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









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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