Holiday Gift Giving with Candlewick Press


The official Christmas season is now upon us! I don't know about everyone else, but I always enjoy gift shopping for loved ones. Books are always a nice addition to the group of presents under the tree, especially for children. There's nothing like giving the gift of reading to young ones. Candlewick Press offers tons of great books for children of all ages.

If you're looking for ideas for the kiddos on your Christmas shopping list, here are some that I recommend checking out:

Long ago in the town of Bethlehem, on a bright and starry night, a baby was born, a child who was called the son of God. Announced by an angel, born in a humble manger, laid in a bed of straw, visited by shepherds and wise men—the age-old, awe-inspiring story of the birth of Jesus is lovingly brought to life by master pop-up artist Robert Sabuda in six gorgeously imagined scenes, culminating in a 3-D manger sheltering humans and beasts, guarded by an angel above. Glinting with touches of gold and pearlescent foil, The Christmas Story is a visual feast, a holiday treasure to be shared with the whole family.

Since Jesus is the reason for the season, I'm happy to be starting the list off with this gorgeous rendition of His birth. This is not just a storybook, it's actually a pop-up book! I can't begin to explain the amazement on my son's face when we first opened this book. The Christmas Story takes the that wondrous night of our savior's birth, and brings it to life in a three dimensional story for children! You can never have too many books that share the news about Christ's birth, and this one is definitely a must for the collection.

Where's Waldo? The Coloring Book 
 Waldo insiders know that the intrepid traveler likes to sketch wherever he goes. Now fans are invited to follow suit by coloring Waldo’s classic scenes, from bustling, intricate landscapes to larger-scale images — while keeping an eye out for Waldo and other things, too! Ready to put your eagle eye to a new challenge? Grab your markers or colored pencils and get creative by coloring scenes from Waldo’s adventures.

This is a coloring book that's great for both children and even adults, but I must warn you, it' not for the faint at heart. There are lots of fine details one each page, and finding Waldo in a black and white illustration is a bit more challenging than a colored version. All the same, if you have loved ones who are crazy about Where's Waldo?, then this is one to definitely consider. Not only is there tons of coloring fun, but you can take a shot at locating Waldo and several other items throughout the pages. It's a whole lot of fun!

To a small child, words are magical. And the most magical of all are the beloved words of Mother Goose. Here, folklorist Iona Opie has gathered more than sixty treasured rhymes in their most perfect, honest forms, from “Hey Diddle, Diddle" and “Pat-a-Cake” to “Little Jack Horner” and “Pussycat, Pussycat”—familiar verses that have been passed from parent to child for generations and are every child’s birthright. With watercolors by Rosemary Wells capturing the simple joy and sly humor of the classic nursery rhymes, this special anniversary volume features a new case cover and jacket and includes a note from the illustrator on the unparalleled influence of Mother Goose, both during childhood and far beyond it. Twenty years after Iona Opie and Rosemary Wells released their first collection of Mother Goose rhymes, the celebrated original is back in a gorgeous anniversary edition.

Receiving this book brought back a lot of memories from when I was a little girl. When it comes to classic children's literature, you really can't forget to add Mother Goose to the collection. My Very First Mother Goose is a gorgeous hardcover that offers an extensive collection of all those beloved fairy tales and nursery rhymes that we all enjoyed while growing up. Even my son recognized some of his favorites like I See the Moon. It's a nice opportunity to also share the ones that I enjoyed when I was his age. The colorful, illustrations are delightful and really do offer a feeling of nostalgia. This is definitely one you'll want to add to the holiday shopping list!

At first glance, this elegant alphabet book—showcasing both upper- and lowercase letters—seems to follow a familiar formula. There’s an acrobat standing atop a horse to form a big letter A and another curled under herself to make a small one. There’s a colony of beetles attached to the leaves they’ve munched, creating a big and a small letter B. But then comes the letter C, made of sea waves evoking the artist Hokusai. Or a lowercase I in the form of a pen that has left an ink smudge, or two kingly beasts that create the letter K. And what of the many letters, equally fantastical and fascinating, whose associations are left to the viewers’ imaginations? Ingenious and intriguing, beautiful and full of stunning detail, this is an alphabet book sure to invite many repeat explorations. Readers will be mesmerized by these surreal and gorgeously rendered alphabet letters, cleverly shaped from flora, fauna, and more.

My son just adores anything that allows him to demonstrate his letter skills, so he immediately took to this one. Each page uses illustrations to shape a letter from the alphabet (both the upper and lower case). Now I do have to note that the letters aren't meant to match up with the picture. For instance, the page with a big J and little j shows two ducks. Nothing in the picture represents the letter J, expect the fact that their bodies are shaped like the letters, so in that aspect it can get confusing for really young children, especially if they are just learning to correlate pictures with the letter that they start with. Nonetheless, it is still a really nice book. The illustrations are neat and offer a more abstract feel. One of my favorites is the page with the letter P, which shows an angel as the upper case and a harp as the lower case. If you have little art lovers who also enjoy the alphabet, then this is one you'll want to pick up for them.

Hundreds of fascinating facts are waiting to be unearthed in this latest book from Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski, the creative duo behind the best-selling Maps. Dive below the surface and find out what happens under earth and under sea—from early submarines and deep-sea life to burrowing animals and man-made tunnels. You will never look at the world in the same way again! Gorgeous design and quirky illustrations make this a book to be pored over again and again. Discover the amazing world that lies just beneath the surface!

With so many great books in this list, it really is difficult to pick a favorite. They're all amazing in their own way. I do have a thing for educational books, especially anything that has to do with science, so I have to say this one was my top pick from the bunch. It's a mega book, let me tell you! One, because it's a huge hardcover and two, because it's chock full of cool illustrations and incredible information about things that have to do with being in the ocean or underground. It's a flip book (two in one), so one side covers Under Water and you can flip it over to reveal Under Earth. This book really is amazing, and one that could even be incorporated into a homeschool curriculum. There's just so much to learn from it! In Under Water, children can learn about unique ocean creatures that only live in the deepest abyss, different scuba suits that span centuries, and even the Titanic wreckage. Flip it over to Under Earth, and they can learn about a water/sewage system, bones that paleontologists have discovered, and even how the tectonic plates work. Seriously, I love this book!! It has it all, and one that I definitely recommend for the little learners and science lovers out there!

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