Homegrown Traditions makes the perfect library totes. Since the holidays are coming, she wanted some ideas for what to fill them up with to make the perfect booklover’s gift bag.
It was hard, but I narrowed my picks down to eight books that I LOVE and I think you will too! There are picks for babies up through adults.
1. Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan and Janet Ahlberg – $6
(A board book for babies and younger kids): A delightful rhyming play on nursery rhymes. I love the eye-spy aspect of the book and the charming illustrations with a vintage feel.
2. Waterfall (River of Time Series) by Lisa T. Bergren – $8
(Grades 8-12): A fun mom-read and a good clean teen read too. For a list of my other favorite books for mom, click here!
3. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale – $9
(Grades 3-8): A wonderful book whether you’re a kid or an adult. It’s a beautifully woven re-telling of a German fairytale. Anything Shannon Hale writes is magic! You may recognize her as the author of Austenland or The Princess Academy.
4. The Wonderful Things You Will Be by by Emily Winfield Martin – $15
(Pre-K-K): This book so beautifully expresses the love and hope we feel for our children. The illustrations are whimsical and timeless. I especially love the gatefold of little kids in costumes. This is a keepsake kind of book!
5. Books Canvas Tote Bag – $10
Durable and machine-washable with a gusset bottom, this canvas tote bag is hefty enough to store a large collection of library books and makes the perfect gift bag!
6. Flexlight Book Light – $10
This flexible book light doubles as a bookmark. My bookworm daughter loves using this to sneak in a few minutes of extra reading time before bed without keeping her little brother awake.
7. We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio – $15
(Pre-K-3): A beautiful book about the importance of accepting and loving others and ourselves, even though we have differences. The original middle-grade version, “Wonder,” is also a winner.
8. Elephant and Piggie Series by Mo Williams – $6-9 each
(Pre-K-2): I buy these for myself just as much as I buy them for my kids. They are witty and engaging. They teach the values of friendship and inclusion in such an entertaining and lighthearted way.
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