Great Books to Give Children and Teens

By Blue Ridge Books | Sep 19, 2013

The booksellers at Blue Ridge Books are always happy to help you find a good book for anyone on your gift-giving list.  If you regularly or occasionally buy for children or teens, take a look at this list of great suggested titles.

Books to Give to Children and Teens

Beautiful Baby Books

Sylvia Long’s Mother Goose

Alison Jay’s ABC and 123

Heads and Tails by Kate Stone

Indestructibles (series of books that do not rip or tear)

Smoky Mountain Babies, Black Bear Babies, Busy Bear Cubs

Peepers& Peekers, Paws & Claws, Floppers & Loppers, Snouts & Sniffers

Picture Books

Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman

Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller & Anne Wilsdorf

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

Yoo-Hoo Ladybug! by Mem Fox

Journey by Aaron Becker

Red Hat by Lita Judge

Roly Poly Pangolin by Anna Dewdney

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Step Inside!  A Look Inside Animal Homes by Catherine Ham

Chapter Books

Guys Read Series—Other Worlds, Funny Business, Thriller, The Sports Page

Don’t Talk to Me About the War by David A. Adler

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

The Apothecary by Maile Meloy  (2 book series)

Relic Master by Catherine Fisher (series of 4 volumes in 2 books)

Merlin by T. A. Barron (11 book series)

The Girl from Felony Bay by J.E. Thompson

Gentle’ Holler, Louisiana’s Song, Jessie’s Mountain (trilogy) by Kerry Madden

For Teens

Matched, Crossed , and Reached trilogy by Allie Conde

Sylo by D. J. MacHale

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Code by Kathy Reichs

Shelter by Harlan Coben

Catherine by April Lindner

The Book Thief by Mark Zusak

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Wreck this Journal

Reluctant Readers and Curious Kids

The World Almanac for Kids 2014

Time for Kids Big Book of Why

Time for Kids World Atlas

Sports Illustrated Kids Stats: The Greatest Numbers in Sports

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!  Dare to Look!

Guinness World Records 2014

Animal Snacks by Dawn Cusick


National Geographic Little Kids

National Geographic Kids

Sports Illustrated Kids

Ranger Rick: National Wildlife Federation

Kiki: For Girls with Style and Substance

New Moon Girls (articles written by girls

From the Mountains

When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant

The Great Smoky Mountain Salamander Ball by Lisa Horstman

The Troublesome Cub in the Great Smoky Mountains by Lisa Horstman

Jack and the Animals: An Appalachian Folktale by Donald Davis

Ridge Runner Rescue:  Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Mike Graf

Littlejim by Gloria Houston


Classic Gifts

Puffin Clothbound Classics (Children’s Classics) and Paperback Puffin Classics (very affordable children’s classics)

Clothbound Penguin Classics and Penguin Deluxe Paperback Classics

New Boxed Set of Harry Potter Books with new cover designs

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien (75th anniversary edition)

Gift sets of classic series such as: Little House on the Prairie, Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Winnie-the-Pooh

Shakespeare’s Storybook by Patrick Ryan


Poems to Learn by Heart complied by Caroline Kennedy

Barefoot Book of Classic Poems by complied by Jackie Morris

Read-Aloud Poems edited by Gloria Hale

The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury by Jack Prelutsky

Christmas  Books

The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston

The Story of Christmas illustrated by Pamela Dalton

A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

Christmas Wish by Lori Event

Christmastime by Allison Jay

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

The Nutcracker by E.T. Hoffman

Song of the Stars by S. Lloyd-Jones

Religious Books

A Pocket Book of Prayers for Teens

Images of God for Young Children by Marie-Helene Delval

In God’s Name by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

The Story for Children

The Story: Teen: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People

The Story for Little Ones: Discover the Bible in Pictures

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare