A Very Bookish Holiday Gift Guide 2022

November 25, 2022

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be stressful. There is a bookish gift for everyone in your life. Let me give you some ideas to make your holiday shopping easy peasy!

For your scientist in training:

How Machines Work: Zoo Break! by David Macaulay

How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson

The Outdoor Scientist by Temple Grandin

For your budding historian:

DK Timelines of Everything

Big History Timeline Sticker Book

Yummy: A History of Desserts by Victoria Grace Elliot

For your artist:

Watercolor With Me in the Forest by Dana Fox

Ralph Masiello’s Dragon Drawing Book

Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley

For your music enthusiast:

Music: A Fold-Out Graphic History by Nicholas O’Neill

The History of Rock: For Big Fans and Little Punks by Rita Nabais

A Child’s Introduction to the Orchestra by Robert Levine

For your fantasy lover:

The Marvellers by Dhonielle Clayton

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger

For your young writer:

Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff Vandermeer

Wreck This Journal: Now in Color by Keri Smith

Share Your Smile: Raina’s Guide to Telling Your Own Story by Raina Telgemeier

For your world traveler:

Man Eating Bugs: The Art and Science of Eating Insects by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio

Lonely Planets Great Journeys: Travel The World’s Most Spectacular Routes 

National Parks of the U.S.A. by kate Siber

For your voracious reader:

A Clockwork Reader Reading Journal

Kindle Paperwhite Kids (Includes access to thousands of children’s literature!)

Glocusent USB Rechargeable Book Light


For Yourself (or another adult in your life):

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

The House on the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet by John Green


Deck the shelves with lots of books, Fa la la la la, la la la read!


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Emily Cook is the author and creator of the secular homeschool curriculum Build Your Library, a literature-based K-12 program infused with the teachings of Charlotte Mason. She writes full-year lesson plans as well as shorter topical unit studies. Emily has been homeschooling her four children in Southern NH for 21 years. She is passionate about reading aloud to children of all ages and loves to share her love of literature with others. She and her family also make incredibly dorky videos about homeschooling, books, and more on Youtube at ARRRGH! Schooling. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. You can also check out her author page on Amazon.

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Have you been looking for a literature based homeschool curriculum that is secular? How about a way to incorporate narration, copywork, dictation and memory work into your child’s education? Or art study that ties into history?

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