Children’s Book Gift Guide

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Between the pages of a book are countless adventures and a whole new world of knowledge.

Beyond the beauty of the adventure, book ownership also has a significant impact on life outcomes.

2019 research showed that children who reported that they had a book of their own were not only more engaged with reading, but also six times more likely to read above the level expected for their age than children who didn’t own a book (22% vs. 3.6%).

Further, a 20-year study of children across 27 nations found that children who grow up in homes with many books receive three years more schooling than those who grow up without books, irrespective of their parents’ education, occupation, and class (Evans et al., 2010). Another study found similar results, where children with access to books can expect a higher income in adulthood than those who grow up with few or no books at home (Brunello et al., 2015).

With all this in mind, consider gifting a book this holiday season.

Here are some of our favorite, locally-written books for kids:

This beautiful book, written by a Kansas City Arts Institute student, will inspire all readers to believe in themselves, teaching and showing that our differences are what make us unique and wonderful, too! “You Are Made of Stars” was published by Kansas Academy of Integrated Arts.

To purchase a copy before Dec. 31, 2022, visit https://givebutter.com/c/KATA/auction.

After Dec. 31, reach out to KATA at https://www.katayoutharts.org/ to get a copy.


“The Songbird Three,” written by local children’s book author Jason Sivewright, is a book created from, and for, the imagination of a child. It’s about three birds. It’s about a garden. It’s about a tree and a nest with a place for you and me. It’s about the song the songbirds sing, together and as one. And it’s about the Trinity – Father, Son & Holy Spirit.

Pick up a copy of “The Songbird Three” on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3hmNmgp.


“Welcome to Kindarzoo,” by Phillip E. Mahoney, uses rhyming, alliteration and fun illustrations to introduce the animals that live within the zoo. It’s guaranteed to capture your ears, eyes and imagination! Perfect for kids who are learning how to read. Pick up a copy on Amazon at https://amzn.to/3Pq52nT. Or you can join the Book Club at https://www.phillipemahoney.com/ and get access to all of Phillip’s books, weekly coloring pages and more.

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