Holiday Gift Ideas
Books for kids- timeless, entertaining and unplugged- make perfect holiday gift ideas. We share four great tips for selecting the best book gifts for kids.
Create a New Tradition
Consider purchasing a picture book to enhance your holiday traditions. Gift recipients would love a copy of Clement Moore's "The Night Before Christmas" to be shared every Christmas Eve- Jan Brett's version is beautifully illustrated. Or, how about "Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat: A Chanukah Story" by Naomi Howland as a fun preamble to a yummy dinner of potato latkes. Well chosen books for kids can become a favorite part of a family's holiday traditions for years to come.
Share Memorable Childhood Favorites
Sometime the best holiday gift ideas are ones that hold the most meaning. Why not share a memorable title from your childhood with the gift recipient? Did the encouraging message from Watty Piper's "The Little Engine that Could" resonate with you? Can you still remember the refrain from "Tikki Tikki Tembo" by Arlene Mosel? Roald Dahl's "The BFG" is deliciously satisfying, favored by many a young reader, that is a perfect title to reach for when giving gifts for kids .
Indulge a Favorite Interest
Sometimes the best holiday gift ideas come from the children themselves. What is the gift recipient interested in? Aspiring ballerinas might enjoy Katharine Holabird's "Angelina Ballerina" or "Miss Lina's Ballerinas" by Christine Davenier, whereas truck enthusiasts might lean towards Virginia Lee Burton's "Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel" or "I'm Dirty" by Kate and Jim McMullan. No matter a child's interest, there is a perfect title for everyone when selecting gifts for kids.
Consider Award Winners
When all else fails, consider a Newbery or Caldecott award winner. These enduring awards highlight the year's most distinguished contributions to children's literature (the Newbery Medal) and most distinguished picture books for children (Caldecott Medal). Titles to consider include the 2011 Newbery Medal winner "Moon Over Manifest" by Clare Vanderpool and the Caldecott Medal winner "A Sick Day for Amos McGee" illustrated by Erin Stead and written by Philip Stead.
No matter the titles you choose, consider a few thoughtful details to make your gifts for kids extra special. Whenever possible, choose a hardcover version for both it's durability and beautiful dust jacket. Include a personal note to the child on the inside cover. This can be done in lieu of a gift card and will remind the child of your thoughtful gift every time they open the book. And finally, invest in beautiful gift wrapping. Remember, you are not only giving the gift of a special book, but helping to build the foundation for a lifelong love of reading.