Gift Guide 2021: The Best Books

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Hands down, when it comes to gift-giving, books continue to stand the test of time. When looking for gifts for the children in your life, think about how books fit into their interests and curiosities. To help you find the perfect present, we've made a list and checked it twice! From brain ticklers to beautifully illustrated fairy tales and the backstories of your favorite foods, discover our easy-to-read titles that are guaranteed to put a big smile on your child's face this holiday season.

Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Give the Gift of Learning This Holiday Season!

Adventurer Gift Ideas

The Adventures of Young H.C. Andersen—Everyone knows the fairy tales of the great writer Hans Christian Andersen. But what if Andersen’s magical tales were inspired by the fantastic adventures he had as a boy? Join him as he meets characters that would inspire his famous fairy tales, including “Thumbelina” and “The Ugly Duckling,” in our new series The Adventures of Young H.C. Andersen. Watch the trailer for The Adventures of Young H.C. Andersen book series below.

Abnormal Field Guides to Cryptic Creatures—Picture this: Your face on the front page of the paper with the caption, "The only person to find Bigfoot!" Professor Abner Normal has all the tricks to lead readers on an educational (and unconventional) safari in search of the world’s most mysterious creatures.

Survival Stories—When faced with nature's life-and-death circumstances, how would you respond? Survival Stories recounts true stories of people overcoming adversity and surviving against the odds. Readers will learn which decisions led to their survival as well as tips and tricks on how to survive in similar situations.

Foodie Gift Ideas

Taste the World!—Did you know that China grows more tomatoes than any other country? Did you know that more than twice as much chocolate is sold for Halloween as it is for Valentine’s Day? From Chocolate to Corn, from Garlic to Salt and Pepper, our Taste the World! series traces the origin of an important food or ingredient. Fun facts and easy-to-make recipes are also offered throughout for tasty kitchen adventures!

Food Brands We Love—I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! This series serves up another portion of kids’ favorite brands. Readers will enjoy learning the backstories of their favorite food brands, such as Ben & Jerry's, McDonald's, Oreo, and more!

Where Does It Come From?—Eat up! Discover how foods get from farms and gardens to our tables in this fun series. Students will learn all about how honey is made, from bees collecting flower nectar to beekeepers collecting and jarring it. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage young readers, along with infographics that illustrate the cycle with real photos and descriptions.

Little Techie Gift Ideas

Building Blocks of Computer Science—Coding and computer basics come alive in the latest installment of the Building Blocks series. Join Al, Stack, Tasky, and many other colorful characters in a graphic novel-style adventure, developed in consultation with a coding bootcamp.

Cool Tech—Place readers at the center of innovation to see how to use the latest technology in the present to transform the future. This nonfiction series examines the newest and coolest technology in a variety of spheres: consumer, military, industrial, and many more. The volumes place readers at the center of innovation, enabling them to see how they can use the latest technology in the present to transform their future.

Robots—This STEM-focused series shows how these machines are becoming an ever-more-crucial part of our lives. Each volume uncovers the history behind robots and discusses how they may impact our future. Individual volume topics range from the everyday to the truly weird.

Space Explorer Gift Ideas

Our Solar System—Our Solar System introduces the sun and everything that orbits it—the planets, dwarf planets, moons, millions of asteroids, comets, and meteors—in an engaging format. Supported by NASA photos and STEM-appropriate text in easy-to-read language.

Out of This World 2—This series continues with a second set! Developed in collaboration with NASA's NIAC program, it explores plans to create new space suits, build a rover to bounce across an asteroid, and allow a spacecraft to practically touch the sun.

Discovery Science Encyclopedia—Can a radish be black? Do butterflies eat butter? Find these answers plus more in The Discovery Science Encyclopedia. This guide to core science topics is designed to be used by elementary and middle school students. Individual volumes cover such areas of inquiry as plants, technology, and human beings. Extension activities and experiments make this a hands-on series suited to different learning styles.

Trivia Buff Gift Ideas

True or False? 3—Has the Incredible Hulk always been green? Are UFO’s spaceships from other planets? Do dogs understand people’s feelings? This popular series continues with a third set! The True or False? series reveals the surprising truths behind common misconceptions and teaches the coolest facts about high-interest topics.

Answer Me This, World Book—World Book answers your questions about prehistoric times, outer space, science, and more! Answer Me This, World Book answers questions from kids about topics ranging from yoga-practicing animals to 3-D printing a sandwich to using limousines to measure the distance to the moon. The humorous text and graphics present material in a fun and engaging way.

Puzzle Me: Brain Ticklers—What's the longest word in the dictionary? Kids with a primary reading level of 3rd to 5th grade will love this collection of matching games, riddles, mazes, and coded messages. Get ready for school and have fun at the same time!

Puzzle It!—Each Puzzle It! book (Pre-Algebra Riddles, Logic Puzzles & Tricks, and U.S. History & Government Puzzles) has 50 challenging and fun puzzles that apply important basic skills to engaging games. Use those fun puzzles to sharpen critical thinking and problem-solving. This series makes learning fun and is great for children grades 5-8 to reinforce and enhance the classroom curriculum.

Giving Back!

Every year on #GivingTuesday, we kick off the holiday season by giving back. Throughout December, for every book sold we will donate a book to Hands Across the Sea. Hands Across the Sea is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit based in the USA and working internationally to help bridge the gap in childhood literacy, focusing on English-speaking island nations of the Eastern Caribbean: Antigua, St. Kitts, and Nevis, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines, and Grenada. The enthusiasm in the region is high, but the budget for literacy-building resources is very low. Since 2007, Hands Across the Sea has placed more than HALF A MILLION NEW BOOKS in 873 schools and 50 community libraries.


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