Holiday gift guide: Build a children’s book library in every room

Michael Barrett  //  Nov 21, 2016

Holiday gift guide: Build a children’s book library in every room

Give the gift of reading this holiday season and turn kids into avid readers by keeping children’s books in every room of the home.  “Sneak peek” of data from the soon to be released Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™: 6th Edition from Scholastic, shows the need for more books in the home nationwide. (Click here for the full infographic). 


The data reveals that children ages 6–17 who are frequent readers – those who read books for fun 5 – 7 days a week – are far more likely to have more books in the home than those who are infrequent readers – children who read books for fun less than one day a week. More than half (52%) of frequent readers have more than 100 books at home while just about three-quarters (73%) of infrequent readers have fewer than 100 books. 


The sneak peek also reveals where children’s books are found in homes nationwide – as well as top book series suggestions from parents.   Other key findings from the upcoming Kids & Family Reading Report™ include:


How many children’s books are in the average home?

  • On average, U.S. homes with kids ages 17 and under have 104 children’s books, yet more than 6 in 10 families (62%) have fewer than 100 children’s books in the home.


Where are children’s books in the home?

  • Parents reported that their child’s bedroom (85%) is the most common place to find children’s books in their home. The family/living room (53%) and playroom (31%) follow as common places, but parents also shared that some of them have children’s books in their home office (15%), dining room (6%), bathroom (4%) and kitchen (3%).


What top children’s books do parents recommend?

  • Parents of children ages 0–17 shared the top books and series they believe every kid should read including: Harry Potter, Dr. Seuss, The Magic Tree House and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.


For even more ideas for holiday shoppers and to help find the right book for every child, Scholastic Reading Club editors created a “top book picks” list for every room in the home and every age group from ages 0-17. All titles are available for purchase via Scholastic Reading Club or the Scholastic Store at


Use this holiday gift list to help you find the right book for every child. Happy Holidays!



  • 0-5 years: How to Dress a Dragon by Thelma Lynne Godin, illustrated by Eric Barclay
  • 6-8 years: Goodnight, Grizzle Grump by Aaron Blecha
  • 9-11 years: Jingle by Gordon Korman
  • 12-14 years: Camp Midnight by Steven T. Seagle, illustrated by Jason Katzenstein
  • 15-17 years: Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe  by Benjaamin Alire Sáenz





  • 0-5 years: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey! By Lucielle Colandro, illustrated by Jared D. Lee
  • 6-8 years: Judy Moody and Stink: The Wisbone Wish by Megan McDonald; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
  • 9-11 years: Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
  • 12-14 years: Getting Over Garrett Dulaney by Abby McDonald
  • 15-17 years:  To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han



  • 0-5 years: If You Give a Mouse a Brownie by Laura Numeroff; llustrated by Felicia Bond
  • 6-8 years: The Cheese Experiment by Geronimo Stilton
  • 9-11 years: Pie by Sarah Weeks
  • 12-14 years: The Omnivore’s Dilemma for Young Readers by Michael Pollan
  • 15-17 years: Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley