Erik’s Bookish Christmas Gift Picks!

With Christmas coming up, it probably means that you are looking for gifts for those young people on your list. I have some suggestions for bookish gifts you may want to consider.


First I have a few Christmas themed books to suggest that put a twist on the traditional Christmas stories you have this time of year.

sagasantaThe Saga of Santa Claus

By M.D. Couturier

132 pages – ages 9+

Published by CreateSpace on September 13th, 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads-Valdor is a selfish king who cares nothing for his fellow human beings. One night, the god Odin turns him into a goat-man and offers a trial. If he succeeds, Valdor will regain his body and kingdom. But if he fails, he will be condemned to wandering the world as an outcast. In desperation, Valdor agrees. But little does he know that he is about to embark upon an extraordinary journey that will change his life forever.

What I Thought- Not only was this a unique take on the Santa story, it is an example of a self-published book done very well.  I like the idea of how Mr. Couturier explained how Santa Claus started. Valdor’s change was slow, but it was interesting, as he does change, but he doesn’t realize it at first. I like how the book explains all of the parts of the Santa Claus “mythology”. I enjoyed reading this, and love that the Norse gods play a role in the story (but wait… I know you’re asking- “Norse gods in a book based on a Christian character?” It all makes sense!). At 132 pages it is a quick read, but an interesting one that will pique a kid’s interest.

xmascowsChristmas Cows: A Mooving Alphabet

By Carol J. Haile

40 pages – ages 5+

Published by Firenze Press on February 20th, 2013

Synopsis- Have you ever wondered what cows are thinking? Especially during the holidays? Especially at Christmas time? From A to Z, you get to see how cows might take in all of the festivities!

What I Thought- This is a really nice alphabet book that makes you smile. Ms. Haile has subtle humor incorporated throughout the illustrations that adults will love. Kids will get a giggle out of seeing cows in the illustrations (ear tags and all). Ms. Haile has hand-drawn, calligraphy and color-illustrations throughout the book – one for each letter of the alphabet. Each page depicting cows celebrating the Christmas season in some way. I thoroughly enjoyed this story as I was reading it.

xmasellisChristmas in America

Written by Callista Gingrich

Illustrated by Susan Arciero

40 pages – ages 6+

Published by Regnery Kids on October 13th, 2015

Synopsis from GoodReads-Ellis the Elephant is back! In Christmas in America, the fifth in Callista Gingrich’s New York Times bestselling series, Ellis discovers the meaning of Christmas and learns how this special holiday has been celebrated throughout American history.

In preceding books, including Sweet Land of Liberty, Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride, Yankee Doodle Dandy, and From Sea to Shining Sea, Ellis learns about the pivotal moments that have shaped our nation. Now, in Christmas in America, this adorable pachyderm explores the tales and traditions that have made Christmas a cherished part of the American experience.

What I Thought- This was a very interesting and fun book, which talks about things that happened on Christmas day in America’s history. It tells of George Washington crossing the Delaware River on Christmas, and about how some American soldiers and German soldiers in World War II shared a Christmas dinner with each other. It was cool seeing that Christmas was always an important part of our history. I think the book will give a different view for kids when thinking about Christmas. The story warmed my heart and  Susan Arciero’s illustrations complimented the book wonderfully.

Below are some more suggestions for creative bookish gifts for kids.

herocomicThe Superhero Comic Kit

By Jason Ford

60 pages – ages 7+

Published by Laurence King Publishing on July 21st, 2015

Synopsis from GoodReads-Draw, color, and sticker your very own superhero comic books! Make your superheroes – or even yourself – the stars of each super adventure! The book contains 12 exciting 8-page comics to draw, color, and complete. Each adventure has super story prompts to start you off – and the rest is up to you! You can even pull them out, put them together, and give them to your friends to read. Also includes sections on how to create and draw your superheroes and supervillains, and over 100 fantastic superhero stickers to add to your stories.

What I Thought- This is a really cool comic kit. Who wouldn’t want to make their very own comic book? The book is large – about 11.5″ x 16.5″ – which adds to it’s super-ness. It is that large because you tear the pages out to create 8″x 11″ comics. I liked the idea that the book gave you starters for your comics, but also leaves room for creativity. I like that with the superbeings, it doesn’t say what their superpowers are – you get to decide. That was well thought out by Mr. Ford. This book would make a wonderful gift for a kid who likes superheroes and making their own stories. It is a nice starter guide for any kid interested in writing his/her own comics.

Well, how about some notebooks, diaries, and journals?

The publishing company Mudpuppy has some great ones for kids (and playful adults too!)

They have cool designs for boys and girls, and various shapes and sizes, so there will always be the right one. I like their selection, and recommend them. These are some of their product that stuck out for me.

Mudpuppy has two-layered notebooks, one with normal shaped pages, and the top layer to go along with the cover design – pretty cool. They have a ton of designs – even Wimpy Kid-themed notebooks. I’d be happy to get one of these cool notebooks.mudpuppy1

Their diaries are nice. I like that they have designed for boys as well as girls. They all have a lock on them to keep your thoughts secret. lip. There is lined paper inside that coordinated with the cover. Diaries are a great way to get kids into writing.mudpuppy2

The Kids’ Travel Journal is really cool. It is made for a kid who is going on a trip, and wants to catalog what happens during the trip (where they went, who they met, how long it took, etc.). It is a really awesome journal.

Kids' Travel Journal

Kids’ Travel Journal

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Other Stuff Related to Books and Reading

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8 replies

  1. Great list! I’ve seen the superhero comic kit and really like it. Christmas in America looks fun, too since I love elephants. 🙂

  2. Hey there, donut-eating buddy, love these recommendations. I haven’t read some of these. I have to get The Superhero Comic Kit. You know, you need to write a picture book on donuts. Hmm, what about a donut loving Santa? Eh? Man, can you believe it’s almost time for you to have another birthday? Pretty soon you’ll catch up to me. *wink*

  3. I haven’t read any of your suggestions. They all sound excellent.

  4. FYI _Mudpuppy who has the Superhero Comics is giving away a $50 gift certificate. Enter at Kid Lit Reviews. Ends in 5 days. Love your list Erik. Sorry about the plus. 🙂

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