65 Diverse & Wonderfully Creative Books for the Whole Family

Do you want to offer diverse and wonderfully creative books to your loved ones this holiday season? Have you ever heard of the gift giving strategy of “Something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read”?

Look no furhter! Literacy Connects has put together this book shopping guide for “something to read”!

We have crafted a list of books that are like dear friends to us— some brand new, and some tried and true. Try them out and let us know what you think!

Picture Books for All Ages:

 

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

 

The Dot by Peter Reynolds

 

Feather by Remi Courgeon

 

It’s Okay to be Different by Todd Parr

 

La,La,La : A Story of Hope by Kate DiCamillo

 

 

The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Adam Rex

 

Lucia the Luchadora by Cynthia Leodor Garza

 

Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai

 

Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy

 

The Mountain That Loved a Bird by Alice McLerran

 

 

On a Magical Do Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemagna

 

Plume by Isabelle Simler

 

Rufus Niños Horrendous Hermanitas by Yuyi Morales

 

They All Saw a Cat by B. Wenzel

 

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts

 

Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie

 

A Very Hairy Christmas by Susan Lowell

 

Xo, Ox a Love Story by Adam Rex

 

 

 

 

 

Middle grade (6-10 years):

 

Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm

 

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

 

The Princess and the Warrior by Duncan Tonatiuh

 

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

 

 

 

 

Steam Boat School by Deborah Hopkinson

 

Step Right Up: How Doc & Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness by Donna Janell Bowmen

 

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter Books (10 years and up):

 

The Ballad of a Broken Nose by Arne Suingu

 

The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan

 

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

 

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

 

 

 

Low Riders to the Center of the Earth by Cathy Camper

 

The Only Road by A. Diaz

 

Seedfolks by Sid Flieshman

 

What Elephants Know by Eric Dinerstein

 

 

 

 

Favorite Series Middle Grade :

 

I Survived by Lauren Tarshis

 

Ordinary People Change the World biography series

 

Rainbow Magic: Magical Animal Fairies by Daisy Meadows

 

Zapato Power by Jacqueline Jules

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nonfiction:

 

Giant Squid by Candace Fleming

 

Grand Canyon by Jason Chin

 

Keith Haring: the boy who just kept drawing

 

Maya Lin: artist, architect of light

 

 

 

 

Muddy: blues legend by Michael Mahin

 

Out of wonder: poems celebrating poets by Kwame Alexander

 

Shark Lady by Jess Keating

 

 

 

 

Wordless Books:

 

Bee and Me by Alison Jay

 

Boat of Dreams by Rogerio Coelho

 

Egg by Kevin Henkes

 

Fish by Liam Walsh

 

Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner

 

 

 

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd

 

 Flora and the Peacock by Molly Idle

 

Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathman

 

Owl Bat, Bat Owl by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

 

Wave by Suzy Lee

 

 

 

Board Books

 

Animals Hide and Seek by Bastien Contraire

 

Baby be Kind by Jane Cowen-Fletcher

 

Baby’s Big Busy Book by Karen Katz

 

Baby’s First Words by Christiane Engel

 

Bear On a Bike by Stella Blackstone

 

Dance by Matthew Van Fleet

 

Flora and the Chicks by Molly Idle

 

I Love You More by Laura Duksta

 

Making Faces by Molly Magnuson

 

Rapunzel by Chloe Perkins

 

Way Out in the Desert by T. J.  Marsh

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