Today I want to share with you some of the amazing books I stumbled upon this year. I collected these through dusty thrift stores, winding indie bookshops, online sales, and big chain stores. These each ended up in wrapping paper, in the hands of the kids that I love.
(Look out in the future for a detailed post on exactly why books are wonderful presents, and my seven reasons why you should give them.)
So let’s get into it!
1. The Book of Mistakes, by Corinna Luyken
Oh my goodness. This might well be my favorite picture book now. It’s a story about a girl’s artwork. She keeps making mistakes, but each ink blot and splatter just adds to the great picture her work becomes by the end. She turns a few smudges into leaves, fixes disproportinate limbs with roller skates, and by the end the grander message is revealed: mistakes aren’t useless, they are part of the creative process.
This book is written minimalistically, but the illustrations are absolutely grandiose and I am kind of in love with them. It’s short and simple enough for young kids, but beautiful and meaningful enough to keep older kids engaged. I found it on my way out of a bookstore. I wasn’t even looking, but as I passed by the sale rack on my literal way out the door, it caught my eye. It became a gift to all of my siblings, so that they may know their mistakes do not define them, but grow them.
2. Winnie the Pooh, by A.A Milne
What a classic, right? There’s so much already written on the philosophy, illustrations, and whimsy of our dear old Pooh-Bear. It’s chockful of beautiful ideas, cleverly woven into a simple story of childhood at it’s most quintessential. However, it isn’t as commonly read to kids anymore.
I found an ancient copy of this in a trade-and-buy used bookstore. Of course, I think that makes it more appealing. The pages are yellowing, and they have that unstrippable, distinct ‘old book’ aroma. I gave this to my youngest brother (he’s eight) with the promise that whenever I come home from college, I’ll read him another chapter.
3. I Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch
This is a book which has a good deal of childhood nostalgia to me. When I was little, my mom used to hold my hand and sing this same song to me as the mother sings to her child in the book,
“I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always.
As long as I’m living,
My baby you’ll be.”
It wasn’t until recently I realized that she made up the melody (of course- the book didn’t sing it!) and this was a bit of a mind boggle for me. My boyfriend’s newborn nephew received this one, in hopes he will always know that he is loved.
In conclusion, if you are looking for birthday gifts or other holiday gifts, I honestly don’t think you can go wrong with these options. Share a little love and encourage the kids in your life towards literacy.
Are there any books you love now that were gifted to you? What do you think the ideal gift is? Comment below and let me know!