Today I thought I’d share some of the books I’ve reviewed over on Instagram, but haven’t shared here, that are perfect gift ideas for the readers on your list! From the younger to the older, this list should have something for everyone. I am linking to Amazon for these books, these are affiliate links, so if you use them and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission.
For your middle grade reader, or for the nostalgic young adult:
“It’s been 20 years since the first Princess Diaries book published with that iconic pink cover. (Yes, twenty years. I know.) To celebrate this milestone anniversary, we’re repackaging the first three books for the next generation. The original covers will still be available, but these fresh designs are meant for the upper middle grade audience, who will connect with slightly older freshman Mia’s humorous angst. It’s a perfect read for the upper middle grade readers looking for something aspirational.”
Also for your middle grade reader / aspiring writer:
“Celebrate all the things that make you unique in this interactive journal featuring Emmie, Bri, and Jaime from the national bestselling Emmie & Friends series.
This illustrated journal is packed full of fun activities to do alone or with your BFF. Plus there’s plenty of space and tips for writing and illustrating your own stories. It’s where you can keep your secrets, explore your dreams and wishes, and be as imaginative (and silly!) as you want to be.
Send messages with a secret emoji code! Create your own weird ice cream flavors! Make a DIY privacy door hanger! Invent your own cafeteria game! And more!”
For your aspiring cooks:
“The Zakarian sisters present the definitive cooking guide for kids and parents who want to create joy in the kitchen and at the table!
Madeline and Anna, daughters of Geoffrey Zakarian, use their experience growing up with a professional chef for a dad to bring some of their favorite recipes to the world. You don’t have to be a foodie to love good food, and you definitely don’t need to be an adult to make a great meal.
Join the Zakarian sisters as they introduce you and your family to 85 delicious dishes, drinks, and snacks for cooks of all abilities. Along with easy-to-follow instructions, Madeline and Anna share their tricks of the trade on a variety of tasty recipes, from savory breakfasts to sweet desserts—and all their go-to items in between. Mouthwatering photographs of every recipe show you how each dish will turn out in this fun cookbook for the whole family!“
For the scientists and future scientists:
“The first volume, in a hardcover edition for libraries, of the graphic adaptation of Yuval Noah Harari’s smash #1 New York Times and international bestseller recommended by President Barack Obama and Bill Gates, with gorgeous full-color illustrations and concise, easy to comprehend text for readers of all ages.
One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?
In this first volume of the full-color illustrated adaptation of his groundbreaking book, renowned historian Yuval Harari tells the story of humankind’s creation and evolution, exploring the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be ‘human.’ From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens challenges us to reconsider accepted beliefs, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and view specific events within the context of larger ideas.
Featuring 256 pages of full-color illustrations and easy-to-understand text covering the first part of the full-length original edition, this adaptation of the mind-expanding book furthers the ongoing conversation as it introduces Harari’s ideas to a wide new readership.”
For the literary and language lover:
Want to learn French? “The Diglot Weave is a brand new way of learning languages. Backed 50 years of language learning research, and trusted by students, Diglot provides you with a way of increasing your vocabulary in your language of choice, without the need for tedious and repetitive grammar tests, or constant memorization.Studies have shown that the most efficient method of language acquisition is reading and listening to engaging and accessible content, and the Diglot Weave provides just that. Your Weaved novel will begin with a single word in French, and as it progresses, more and more words will be seamlessly incorporated, allowing your brain to learn this vocabulary without even noticing it! By the end of the book you will have learned 150 words, without ever needing to pick up a pen, or sit in a classroom.This gives you a word acquisition rate of up to 20 words an hour, compared to one word every ten hours in traditional school settings. Once you’ve tried the Diglot Weave method, you’ll never want to learn any other way again.
This Diglot Edition of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is the perfect introduction to learning French. Immerse yourself in the language of love while you get lost in Austen’s world of manners, gentlemen, and hidden feelings, that has captured the imaginations of millions of readers around the globe. The story is timeless, and now you can enjoy it while learning French in the most efficient, and seamless way possible.”
For the animal lover / astrology enthusiast:
Dogstrology: “A delightfully quirky, cute, and funny guide to horoscopes told through adorable dog photographs.
- Each of the signs at their best and worst (and the perfect pup to illustrate them)
- The common traits of each element and modality in the zodiac
- What do you and your “sister sign” have in common? Find out, with the perfect dog photo to complement it.
- And of course: the right dog for you, based on your star sign!”
Catstrology: “A delightfully quirky, cute, and funny guide to horoscopes told through adorable cat photographs.
- Each of the signs at their best and worst (and the perfect cat to illustrate them)
- The common traits of each element and modality in the zodiac
- What do you and your “sister sign” have in common? Find out, with the perfect cat picture to complement it…
- And of course: the right cat for you, based on your star sign!”
For those wanting to learn more about others in America:
“A powerful, moving collection of 170 portraits of Americans and their handwritten statements about what the American dream means to them.
Shot by one photographer over twelve years, fifty states, and eighty thousand miles, American Dreams is a poignant, defining look at people from every walk of life and a remarkable exploration of what it means to be an American.
Long fascinated by the idea of the ‘American Dream,’ Canadian photographer Ian Brown set out to document, in photographs and words, what that dream means to Americans of all ages, races, identities, classes, religions, and ideologies. Over the course of twelve years, Brown traveled more than eighty thousand miles in an old truck, visiting all fifty states and connecting with hundreds of Americans. He knocked on people’s doors; met them at town halls, diners, and factories; and approached them on main streets in small towns. He shot their portraits and asked them to write down their own American dreams. Their dreams and stories—which range from hopeful, moving, and optimistic to defiant, bitter, and heartbreaking—offer a fascinating, unparalleled perspective of the striking diversity and deep nuance of the American experience.”
For anyone who needs inspiration when bored:
From the author of one of my favorite books, 14,000 Things To Be Happy About, check out 5,203 Things To Do Instead of Looking At Your Phone.
“Put down your phone, close the lid on your laptop, and get back in touch with the wonders of the world around you. With thousands of ideas for simple, beautiful things to do instead of scrolling down the rabbit hole of cyberspace, this healing little book offers the opportunity, 5,203 times, to slow down, look up, and rediscover what makes you feel nourished and grounded as a human being. With illustrations throughout by Scot Ritchie.”
Do any of these sound great to you?