Every Christmas Eve, our daughters open two gifts. The first gift is a pair of pajamas, and the second gift is a book. Books + PJ’s = Sullivan Christmas tradition. Then, our family snuggles up by the tree and digs into the books together. Although my fourteen-year-old teases me about my lack of creativity with my Christmas Eve gifts, I tell myself she secretly loves it and continue on.
The hard part of my Christmas Eve gifting is finding a good book. There are so many books and instead of being elated about the choices, I become paralyzed. That’s why I turned to the members Gutsy Girls Read online book club to help me out. Those ladies and their kiddos gobble-up books, and I knew they would have some good recommendations for me (and you!). Under each entry, I put the member who recommended it, and if no one listed, the book was recommended by me.
If we missed any must-reads, please include them in the comments below.
17 Book Your Girl Will Want to Find Under the Christmas Tree
Books for Young Readers
Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen.
Violet can build and fix just about anything, but that doesn’t stop the kids at school from teasing her. Maybe if Violet wins a blue ribbon in an upcoming air show, she will earn their respect.
Age Range: 4-8, Grade Level: Preschool-3. Recommended by: Rebecca.
Flicka, Ricka, Dicka, and Their New Skates by Maj Lindman.
Swedish sisters Flicka, Ricka, and Dicka get new skates and young readers get a set of paper dolls.
Age Range: 5-8, Grade Level: K-2. Recommended by: Melanie.
Insectiopedia by Douglas Florian.
My girl is into bugs. She traps them, studies them, heals them, and cannot get enough of insects. Insectiopedia is a book of poems about all of her favorite creepy crawlies.
Age Range: 6-9, Grade Level: 1-4.
Christmas ABC by Nancy Akmon.
If you like vintage, this book will be a hit. I have to restrain myself from tearing out all of the pages to frame and hang on my walls. Comes with stickers.
Age Range: 4 and up Grade Level: Preschool and up.
Tale of Kitty-in-Boots by Beatrix Potter.
Beatrix Potter (the much adored creator of Peter Rabbit) wrote this book in 1948, but it was never illustrated. However, now it’s available. The book stars a young cat who defeats villians.
Age Range: 3-7 , Grade Level: Preschool-2, Recommended by: Melanie.
Princess Parables (I Can Read!) by Jeanna Young and Jacqueline Kinney Johnson.
Three books in an I Can Read Level One reading set which teach young readers about God and faith.
Age Range: 4-8, Grade Level: Preschool-3. Recommended by Renee.
Santa is Coming to _________ (Fill-in the blank with your hometown!) by Steven Smallman.
These personalized books are heaps fun. Our daughter loves to read about the local places Santa flies over and visits.
Age Range: 4-8, Grade Level: Preschool-3.
Magic Treehouse Books by Mary Osborne Pope.
The wildly popular Magic Treehouse books (and website!) encourage kids to dig into history while enoying one book after another.
Age Range: 8-9, Grade Level: 1-4. Recommended by: Faynelle.
Books for Middle Grade Readers
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DeCamillo.
Flora immediately recognizes and gives her wholehearted support to a squirrel that, after a near-fatal brush with a vacuum cleaner, develops the ability to fly and type poetry.
Age Range: 8-12, Grade Level: 3-7. Recommended by: Carol.
Anne of Green Gables Boxed Set by L.M. Montgomery
I don’t care how much time goes by or how techy life gets, the sweet story of Anne of Green Gables will always remain a favorite!
Age Range: 9-12, Grade Level: 4-7
Rules by Cynthia Lord.
My daughter and I read this together. Twelve-year-old Catherine has a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. Fave, fave, favorite.
Age range: 8-12, Grade Level: 3-7.
The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forestor.
One author claims it’s “the oddest/sweetest mix of Little House on the Prairie and X-Men. Prepare to have your heart warmed.”
Age Range: 9-12, Grade Level: 4-7, Recommended by Theresa.
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Book 1) by Richard Paul Evans.
Michael Vey may look like nothing more than your average fourteen-year-old with Tourette’s syndrome, but the truth is, Michael has special powers.
Age Range: 12 and up, Grade Level: 7 and up. Recommended by Melanie.
Some Writer!: A Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet.
Perfect for young writers. An authorized biography of E.B. White.
Age Range: 7-10, Grade Level: 2-5.
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stweart.
After reading this book, Jennifer’s daughter set-up a society of her own. In the book, one of the main characters wears a red bucket around her waist and now, one of the reader’s friends does the same thing!
Age Range: 9-12, Grade Level: 3-7. Recommended by Jennifer.
Camp Out! by Lynn Brunelle.
Recipes, games, crafts, and experiments. Perfect way for your girl to help plan your summer camping trips.
Age Range: 7-12 Grade Level: 5-7
Cartwheeling Through Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell.
Twelve-year-old Wilhelmina Silver is forced to leave her beloved farm in Zimbabwe for a boarding school in England.
Age Range: 8-12, Grade Level: 3-7. Recommended by: Theresa.
Your turn! What did I miss? What books do we need to make sure find their way under our tree?
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