Holiday Gift Guide: Books for Everyone on Your List by Stephanie Elliot


[Note from Frolic: We’re so excited to welcome author Stephanie Elliot to the site today. She has a holiday gift guide for those shopping for bookish friends! Take it away, Stephanie!]

The holidays are fast approaching and there’s no greater gift to give than a book to those you love. We’ve got a great selection of unique reads to cover everyone on your holiday list, from your thrill-seeking aunt to your youngest nephew, and everyone in between. Here are our picks to help you find the perfect book gift for your family and friends this holiday season.

Handsome by Holly Lorka

Holly Lorka knew she was in the wrong body as a young child. She thought about kissing girls and wondered if she could grow sideburns. In this poignant memoir, Lorka shares how she searched for love and acceptance while continuing to be an optimist. Through awkward years and many mistakes, she discovers that her life may be ridiculous, but it’s also magical. 

Black Canary by Alexandra Monir

Dinah lives in a near-future world where she and other females have no rights to do anything. They can’t work, they can’t make music, they are not able to learn, and they are not free. When Dinah discovers the sound of a girl singing in Gotham City, she will use the one thing they can’t take from her to her advantage. Her most powerful weapon – her voice. 

Malcolm and Me by Robin Farmer

This coming-of-age story focuses on faith, family, and forgiveness. Roberta Forest is a black poet who is gifted and Catholic and she’s questioning God and the adults in her life. She copes by reading about Malcolm X and through writing poetry. When she finds out she can’t participate in the school’s essay contest, she blows up and has a confrontation with her mother, which unearths some family secrets. Malcolm and Me is the story about an anguished teen who’s trying to make sense of the confusing world around her.

And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall

And Now She’s Gone is the fast-paced story of Isabel Lincoln, who has disappeared. But, is she really missing? Grayson Sykes must find her even though it’s becoming quite clear that Isabel does not want to be found. Maybe violence and fear is what is keeping her away, and Grayson is doing all she can to get to the bottom of Isabel’s mysterious disappearance. 

Life and Other Shortcomings by Corie Adjmi

These linked short stories span from 1970 to today, and take place in New Orleans, New York, and Madrid as the characters face different choices in life. Twelve stories highlight very different women and their journeys. Take a peek into these women’s lives and into their relationships for a compelling portrayal of what it means to be female in different cultures and times.

Supermaker by Jaime Schmidt

Entrepreneurs and small business owners will appreciate the words of wisdom and advice in Supermaker. Jaime Schmidt was making natural products in her own kitchen. Seven years later, her brand is a household name and she sold her company for nine figures. Inspiration and instruction will teach readers how to grow and run a thriving business.

I Promise by LeBron James

This inspirational picture book from legendary basketball star LeBron James is a must-have for young readers. I Promise helps kids to aspire to do their best, no matter what. This vibrant and rhyming picture book is full of ideas on being better, doing better, and keeping your family close – all things that are so important!

Don’t Look For Me by Wendy Walker

Another one for those thriller lovers on your list, Don’t Look For Me is the story of a daughter’s search for her missing mother. Molly Clarke is thought to have ‘walked away’ from everything when a note is found at a nearby hotel and her abandoned car is not far away. But her daughter knows that something more has happened and she’ll do anything to discover the truth, no matter how dangerous things become.

Memorial by Bryan Washington

Mike, a Japanese American chef, and Benson, a black day care teacher, have been together for a few good years but are now having relationship doubts. When Mike’s estranged father gets terminally ill, he heads to Osaka, just as his mother, Mitsuko, comes to Texas for a visit. Left alone with Benson, Mitsuko becomes his temporary roommate. As both Mike and Benson begin to change in very different ways, they will discover if they are meant to be together or if they are better apart.

Purple Lotus by Veena Rao

After an arranged marriage to Sanjay, Tara starts remembering her traumatic childhood when her parents left her to live with less-than-caring relatives. Abandoned and isolated as a child, she realizes things are not much better with an abusive husband now. She leaves Sanjay to marry her childhood love, Cyrus, and life is beautiful for a while. But when old fears resurface, Tara must face them head on if she is to have the relationship with Cyrus she is meant to have. 

About the Author:

Stephanie Elliot is the author of the young adult novel, Sad Perfect, which was inspired by her daughter’s journey with ARFID, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. She writes about parenting, mental health issues, relationships, and of course, books. An editor and advocate for authors, she lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her family. For more info, visit or

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