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.

Maurice the Unbeastly

Beasts roar and beasts destroy—except Maurice. He’s the kale eating, kind-hearted, incredibly polite beast who just doesn’t quite fit in. Mama and Papa send him off to the Abominable Academy for Brutish Beasts to learn how to scowl, snarl and howl like a pro. But Maurice just can’t stop being Maurice—and he ends up teaching everyone else (including readers) why being true to yourself is the most important thing of all.By Amy Dixon, with gorgeous illustrations by Karl James Mountford that will keep you and your little beasts enchanted long after the holidays have come and gone. 

Ages: 3 and up
Cost: $12.11
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image courtesy Sterling Publishers

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

—Amber Guetebier




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