When it comes to gifting for babies and children, I think toys are nice, but I really believe that nothing says “I love you” more than gifting a book. Books are not only educational, but they are the ultimate way to say I want to spend time with you by reading with you. I’ve never been a reader, but since having Edwin, I have loved nothing more than reading to him before bedtime and during the day (usually I’m reading out loud while he walks around but he’s still listening). I can’t wait until he’s a little older so we can talk about the books we’re reading, create silly voices together and make up our own stories. I was recently partnered with buybuy BABY on a holiday gift guide and my first thought was BOOKS! buybuy BABY truly has some amazing toys and gear for babies which I think a lot of you probably know. But did you know they also have an incredible selection of books!? buybuy BABY has all of the classic books that I love to read to Edwin regularly like Dr. Seuss, all of the Eric Carle books (The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been our go-to for months on end), Goodnight Moon, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and SO many more! However, for this guide, I thought that it would be fun to share some of my favourite holiday and winter books. I like to swap out Edwin’s main bookshelf every season with new books that fit the time of year. By doing this, I believe it will keep him interested in reading and really help teach him about the seasons and holidays. With that, I headed to buybuy BABY recently to pick up a few new additions for his bookshelf and for Christmas presents.
PS: I also think that instead of giving babies and children a Christmas card that they will likely just want to put into their mouths…give them a book with a sweet message in it! They will treasure it for years to come!
Books From buybuy BABY I’m Loving:
Where’s the Penguin? by Ingela P Arrhenius: I picked up “Where’s the Witch” from buybuy BABY during Halloween for Edwin and he loved lifting the felt flaps to find the characters in the book. I was so excited to spot “Where’s the Penguin?” when I went to pick up some holiday/winter books. This isn’t a Christmas book, but it is a great way to show baby animals that live in the colder climates and they LOVE moving the felt flaps for themselves.
Dream Snow by Eric Carle: We love anything Eric Carle over here and Dream Snow is such a sweet story about a farmer who may or may not be Santa Clause. There are also flaps to lift in this book which makes it fun and interactive for babies and young children.
Forever by Emma Dodd: Another book that isn’t necessarily Christmas themed but is perfect for the winter season. The story is very sweet but the illustrations in this book are what made me fall in love with it. There’s a beautiful use of silver foil throughout this book that I really appreciate but babies will simply love how shiny it is!
The Little Snowplow by Lora Koehler: Small is mighty when it comes to the Little Snowplow! I love that this book teaches children about winter and snow but also that if you work really hard, no matter how small you are, you can do big jobs!
Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carl: Another Eric Carle book we love in our house is Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you See? I read it to Edwin over and over and have memorized the whole thing. I’m swapping that book out for Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear? to give me a little break and Edwin something new and fun to listen to while also being familiar. This is a great addition to the winter bookshelf.
All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey: Admittedly, I think this book is more for me because I’m obsessed with All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey. However, this is a really cute story about a young Mariah and her determination to get all she wants for Christmas…a puppy! This book has also turned into an adorable movie that I may have watched and loved.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss: A classic Christmas tale. Who doesn’t love The Grinch!? I think it is my favourite Christmas story (and movie) by far. Speaking of the movie, it would be so cute to read this book to your older kids and then watch the movie with them together afterwards. What a special holiday memory to have…I can’t wait to do that when Edwin is older!
On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman: This book really isn’t holiday or winter themed but because the cover has polar bears dancing in the snow, I thought that it would look pretty on the winter bookshelf. I also love this book dearly and have read it to Edwin since he was a newborn. It’s another book I have memorized and think that everyone needs it in their book collection.
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