The holiday shopping season is here and for families pinching their pennies, books can be a wonderful (and affordable) gift giving choice for kids (and even adults!). For under $10 or $20, you can give your favorite child an interactive experience that is sure to last for years to come.
Here are a few of the hottest children’s books from Candlewick Press that are perfect for gift-giving this holiday season:
*THE MAGICIAN’S ELEPHANT by Kate DiCamillo (Newbery Medalist), this New York Times bestseller is a great addition to any family library. In a highly awaited new novel, Kate DiCamillo conjures a haunting fable about trusting the unexpected — and making the extraordinary come true.
About the book: “When a fortuneteller’s tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her? The fortuneteller’s mysterious answer (an elephant! An elephant will lead him there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that you will hardly dare to believe it’s true. With atmospheric illustrations by fine artist Yoko Tanaka, here is a dreamlike and captivating tale that could only be narrated by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo. In this timeless fable, she evokes the largest of themes — hope and belonging, desire and compassion — with the lightness of a magician’s touch”. (Recommended for children ages 8-13 years)
*A Walk Down Sesame Street: Pop-Up Book– This is a one-of-a-kind spectacular pop-up celebration of Sesame Street in honor of its 40th anniversary, featuring all the characters children have come to know and love.
About the book: It’s a rare person who doesn’t want to know how to get to Sesame Street. The ground-breaking children’s television show has an indelible hold on our hearts and imagination. On November 10, 2009, Sesame Street marks its 40th anniversary, and Candlewick is proud publish the first full-scale pop-up book in over ten years featuring its beloved characters. Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Bert and Ernie, Super Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Abby Cadabby, Zoe, and Elmo are all here. Complete with spectacular pops and other novelties — and highlighting the letters, numbers, early learning skills and other concepts Sesame Street is known for — this is truly a delightful gift for preschoolers, and a nostalgic keepsake their parents will treasure. (Recommended for children ages 0 months and up)
The perfect gift for dancers and dreamers! A gorgeous, fold-out miniature stage, interchangeable scenery, and moveable figures offer hours of fun as children reimagine all four acts of Tchaikovsky’s great ballet. The haunting story of SWAN LAKE comes to life through:
– A full-color book relating the story of the ballet and offering staging suggestions
– A sophisticated collection of scenery and backdrops
– Nine dancing figures and supporting cast
– An audio CD featuring music from SWAN LAKE
(Recommended for children ages 6 yrs and up)
*Board Books by David Martin and Melissa Sweet: “Christmas Tree” and “Hanukkah Lights”
My preschoolers love these board books- the sweet illustrations and simple language bring the holidays to life and makes our story-time even more festive! (Recommended for children ages 1-3 years)
*Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star by Author/Illustrator Petr Horacek- this is a sweet seasonal read your preschooler will delight in! Tenacious Suzy Goose aims to top her Christmas tree with a star from the sky — with unexpectedly wondrous results — in this vibrant, whimsical tale.
About the book: “It’s Christmas Eve, and Suzy Goose and her friends are admiring their beautifully decorated tree. It’s perfect except for one thing: a star for the top. But Suzy sees just the right one, high in the sky, and no one can stop her from trying every possible way to get it! Bold, expressive illustrations follow the charmingly single-minded goose in a new adventure, a tale of seasonal magic found in surprising places”. (Recommended for children ages 3 yrs and up)
*Maisy’s Snowy Christmas Eve by Author/Illustrator Lucy Cousins- It snowed the first time this winter where we live the first time I read this book to my little guys and I thought the reading experience was sort of magical. This is now my four and half year old’s new favorite Christmas board book! It’s a fun read and the ‘snowy’ scenes and illustrations will get you and your kids into that warm, fuzzy and serene winter mood.
About the book: It’s Christmas Eve, and snow is falling everywhere — on Maisy’s house, on her friends’ houses, even on Eddie the elephant. Everyone’s making their way to Maisy’s house through the snow, with Cyril on snowshoes and Charley and Tallulah on a sled. It’s warm inside, and there’s plenty to do, decorating the tree, making mince pies, and wrapping presents. But wait — has anyone seen Eddie? (Recommended for children ages 3-5 years)
*P.J. Lynch Classic Christmas Collection– P.J. Lynch’s incomparable artistic sensibility has brought warmth and depth to three cherished holiday stories:
– THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE OF JONATHAN TOOMEY by Susan Wojciechowski
– A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens
– THE GIFT OF THE MAGI by O. Henry
Now offered together in a beautiful slipcase, this timeless Christmas collection, showcasing P.J. Lynch’s masterful artwork, is a gift to be savored for seasons to come. Three quintessential Christmas stories, superbly illustrated by the award-winning P.J. Lynch, are now available in a lavish three-volume slipcase.
