11 Children’s Books Perfect For the Adult On Your Holiday Shopping List

Anyone who has received a copy of Oh the Places You Will Go upon graduation or Where the Wild Things Are to celebrate the birth of a first child understands the power of children's literature to reach into our hearts and capture our dreams. It keeps on giving well after we stop shopping in the kids' section. 

So this year, I had a thought: Why not forgo giving the traditional novel as a gift, and mix it up under the tree or around the menorah? These 11 children's books will put a smile on the face of every adult on your shopping list. 

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For the Fashionista

Irreverent fun.

Eloise by Kay Thompson, $18.99, indiebound.org

For the Performer

Sonic genius.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr, $7.99, indiebound.org

For the Dreamer

Pure magic.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry, $10.95, indiebound.org

For the Insomniac

Instant narcolepsy.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, $8.99, indiebound.org

For the Adventurer

Exotic exploration.

Henry Explores the Jungle by Mark Taylor, $18.95, indiebound.org

For the Lifelong Learner

Courageous inspiration.

Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus, $6.99, indiebound.org

For the Pugilist or the Pacifist

Perfect Farce.

The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss, $14.95, indiebound.org

For the Artist

Creative freedom.

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson, $6.99, indiebound.org

For the Free Thinker

Passionate nonconformity.

Swimmy by Leo Lionni, $7.99, www.indiebound.org

For the Parent

Ultimate generosity.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, $16.99, indiebound.org

For the Curmudgeon

Righteous indignation.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, $7.99, indiebound.org