Picture Books as Gifts for Giving and Receiving
What could be better for a book lover than to receive a picture book as a gift? As a teacher and a friend I have received several picture books at the end of a school year or when moving from one country to the next. The wonderful thing about a picture book as a present is that, if chosen correctly, it can have double the sentimental value.
I have already written about receiving a new copy of The Story of Ferdinand after a colleague knew of my childhood affiliation with this book. For someone who loves to read, plus the added value of the story having personal meaning, a wrapped picture book will brighten any day.
Here are some other examples I have received:
A book to say Thank You
A book to say Goodbye
A book because You Are My Friend
Things to think about when choosing a picture book to give:
- Find a book that is related to the recipient. Consider their interests, characters they may relate to or themes of the book. You can search for picture books on just about anything!
- My sister gave our dad Mr Forgetful by Roger Hargreaves one Fathers’ Day after he had started to make some comments about his short-term memory loss. We knew Dad well enough to know he would take this in good humour. However, it is wise to be mindful to choose a book that doesn’t cause offense, even if given in jest!
- If you aren’t familiar with the book you have chosen then read online reviews, peruse it at a bookstore or check it out from the library to see if it is what you are after.
- If your budget allows and it is available, a hardback copy of your chosen picture book can be preferable. It looks more expensive (and usually is!), it lasts longer and travels safer through the mail.
- Remember to leave time to order your book if it is not available at your local bookstore. Some online booksellers will wrap and write a message if it is a gift.
- Don’t forget to write a personal message either inside the book (as book collectors everywhere squirm in their seats) or on a separate card or paper.
- If a picture book is too small for the occasion, it can always accompany something else, related or unrelated to the story.
Happy giving and hopefully happy receiving!
Please share some picture books you have given or received.