vacation time to spend with family. If you are searching for holiday presents for the children in your life, I recommend gifts that encourage a love of learning. Books with festive winter themes can be particularly fun at this time of year! As a bonus, educational gifts will keep students stimulated over the winter break.
Here are five suggestions to consider for your holiday shopping list:
For ages: baby and up
Lull baby into dreamland with Tommy the Turtle and his soothing audio stories. This multi-purpose item is meant to calm babies (and their families) with a library of music, sounds, and books. To enhance the experience there is a unique feature to record stories in your own voice to play for baby. Tommy the Turtle is also bilingual! Look for the free app that provides additional tracks and audio stories in French.
Written and Illustrated by Maxwell Newhouse
For ages: 2 – 5
Celebrate the winter season with this counting book set in an Arctic landscape. It’s now available as a board book for the first time! Little learners will count the northern animals starting with “10 crunching caribou” all the way to “1 solitary moose.” The stunning illustrations are from renowned Canadian folk artist, Maxwell Newhouse.
Written by Richard Simon and Tanya Simon, Illustrated by Mark Siegel
For ages: 4 – 8
Fans of historical fiction will truly enjoy this award-winning picture book set in 1938. Students will read about Oskar who has left Nazi Europe to start a new life in New York City. The book follows his journey to meet his aunt and documents the acts of kindness he experiences along the way. This heartwarming tale takes place over both Hanukkah and Christmas Eve and captures the true spirit of the holiday season.
By National Geographic Kids
For ages: 8 – 12
Fans of the Weird but True
series from National Geographic Kids will love this holiday themed edition filled with festive facts from around the globe. Readers will learn that the world’s largest Christmas pudding weighed more than a hippo and that snowmen are made out of sand in Florida. This small book is crammed with hundreds of zany tidbits and makes a great stocking stuffer!
Illustrated by Good Wives and Warriors
For all ages
Grab your pencil crayons for this colouring adventure inspired by folk tales and landscapes from around the world. Enthusiasts will unfold an extremely long colouring book which extends to 17 feet. It will keep artists of all ages occupied over the winter break and will provide amusement and entertainment for the entire family. Warning: the adults may enjoy this present even more than the kids!