Today I’m thrilled to release the 2013 edition of Paper Gains: a Guide to Gifting Children Great Books from Modern Mrs Darcy. It’s a fantastic resource for any of you who shopping for wee ones through tweens this holiday season (or anytime, really).
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. 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!)
- Good reads for bookish parents
- Books for the transportation-obsessed
- Great picture books
- Delightfully silly books
- Books for young creatives
- Books for baseball fans
- Books for young adventurers
- Books to pore over
- Classics for a reason
- Books girls love
- Animal tales
- Books boys love
- and more information on gifting great books to your young reader!
This list certainly isn’t exhaustive, but it doesn’t have to be. Once a kid develops a taste for good books, they’ll be able to find plenty more. The challenge is in learning to recognize what makes for a good book in the first place.
This little 2-minute video will tell you a bit more about the guide.
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I’d love to hear your feedback when you’re done reading your guide! Come back and comment on your favorite picks for kids, or follow the hashtag #papergains on twitter.
Thanks for reading!
What’s your favorite book to gift to young readers?