You don’t need look for a good time to curl up with a book. And you don’t need to look for a good time—or reason—to gift a book to anyone. But if there is an occasion like Diwali looming ahead, books could make a welcome change in what you’re gifting the children.
We’ve tried to make a list of some “giftable” books you could give the young ones this festive season. There are a few in the list that you could get down to reading, too. While the choice of some of these books is based on what a child can learn for others it is just the joy of reading and a little something extra. Interactivity is a common factor in most of the selection.
So go ahead and choose.
1. AGE GROUP: 0-3
Baby Touch & Feel
Priddy Books, Rs250
With life-like patches that let the child understand texture. What does a baby animal’s skin feel like? Among the choices are a woolly lamb, a fluffy rabbit and a furry kitten.
Little Princess Stories
By Tony Ross
Harper Collins, Rs75 each
Picture Books that tell a story with a little message. The series includes I Don’t Want to go to Hospital, I Want My Dinner, I Want a Sister and I Want My Dummy.
By Eric Hill
The story of a small lovable puppy named Spot—and his friends—who get into interesting situations (also visit www.funwithspot.com).
2. AGE GROUP: 3-5
Green Eggs and Ham
By Dr Seuss
Harper Collins Children, Rs150
All of Dr Seuss’ books are a delight for children and helps them get used to reading on their own. Green Eggs and Ham is especially funny with Sam-I-am and the story of the plate of green eggs and ham.
A Squash and a Squeeze
By Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
How a little old lady complains that her house is too small. With a little help from her friends she discovers that it is actually not the squash and squeeze she kept moaning about. Also check out Donaldson’s Gruffalo series.
3. AGE GROUP: 6-8
By Shel Silverstein
Harper Collins, Rs400
Cartoonist, playwright, poet and performer Shel Silverstein’s delightful nonsensical book where he interchanges and plays with the first letters of words—it is actually Bunny Rabbit. He has 10 more funny books—like Falling Up—up his sleeve and they make for a great gift set.
The Charm Seekers
By Amy Tree
Rs195 each Orion Books
Sesame is an earthling who goes out to another world to help the Queen-in-distress. Each of the 13 books has a charm which the child can collect. After the 13th book, the charms can be joined to make a bracelet. Party possibilities here.
4. AGE GROUP 9-12
The 39 Clues
By Rick Riordan
Riordan’s fantasy-detective-adventure book invites the readers to join in as the protagonists hunt for treasure that will make them all-powerful (visit www.the39clues.com
By Terry Deary
A very different way of looking at history. What did the Stone Age people use instead of toilet paper? Deary has lined up some incredible information in his series of Horrible Histories.
DK Books, Rs895
Everything your child wanted to know about dinosaurs—it is a perfect gift for a Dino-maniac. The book is a collection of mini-books with a Dinopedia, a Dino timeline and a Factosaurus among other things.
5. AGE GROUP 13-15
211 Things A Bright Girl Can Do
By Bunty Cutler
Harper Collins, Rs734
Girls will love this life-skills handbook that talks about how to charm the birds from trees and how to test pearls for their genuineness—in fact almost everything they didn’t learn in school.
The Complete Calvin & Hobbes
By Bill Watterson
Andrews McMeel, Rs6,300
What can be a better gift than starting off someone on Calvin and Hobbes? This three-volume leather-bound collection comprises all the daily and Sunday Calvin and Hobbes cartoons that appeared in newspapers from 1985 to 1995.
The Twilight Series
By Stephenie Meyer
The next big phenomenon post-Harry Potter. Meyer’s books of vampire romances starts with Twilight (now a movie) and ends with Breaking Dawn. Tracking Edward and Bella’s romance could be a good post-Diwali pastime for girls who haven’t read the books.