(Recommended for children ages 7 years and up)
*The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup– What if a brave Captain Cookie stood up to Santa? A fresh, funny story that sparkles with all the excitement of a pirate adventure- and all the magic of Christmas morning.
About the book: It’s Christmas Eve, and Jim and his mother are making pirate gingerbread men to leave for Santa. Jim’s favorite is Captain Cookie, who carries a gingerbread cutlass and has a toothpick peg leg. The captain is much too good to be eaten, so Jim keeps him close by his bed. But late that night, when Jim is fast asleep, Captain Cookie steptaps away on a daring adventure to find his pirate crew — and rescue them from that mysterious character he’s heard about: a cannibal named Santa Claus. At once contemporary and timeless, suspenseful and joyous, this masterfully illustrated tale is destined to be a new holiday classic. (Recommended for children ages 4-10 years)
*Ho, Ho, Ho, Tucker! by Author/Illustrator Leslie McGuirk- Storybook Animations
About the book: Oh No! Tucker loves Christmas, with all the trimmings — making a snowman for Santa, marking just the right tree, getting into all the boxes of decorations — but somehow manages to burn his nose while baking cookies on Christmas Eve. When you-know-who spies that bright red nose through the window, however, Tucker makes a very special friend and takes the sleigh ride of a lifetime. Now the tuckered-out terrier is already dreaming of next year! (Recommended for children ages 2-5 years)
Candlewick Storybook Animation packages include:
* A full-color hardcover picture book
* A dual-disk DVD/CD with full animated story and two audio read-along
versions of the text — one with page-turn prompts
* A full-color poster, plus a sheet of reusable stickers!
*Cars by Author/Illustrator Robert Crowther- Crazy about cars? Get in gear- and get ready for action- as Robert Crowther’s info-packed, interactive pop-up book showcases some very cool wheels.
Hop in and take a drive in the smartest, fastest automobiles — from the earliest carriages to the cars of tomorrow. With the pull of a tab or the lift of a flap, fans can ride in the first automobile, find out how engines work, see their car slide off the production line, and plenty more. And the grand finale? Feel the thrill of the racetrack by taking pole position with stock car and Formula 1 stars! (Recommended for children 5 years and up)
Unfold a spectacular model of the world’s most awe-inspiring amphitheater- the Colosseum- and enter an ancient world where, for three hundred years, gladiators pitted their strength and skill against one another. (Recommended for children ages 7 years and up).
This exciting set includes:
– A sophisticated pop-up scale model of the Colosseum
– A forty-page book describing a day at the games — for both a Roman citizen and a slave
– Eight gladiator cards identifying weapons and fighting styles
– A map of the streets and buildings of ancient Rome
– A diagram of the Colosseum and its underground tunnels
– Game pieces and rules for playing the ancient Roman game of tabula
*Fairie-ality Style: A Sourcebook of Inspirations from Nature by Author/Illustrator: David Ellwand– The beauty of these fanciful creations will take your breath away — and inspire you to bring the colors and textures of nature into your own home.
Photographer David Ellwand’s eye for natural beauty has brought him international renown. In this stunning new volume, a follow-up to FAIRIE-ALITY: THE FASHION COLLECTION FROM THE HOUSE OF ELLWAND, he uses the same gorgeous array of natural elements — feathers, flowers, stones, shells, and more — to explore the limits of imagination in home design as well as haute couture. Partly an inspirational sourcebook for imaginative DIY projects, partly a showcase of unique fantasy fashion, FAIRIE-ALITY STYLE is an eco-designer’s dream — the ultimate exploration of truly organic materials. This book is part of the Fairie-ality series and includes pull-out color palette. (Recommended age range 0 months and up)
All books are now available for purchase through Amazon.com and at leading book retailers nationwide.