Christmas Gifts for Kids: Book List Recommendations

If you need a few more ideas for your kids, nieces/nephews, or grands this Christmas, I’m posting some books I’ve read and enjoyed.

  • Tricia Goyer, author (of fiction and non-fiction) and homeschool mom has written this historical account in easy-to-digest sections, transforming events in the minds of readers to the remarkable–and sometimes miraculous–times God intervened in human history.

The syntax takes some rough and raw events and makes them more comprehensible for kids. I read this book on my own, but when my children get a little older, I plan to read it again to them.  Trust me, this book will boost your faith and remind you that God is in the details.

Prayers That Changed History: From Christopher Columbus to Helen Keller, How God Used 25 People to Change the World by [Goyer, Tricia]

For a limited time, the Kindle version is only 99 cents!


If your children are between Kindergarten and 2nd grade, I would give them Poppleton books. I adore this plump pig and his everyday adventures. The humor is subtle and dry and the syntax creative. It’s not another “Dick and Jane” reader. Try this one first and see what you think:


Or this one: also fun!


My middle child is just now getting into chapter books, and Humphrey the Hamster is a favorite.  Several options are listed on Amazon. The paperback is less than $4 and makes a great stocking stuffer (if you can squeeze it in).

Imagination According to Humphrey by [Birney, Betty G.]


And of course, the American Girl books are a mainstay favorite of my nine-year-old. I stick with the older classics because they seem to be a little more grounded and the characters are less entitled and mouthy.

But, they’ve even written a few mysteries, which combines American Girl dreams and Nancy Drew’s cunning.

The Stolen Sapphire (American Girl Mysteries) by [Buckey, Sarah Masters]

(Grades 2-4)

The kids and I just started reading Wonder, and we’re only a few chapters in, but my daughter and I enjoy it so far. A fellow teacher friend recommended it to me, and I’m trying to get through the book before I see the film, which I hear is a tear-jerker.

So, here are a few recommendations to finish off your kids’ Christmas gifts. Hope you enjoy!





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