Holiday Book Gift Guide 2023

by Ensworth Librarians
Ensworth's librarians and reading support team have once again created a holiday book gift guide divided into age groups for readers, from Kindergarten all the way to adults.

K–2 Gifts

How Does Santa Go Down the ChimneyMac Barnett (Author), Jon Klassen (Illustrator)Whether it’s shape-shifting or impromptu laundry use, Mac Barnett’s iconic talent for earnest deadpan humor and Jon Klassen’s irresistibly funny art honor the timeless question with answers both ridiculous and plausible, mounting in hilarity as the night continues.
Eight Nights of Lights: A Celebration of HanukkahLeslie Kimmelman (Author), Hilli Kushnir (Illustrator)Celebrate the eight nights of Hanukkah with this interactive, one-of-a-kind menorah and storybook set. The perfect Hanukkah gift for the entire family to enjoy!
If I Was a HorseSophie BlackallIn her funniest book yet, two-time Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall captures the astonishing spectacle of a child imagining life as a horse. And with a book jacket adorned with glitter, this romp really sparkles!
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the SleighMo WillemsThe Pigeon has made a list and checked it once. Can his holiday dream come true? Or will The Pigeon be left out in the cold?
There Was a Party for LangstonJason Reynolds (Author), Jarrett Pumphrey (Illustrator)New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Jason Reynolds’ debut picture book is a snappy, joyous ode to Word King, literary genius, and glass-ceiling smasher Langston Hughes and the luminaries he inspired.

Grades 3–5 Gifts

Wings of Fire: A Guide to the Dragon WorldTui SutherlandFor Wings of Fire series readers an all-new collection of stories and art from their favorite dragon world!
Spy School Goes NorthStuart GibbsThe latest book in the very popular Spy School series. For the reader who loves adventure and mystery!
Whale DoneStuart GibbsOur students really like Stuart Gibbs! This is the latest book in his Funjungle series. Great for mystery lovers.
The Wild Robot ProtectsPeter BrownThe Wild Robot is a great science fiction series. This is the third book in this best-selling series. Roz is on an action-packed journey to save her beloved island!
Chinese Menu: The History, Myths, and Legends Behind Your Favorite FoodsGrace LinNewbery and Caldecott Honor author, Grace Lin, provides a visual and storytelling feast as she gives insight on the history, legends, and myths behind your favorite American Chinese dishes.
Above the Trenches (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #12) Nathan HaleIn Above the Trenches, author-illustrator Nathan Hale takes to the skies with the flying aces of World War I to reveal another Hazardous Tale in American history in the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel series.

Middle School Gifts

Nic Blake and the Remarkables: The Manifestor ProphecyAngie ThomasBestselling author Angie Thomas makes her middle grade debut with this hilarious, and suspenseful contemporary fantasy trilogy inspired by African American history and folklore.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Chalice of the GodsRick RiordanThe original heroes from The Lightning Thief are reunited for their biggest challenge yet. They are trying to get Percy to college when the gods are standing in his way.
WreckerCarl Hiaasen
Valdez Jones a.k.a. Wrecker needs to deal with smugglers, grave robbers, and iguanas—just as soon as he finishes Zoom school. Another wild adventure in Carl Hiaasen's Florida!
Unbreakable: The Spies who Cracked the Nazis' Secret CodeRebecca E. R. BaroneUnbreakable is an exciting true story of the codebreakers, spies, and navy fighters who helped defeat the Nazis and turned the tide of World War II. This is perfect for fans of Alan Gratz, and Jennifer Nielsen.
Juniper's ChristmasEoin ColferEleven-year-old Juniper sets out on a wild adventure to find her mother and protect a public park just days before Christmas.

High School Gifts

If He Had Been With MeLaura NowlinAutumn and Finn used to be inseparable. But then something changed. Now, they do their best to ignore each other. Autumn has her boyfriend Jamie, and her close-knit group of friends. And Finn has become that boy at school, the one everyone wants to be around. And as time passes, Autumn will be forced to confront how else life might have been different if they had never parted ways…
Five SurviveHolly JacksonRed Kenny is on a road trip for spring break with five friends: Her best friend - the older brother - his perfect girlfriend - a secret crush - a classmate - and a killer.  When their RV breaks down in the middle of nowhere with no cell service, they soon realize this is no accident. They have been trapped by someone out there in the dark, someone who clearly wants one of them dead.
Wires and Nerve: The Graphic Novel Duology Boxed SetMarissa MeyerA must-read for fans of Marissa Meyer’s bestselling sci-fi Lunar Chronicles, these young adult graphic novels expand the futuristic fairy-tale universe of the original storyline to enchanting results. 
Project Hail MaryAndy WeirRyland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.  All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.
The Things They CarriedTim O'BrienThe Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling.
Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War TwoJoseph BruchacAfter being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.

Adult Book Gifts

SoulfullFerrell Mason, Illustrated by Evie CoatesIn this refreshingly original invitation to soulful living, Farrell Mason speaks to the universal human experience: navigating relationships, coping with change, rebounding from a setback or loss, finding peace, and prioritizing food, fellowship, faith, and regular joy. Illustrated by Ensworth's very own, Evie Coates.
The House Is on FireRachel BeanlandThe January selection for Fiction with Friends, Beanland's latest novel is based on a true story about a catastrophic fire in Richmond, VA. Taking place in the winter of 1811, the fire tore a fragile community apart and shocked a young nation.
The Berry PickersAmanda PetersThe Berry Pickers is an intimately written tale of the destruction wreaked on a family when their youngest child is stolen. Peters brilliantly crafts a multi-layered tale of how one irrational act creates irrevocable harm that ripples through multiple lives, including, ironically, the lives of the perpetrators.
A History of Basketball in Fifteen SneakersRuss BengstonThe ultimate book for both hoops fans and sneaker obsessives, A History of Basketball in Fifteen Sneakers is an exciting and fascinating look at the sport.
So Late in the DayClaire KeeganCelebrated for her powerful short fiction, Claire Keegan now gifts us three exquisite stories, newly revised and expanded, together forming a brilliant examination of gender dynamics and an arc from Keegan’s earliest to her most recent work.

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