With the holidays around the corner the shelves are being stocked with fun gifts this year for young kids. Elena Epstein, Director of the National Parenting Product Awards, has highlighted some books that are sure to put young boys and girls in the mood to read. Here are three of her recommended selections from the NAPPA 2019 gift guide.

Wild Bios Books. Meet history’s greatest figures in this adorable board book series with an animal twist. Includes famous Meowxican painter Frida Catlo, Baa-rd of Avon William Sheepspeare’s, brave pilot Amelia Harehart and astronaut Neil Armswan. $7.99, Birth-2, silverdolphinbooks.com.




Where are You…? A personalized search-and-find extravaganza, where you’re looking for… yourself! Kids can explore 6 alternative universes, spotting different versions of themselves. $29.99, 5+, wonderbly.com.




Owlcrate Jr. An adorable monthly subscription box featuring a middle grade novel, exclusive goodies from the author and 3-5 unique items built around the month’s theme that encourage curiosity, creativity, and imagination. $27.99 for month-to-month option (other payment plans available), 8-12, owlcrate.com.


Aimee Serafin, editor of the Augusta Family Magazine.