10 Kids’ Books Perfect for Christmas Gifts in 2023 | TheReviewGeek Recommends

Looking for the perfect literary gifts for the young readers in your life? Look no further! We have compiled a list of captivating books that are sure to capture their imagination and provide hours of enjoyment. These books cover a wide range of genres, from magical adventures to educational explorations. Here are some fantastic book Christmas gifts for kids, from the countless great children’s books published this year.


The Night Raven by Johan Rundberg

The Night Raven by Johan Rundberg is an exciting and atmospheric novel set in 1880 Stockholm during a harsh winter. The story follows Mika, a 12-year-old orphan who is familiar with the city’s gritty underbelly. Mika’s survival skills have honed her ability to observe even the smallest details. When a police constable recognizes her talent for noticing things others miss, he seeks her help in solving a murder investigation. As Mika and the constable delve deeper into the case, they discover that powerful individuals are hiding something. To uncover the truth, this unlikely pair of detectives must be willing to put everything on the line. The Night Raven is the first book in The Moonwind series.

This award-winning novel is a great Christmas gift for readers aged 10 to 13. It offers an engaging and suspenseful storyline set in a historical backdrop. The combination of mystery and adventure makes it an enjoyable read for young readers.


One Christmas in Our Building by Johanna Lindemann

One Christmas in Our Building is a heartwarming picture book written by Johanna Lindemann and illustrated by Andrea Stegmaier. This contemporary urban Christmas story gives a modern touch to the story of the Nativity. The story follows Emma, whose father and stepmother are feeling stressed during the holiday season. To make matters worse, their Christmas turkey is stolen. Emma tries to bring joy and cheer by drawing a Christmas tree on the wall. However, her efforts seem to only make her parents grumpier.

The illustrations by Andrea Stegmaier contribute humour to the story, with many details that young readers will find familiar and amusing. One Christmas in Our Building is a feel-good picture book that explores the importance of staying positive when things don’t go according to plan. It highlights the power of community and how sometimes the best celebrations are spontaneous.

This picture book is recommended for children aged 3 to 6. It offers a delightful story, relatable characters, and vibrant illustrations that capture the spirit of Christmas and the joy of coming together as a community.


Godfather Death by Sally Nicholls

Godfather Death is a captivating retelling of a lesser-known Grimm fairy tale by Sally Nicholls. Accompanied by stunning illustrations by Júlia Sardà, this book offers an atmospheric and dark rendition of the story. Unlike traditional fairy tales, Godfather Death does not include fairy godmothers. Instead, it introduces personifications of God, the Devil, and Death. Set in a medieval-like world, this cautionary tale explores themes of mortality and fate.

The illustrations by Júlia Sardà add to the medieval aesthetic, creating a visual experience reminiscent of an illustrated text from that era. While Godfather Death is perfect for reading aloud, it should be noted that the story doesn’t follow the typical happily ever after formula often found in fairy tales.

A recommended Christmas gift for children aged 7 to 11, this retelling by Sally Nicholls provides a unique and engaging reading experience. It offers a departure from the more well-known fairy tales and immerses readers in a darker, thought-provoking narrative that encourages contemplation on life’s mysteries and the consequences of our actions.


Mission: Arctic — A Scientific Adventure to a Changing North Pole by Katharina Weiss-Tuider

Mission: Arctic – A Scientific Adventure to a Changing North Pole is an informative and exciting non-fiction book written by Katharina Weiss-Tuider and illustrated by Christian Schneider. Translated by Shelley Tanaka, this book is an ideal Christmas gift for readers aged 10 to 14 who are interested in the scientific exploration of the Arctic. The book explores the largest-ever expedition to the Arctic that took place in the autumn of 2019.

The researchers on board the icebreaker Polarstern decided to let the ship freeze in the sea ice and drift towards the North Pole to observe the ice, clouds, and ocean currents. The goal was to advance our understanding of what is happening in the Arctic and how it impacts climates elsewhere. The illustrations by Christian Schneider add depth to the narrative, making it easier for readers to understand the scientific concepts presented. 


