One-Size-Fits-All: Read Aloud Gift Books for the Whole Family!

Need a book idea you can give as a “whole family” gift?

Perhaps you want to take along a little “happy” to the friend and her family who’s putting you up for the night during your Christmas travels.

Or, perhaps you want to give a little something to each of your siblings and their families at Christmas (but you can’t afford to give something to each of the 25 nieces and nephews individually!).

Maybe you want give your own family something you can enjoy together this coming year.

Read Aloud Gift Books for the Whole Family

We’ve got you covered–we’re nothing if not full of book ideas for each and every occasion! Perhaps not a “one-size-fits-all” list, but the books below have broad age appeal and most work well as read alouds. These represent some of our all-time favorite books and resources here at Redeemed Reader.

Instead of showing up with yet another Christmas ornament, some movie passes, or chocolate (well, maybe in addition to chocolate), consider giving a book instead as a family gift this year.

Note: Most titles are linked via affiliate links to Amazon; books we’ve reviewed on Redeemed Reader are also linked to our reviews. If a title link takes you to a different website than amazon, that is noted. Thanks for your support of Redeemed Reader–we love serving our readers!

Discipleship Resources



Traditional Literature (Poetry, Fairy Tales)


Humorous Stories


Fictional Favorites


Fantastic Fantasy

Please do make sure the recipients are okay with the type of fantasy you are giving; not all families allow books with magic, even if the author is a professing Christian. We have listed titles below that have the broadest age appeal. As always, but particularly with fantasy, we encourage you to read reviews carefully and think about the maturity of your intended audience.

Christian Fantasy (that is, these are written by a professing Christian)

Secular Fantasy

Are you giving books as gifts this Christmas? See any favorites on our list?

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Betsy is the Managing Editor at Redeemed Reader. When she reads ahead for you, she uses sticky notes instead of book darts and willfully dog ears pages even in library books. Betsy is a fan of George MacDonald, robust book discussions, and the Oxford comma. She lives with her husband and their three children in the beautiful Northwest.


  1. Bridgette Boudreaux on December 10, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Love this list and these ideas!! Thank you so much!

  2. Jamie on December 10, 2018 at 10:53 am

    I had never heard of this, but I LOVE this idea to give a book as a family gift! We’ve read a few of these, but putting many on my to-read list.

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