Santa’s Bookshop: Books to Give Everyone

December 13, 2016

Still have some gifts to buy? Wrap up some books to make the season merry and bright. There’s something for everyone on this ‘nice list’.

Younger Elves

“The Book of Heroines: Tales of History’s Gutsiest Gals” by Stephanie Warren Drimmer

Give the amazing girl in your life this book about more than 100 other girls who have dared to change the world. From superstars to scientists, and athletes to politicians these women really rock. Ages 5-12.

“The Book of Heroes: Tales of History’s Most Daring Dudes” by Crispin Boyer

For that totally awesome little man in your family, give this incredible nonfiction read all about some of history’s most amazing, talented, important men. Ages 5-12.

“Ultimate Ocean-Pedia: The Most Complete Ocean Reference Ever” by Christina Wilsdon

Hey, ocean lovers! Wanna know more about your favorite fish or he mysterious depths? Then this is a must-have (or give). Ages 5-12.

“Science Encyclopedia: Atom Smashing, Food Chemistry, Animals, Space, and More!” by National Geographic

For that super-smartie on your list, inspire him/her with this great reference book loaded with the coolest of science facts. Ages 8-14.

“How Things Work: Discover Secrets and Science Behind Bounce Houses, Hovercraft, Robotics, and Everything In Between” by T.J. Ressler

This book is perfect for the curious kids on your list. Ages 8-14.

“One Boy, No Water” by Lehua Parker

If your kids loved Disney’s Moana, grab them the first book in a fantastic Hawaiian middle grade series, The Niuhi Shark Saga. Boys, school, bullies, surfing, and ancient magic. Seriously, these books are so good.  Ages 9-16.

“Impyrium” by Henry H. Neff

Got a Harry Potter fan on your gift list? Wrap up this new magical book. James Dasher said, “I haven’t read about a world so deep, so purely magical, so well-developed since Harry Potter.” Ages 9-16.

Older Elves

“Root, Petal, Thorn” by Ella Joy Olsen

For the woman in your life who loves historical fiction, pick up this new book from local Utah author, Ella Joy Johnson. A beautifully written story of five women who live in the same house over the course of one hundred years. Content note: Occasional use of foul language and mild sexual references.

“The Sheriffs of Savage Wells” by Sarah M. Eden

Give the gift of clean romance! When famous lawman rides into the small town of Savage Wells, he means to take over the position of sheriff. But the town already has a sheriff, Miss Paisley Bell. And she’s not about to give up the job easily. A really fun read!

“Plaid and Plagiarism” by Molly MacRae

This charming, witty cozy mystery is the perfect book to give the reader on your list. She’ll love to curl up next to the fire and read all about the intrepid group of women who take over an old bookshop in the Scottish Highlands. When one of them is found murdered, the others set out to solve the case. Content: Unknown.

“The School of Essential Ingredients” by Erica Bauermeister

If the reader on your list is also a foodie, this is a must-read! So beautifully written, the story follows the lives of a group of people who end up in a cooking class together at Lillian’s enchanting restaurant. The power of food and friendship will capture your heart. Content note: A few uses of foul language and some mild sexual references.

“The Folio Society: Emily Dickinson’s Selected Poems”

The Folio Society is amazing and they make incredible books, so perfect for giving. This is a gorgeous edition of some of Emily Dickinson’s beloved poems.


  1. Reply
    DeAnna Hulme

    Teri, I am looking for a book I can recommend to my Book Club for our Dec 2017 meeting. Would love to have them all read something very wonderful for the Christmas Season coming soon.
    Sincerely, DeAnna Hulme, Avon, Utah (Cache County)

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      DeAnne –

      Sorry to be so slow getting back to you. A few I’d recommend: “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivy, “The Winter Witch” by Paula Brackston, and “The Lake House” by Kate Morton.


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