What’s up, procrastinators? If we’re all getting down like they do in Iceland this year, it’s time to zip down to your local independent bookstore, or big chain even. They will love to have your business, and your loved ones will be delighted to have a reason to ignore their families for an hour or so. (Just me?) Here are some last minute gift recs. You can pay me back in reading time.

Picture books: Got a 3-5 year old looking for some quality cuddle time? Try these.

The Thing About Yetis by Vin Vogel is a warm, charming book about that moment when we collectively decide winter stinks.

The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton for that kid in your life who can’t get enough fart jokes.

Waiting by Kevin Henkes is a great choice for a quiet kid with a sentimental streak.

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Laurel Long has each of the previous gifts hidden in the stunning illustrations, and they are REALLY hard to find.

Middle Grade: for the older-ish kids who want to read on their own, or still like you to read to them.

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley weaves magic with real life, and has some incredibly memorable characters. Plus the package is gorgeous.

Firefly Hollow by Alison McGhee is like a classic that just appeared on shelves this year. Full color illustrations, a firefly who wants to go to the moon, and a cricket who wants to play baseball, a real treasure.

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex is a Christmas story at its heart, and of course, was turned into that movie Home. But the book is way funnier.

Young Adult: books for teenagers and cool grownups.

Tracked by Jenny Martin will satisfy that Star Wars fan looking for more ass-kicking girls on interplanetary adventures. Plus racing!

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby is something exceptionally weird and cool.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson is the kind of graphic novel you keep thinking about way after it’s finished.

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle is the book that made me try to pay for coffee with my Metrocard because I couldn’t be bothered to take my head out of it for even a second.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is what I got for my own parents. Fantasy and criminals, what more can you ask for, really?


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