Holiday Book Buying Guide for Shorties

Okay, Cloud 8 readers, it is time I actually gave you some information you can use.  In case any of you are shopping for little boys this holiday season, I have some recommendations for you.  We are a family of book geeks readers, so today I am starting with books.  If you have any avid readers on your shopping list, here are some suggestions.

First some awesome books for the 9-12 year old reader in your life:

Septimus Heap: Sweet Pea likes them, Pickles loves them. Pickles, if you love them, why don't you marry them!

Spetimus Heap: This is a series of five books recommended for 9-12 year-old kids.  We started the first book as audio and I was hooked quickly. Unfortunately, the boys got ahead of me, then moved on to the other books in the series pretty quickly and I was left in the dust.  This is a series about magic, wizards, dragons and the like.  Family ties are an important theme in this series.  It is not as intense as Harry Potter and according to Sweet Pea, it isn’t as interesting.  Pickles disagreed, he really loves the series.  The Septimus Heap books:  Magyk, Flyte, Physik, Queste, and Syren were written by Angie Sage.

Sweet Pea’s best and favorite pick is a series called Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini.  We just call them the Eragon books.  There are three books in this series about dragons and their riders, Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr.  The series is recommended for ages 12 and up and I totally agree about that.  It is intense, the plot is wicked complicated, and it gets rather violent at times.  Having said all that, Sweet Pea LOVES these books.  He reads them over and over and over.  One night he spent ten minutes recounting to me a certain dragon flight scene that he finds especially intriguing and awesome.  Watching your kid get so into a book is really cool!

Pickles also wanted to recommend the Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix.  Do you detect a theme?  If I am going to find a book that they love, it is great if we can get some more mileage out of it in the form of multiple volumes.  This recommendation originally came from my niece who was 11 when she was reading these.  The premise is that in the future, it has become illegal in America for families to have more than two children and consequently there is this network of hidden third children.  The hidden children eventually organize and fight for liberation.  The main character in each book changes and there both male and female protagonists.  I enjoyed reading them to Pickles when he first started them, but these books are recommended for kids aged 8-12.  The titles are:  Among the Hidden, Among the Imposters, Among the Betrayed, Among the Barons, Among the Brave, Among the Enemy and Among the Free.

For the 4 and under crowd, Pumpkin Pie and I have several favorites to recommend.  Before I recommend a book to you for this age group, please rest assured that I have test driven this book over and over and over again and will only suggest a book that does NOT make me want to scratch my eyes out I think you will like to read a LOT of times.  I won’t recommend anything to you that I don’t love love love!!

These books are good giggly fun for reader and readee alike.  First is anything at all by Mo Willems, specifically, Don’t Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus and Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale. Mo Willems is a creative genius and cracks. me. up.  Both of these awesome selections are the first in a series and there are adorably funny sequels to both.  Get them all!!  I am linking to Amazon in case you are inclined to do some online shopping, but you can get them at any book store with a decent kids lit section.

Next is When  Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise Broach and David Small.  The premise behind this is that instead of stickers, lollies or balloons, kids get dinos as freebies with a haircut, check-up, etc.  If the creative story weren’t enough, the illustrations are fantastic, and the kid in the book could totally be one of mine.  I can see him doing his happy dance with our Shorties!  You can read this one over and over and over and still love it.  Pickles, Pumpkin Pie and I read this last night and laughed ourselves stupid at the pictures of the kid and his mom!

Pumpkin Pies last recommendation is a series by Kate and Jim Mcmullan, I Stink, I’m Dirty, I’m Mighty, I’m Bad and I’m Big (this is the newest!).  These are really good little boy (The author recommends age 4-8, but I have been reading these to Pumpkin Pie for a while) books because of the subject matter:  trucks, mud, dinosaurs and other icky stuff.  Yup, no shortage of ick!  Your guys (and gals!) will LOVE these.  So will you!

Scholastic is the least expensive way I have found to increase our book collection, but not all books are available through them, and you have to borrow a teacher or student to order through their school.    It is a great way to get paperback versions of books at a fraction of the cost of Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.

Happy shopping grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, friends!  You should absolutely consider great books this holiday for the little Cutie Pies in your life.

Photo credits:  Septimus Heap, Don’t Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus and Eragon cover photos from Wikipedia, When Dinosaurs Came With Everything is from Amazon.
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About Adventures From Cloud 8

I am a stay at home mom who now and again sneaks away to be an in-home family therapist. My husband and I have 3 boys: Sweet Pea (12), Pickles (9) and Pumpkin Pie (4). Oh yeah. We have Doodle Dog, too. You guessed it! He’s a boy. At least he pees outside.
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2 Responses to Holiday Book Buying Guide for Shorties

  1. Faith says:

    Book recs! Ooooooooh!!

    When they get a tad older – they HAVE to read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, and most of the books following (I loved Speaker for the Dead too – though buy them used because Orson Scott Card is a hateful lunatic nowadays, unfortunately) and the His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman. His Dark Materials blows Harry Potter out of the water, in my opinion. I do like Harry Potter too, though. I’ve heard good things about the Hunger Games trilogy too, though I haven’t read it myself. It’s next on my list! Oh – and obviously A Wrinkle In Time and the following series.

  2. Sweet Pea read Enders Game with Husband and then read the next one on his own. We read a Wrinkle in Time together when Sweet Pea was younger but my Mrs. Which (or was it Mrs. Who?) voice scared him. You are getting your nephew books for Christmas, right?

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