Early on, I read that children respect books more if they are considered worthy of being a gift. Because I wanted books valued, books as gifts have been present (pun intended) in our house since the children were preschoolers.
Which books were gift-worthy? Hardbacks of books repeatedly checked out from the library: Ox Cart Man, The Four Seasons of Brambly Hedge, and the Winnie-the-Pooh Treasury—the last two were expensive for causal buying.
Unusual books that represented a child’s interest and not available at the local library. I purchased Harry’s Helicopter by George Ancona after my kindergartner asked me to teach him to fly a helicopter.
“I don’t know how,” I said.
“Just read a book and tell me what to do, and I’ll do it,” he replied.
Oh, for him to have that faith in my abilities now!
My sons have carried on the tradition. They thoughtfully choose at least one book for my husband each Christmas.
Any favorite book gifts?