The first 20 books in the series are being released as ebooks just in time for Christmas! I own almost all of the books but I'm just itching to get them downloaded onto my kindle. These titles will be great for nostalgic readers like myself and hopefully will appeal to a whole new generation of young readers.
Speaking of appealing to a new generation- try giving out books that were your favorite when you were young. For instance, I would be giving out books like Little House on the Prairie, Ramona, and The Boxcar Children. If you are excited about giving the present, they'll be excited about getting it.
Press Here by Hervé Tullet
Perfect for kids of all ages. I've even seen it done for a group of third graders and it was hilarious. This book is also great for teachers or anyone who interacts with a group of children. It can easily be adapted for a group by letting the kids (and parents) in the audience take turns doing the books' various actions. Really got the first graders at one of my local elementary books excited about reading.
The Avengers, Batman, *insert various superhero here*
Any more there is a plethora of inexpensive and easy to read books out there for young boys. I have found these at library book sales and used books stores and often they are in decent shape. Your wallet will like the price and the kid(s) will like the book. Even if they aren't quite reading they will enjoy seeing the familiar characters and that will get them excited about their book.
*See above, only insert things like Barbie, My Little Pony, Dora...*
Again, seeing familiar characters that they already love will get them excited about books
This year had movie releases such as The Hunger Games, The Hobbit, Hugo (based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret), Breaking Dawn Part 2, One for the Money...okay, I could go on and on with titles. Clearly there's a lot out there for movie/book lovers. So why not tie-in to that? Be creative! Don't just rush out and buy someone the original title- if they enjoy it, they likely already have it. But see if there is some sort of companion to the book, or a copy of the dvd. Or maybe the movie they want to see isn't out yet- get them movie tickets for it's release. Maybe there's a sequel coming out or just something else by the same author. Perhaps they haven't read the book the movie is based on. There's a lot of things you can do.