Gifts for Young Readers: Classic Sets and Collectibles
If you're looking to instill a love not just of reading, but also of actual books in your kids, there's nothing better then lovely collections and series box sets. They look and feel wonderful, have great illustrations, and series and sets encourage young readers to keep going after they close one book - and go right into the next!
Here are five suggestions for some great book series and collectible sets to gift your young readers this holiday season:
1. Puffin Classics Deluxe Collection Box Set
I am completely absolutely in love with the Penguin Classics hardcover classics set for myself, but these children's editions might be even more delightful. They are timelessly riveting, magical stories to read with your kids (or for them to curl up with themselves) and they look amazing on the shelves!
Here are the titles:
- A Little Princess
- Anne of Green Gables
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- The Secret Garden
- The Wind in the Willows
- Peter Pan
Anne of Green Gables is a series of its own, so it's possible you want to buy these individually instead of in a set - but it is a lovely way to get them hooked on these stories.
2. Roald Dahl 15-Book Set - "Phizz-Whizzing Collection"
There are few things as magical as Roald Dahl's amazing imagination! Don't recognize the name? I'll be you recognize Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, or even James and the Giant Peach.
The set includes:
Fantastic Mr Fox, The Witches, The Twits, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, The Magic Finger, The Giraffe and the Pelly and me, Esio Trot, Boy Tales & Childhood, Matilda, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Danny the Champion of the World, George's Marvellous Medicine and Going Solo.
The books are paperbacks and include illustrations by Quentin Blake.
3. The Boxcar Children, 1-12 Box Set
I LOVED the Boxcar Children books when I was a kid, and I've been wanting to reread the first ones and read the ones I never got to. I feel like there are about a million of these books - but you're safe to start with the first 12, which are the ones in this particular set. What is awesome about this package is that the "Boxcar" bookcase expands to hold up to 32 books as your child begs for more :) Also, the set includes Boxcar activities, a poster, and an accordion bookmark with title checklist. I can't decide whether to get this for myself or my son!
4. The Chronicles of Narnia box set
I'm so pleased that interest in C.S. Lewis' amazing books is still going strong, thanks to the recent movie adaptations. Your kids will love going back to the movies after having read the book series, or they'll be drawn to the books because it's got so much more that they didn't get in the films.
This set includes all seven Chronicles of Narnia books: The Magician's Nephew; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; The Horse and His Boy; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; and The Last Battle. It features the original illustrations by Pauline Baynes.
5. A Series of Unfortunately Events "The Complete Wreck" Set (Vols 1-13)
Or "The Trouble Begins," Vols 1-3: http://goo.gl/CqScNk
I include both the Complete Set 1-13 and the introductory 1-3 because the complete set is kind of a big expense. If you kid hasn't read the books, sometimes it's better to try them out first with a smaller set before making a big investment. I'd say it's a pretty safe bet, though! The Series of Unfortunately Events books by Lemony Snicket are delightful, funny, mischievous, and their tone has shades of greats like Roald Dahl and Edward Gorey.
I'm so excited! So many wonderful stories and hours of magic and imagination to be had with these gifts that really do keep on giving...
What are your favorite book series or sets for children? @LibraryLady, @timeturnerjones, @greggr, and everyone else - I'd love to hear from you!