Your Ultimate Guide to Children’s Books for Holiday Gifting

Deepali Agarwal

Staff Writer

Deepali Agarwal has a Master’s in literary linguistics, which means that every person she’s ever known has, at some point, asked her to ‘edit a thing’ for them-- ‘just see if it reads okay?’ She doesn’t mind, because she believes that the world can be fixed one oxford comma at a time. Deepali lives in Delhi, the capital of India, where cows are sacred, but authors and poets exist and write brilliant things. She works as an editor with OUP India’s School ELT division, where she moves apostrophes, looks up pictures of cats, and talks about children’s books for eight hours. The rest of her day is spent reading, thinking about Parks and Recreation, and wondering if there exist jobs for English majors that pay more than peanuts. Twitter: @DeepaliAgarwal_

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and one can never have too many recommendations. We thought we’d be enablers, and do a round-up of lists of great books we’ve recommended for children, and help create an ultimate one-stop destination. You and the kids in your life will not be disappointed.



Find the DuckBooks for baby’s first library, and to be the coolest aunt ever.

Some adorable baby lit board books and art prints!

More great board books for babies (‘coz everyone has Goodnight Moon)



The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss25 Picture Books that promote empathy and respect

Social justice picture books!

Feminist picture books and 27 more feminist picture books

10 great picture books for messy kids


Children’s books about the immigrant experience

13 feminist books for younger readers

Tiny ladies doing shit in comics and graphic novels for kids!

100 great translated kids’ book from around the world

The best interactive children’s books!

100 best books for young readers

8 great books about the ‘bad’ kids!

AAAAND, to wrap it all up (hehe), some bookish wrapping paper! Here’s wishing you an excellent shopping-for-books season (oh, is that not what it’s called?)