EZ Gift Picks: Books and More for Joyful Giving
There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned, beautiful book. Here, our top picks for the children in your life.
By Beth Ferry,
Illustrated by Ben Mantle
Ages 3 to 5
What happens when you don’t get what your heart desires for Christmas?
Just ask Bobby.
A picture book that’s been described as “dazzling” in reviews, this is the story of a friendly ghost whose intentions are misunderstood when a new family moves into his house. This motivates him to venture into the wider world where he meets up with Jane, whose imagination leads the new friends into delightful adventures.
Nina is an unusually gifted child — a ninja from birth. She obliterates her applesauce. She conceals herself at bath time. Then, one day, her parents bring home a Kung Fu Master (a baby brother). Imagine what happens next.
The winner of the 2015 Caldecott Medal is an irresistible take of an imaginary friend. Born on a far away island, he patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on a journey, finally meeting his perfect match.
This informational picture book explores how animals solve problems. Whether it’s weaving a safe place to rest and reflect, blowing a fine net of bubbles to trap fish, or leaping boldly into a new situation, the animals featured (including the orangutang, humpback whale and gibbon) offer inspiration for creative problem solving.
With science matched by wonderfully detailed art, Wild Ideas invites readers to indulge their sense of wonder and curiosity by observing the natural world, engaging with big ideas and asking questions. An author’s note at the end delves deeper into the research behind the text.
Every kid is fascinated by our simian cousins and this richly creative book with illustrations and texts helps us get to know the whole family. It’s the who, why, when and where of monkeydom and most importantly, answers the question (among others), “But why such colorful bums?”
Who knew, growing up in Winnipeg and reading A. A. Milne, that Winnie the Pooh was named for Winnipeg? Now Canadian children can get the whole story of the connection between the prairie city and the beloved honey-loving creature in this true story, written by the Toronto-based great-granddaughter of Harry Colebourn, who named the orphan bear for his hometown. Picked as a New York Times Notable Children’s Book of 2015.
A gentle tale of cosmic importance, this sweet book follows the sun on its journey around the world, beginning at Coco’s house., visiting the Arctic, Asia, shining through windows, making the snow sparkle, sending rays through an airplane window. Making its way back to Coco’s house, the sun and the child spend the day together “but for a few passing clouds.”
A delicious book about an eccentric, enchanted lady and her mischievous felines, her iced cakes and her flying adventures.
Lovely language from poet and “Fugitive Pieces” author Anne Michaels and fetching illustrations that perfectly match the whimsical tone.
Not a book but a subscription to an award-winning Canadian magazine that challenges and entertains with the all-important Stem subjects: science, technology, engineering and math.
The print pages are interactive with tablets/cell phones via the free Blippar App.
Two gorgeous scenes from Benjamin Chaud’s beloved books The Bear’s Song and The Bear’s Sea Escape are re-created as 24-piece, double-sided puzzles — fun for little ones and grown-ups who can help them.