A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books Suitable for Holiday Gift-Giving
The holidays are right around the corner, and chances are you’re looking for great gift ideas. You’ve come to the right place. There’s nothing like a classic book, and this year there’s a bumper crop of beautiful new anniversary editions sure to make adults nostalgic and kids engaged.
Reissued Classics and Anniversary Editions
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
Robinson’s classic story of the Herdman children first appeared in 1971. A picture book version is also available.
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
Originally published in 1964, The Book of Three is the first book in the Newbery Award winning fantasy series.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, illus. by Quentin Blake
Can Charlie Bucket really be fifty years old? Yes he is, and everyone can celebrate by reading this 50th anniversary edition printed on candy colored pages.
The Christmas Alphabet: Deluxe 20th Anniversary Edition by Robert Sabuda
This book launched Sabuda’s career in 1994. The anniversary edition of this famous pop-up classic is a joy to open.
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
Included in this 25th anniversary edition is a free audio download, a “How to Draw a Monkey” activity, and music and lyrics for the much-loved song.
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, illus. by Anita Jeram
First published in the United Kingdom in 1994, this cherished tale now celebrates twenty years.
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
This 50th anniversary edition features a map of Harriet’s spy route and a section in which grown-ups, including many writers, share their feelings about the book.
James Herriot’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot, illus. by Ruth Brown and Peter Barrett
Originally published in 1992, these award-winning stories have recently been reissued, along with a number of other books by Herriot.
The Jungle Book: The Classic Edition by Rudyard Kipling, illus. by Don Daily
The Jungle Book was originally published 120 years ago. This edition is a reissue of the 1993 edition, illustrated by Daily.
The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
This 25th anniversary edition of the beloved and bestselling classic about family and tradition includes fifteen pages of bonus material. The original quilt now resides at the Mazza Museum of International Children’s Picture Book Art in Findlay, Ohio.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Included in this 70th anniversary gift set is the hardcover book with original illustrations, two audio CDs and a downloadable audio. On a related note, The Pilot and the Little Prince by Peter Sis, a biography of Saint-Exupéry, just appeared on the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books for 2014.
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
After more than seven decades, the mischievous and fearless Madeline is just as popular as ever.
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers, illus. by Mary Shepard
It’s been eighty years since the famous nanny dropped from the sky. Included in this work are four complete stories about Mary Poppins.
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
This classic story by Caldecott medalist Burton celebrates seventy-five years of Mike Mulligan and Mary Anne. A free audiobook read by Matthew Broderick is available to download.
Miss Suzy by Miriam Young, illus. by Arnold Lobel
This classic illustrated by Caldecott artist Lobel celebrates fifty years.
The Paddington Treasury by Michael Bond, illus. by R.W. Alley
Just in time for the November release of the movie Paddington, this treasury brings together six original stories about the popular bear.
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
This Christmas story has been around for thirty years and remains a classic.
Roger Duvoisin’s the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, illus. by Roger Duvoisin
This edition of Moore’s classic poem, illustrated by Caldecott medalist Duvoisin, first appeared in 1954. It returns to print in this tall, narrow size which is just perfect for tucking inside a Christmas stocking!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Robert L. May, illus. by Antonia Javier Caparo
This story was originally written in 1939 for Montgomery Ward department stores. This newly illustrated book is the 75th anniversary edition of the original Rudolph story.
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
For over thirty-five years, children have enjoyed this classic wordless picture book.
Swimmy by Leo Lionni
This 50th anniversary edition of the 1964 Caldecott Honor Book includes a new “tribute from Eric Carle” and a poster.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Sound Book by Michael Rosen
Join in the bear hunt with this fabulous interactive sound book version of the 25-year-old classic.
Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? by Shel Silverstein
This 50th anniversary edition features jacket art from the original 1964 edition.