Saturday, November 21, 2020

Holiday Book Gifts: Ages 0 – 2 : Various bookwraps


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Illustrations: Penelope Dullaghan

Holiday Book Gifts: Ages 0 – 2

by Devon A. Corneal

Devon Corneal is a writer, recovering lawyer, and bibliophile. She’s also a devoted wife and mother, except for the occasional page-turning affair with Jamie Fraser and Jason Bourne. Devon has always been captivated by quirky authors like Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein and sees no reason to stop reading children’s books just because she’s a grown-up. Devon’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, and on her blog, Cattywampus.


We all need a little bit of joy these days, and thinking about gifts for the winter holidays always gets me in a festive mood. This year at Brightly, we’ve pulled together an array of wonderful board books for the littlest children on your list. These books are not only solid and sturdy enough to withstand the less-than-careful hands of our youngest readers, but they also expose them to important lessons about antiracism, kindness, meditation, persistence, and voting. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, we’ve made sure to include cheerful books about construction vehicles, adorable teddy bears, and animals galore. As always, we hope these books encourage a life-long love of reading in your children.

Antiracist Baby

by Ibram X. Kendi, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky

It’s never too early to teach kids how to identify and eradicate racism, and this board book provides a wonderful way to start your littlest readers on their own path to being antiracist.

Grumpy Monkey's Little Book of Grumpiness

by Suzanne Lang, illustrated by Max Lang

Everyone gets grumpy sometimes, including monkeys. To help him get over his bad mood, Jim Panzee tries everything from bananas to crayons to a baboon with a bassoon. What finally helps him stop being grumpy? A good friend, of course!

Brightly Baby Gift Box

by Brightly

A perfect holiday gift for the littlest of book lovers, the Brightly Baby Box is filled with essential selections to help little ones learn their letters, numbers, and colors, and have lots of fun along the way.

Where Do Diggers Celebrate Christmas?

by Brianna Caplan Sayres, illustrated by Christian Slade

After all building sites close, your favorite hard-working machines use their unique talents to prepare for a festive celebration. Get ready for presents, holiday lights, and a lot of Christmas cheer!

She Persisted

by Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger

Celebrate the holidays with 13 American women who helped change the world as we know it. Curl up with your little one and explore the extraordinary lives of women from Harriet Tubman to Clara Lemlich to Sonia Sotomayor.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Snowy Hide & Seek

by Eric Carle

Let your child explore this magical hide and seek book as the Very Hungry Caterpillar goes on a holiday adventure. Santa, reindeer, and plenty of snow all make an appearance.

Duck & Goose, It’s Time for Christmas!

by Tad Hills

Just in time for the holidays, Duck & Goose are back! Duck really wants to start getting ready for Christmas, but Goose is distracted by all the exciting winter fun he can have in the snow.

The Nutcracker

by E.T.A. Hoffmann, illustrated by Carly Gledhill

The perfect introduction to a holiday classic, The Nutcracker will have your family dreaming of wooden soldiers, an army of mice, and a very special girl named Clara.

Beyond the Classics Gift Box

by Brightly

Add some sparkle to storytime with an imaginative array of new books in our Beyond the Classics Box. Filled with sweet stories, enchanting illustrations, and a few giggles, this collection of reads will soon become family favorites

Where Are You Polar Bear?

by DK

Looking for an engaging, eco-friendly gift? Look no further than Where Are You Polar Bear? Filled with an array of Arctic animals and plenty of sensory stimulation for babies and toddlers, this touch and feel book is created entirely of cardboard – no plastics! Keep on exploring the animals of the world with a trip to the rainforest in Where Are You Tiger?.

ABCs of Kindness

by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Ekaterina Trukhan

Chock-full of bright illustrations, this collection of 26 ways to be kind not only teaches little ones their ABCs, but also helps them think of ways they can make the world a better place.

Mindfulness Moments for Kids: Bunny Breaths

by Kira Willey, illustrated by Anni Betts

Staying focused can be hard, especially when we feel tired or not quite ourselves. By using bunny breaths, kids can help center themselves and get a burst of focused energy right when they need it. This simple technique is a wonderful skill for kids to learn at an early age, and one that will help them throughout their lives.

Families Belong

by Dan Saks, illustrated by Brooke Smart

The holidays can be a wonderful time to connect with and truly appreciate our families. In Families Belong, children see how to celebrate the people we love and the activities that bind us together.

Merry Christmas, Corduroy!

by Don Freeman, illustrated by Jody Wheeler

Everyone’s favorite teddy bear is getting ready for Christmas! Join him as he decorates his tree, bakes cookies, and wraps presents for his friends.

Crocodiles Need Kisses Too

by Rebecca Colby, illustrated by Penelope Dullaghan

Everyone wants affection, even the prickliest, toothiest, scariest, most slithery animals (and people) we know. This sweet story reminds us that even someone who is tough on the outside still needs hugs and kisses.

Citizen Baby: My Vote

by Megan E. Bryant and Daniel Prosterman, illustrated by Micah Player

Voting is an essential right in a democratic society, and even though your children might be a little young to participate in this year’s election, Citizen Baby: My Vote will help ensure that they have all the information they need when it’s time for them to cast their first ballot.

Kindness Makes Us Strong

by Sophie Beer

Kindness isn’t just about making one person feel better. It’s also at the heart of building strong schools, neighborhoods, and communities. Kindness Makes Us Strong reminds us of the importance of acts of kindness and the ripple effect those actions have in the world.

Who Was Ruth Bader Ginsburg?: A Who Was? Board Book

by Lisbeth Kaiser and Who HQ, illustrated by Stanley Chow

Get out your glasses and dissent collar for a board book introduction to one of America’s most famous Supreme Court member. Bold pictures accompany age-appropriate text to teach young children about the woman who helped change the course of equal rights in the United States.

(On Sale: 12/8/20)


Another week has slipped away and I hope you enjoyed the books I featured here each and every day.  Have a great weekend everyone.  Read lots and please stay safe.  

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