Looking for a gift that doesn’t cost too much, will last a lifetime, and that your child will cherish? Give a book! In the pages of books are laughter, excitement, togetherness, and memories. What a gift!
At this time of year you’ll find seasonal themes mixed in with other good children’s books. Avoid books that rely on “special effects” like textures and moving parts for excitement and have a weak story line. Instead pick a book with a story that touches your child’s heart and sparks his or her imagination. For children 2 and under, choose a board book with sturdy cardboard pages that can withstand teething and dropping. For infants choose books with bold images and very few words.
It’s best to read a book through before you purchase it. Imagine reading out loud to your child and choose a book that you know will keep his or her attention. Here are some wintery books that may be just right for the young person in your life.
“Charley’s First Night” by Amy Hest, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. A boy named Henry, who is about 4 years old, gets a new puppy. What Henry finds out is that his little furry friend Charley, needs just the same kind of love and reassurance that a young boy needs. Charley needs a warm place to sleep with a stuffed animal to snuggle. He needs to be held when he is lonely or afraid. Set in a city in the snowy wintertime.
“Cold Snap” by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman. What if it stays cold day after day after day? Then you have a cold snap! The remedy is hot lemon tea, long underwear, and even a big neighborhood bonfire. There is a lot of activity in each of the illustrations and descriptions of icicles, snowballs, and making sugar on snow (recipe included). Choose this book for a child who has a longer attention span and likes to look closely at the pictures. This book does have a glittery cover, but has a story full of substance.
“The Reader” by Amy Hest, illustrated by Lauren Castillo. This is a peaceful book about a boy and his dog, outside in the quietly snowing landscape, walking and walking until they reach the top of a hill. What does this boy, “the reader,” do on top of the hill? Read of course! His dog proves to be a wonderful listener.
“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” by Jane Cabrera. Parent animals and their young each see a twinkling star up above. All around the world, in different habitats, animals witness the same beautiful night sky and parent and child celebrate the love they have for one another. The few words on each page are just right for very young children.