with adorable illustrations make The Holiday Season a wonderful Christmas gift!
Warm & Busy Wintertime (Clever Activity Pad) – by Clever Publishing; illustrated by Inna Anikeeva
This lightweight tear-off pad is ideal for travel! The handy travel size format allows you to easily take it with you. And it’s filled with stimulating and engaging activities; mazes, puzzles, games, doodles, and many more. The perfect way to brighten winter days inside.
Warm & Busy Holidays (Clever Activity Pad) – by Clever Publishing; illustrated by Evgeniya Sabrekova
This lightweight activity pad is ideal for holiday travel! The handy travel size format allows you to easily take it with you. And it’s filled with stimulating and engaging activities; mazes, puzzles, games, doodles, and many more. The perfect way to keep entertained during the holidays!
Paint by Sticker Kids: Unicorns and Magic – by Workman Publishing
Paint by Sticker Kids: Unicorns & Magic includes everything kids need to create ten vibrant images, including unicorns, a dragon, a princess, and more.
Paint by Sticker Kids: Zoo Animals – by Workman Publishing
Designed for children ages 5 and up, Paint by Sticker Kids: Zoo Animals uses low-poly art—a computer style that renders 3-D images out of polygon shapes—and removable color stickers so that kids can create 10 vibrant works of art. The stickers are larger, as befits the younger audience, and the card stock pages are perforated for easy removal, making them suitable for displaying.
Paint by Sticker Kids: Create 10 Pictures One Sticker at a Time by Workman Publishing
Paint by Sticker Kids is the same compelling craft first introduced in Paint by Sticker, but just for kids! The book includes everything you need to create 10 bright, playful, full-color illustrations—illustrated templates printed on perforated card stock, and 10 pages of stickers to fill in and create the artwork. The fun, vibrant images are rendered in “low-poly,” a computer graphics style using geometric polygon shapes to create a 3-D effect.
ABC What Can He Be? by Sugar Snap Studio and Jessie Ford
Whether they’re fascinated by construction sites, fire trucks, teaching, dancing, music, books, or any other thing, boys can grow up to be whatever they want! ABC What Can He Be? presents a whole alphabet full of exciting, thoughtful, and wonderful things boys can do, including environmental engineering, fashion design, carpentry, quantum physics, and yoga instruction. This book shows that there are no limits to what boys can pursue.
Read to Your Baby Every Day: 30 classic nursery rhymes to read aloud by Rachel Williams; illustrated by Chloe Giordano
Even when they’re tiny, the sound of their parents’ voices helps babies make sense of the world and feel comfortable with new people and places. This treasury gives you the opportunity to rediscover just how useful (and calming) these best-loved nursery rhymes are in one, handsome volume.
Atlas of Ocean Adventures by Emily Hawkins; illustrated by Lucy Letherland
Set your spirit of adventure free with this journey to the world’s great oceans, discovering the diversity of life that exists in the deep blue sea. Whether you’re travelling long haul with leatherback turtles across the Pacific, snoozing with sea otters or ice bathing with a walrus, this book celebrates the very prescient topic of the world’s oceans with Lucy Letherland’s animal characters. A natural history lesson in an adventure book, each spread features 10 captions and and facts about every destination. The 5th title in the best-selling Atlas of Adventures series that has now been translated into 31 languages.
My First Atlas of the 50 States by Georgia Beth; illustrated by Sara Lynn Cramb
In this bright and colorful atlas, journey through all of America’s 50 states, from Alabama to Wyoming, to learn what makes each one special—featuring each state’s most iconic animals, most amazing natural wonders, and most famous landmarks.
Apple Cake: A Gratitude by Dawn Casey
In this simple rhyming story from the author of Held in Love, a child says thank you for the gifts nature provides, from hazelnuts in the hedge to apples from the tree, eggs from the hens to milk from the cow. Eventually, the family has enough ingredients to make something special… a delicious apple cake!
Winter Sleep: A Hibernation Story by Sean Taylor and Alex Morss; illustrated by Cinyee Chiu
In this cozy bedtime story, follow a child and his grandma through a winter landscape to explore how the Earth goes to sleep for winter. Spot the sleeping animals as the tale unfolds, then learn about their hibernation habits from the information pages at the end.
The Little Fir Tree: From an original story by Hans Christian Andersen by Christopher Corr
Deep in the forest, there lived a beautiful little fir tree who longed to see the world. When the tree is taken to town at Christmas, it feels like all his dreams have come true. But what will happen the day after? Find out in this beautifully illustrated modern retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s festive tale.
Christmas in 100 Words
From decorating the tree to Christmas dinner and candy cane to sleigh, this charming book introduces a range of different holiday scenes and objects. Along with the seasonal items, each scene contains one feeling word and one action word to spot, such as cheerful and ice skating—color-coded circles point them out. With a glitter-accented cover that adds visual and tactile interest, this fun book inspires a deeper knowledge of the world, introduces language skills, and supports emotional intelligence.
What’s the Matter with Newton? (1) (Franken-Sci High) by Mark Young; illustrated by Mariano Epelbaum
In the first book in the series, What’s the Matter with Newton?, Newton Warp is a mystery, even to himself: He wakes up one day in the library with no idea of who he is, how he got there, or where he came from. Newton is quickly assigned to a dorm and makes a friend: Shelly Ravenholt, who creates living, breathing monsters for fun. He’s eager to find out who his family is, but this is high school after all, and he soon has other problems: Newton has to create a last-minute project for the Mad Science Fair and Shelly’s friend Theremin (a robot) is really jealous of him. And that’s not all: the other students at Franken-Sci High soon realize that Newton has a few useful, but surprising quirks. Wherever Newton came from, they start to suspect that he’s not entirely human!
Monsters Among Us! (2) (Franken-Sci High) by Mark Young; illustrated by Mariano Epelbaum
In the second book in the Franken-Sci High series, Monsters Among Us, Newton Warp’s friends notice he’s being followed around by a strange new professor, Dr. Flubitus, but have no idea why. Newton wonders if it has something to do with the barcode on his foot. He doesn’t have much time to dwell on it, though, because soon there are reports of a giant monster loose on campus! Shelly assumes a school for mad scientists would have top-notch security against monsters, nosy tourists, and other invaders, but soon she and her friends Newton and Theremin discover a gaping loophole in the system. If a marauding monster can find its way to the school’s secret location in the Bermuda Triangle and figure out how to open a portal to the campus, anyone else could get in, too! Then Shelly finds out she might be the reason the monster is there in the first place…