You can never go wrong when you gift books.  There might not be a more appreciated gift then a well-thought selection of literature wrapped up in a durable canvas book bag.  There is such a huge array of books out there, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what to purchase.  But you're in for a treat, because we recruited Kim from Talk Wordy To Me to give some book recommendations for all different ages.  Kim is a journalist, a writer, and an amazing mama of 3 little ones.  She knows her stuff.  Make sure to read the descriptions of her book recommendations below to see what ages each book is good for and a little about why Kim loves each book.  And give her a follow on Instagram @talkwordytome_.  You won't want to miss her latest book pics, or real-life advice on motherhood and mental health.


Book Gift Guide


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. 


A great book worm gift bag starts with the Book Canvas Tote.

Book Bag Canvas Tote Gift Idea

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*Special thanks to Kim of Talk Wordy To Me for providing these awesome book recommendations and commentary

Brittney Hanks

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