Books are my go-to gift to buy and suggest. It’s no secret that we’re a family of bookworms and I was so happy when one of the first things that Ashlyn asked to put on her list to Santa was the new “The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party” by Shannon and Dean Hale. We are busier than ever these days but a guaranteed bright spot for all of us is when we snuggle up and read a bedtime story or two at night. I am happy to partner with Candlewick Press again this year to bring you some great book suggestions for the children on your list!
You should have seen the joy on my face when I opened my package and saw this wonderful stack of books!
Aimed at ages 5-8, “The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party” is the second installment in the “Princess in Black” series. We just loved the first one and I can’t wait to read this one with my daughters. A princess who is also a super hero, and incredible illustrations? You just can’t go wrong! Santa has taken note of this one.
“Alpha” by Isabelle Arsenault is a unique alphabet book because it teaches the NATO phonetic alphabet. Recommended for ages 5-8, I think we’re going to save it for a baby gift for a couple with ties to the military or RCMP.
Our family has an elf named Jingle, and she usually brings a book when she arrives on December 1. This year, she’s going to bring two! “The Best Parts of Christmas” by Bethanie Deeney Murguia is for ages 3-7. Fitz loves Christmas and thinks all of the best parts happen around the tree, so how can he say goodbye when it’s time to take the tree down? Then there is “The Little Snowplow” by Lora Koehler, which is a fun take on the “can the little guy do it?” genre. Can the plucky little snowplow really take on the big storm? This sweet story is recommended for ages 3-7.
“Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs: The Definitive Pop-Up” by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart is stunning. It takes my breath away when I open it! Recommended for ages 5-9, I think that it would be loved by children and adults of all ages. Just look at the impressive details:
As if that one impressive pop-up isn’t enough, each of the flaps on the corners opens to reveal another pop-up! This is a book that younger children will love, and it is full of interesting facts and information, but I highly recommend adult supervision. I will cry actual tears if my youngest hurts this book (she’s a little rough without meaning to be) so I think we might keep it hidden for a while…or at least on a shelf that they can’t reach without help.
“Too Many Toys!” by Heidi Deedman is a great pre- or post-Christmas story about how little Lulu decides to deal with the fact that she has too many toys! Perfect for ages 4-6. My daughters love to look through this one on their own.
“Home” by Carson Ellis is aimed at ages 4-8. A beautifully illustrated book about all of the different places that people can call home.
My favourite part of giving a child a book is when we get to snuggle and read it together, so I highly recommend finding a Candlewick Press book to give this holiday season!
One lucky reader will win a copy of “Home” by Carson Ellis, and another reader will win a copy of “The Little Snowplow” by Lora Koehler!
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Disclosure: I was sent product to facilitate this review post. All opinions expressed are always my own!