Holiday Gift Ideas – My Favorite Picture Books

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This evening I was shopping for books to add to the kiddos’ stockings and I came across this great promotion on Amazon:

Get Five Dollars Off Book Purchases Over $15

You can save $5 on any book purchase over $15 through December 12th (using the promo code GIFTBOOK at checkout)!  So I thought I would give you a list of awesome picture books that would make great gifts.  There are SO many wonderful books to choose from, but these are just a few of my personal favorites:

We all know that it’s important to read to children, even in their infancy.  If you’re not sure where to start, this board book is one of the first books that I read to my infants.  They are absolutely mesmerized by the rhythm of the story and it quickly becomes a favorite.

Llama Llama Red Pajama is another very rhythmic story that my kids love.  In fact, I’m considering buying a new copy because our copy is so “well-loved”.  We can all relate to the bedtime drama of this sweet little llama (and his mama!).

You can’t go wrong with any Elephant and Piggie book, but Can I Play Too? is by far my absolute favorite (We are in a Book! is my next favorite).  There’s only one catch:  You HAVE to be there when your child reads or hears the story for the first time.  When I introduced this book to one of my students, his reaction and resulting laughter were absolutely priceless.  I know you’ll love reading this with your child.

My Lucky Day is another cleverly-written story that you will want to read with your child for the first time (it has a fun surprise ending!)

You can’t help but chuckle when you read this book out loud to your kiddo.  Parts is the story of a little boy who is falling apart over the idea that he is, well, falling apart.  If your kids think boogers and belly button lint are funny, they will think this story is hysterical.  I myself am not usually a fan of books with boogers and what-not, but this is definitely an exception.

Although I love sharing humorous picture books with my kids because they are so fun to read aloud, I do enjoy thought-provoking picture books as well.  The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is one of those books. This makes a great gift for a child, librarian, or any other book-loving friend who understands the magic of books and libraries. (Warning:  I need a tissue any time I read this book).

Another somewhat serious book (bordering on eerie), The Mysteries of Harris Burdick is a very thought-provoking, non-traditional picture book.  After a somewhat spooky introduction, you are left with beautiful (but slightly odd) illustrations with only captions, no accompanying story.  This provides a wonderful jumping-off point for creative writing or lively conversations.

And, of course, I am a huge fan of “the classics”.  Amelia Bedelia is one of the greats!

Really, I could go on and on, so I’ll stop there and let you go shop for your $15 worth of books on Amazon.  I need to go find one more book for my order, as well.

What are your favorite picture books to read with kids?  I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!