No Brainer (Diary of Wimpy Kid #18) by Jeff Kinney

No Brainer is the latest book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. The story follows Greg Heffley, who hasn’t had the easiest time in middle school, so when he discovers that his school is closing down he isn’t too broken up about it. That is until he finds out he will be going to a different school than his best friend, Rowley Jefferson. Now, it’s a race against time to save his school with a little help from his classmates.

As with many in the series, No Brainer is filled with humourous illustrations and relatable situations that many readers will empathize with. The story explores themes of friendship, loyalty and the difficulties of growing up and adapting to change, which makes this book a perfect Christmas gift for children.


Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bear by Trang Nguyen

Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bear is a captivating graphic novel written by Trang Nguyen and illustrated by Jeet Zdung. The art in this book is truly innovative, as the award-winning Vietnamese artist combines pencil, watercolour, ink, and digital media with a manga style. The story is based on the author’s own life and follows the journey of a young protagonist who, inspired by a childhood encounter with a sun bear, becomes a wildlife conservationist and establishes the organization WildAct. With its theme of human-animal friendship, determined main character, and engaging illustrations, this book is sure to appeal to readers in the 7-10 age range, making it a great Christmas gift for kids.


Safiyyah’s War by Hiba Noor Khan

Safiyyah’s War is a thrilling historical novel written by Hiba Noor Khan. The story takes place in Paris during World War Two and follows the journey of Safiyyah, a young heroine who lives with her family in the city’s Grand Mosque. As Paris is occupied by the Nazis, Safiyyah’s life takes a dramatic turn when she becomes involved in the Resistance against the occupation. A pivotal moment arises when persecuted Jews seek refuge at the mosque, and Safiyyah must find the courage to lead them through the catacombs to safety. Although Safiyyah is a fictional character, the novel is inspired by the real-life events where the rector and other individuals at the mosque provided refuge and certificates of Muslim identity to Jews, aiding in their escape. A recommended Christmas gift for readers aged 8-12, Safiyyah’s War offers an engaging and inspiring historical narrative.


Girls by Annet Schaap

Girls is a collection of seven classic Dutch fairy tale retellings written by Annet Schaap. Originally written in Dutch, this English edition brings to life the unique storytelling of one of the Netherlands’ most original contemporary writers. Unlike traditional fairy tales, these stories present girls with agency and emphasize that there is no simplistic happily-ever-after ending. With a touch of wit, darkness, and imagination, these tales come together to create a fabulous collection. The book is complemented by black-and-white illustrations created by the author. A recommended Christmas gift for readers aged 9-12, Girls is not only a delightful read for children but also something parents can enjoy too.


What’s Hiding Under There? by Daniela Drescher

What’s Hiding Under There? is a beautiful lift-the-flap board book created by renowned illustrator Daniela Drescher. Known for her delicate style using soft watercolours and ink, Drescher captures the readers’ attention with stunning illustrations.

This interactive book encourages young children to develop their observational and fine motor skills as they search for hidden surprises behind the flaps. Additionally, it serves as a great tool for families and teachers to expand children’s vocabulary, as it introduces various animals, plants, seasons, and different times of the day. The perfect Christmas gift for children aged 1-4, What’s Hiding Under There? offers a delightful reading experience while aiding in the development of important skills.


The Secret Elephant: The true story of an extraordinary wartime friendship by Ellan Rankin

The Secret Elephant is a heartwarming picture book written by Ellan Rankin. This charming book is narrated by an elderly elephant reflecting on past memories. Inspired by true events, it tells the story of a zookeeper at Belfast Zoo who took in a baby Asian elephant during World War Two to protect her from bombing raids and the authorities’ orders to destroy potentially dangerous animals. The illustrations and text beautifully complement each other, exuding humour and warmth throughout the book. A recommended Christmas gift for children aged 3-6, The Secret Elephant offers a delightful and touching tale of an extraordinary friendship in trying times.


These literary gifts offer something for every child’s taste and interest. They are the perfect books for kids’ Christmas gifts in 2023. Happy gifting and happy reading!


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