Elizabeth Entenman
December 15, 2017 4:34 pm
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Being an aunt is awesome. For the most part, you get to enjoy all the fun of parenthood without any of the actual responsibility. If you have nieces and nephews, you know what we’re talking about. We can’t help it; we love spoiling our nieces and nephews. So this holiday season, it’s only natural to want to get yours a gift that they’ll really love and appreciate. But where to start? Luckily we made ya a list!

Whether your niece/nephew loves magic and fairy tales, is tween who’s eager for a sweet YA romance, or a high school student just trying to find his/her place in the world, these titles deliver. From science to mystery, and everything in between, there’s somethin’ for everybody. You never know — you might even find some new titles for your own TBR list too.

Here are 15 books to get your niece or nephew for the holidays that will permanently cement your status as the cool aunt!

1La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

Knopf Books for Young Readers

You probably read The Golden Compass when you were a kid. Pass the grand tradition of Philip Pullman on to the next generation by introducing your niece or nephew to La Bella Sauvage. It’s the first title in his new series The Book of Dust.

2The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Michelle Hodkin’s new series The Shaw Confessions is the companion series to her bestsellers about Mara Dyer. A paranormal YA fantasy romance story? You’re the best aunt ever.

3Spinning by Tillie Walden

First Second

One of the best things about being an aunt is teaching your niece or nephew about different perspectives and experiences. Spinning is a powerful graphic novel about competitive ice skating, finding your voice, and coming of age as an LGBT teen. We think they’ll flip — err, twirl? — for this one.

4Far From the Tree by Robin Benway


This touching YA novel about adoption and family will hit home hard if your niece or nephew has siblings. It’ll hit home even harder if they’re a middle child.

5Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor

Viking Books for Young Readers

If your niece or nephew was too young for Harry Potter mania (tear), introduce them to Sunny Nwazue, aka the Hermione of a new generation. Akata Warrior, which just came out this fall, is the second book in the series. Better pick up the first book, Akata Witch, too, just to be safe.

6Earth Hates Me by Ruby Karp

Running Press

This is the quintessential guide to being a teen. Earth Hates Me: True Confessions from a Teenage Girl should be required reading for middle and high school girls.

7The Rift Frequency by Amy S. Foster

Harper Voyager

Not to be controversial, but we love The Rift series more than The Hunger Games. We said it. So gift The Rift Uprising and The Rift Frequency. Then, prepare to engage in a serious debate: #TeamEzra, or #TeamLevi? (We’re #TeamLevi all the way.)

8Too Shattered for Mending by Peter Brown Hoffmeister

Knopf Books for Young Readers

There aren’t nearly enough YA mysterious out there on the shelves. If your niece or nephew is a fan of the genre, this one’s for them.

9Helloflo: The Guide, Period. by Naama Bloom

Dutton Books for Young Readers

Another great part of being an aunt is that your niece confides in you about all of those, well, complicated teenager-y things. Things like crushing on boys and getting her period. Being the cool aunt you are, give her the gift of knowledge with Helloflo: The Guide, Period.

10Chimera by C. D. Bell


Oh yes, werewolves are still very much a thing. You’ll be the coolest aunt if you gift the Weregirl trilogy this holiday. Chimera, the second installment just came out this fall.

11Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

Kathy Dawson Books

Jane Unlimited is unlike anything we’ve ever read before. It’s a kaleidoscopic novel about a character playing a choose-your-own-adventure game.

12Piper by Jay Asher and Jessica Freeburg


This graphic novel is a retelling of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. It’s a quick, beautiful read that’s just the right amount of dark.

13Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kristen Miller

Delacorte Press

This new YA novel is about getting lost in the world of virtual reality. (Yes, the author is THAT Jason Segel, aka one of your favorite actors.)

14Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin

Random House Books for Young Readers

This gorgeous retelling of the little-known fairy tale Snow White and the Red Rose makes a perfect “cool aunt” gift to give this season.

15This Book is a Planetarium by Kelli Anderson

Chronicle Books

No, seriously, this book is a planetarium. It’s a pop-up that can transform into six tools, including a message decoder and a working planetarium that projects the constellations. Science!