Guide Book to Gift Books

An Annotated List of Books for Youth



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"The Guide Book to Gift Books is a fabulous resource for anyone who loves to share the enjoyment of reading with children. It's the only list you need to go to the bookstore, and is the sure way to bring home the titles that are read over and over again!" --Julie Filip Jackson

For holidays, birthdays, and all your other gift-giving occasions...

Books make great gifts, but picking the perfect titles for your favorite youngsters can be daunting. The expert staff of the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books have created an up-to-date, easy-to-use guide to help you navigate the bookstore wilderness of shiny new children's books.

The 2016 Guide Book to Gift Books is now available! Updated and expanded from the 2015 edition, the 2016 edition is free and features:

  • Brief annotations for over 300 of the best books for giving (and receiving). Entries (divided by age group) including author, title, publisher, and the current list price.
  • Convenient downloadable PDF format that allows you to print out and use the guide right away.You can also use it on your smartphone!
  • Listed books have all been recommended in full Bulletin reviews from the last three years and are verified as currently in print.

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The Guide Book to Gift Books is available as a PDF file. PDF (Portable Document Format) files are read using Adobe's Acrobat Reader. Download a free copy of Acrobat or read more about downloading PDFs.


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This page was last updated on November 1, 2016.