Shopping for the holidays can be stressful when you’re trying to figure out the perfect gift for everyone on your list. But this year we’ve got you covered! Encourage a love of reading by giving a book this holiday. Find the perfect gift for every young reader in your life with our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide!

For: The Young Activist


Dangerous JaneDangerous Jane
Written by Suzanne Slade
Illustrated by Alice Ratterree

For twenty-five years, Jane Addams had helped people live in peace at Hull House. But when war broke out, she decided to take on the world and become a dangerous woman for the sake of peace.

Learn about Jane Addams’s inspiring actions in this heartening picture book biography. While Jane’s world efforts for peace won her the title “Most Dangerous Woman in America” by the FBI, she eventually became the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. This book will truly change the way the readers think about the impact of generosity and kindness! Read an excerpt here.


Yours for Justice Ida B WellsYours for Justice, Ida B. Wells:
The Daring Life of a Crusading Journalist
Written by Philip Dray
Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn

With a deep belief in America’s promise of “freedom and justice for all,” young Ida defied society’s conventions and used her position as a journalist to speak against injustice and be a tireless crusader for civil rights.

With eloquently written text and whimsical illustrations, this stunning picture book biography of one of the most important progenitors of the Civil Rights Movement will inspire any young reader looking to make a difference.


Marching with Aunt SusanMarching with Aunt Susan:
Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage
Written by Claire Rudolf Murphy
Illustrated by Stacey Schuett

Stirred to action when Susan B. Anthony comes to town to lead the campaign for women’s suffrage, Bessie joins the movement and discovers that small efforts can result in small changes—and maybe even big ones.

Inspired by the diary of the real Bessie Keith Pond, a ten-year-old girl who lived in California during the suffrage campaign, this thought-provoking introduction to the fight for women’s rights reminds readers that society cannot evolve unless people—even young people—dare to take a stand.


Fault Lines in the Constitution Cover ArtFault Lines in the Constitution:
The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws the Affect Us Today
Written by Cynthia Levinson & Sanford Levinson

Many of the political issues we struggle with today have their roots in the US Constitution. The Levinsons take readers back to the creation of the US Constitution and discuss how contemporary problems were first introduced—then they offer possible solutions.

Perfect for young government and history buffs, this engaging and thought-provoking look at the Constitution’s creation and it’s ramifications in today’s society will encourage exploration and discussion from young and old readers alike. Read an excerpt here. For more from award-winning author Cynthia Levinson, also check out We’ve Got a Job: The 2963 Birmingham Children’s March.


Find these titles and more at your local libraryindie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble. Still looking for more great ideas? Our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide has even more gift recommendations for your little readers this holiday season!