The Reading Bug’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

This may just be the only gift guide you need this holiday season!  We’ve got suggestions for every age and every budget, and our store elves are working around the clock packing and shipping surprises, making sure they’ll arrive in time for the holidays.  Order now for every reading bug on your holiday shopping list – or check out our selection of millions of books.

Perfectly Personalized Gifts

Take the hassle out of Holiday shopping and let our store experts perfectly personalize a gift for someone you love!

We’re children’s booksellers on a mission to inspire a love of reading across the globe, and our Reading Bug Box subscription service is a perfectly personalized gift for any child age 0-13. Trying to motivate a picky reader or impress a voracious one? Or are you helping new parents build a read-aloud library for a newborn? Then Reading Bug Box is a perfect fit. We take the work our of the endless searching for perfect books – our bookstore staff hand-picks books to match each child’s age, interests and reading level, spreading the small, indie bookstore love across the country. Subscribe for several months or for just one – we’ve got gift options in every price range! Take a look at all our Reading Bug Box options here, or find us at

Got an especially hard-to-shop-for someone on your list? Take a look at our Personal Shopping option.

Or select our pre-packaged Christmas or Hanukkah box.

Unicorns are Magic

Unicorns are all the rage this year and we’ve got one for every age group!

This Unicorn actually flips into a rainbow headrest! Pair it up with the popular Phoebe and Her Unicorn graphic novel series, Unicorn Riders in our early reader section or Uni the Unicorn (one of our faves!) from our picture book selections.

And while we’re talking unicorns… who doesn’t love fairies? We have many magical books, including an adorable hardcover Flower Chronicles book that matches up nicely with these small fairies so you can create your own magical garden. Or grab this Craft-tastic I Love Fairies Kit from inspiring women-owned company, Ann Williams, for a real treat!

Timeless Treasure

Looking for adventure for your middle grade child? Put down the video games and pick up one of these gifts instead!

This Holiday season, dive into Timeless!an incredibly illustrated novel in full color. The time collision has reshaped the world and now dinosaurs roam alongside buffalo. People from the Victorian era, and the 21st and 23rd centuries have been thrust together, trying to find a way to survive. But one group wants to put everything back the way it was, an action that will snuff out all of the children that have been born into this new world – including Diego and his friends! Vivid storytelling and magical drawings make this a perfect gift and an irresistible read! Pair this book with some of our non-battery, non-electronic gifts like our retro bubble gun or paratrooper.

Welcome to the World!

Baby’s first Christmas or Hanukkah? Welcome little ones into the world with these perfect holiday picks.

Our favorite book to give as a new baby present, first Christmas gift, or present for young families this season is Here We Are: Notes For Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers. It’s insightfully sweet, with a gentle humor and poignancy, and with diverse characters from this world… and maybe even beyond. Jeffers created it specially for his son, yet with a universality that embraces all children and their parents. Be it a complex view of our planet’s terrain (bumpy, sharp, wet), a deep look at our place in space (it’s big), or a guide to all of humanity (don’t be fooled, we are all people), Oliver’s signature wit and humor combine with a value system of kindness and tolerance to create a must-have book for every household. Add a note and your signature just inside the cover to make this a timeless keepsake.

Nursery Rhymes and fairy tales also make a timeless gift for young children to read aloud with their parents. Our favorites are from Usborne books (available exclusively to specialty stores like ours!). Pair it up with Begin Again’s All Wooden Toy – a balancing game featuring humpty dumpty.

Gifts for Grown-ups

We never forget the grown-ups, especially this time of year! Our selection of cookbooks and home items are sure to please every cook (or wannabe cook) on your list.

With Soup for Syria, you can pair spectacular recipies with social good.  Interlink Publishing, a Massachusetts-based independent publishing house, has collaborated with bestselling cookbook author, photographer, and food writer Barbara Abdeni Massaad—together with nearly 80 acclaimed chefs—on a humanitarian cookbook project whose profits will be donated to the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR to provide urgently needed food relief for Syrian refugees.

Also trending in cooking are “bowls” with whole food ingredients. The ideas in Wholefood Heaven in a Bowl include some of our faves. Or pick up Casa Marcela, a wonderful cooking and lifestyle book!

Pair any of these titles with Broad Street Co. candles and diffusers in amazing scents like grapefruit, red poppies and passion fruit!