Ten amazing reads to gift your resident bookworm

Author Vikki VanSickle shares a guide to holiday book shopping for readers of all ages!
November 26, 2021 10:28 a.m. EST

If you give the gift of a book this year, what you're really giving is the gift of time! Whether these books are enjoyed cuddled up the couch, or discussed with the whole family, these ten reads are all about spending time with reading.

Author Vikki VanSickle shared her top picks of books to gift this year for readers of all ages, from picture books to adults. Find them below, and don't forget to click on the video above for more from Vikki!

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1. Great Too

This follow-up to the bestselling picture book, Great, focuses on building confidence and learning how to focus on the game, featuring hockey great Wayne Gretzky and his dad, Coach Wally.

SHOP: Great Too; $22 at Amazon.


2. Lentil Soup

This delightfully illustrated picture book will pique the interest of little readers everywhere and encourage inquisitive minds to think about what goes into their favourite foods! Through questions, jokes and riddles, we learn about lentils, tomatoes, salt, pepper and everything else we need to make a good soup, including a recipe for readers to make it themselves.

SHOP: Lentil Soup; $20 at Orca Book Publishers Canada.


3. Vampenguin

From the critically acclaimed author and illustrator of A Hungry Lion and Stumpkin comes a charming, wryly humorous story of adventure, mistaken identity, and a vampire family’s day at the zoo.

SHOP: Vampenguin; $24 at Indigo.




4. Cranky Chicken

Narwhal and Jelly meet The Bad Guys in this heartwarming, brightly illustrated, and downright hilarious chapter book about what happens when a very cranky chicken is befriended by a very cheerful worm.

SHOP: Cranky Chicken; $16 on Amazon.




5. Children of the Fox

Five kids with unusual talents are brought together to commit an impossible crime in the first book in a thrilling new heist series from the bestselling author of The Blackthorn Key.

SHOP: Children of the Fox; $22 on Amazon.


6. The Weirn Books, Vol. 1: Be Wary of the Silent Woods

In the Night Realm, vampires, shifters, weirns, and other night things passing for human prowl the streets... but they still have to go to school! Join the acclaimed author of Awkward, Svetlana Chmakova, for an outing into her favorite fantastical world full of magic and adventure.

SHOP: Be War of the Silent Woods; $17 on Amazon.




7. Iron Widow

Pacific Rim meets The Handmaid's Tale in this blend of Chinese history and mecha science fiction for YA readers.

SHOP: Iron Widow; $22 on Amazon.


8. Hunting By Stars

The thrilling follow-up to the bestselling, award-winning novel The Marrow Thieves, about a dystopian world where the Indigenous people of North America are being hunted for their bone marrow and ability to dream.

SHOP: Hunting by Stars; $15 at Indigo.




9. Renegades

Two longtime friends (Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen) share an intimate and urgent conversation about life, music, and their enduring love of America, with all its challenges and contradictions, in this stunningly produced expansion of their groundbreaking Higher Ground podcast.

SHOP: Renegades; $50 at Indigo.


10. Hana Khan Carries On

From the author of Ayesha at Last comes a sparkling new rom-com for fans of “You’ve Got Mail,” set in two competing halal restaurants.

SHOP: Hana Khan Carries On; $25 on Amazon.

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