6 of the Best Kids Books That Make Incredible Gifts (Starting at Just $5!)

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These inspirational kid’s books make the best gifts.

Gifts for kids don’t always have to be toys, so we’ve put together a list of the best, most highly-rated children’s books perfect for gifting this holiday season! No matter if you’re shopping for some sweet kiddos in your life or your own at home, these titles are sure to be loved by everyone. Even better, the life lessons they teach are invaluable!

Here are some of the most giftable children’s books of the season:

The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

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Buy it on Amazon$10.76 

A parent’s love for a child runs deep and any parent knows we love our kiddos no matter what! If you want a book that will emphasize how amazing they are no matter what and teach them kindness and creativity, then this is the book for your family!

This book truly belongs in every family’s home – It’s the best ever! I especially love it because it explains a parent’s true love for their children no matter who they become – a caregiver, a musician, or maybe even a superhero! The pictures inside are amazing and my kids really enjoy the book too, we’ve read it together countless times!” – Hip Sidekick, Erica

My Book About Me by Dr. Seuss & Roy McKie

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Buy it on Amazon$12.60

What kiddo wouldn’t love to have their very own personalized book about themself paired with the timeless classic of a Dr. Seuss book. This children’s book is going to be a forever keepsake. If you have a young child or grandchild, don’t miss out on creating this timeless Dr. Seuss tradition by filling out the interactive Dr. Seuss book!

“I still have My Book About Me that I made in 1985. My kids found it hilarious to read my answers and were excited to fill out their own books. I’m so glad I got these cute books for my kiddos and they were able to fill out their own books at a young age!  We love looking back and enjoying their cute answers every so often…along with mine. Haha” – Hip Sidekick, Lina

I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

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Buy it at Target$5.49

A mother’s love is unconditional and this book portrays exactly that in the most perfect and fun way possible! No matter if your little one is an alligator or a smelly skunk, the love for your children knows no bounds. Make this kid’s book at the top of your gift list!

“Then I would look right into your one eye and say, ‘I love you,’ and I would sing to you until your one droopy eyelid finally closed and you fell fast asleep.” ~ I Love You, Stinkyface


This book perfectly expresses a mother’s unconditional love for their children in a non-gooey and gushy way. The author playfully inserted magic words that kids love like ‘stinky’, ‘dinosaurs’, ‘monsters’, and ‘aliens’ – perfect for kids all while mom’s can get away with saying the sappy ‘I love you’ eleven times in a row – thirteen if you read the front and back covers too! Love, love, love reading this book to my kids!” – Anna

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

the giving tree book on red shelf

A classic favorite for so many generations, this beautifully written and unforgettable kid’s book has been around for over 50 years and also makes for a great gift! Author, Shel Silverstein, teaches the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return.

“Whenever I’m invited to a baby shower, this is always a gift I love to give. I have even given this book as a house warming gift! This book beautifully teaches feelings, selfishness, selflessness, caring, and giving. It really tugs at all the emotions everyone goes through one time or another or even all at once. It has turned into a discussion book for all my grandkids. Through your own eyes, minds & hearts is how each person feels & experiences when they read this book.” – Denise 

What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada

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Buy it on Amazon$6.94

This brilliant book is about one small child’s idea and how he brought it into the world. When reading it with your own children, you’ll be teaching them that their own thoughts, whether they’re different, daring, and even a little wild, will never be too big, too odd, or too difficult to watch grow.

“There are so very many outstanding children’s books on the market, but this one is unique! The author takes a complex concept and does an outstanding job in putting said concept into words. I buy this book for first-time parents often and I recommend it for shower gifts all the time. One father-to-be told me he had read it at least six times….and the baby hasn’t arrived yet.” – Brad

6. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

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After selling over 30 million copies and remaining on the best-sellers list 24 years after it came out, it’s pretty likely you’ve already heard about this kid’s book. “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.” This book is not just delightful but a gentle affirmation of the love a parent feels for their child…forever. This will be one kid’s book that you’ll love gifting or reading time and time again.

“My gerontology professor in graduate school read Love You Forever to our class one evening. My tears started to flow. Listening to this charming and lovely story was a very emotional experience and a memorable experience that remains with me. This morning, a friend on social media asked for assistance in recommending favorite books for children. Immediately my thoughts went to Love You Forever.


I highly recommend this book for kids, gifts for babies, young children, tweens, and even teens, and adults of all ages. It is one of the most beautiful, sentimental, and empathetically written books of all time.” – Lorraine

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About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 8+ years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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Comments 5

  1. Mustangbaby05

    Oh gosh, I can not get through I’ll love you forever without crying. I’ve tried so many times and my kids love the book but I just can’t get through it without getting all choked up and teary!!!

    • MH

      Same! Great story. So many tears.

  2. Vanessa K

    I love you stinky face was on of my daughters favorite stories growing up. She’s even gotten a tattoo of one of the characters from the book, she’s 22 now

  3. Jennifer

    That’s Me Loving You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a board book that I got for my 4 year old after losing her grandmother. Death is hard to explain to small children, and this book helped my child process spiritually. However, it is not a religious book, nor does it reference death at all. It let’s the parent fill in the details with whatever backstory you have for your child. I don’t know if it is on sale, but I just thought I’d take a moment to mention it, because it really helped my child and me at a time when we needed it the most.

    • lmh

      👍🏻love this author!

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