A wise mama once told me that the way to keep the holiday season joyful for children is to limit gifts to:
Something You WANT
Something You NEED
Something to WEAR
Something to READ
Book Birdie has got you covered! Have a safe and happy holiday season.
BOOKS TO KEEP THEM BUSY
Don’t Let the Pigeon Finish this Activity Book (Author: Mo Willems, Age: 3-8)
This is a huge book and will provide hours and hours of activity time for your kids. Any young fan of Mo Willem’s books will be delighted to come across their favorite characters while completing the interesting activities.
The Super Book for Super Heros (Author: Jason Ford, Age: 6-11)
All of the components of a superhero that make them so addicting to kids, can be found in this activity book. The drawing assignments and tips, the code cracking, etc. make this book a perfect gift that can be enjoyed by a wide age range of kids.
Sticker Shape Create (Author: Thereza Rowe, Age: 6-11)
While this book is a bit too advanced for my young artists, I had to include it because I can’t wait until they are a couple of years older so I can buy it for them. With a few shapes and simple instructions young artists can combine stickers and drawings to create masterpieces on a variety of background scenes. It’s spectacular.
BOOKS TO KEEP THEM IMAGINING, DESIGNING AND BUILDING
Ada Twist, Scientist (Author: Andrea Beaty, Illustrator: David Roberts, Age: 5-9)
Ada has a huge hunger for knowledge and an impressive imagination. This series of books from Andrea Beaty is everything I want for my daughter (and son for that matter). Even if the storyline is a bit advanced for preschoolers, the pictures and general concepts will keep them coming back to Ada.
Some Bugs (Author: Angela Diterlizzi, Illustrator: Brendan Wenzel, Age: 2-6)
There’s no short supply of cool bug picture books in the world, but this particular bug book is a new favorite at our house. Each page gives some interesting and digestible information about a bug and the last page of the book sums up all of them with their proper names.
The Dot (Author & Illustrator: Peter Reynolds, Age: 4-8)
This simple story about self discovery will teach your child that there is immense creativity inside all of us. We just need to gather the courage to find it. This book always leads to my kids asking me to take out our markers.
BOOKS THEY WILL WANT READ OVER AND OVER AGAIN
King Baby (Author & Illustrator: Kate Beaton, Age: 4-8)
This book will have you and your kids laughing at the antics of a new baby in a household. The language may be a bit advanced for a new reader, but young and older kids will love to have this read to them.
Ninja Baby (Author: David Zeltser, Illustrator: Diane Goode, Age 3-6)
Hands down my favorite book for a family with a second or third baby on the way. This sweet and hilarious story sums up what having siblings is all about. The ups and downs and everything in between. But you definitely don’t need a new baby on the way for your kids to love this book.
The Princess and the Pony (Author & Illustrator: Kate Beaton, Age: 4-8)
Another Kate Beaton book made the list because this hilarious picture book will win your kids over immediately (and not just because the pony farts) and it includes a strong female antagonist who will remind us that just because something isn’t exactly what we had in mind, there still may be something wonderful there for us to discover.
They All Saw Cat (Author & Illustrator: Brendan Wenzel, Age: 3-6)
This particular cat made a big impact on my kids and me this year. The book introduces that concept that everyone has their own point of view and may see the world very differently from their neighbor. In other books this concept has always been above their heads (and quite honestly mine too), but with the illustrations in Brendan Wenzel’s book, they were able to grasp it and talk about it afterwards.
The Ninjabread Man (Author: C.J. Leigh, Illustrator: Chris Gall, Age: 3-6)
Try as I may, my kids can’t seem to get their fill of Ninja themed stories. This take on the classic story of the gingerbread boy will become an instant classic for your little ninja because of the action and clever rhymes.
The Lost House (Author & Illustrator: B.B. Cronin, Age: 3-7)
Before the kids in this book can go to the park with their grandfather, they need to search for some items lost in his house. This visually gorgeous book will be enjoyed over and over again by your kids because after they have found the missing items, you can have them search for other items that you spot in the various rooms.
LOOK THE PART
This brand of super soft t-shirts was founded in order to create apparel with positive messages. I nearly lost my mind when they created the READ shirt a couple of months ago. They make shirts from toddler sizes all the way up to adults.
Both of my kids are getting this shirt for Christmas. Just reach out to the designer and request the color and size you have in mind, and she can most likely accommodate you. And Santa…maybe one in my size?
A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA
I came across these and knew my young readers would love them.The designer has several characters and styles to pick from.
I’m not sure any child “needs” a clip book light but it’s a fun and simple way to bring some extra excitement to reading. Especially to young independent readers who spend some time reading alone before bed.
A Gift Card to Your Local Independent Book Store.
After witnessing the joy my 5-year-old experienced, buying books with his own money at his school book fair, I’m confident that your child will love the excitement of a trip to a bookstore to select a book for themselves. The only catch is that you don’t get a say in what they select. This isn’t easy for a crazy controlling mama such as myself. But we left the book fair with several lego and ninja turtle books that don’t exactly fall under the category of “Picture Books that Make My Heart Soar”.