The holidays are fast approaching and I don’t know about you, but I’m already thinking about Christmas gifts. This year I’ve decided to take a bit of a different approach and lay low on the toy haul. Don’t get me wrong, they’ll still get a couple of toys, but I’m not going overboard again. Instead of adding to the pile of unused toys and wasting my money, I want to give my kids meaningful gifts that will help them grow as individuals. First on my list is giving my kids the gift of reading.
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As my son continues to improve his reading and interpretive skills (he’s in 1st grade), I want to gift him stories that are a little more challenging to read. Stories that not only spark creativity, but those that are longer in length and have silly words that really put his mind in motion to figure them out.
For my daughter, who just recently turned 3, I want to gift with books that have bright and imaginative images. Something that has become important for her is just the act of reading in general. I’ve noticed that she has a little difficulty placing certain sounds together in a word, so I know the more we read to her, the better her speech will become.
And of course I can’t forget the little one. He may be just 5 months old, but it’s never too soon to read to him. Whether it’s picture and board books, or just sitting and enjoying the time together, he has lots to gain from reading too.
I’m ready to gift my kids with new knowledge and adventures, that will surely leave a lasting and meaningful impression on them. From bedtime stories, to learning valuable lessons, to going on new adventures, these are just a few of the titles going under the Christmas tree.
The Cow Said Neigh! A Farm Story (ages o-3)
A fun and humorous tale of farm animals who wish they were like the other animals…which leads to a farm-full of confusion! The cow wants to run free like a horse, the sheep wants a snout like a pig, the dog wants to be inside like the cat. Soon the entire farm is in chaos! With silly farm animal sounds, clever rhymes, and adorable art, The Cow Said Neigh! will have kids of all ages laughing out loud as they celebrate the unique strengths in each of us. This delightful book will be a family favorite for years to come.
Sean Awesome: A Mission at Night (ages 3-5)
Sean Awesome is an imaginative boy who is scared to sleep all by himself. One night Sean comes up with a plan to sleep in mommy’s room instead – and his mission at night begins! Embarking on a courageous adventure, a tablecloth becomes an invisibility cloak, sunglasses and a mustache transform Sean into a secret agent, and Sean works to overcome his (probably exhausted) mother’s wishes and sleep in her room. Will Sean find the courage to sleep in his room, or accomplish his mission to sleep in mommy’s room? Find out in this picture book featuring adorable cut-paper illustrations that takes children on an empowering journey to find their courage through fun and creativity.
The Naughtiest Reindeer Takes a Bow (ages 3-6)
“Look at those reindeer, all tucked up in bed, getting their rest for the big night ahead. Silent night…Well, not quite!”
Santa really ought to sleep with one eye open because this year Ruby’s decided to get a head start on the Christmas present deliveries…all by herself. What could possibly go wrong? Quite a lot, as it turns out. And what will Santa do when he discovers his sleigh full of presents is missing? Who will save Christmas?
The Sleeping Beauty (ages 5-7)
Australian Ballet Creative Director David McAllister’s impressive 2015 production of The Sleeping Beauty, ornamented by internationally celebrated designer Gabriela Tylesova’s lavish costumes and sets, cast a spell of delight on its audiences, and was a sellout success. Now McAllister and Tylesova weave their magic again, transporting the enchantment of their production to the pages of this book. The story of The Sleeping Beauty spills over with fairies and princes, passion and despair, magnificence and splendor, and the ballet version of this classic tale is the most romantic and spectacular of all.
A charming and engaging tour of New York City, using typography. Readers spell their way through the pictures of the city and its features and inhabitants, and every image is made from the letters that spell its name. This is a unique typographic device. Colors are bold and bright, and the portraits, buildings and animals are great fun. A playful verse accompanies each illustration. There’s also a fun-facts quiz about the city and hide-and-find fun too.
Tashi Storybook (ages 5-8)
A collection of eight specially selected Tashi stories, including seven of the author’s favorite Tashi adventures and one brand new story – “Kidnapped!”
Tashi has amazing adventures, like the time the Baba Yaga’s house blew into the village on the winds of a terrible storm, and when he found a genie and rode on a flying carpet. Tashi has stories about a big smelly giant, a haunted house, and a proud golden phoenix. And he must be very clever when the Book of Spells is stolen, and almost magical when he tries to save the Baron’s dog. Tashi’s friend Jack loves hearing Tashi’s stories, and so do children all over the world.
Captain LaPlank: The Perfect Pirate (ages 5-8)
“I’m not much for mistakes, and I mean that sincerely. Any pirate who makes one will pay for it dearly!”
This whimsical, rhyming pirate adventure tells a funny story of LaPlank perfectly captaining his ship as his new crew watches, until one by one they begin making minor mistakes and are shown the plank! In light of his perfect antics, LaPlank finds himself doing all the crews tasks, until he discovers that he, himself makes a mistake. This classic and timely tale presents something our culture struggles to overcome, the desire to be perfect and in control.
“It has nothing to do with ship captains and crews – perfection’s not something that pirates can choose. They’d bungled their business but those are the breaks – mistakes are just something that everyone makes!”
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The Hard Hat for Kids (ages 8-11)
Mickey is a spunky talented basketball lover who has always dreamed about playing on her school’s team. On the first day of practice, she learns of a special award given to the best teammate—and soon discovers that there is a big difference between being the best player and being the best teammate. What follows is an unforgettable story about selflessness, loyalty, hard work, and compassion, and a clear lesson on putting the team first.