A book is a present that goes on giving! So next time you have a birthday party to go to, instead of picking up a plastic toy at the last minute, think about all the wonderful books for children out there. Luci Grimes from The Book Shed makes some suggestions by age group of great present books for kids:
Babies & Toddlers
#1. That’s Not My Lamb...
A lovely touchy-feely board book with five adorable little lambs for young children to meet. It features a tactile patch for little fingers to explore on every page, including a fuzzy back, a woolly tail and soft ears. It’s specially designed to help develop sensory and language awareness in babies and toddlers. There’s a mouse on every page!
Suitable from 6 months up. €7.50.
#2. Animal Hide-and-Seek
Young children will enjoy finding out in this new and delightful book, which introduces children to the popular characters of Apple Tree Farm, including Woolly the sheep and Curly the pig. With interesting textures to feel and exciting flaps to look behind, this book offers simple counting opportunities as well as a game of hide-and-seek to entertain babies and young children.
Suitable for 1 year plus. €12.50.
#1. Wind-up tractor book
This award winning book contains three delightful tractor tales with a wind-up model tractor to bring the stories to life. Each story includes sturdy tracks embedded in the thick card pages and press-out Farmyard Tales characters to complete the scenes. Other wind-up titles include Fire engine, pirate ship, plane, racing car, and train.
Suitable for age 3 and up. €21.50.
#2. 1001 Things to Spot in Fairyland
This book is very popular with little girls. It is beautifully illustrated and will provide hours of puzzle solving fun. It encourages visual recognition and develops number skills. Contains over 1,000 different fairy images to be discovered throughout the book.
Suitable for age 3 and up. €10.50.
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Age 6 and Up
#1. See Inside Planet Earth
A brilliant lift–the-flap book with 80 sturdy flaps, that delves deep into the mysteries of the geography of the Earth, revealing and explain the Earth’s structure, climate and environments, from desert to arctic tundra.
Suitable for age 6 and upwards. €12.50.
#2. Illustrated Classics for Children
A beautiful collection of eight of the best-loved children’s classic stories, enchantingly illustrated and retold for younger readers. Complete with ribbon bookmark, this hardback anthology is sure to be treasured, perfect for a special gift. Stories include: ‘The Railway Children’, ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ‘Black Beauty’ and ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’. Girls and boys alike will delight in poring over this book.
Suitable for age 6 and upwards. €19.00.
Age 7 and Up
#1. Write Your Own Story Book
A fantastic book to inspire budding authors out there! This is a write-in book that helps children learn to write their own stories. Includes lots of different writing activities including a fictional school journal, writing a comic strip, and forming a story around a picture. Packed with writing tips and a ‘story writing toolkit’. Concealed spiral binding that allows the book to open flat but doesn’t get in the way as you write.
Suitable for aged 7 upwards. €10.50.
#2. Illustrated Stories from Dickens
A beautifully illustrated collection of five classic Charles Dickens’ stories, retold for younger readers. Includes ‘Oliver Twist’, ‘Bleak House’, ‘Great Expectations’, ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ and ‘David Copperfield’ as well as a short biography of the great author himself. Contains internet links to find out more about the life and times of Charles Dickens.
Suitable for age 7 upwards. €16.50.
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