St. Nick, the saint of children and sailors, pays a visit to little ones this week, spreading his message of light and kindness by gifting them with treats and toys. Before we know it, Santa will follow in the saint’s footsteps, happily heft his pack into his sleigh, call out his trusty reindeers’ names and set off on his mission of goodwill.

Inside his big bag there’s sure to be a book or two from this holiday “Novel Ideas” feature, ideas The Missourian wants to share with gift-givers of all ages looking for a stellar read for their loved ones.