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We wish you a merry Bookmas!

Last year I pulled together a few bookish gifts we were drooling over — here are some literary presents we’re giving (and maybe, hopefully getting) this holiday season.


agee_it's only stanleyI’m only actually giving this to one person, but I find myself recommending It’s Only Stanley to everyone who asks for a picture book recommendation. It has dogs! Laughs! Escalating oddities! Crazy contraptions! Flawless trochaic heptameter!


suma_walls around usI am giving lots of bookish gifts this year: multiple copies of the Harry Potter coloring book and one of the Game of Thrones coloring book (because coloring is cool), two custom-ordered JanDaJewelry tiiiiiny book pendants, and a Felix Felicis necklace.

As for what I’d like to get, well, I may have dropped some hints about a certain book starring a killer ballerina. And maybe this qualifies as naughty, but I ordered myself a present: signed and personalized 20th anniversary editions of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.


peeta_bakery_toteI’m giving some of the things I bought at the Hunger Games exhibit as gifts: a “Peeta’s Bakery” tote bag and then a Hunger Games mug. And what’s even cooler than those gifts is the wrapping paper: the Hunger Games exhibit store wrapped my items in Hunger Games tissue paper which I then reused for as many gifts as possible.


Of course, the most bookish gift of all is…an actual book. Need recommendations? See our 2015 Fanfare list for our fave books of the year. If you’re feeling really festive, choose something from one of our annual Holiday High Notes lists. Shoshana gives you five reasons why an indie bookstore is the perfect place to finish up your holiday shopping (if you haven’t already!).

Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.



  1. Katie Bircher Katie Bircher says:

    As though we needed MORE reasons to give books, read about this lovely tradition from Iceland!

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