Gifts for the young reader (and writer!)

Do you have a young person on your Christmas list, but don’t really have a clue what to get them? Or perhaps you know someone who is an avid reader of any age, but you’re not sure what they’d like?

I happen to have just the thing. As the community moderator for the Young Writer’s Program, I know what’s got the kids excited about reading these days. The roleplays they create, the fandoms they write, the things they’re going gaga for. These are the stories they’re talking about non-stop amongst themselves.  You may have even noticed some have been made into movies!

Here’s your perfect list, just in time for the holiday.

Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

Warriors Series by by Erin Hunter

The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Maximum Ride by James Patterson  (Yes, that James Patterson.)

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherine M. Valente

Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie

If there’s a budding writer, then a great choice are totable notebooks. Moleskines are my drug of choice, but I’ve also found Picadilly journals to be an adequate and much less expensive alternative. Great pens are never a bad thing for any writer. Even if they’re digital writers, at some point you’ve gotta break out the red ink. My personal favorites are of course the ever trustworthy Pilot Precise V5s, and they come in colors!

So tell me, fine readers, what are your go-to gifts for the readers and writers during the holidays? What do YOU hope Santa brings for Christmas?


4 thoughts on “Gifts for the young reader (and writer!)

  1. I can vouch for the Warriors Series; my 16-year old nephew loves them. The Hunger Games also remain a classic, and I’d recommend them over the Divergent Series.

    For the older geeky kids, I’d recommend Big Brother and its sequel, Homeland, by Cory Doctorow. How many action-adventure stories do you get for the geeks?

  2. I received an early Christmas gift from Santa. A Macbook Air.
    So. Excited. 🙂

    Great post. I haven’t read the Divergent series yet, but I heard great things and will be picking it up. -RB

  3. For very young readers: Stellaluna by Janelle Cannon; The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf; Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel.

    For older kids: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick; the Olympian series by Rick Riordan; anything by Kate DiCamillo.

  4. I’ll have to remember this thread for the next time niece/nephew birthdays roll around! (I’m reading this a little late for Christmas 2013.)

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