A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books

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

christmaspageantThe 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.



bookofthreeThe 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.



charlieCharlie 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.



christmasabcThe 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.



monkeysFive 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.



guessGuess 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.



harrietHarriet 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.



treasuryJames 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.


junglebookThe 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.



keepingThe 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.


littleprinceThe 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.


madelineMadeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

After more than seven decades, the mischievous and fearless Madeline is just as popular as ever.



marypoppinsMary 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.



mikemulliganMike 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.


misssuzyMiss Suzy by Miriam Young, illus. by Arnold Lobel

This classic illustrated by Caldecott artist Lobel celebrates fifty years.




paddyThe 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.



polarThe Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

This Christmas story has been around for thirty years and remains a classic.



nightbeforeRoger 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!


rudolphRudolph 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.


snowmanThe Snowman by Raymond Briggs

For over thirty-five years, children have enjoyed this classic wordless picture book.



swimmySwimmy by Leo Lionni

This 50th anniversary edition of the 1964 Caldecott Honor Book includes a new “tribute from Eric Carle” and a poster.



bearhuntWe’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.



cheaprhinoWho Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? by Shel Silverstein

This 50th anniversary edition features jacket art from the original 1964 edition.



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