A book is a lovely, personal and thoughtful gift for a child of any age.  From a Naming Day to a Coming of Age, a Birthday or festive present, the gift of a book is a timeless one.
Here is my all-time ‘Top Books for Children’ List:
  1. ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ by Margery Williams.  A beautiful metaphor for why love is worth the risk of pain.  My absolute favourite.  Excerpt quoted at our Handfasting!
  2. ‘The Prophet’ by Kahlil Gibran.  Good advice for every situation no matter your faith.  When a friend has a baby, I buy the baby this!
  3.  ‘Tatterhood’ by Peter Christen Asbornsen & Jorgen Moe.  Why character is more important than looks.
  4. ‘Owl Moon’ by Jane Yolen & John Schoenherr.  A lovely example of the feminine and masculine in harmony in Nature.
  5.  ‘The Snow Child’ by Eowyn Ivey.  Perfect for an older child or teen.  The original name of this Russian fairytale is ‘Snegurochka’.
  6.  ‘The Most Precious Thing’ by Gill Lewis & Lousie Ho.  Great for younger ones to reinforce how treasured they are.
  7. ‘Corduroy’ by Don Freeman.  Explains to little tots why love is not about looks.
  8. ‘The Spice Woman’s Basket’ by Alison Uttley.  Classic collection of short stories with a Pagan thread through them. Enchanting.
  9. ‘Guess How Much I love You?’ by Sam McBratney & Anita Jeram.  Lovely for younger ones and a modern classic featuring Hares.
  10. ‘The Giving Tree’ by Shel Silverstein.  Explains the gift of altruism beautifully.
  11. ‘The Princess & The White Bear King’ by Tanya Robyn.  Great for an older child.  I would pair it with ‘The Twelve Dancing Princesses’ fairytale.
  12. ‘The Soul Bird’ by Michal Snunit.  Early introduction to emotions, reactions and consequences.  Also love their book ‘Come and Hug Me’.
  13. ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler.  All Donaldson’s books make excellent storytellers of us all, with the beautiful rhythm of rhyme.


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