When it comes to finding the perfect gift, there’s nothing quite like a book. Kiddos gain inspiration and concentration skills, and parents don’t have more plastic parts to add to the growing pile. We’ve read through hundreds of 2017 releases in kid’s books this year and narrowed it down, somehow, to following picks. From epic find-and-seek adventures to books that empower all kids, we promise there’s at least one book for every kind of kiddo on your list. Click through the gallery below to read all about ’em.

Owl in a Straw Hat

Follow a young owl named Ollie who struggles with reading. When his parents send him to his grandma’s house for tutoring, he crosses paths with a hungry wolf, a cunning fox and Trickster Coyote, among others. The colors and characters of the New Mexico landscape are beautifully illustrated by New Mexico artist El Moisés. Author Rudolfo Anaya—who received the National Medal of the Arts from Barack Obama— is considered the father of Chicano literature and this book will inspire and delight the kids.

Ages: 6 and up
Cost: $16.99
Buy it from unmpress.com

image courtesy University New Mexico Press 

  • Gotta Go Buffalo via Gibbs Smith


What’s your favorite book to give a kid? New or classic? Tell us in a comment below.

—Amber Guetebier




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