Growing Reader

2016 Holiday Gifts for
Growing Readers Ages 6 – 8

by Laura Lambert

Early readers are my fave. Whether you’re reading longer books to them at night, or they’re digging into beginning books on their own, there are so many new characters, gorgeous illustrations, and increasingly nuanced storylines to explore.

Here’s my holiday shortlist of activity books, new titles, themed sets, and some particularly special books for the 6- to 8-year-olds in your life.

  • For the Inveterate Tinkerer

  • How Things Work

    by T.J. Resler

    If your child can’t stroll by a never-seen-before gadget without turning it upside-down, around, inside and out to see what makes it tick, this is your book … or, rather, their book. From microwaves to roller coasters, How Things Work covers the ins and outs of more than two dozen things of interest.

  • For the Future Art Star

  • Radiant Child

    by Javaka Steptoe

    There’s a room full of Basquiats at the Broad Museum, where I live in Los Angeles, and I’ve always been struck by the way his work speaks to kids and parents alike. So this book, a portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s life (and not so much his death), is not so shocking to my sensibilities. Kids easily embrace the textures, the raucousness of the mixed-media works. And it’s a wonderful celebration of an artist’s vision.