Introducing Paper Gains: A Guide to Gifting Children Great Books from Modern Mrs Darcy

Introducing Paper Gains: A Guide to Gifting Children Great Books from Modern Mrs Darcy

Today I’m thrilled to introduce something new. It’s called Paper Gains: a Guide to Gifting Children Great Books from Modern Mrs Darcy. It’s meant to be a fantastic resource for any of you who have wee ones on your gift list this holiday season.  paper gains a guide to gifting children great books from modern mrs darcy

There’s an expression I’ve heard my dad say a hundred times: “paper gains, paper losses.” He likes to keep an eye on his investments, and as he watches their value rise and fall, he likes to remind me (and himself, I suspect) that you haven’t truly won or lost anything until you cash out.

This guide is called “Paper Gains” because you can’t lose with the books listed here. There are no losses. And these days, that’s a rare investment opportunity.

This guide will steer you towards good books for the young people on your gift list. It’s full of books that they’ll love reading–again and again. Books that will turn them into readers. (Hey, it’s full of books you’ll probably love, too!)

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My budding writer is getting her very own copy of Emily of New Moon this Christmas, per the book guide here. Here she is clutching her library copy.

Categories include:

This list certainly isn’t exhaustive–but it doesn’t have to be. Because once a kid develops a taste for good books, they’ll be able to find plenty more of them. The challenge is in learning to recognize what makes for a good book in the first place.

By reading great books, kids learn to recognize great literature. Help out a young reader by gifting them a good book this year.

Here’s wishing you–and the young readers in your lives–a very happy holiday.

Download the free guide here.

UPDATE: View the new, expanded guide here.

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What’s your favorite book to gift to young readers?

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  2. Suzette @ jambalaya says:

    Just skimmed over my copy of Paper Gains! What a wonderful guide! Thanks Anne for consolidating great literature for quick referencing!

  3. R says:

    Sometimes a great book is reflected by a great publisher. Usborne, Kingfisher, and DK Publishing rank up there as putting out consistently enjoyable and interesting books, especially when it comes to non-fiction subjects (history, science, etc). There are a lot of good books out there for girls too but with three boys, we’ve been on a hunt for good boy books. The Sugar Creek Gang series (Paul Hutchens) and Wilderking Trilogy (Jonathan Rogers) are both wonderful. Other favorites: Daddy Long-legs (chapter, girls); all books by Elizabeth George Speare (chapter, both genders, historical fiction); Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (chapter, girls), Carry on Mr. Bowditch (chapter, historical) children’s books by George MacDonald (The Light Princess, The Princess and the Goblin, The Princess and Curdie, etc – chapter fantasy books; Sir Gibbie is also excellent but for an older child or a read along and discuss book)..

  4. R says:

    PS – I would be careful about classifying “Holes” as a silly book. The first half of the book was silly but the last half was rather dark and frightening. My kids won’t be reading it until they are adolescents at least and maybe not even then.

  5. Jennifer H says:

    I had already read some of them with Samuel, and I checked out some others. I just put another one on my reserve list at the library. I wanted to let you know about another great book I just read to Samuel – The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford. I do recommend reading aloud because of the vocabulary and themes, but it’s a great story of love. And I was crying the last few pages so it might be too much for really sensitive children. But for 9 and up, I think it’s a great story.

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