It seems like there is always some kind of occasion that requires a gift being given to a child. Whether it's Christmas, a birthday, or any of the other celebrations that happen throughout the year, it can be tricky to know what to get them.
Sure, you can try to follow the trends and see what everyone else is buying their kids and grandkids, but who has the time?
Instead, you know what you should do instead? Give them something that reminds you of your younger years.
Long before the days of video games and electronics, books and stories were how we entertained ourselves. There were countless iconic tales that kept us amused as kids, and honestly, kids today would love them just as much as we all did.
So who ever you're buying the gift for, we guarantee that these books are the best options for the kids in your life.
1. Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection
If there is one book set that every kid needs, it's Dr. Seuss. They are the first books that most of us learned to read, and because they are such fantastic and imaginative stories, they teach us all how to be a little bit more creative.
2. The Giving Tree
A classic book that has been passed down for generations, written by one of the most iconic writers of children's fiction. The story manages to remain a powerful lesson for kids no matter when they are born.
3. Love You Forever
The heartbreaking and beautiful story has a repetitive poem that gets repeated so much that you probably still remember it to this day. But I'm sure the book still makes your eyes well up with tears.
4. Where the Wild Things Are
Yes, there is a movie of this book now, but there's just something so much more special about the printed version. It's been around for over 50 years, and it's not going to ever stop being loved by kids.
5. Rainbow Fish
I feel like this was a book we've all read hundreds of times while sitting around the library, so make sure you pass it down to the next generation.
6. The Velveteen Rabbit
When it comes to classics, The Velveteen Rabbit falls into a category so few other books have made it to. This version has the original illustrations from 1922, and I promise kids will love them.
7. Curious George
Obviously every kid needs to meet George, he's been one of the most famous children's book characters for decades now!
Introduce the kids in your life to this little trouble maker with this convenient box set that you can get here.
8. The Poky Little Puppy
There are few books as completely adorable as this one. The puppies are just too cute, and it gives a good message to kids too.
9. Harold and the Purple Crayon
There's something extra satisfying about getting to show off something you loved when you were growing up to the kids in your life. Because this book has been around for over half a century, I think we can all agree that it's one that everyone will love.
10. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
While we all know the original Gene Wilder movie is absolutely iconic, the book is remarkable in its own way. I highly recommend reading it with your kids, because it's the perfect story to read as a family.
11. The Phantom Tollbooth
Speaking as someone who just reread this book last year, I can confirm that it holds up. Even if you're an adult who just wants to revisit a classic, there's something completely magical about this book that makes it the perfect story for all ages.
12. Falling Up
This was probably my favorite book as a kid. The silly poems felt like something I could actually understand as a kid, and because it was so simple and cute I thought that maybe one day I could even write something like it. It's inspiring for a kid to believe they can do something so creative!
13. The Little Engine That Could
Everyone needs to learn about persistence, and this little train is one of the best teachers a kid could have.
14. Guess How Much I Love You
A story of love and affection is always appreciated by all, and this one jut happens to be one of the absolute best of the best.
15. The Little House Collection
A lot of people remember the title Little House on the Prairie, but that was actually the third book in the series. It starts with Little House in the Big Woods and it's a captivating read. I remember reading this series when I was young and it was my absolute favorite.
16. Where's Spot?
Another one of the classic characters who tends to appear in a lot of our childhood memories, let's show the next generation the stories we all loved as kids.
17. Just Go To Bed
Little Critter books were some of the most popular of its time, and it's probably because he was actually showing us all that it was normal to get angry, jealous, or upset. He always learned how to deal with his emotions, but by showing them in the story we realized we weren't alone.
18. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Alice's story is one that will never go out of style. It's imaginative and bizarre, and that's probably why every kid loves it.
19. The Three Billy Goats Gruff
The classic story we've all heard of the three goats just trying to cross a bridge when a troll tries to stop them. No childhood is complete without it.
20. Clifford the Big Red Dog
Did anyone else wish they could own a giant dog like Clifford? Because I always did. We'll just have to settle for reading his stories.
21. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
This book is sold around the globe, spreading the story of this little caterpillar to every child possible. Bring the joy to the kids in your life.
22. Charlotte's Web
Yes, there are a bunch of sad moments in this book, but it's also very heartwarming and sweet. It's a book that is great to read with your kids, just in case they have any questions for you.
23. The Night Before Christmas
Anyone who celebrates Christmas knows this story, but there's something so delightful about having the book to read every year. Turn it into a tradition and read it as a family before going to sleep on Christmas Eve.
This beautiful edition of the iconic story brings back all the classic illustrations. Teach kids the origin of Winnie-the-Pooh, and show off this iconic story.
25. The Tale of Peter Rabbit
The beautiful illustrations and entrancing story of Peter Rabbit will make every child fall completely in love with him.
26. Amelia Bedelia
The book was first published all the way back in 1963, but it's still loved to this day. Pass it on to the next generation now.
27. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Kids have bad days too, and it's nice for them to see how Alexander deals with it!
28. Stuart Little
There's something just so sweet about little Stuart, and while a lot of people may remember the movie, the book is way better.
29. The Berenstain Bears
The delightful little family whose name caused quite the confusion after people realized it was 'stain' and not 'stein' still holds up to this day.
30. The Baby-Sitters Club
As a kid starts to get old, they will likely appreciate reading all of the iconic stories of The Baby-Sitters Club. This gift set is extra special too because its all the retro covers!
What was your favorite book when you were a kid?
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