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:
- ‘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!
- ‘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!
- ‘Tatterhood’ by Peter Christen Asbornsen & Jorgen Moe. Why character is more important than looks.
- ‘Owl Moon’ by Jane Yolen & John Schoenherr. A lovely example of the feminine and masculine in harmony in Nature.
- ‘The Snow Child’ by Eowyn Ivey. Perfect for an older child or teen. The original name of this Russian fairytale is ‘Snegurochka’.
- ‘The Most Precious Thing’ by Gill Lewis & Lousie Ho. Great for younger ones to reinforce how treasured they are.
- ‘Corduroy’ by Don Freeman. Explains to little tots why love is not about looks.
- ‘The Spice Woman’s Basket’ by Alison Uttley. Classic collection of short stories with a Pagan thread through them. Enchanting.
- ‘Guess How Much I love You?’ by Sam McBratney & Anita Jeram. Lovely for younger ones and a modern classic featuring Hares.
- ‘The Giving Tree’ by Shel Silverstein. Explains the gift of altruism beautifully.
- ‘The Princess & The White Bear King’ by Tanya Robyn. Great for an older child. I would pair it with ‘The Twelve Dancing Princesses’ fairytale.
- ‘The Soul Bird’ by Michal Snunit. Early introduction to emotions, reactions and consequences. Also love their book ‘Come and Hug Me’.
- ‘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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