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Gift Ideas for the Littlest Ones

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.

We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!

In this post we have some books for those who enjoy receiving gifts the most, from our Children’s Books and Childcare sections.
Have you met our Children’s Books buyers, by the way?  They have even more tips for you!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit to 2013 and beyond), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

Children’s Books: Fairy Tales

Ebook available of Aesop’s Illustrated Fables.

“Not only a beautiful book, it’s also a very informative one if you like to know your fairy tales and where they came from.” - ABC The Hague’s Children’s Books buyer Lília on The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales.

“I always loved Aesop’s fables, so I really love this book: beautiful illustrations, gilded edges… a real treat.” - Lília on Aesop’s Illustrated Fables.

“Nice hardcover with Andersen’s wonderful tales. It’s a not-so expensive option for people wanting to give something well-written with good value.” – Lília on Best-Loved Fairy Tales.

Children’s Books: Picture Books

“Please do me a favor: click on the picture of The Book With No Pictures above, and check out the video you’ll find there of author B. J. Novak holding his teeny tiny audience spellbound and in stitches during a reading.  Can’t you just imagine yourself snuggled up on the couch with your kid, having a giggly, loud and wonderful time together? It’s sure making me wish my own kid wasn’t all grown up already!” - ABC’s Blogmistress Sophie on The Book With No Pictures.

Children’s Books: Arts & Crafts


Ebook available for The Myth of the Spoiled Child and Made for Baby.

“Alfie Kohn has a unique approach to parenting based on building trust in the relationship and avoiding punishment/reward which is very common in parenting.  In this book he looks at different parenting styles and the conventional wisdom that comes with them and looks at what the science of today teaches us about the different views.” - ABC Amsterdam’s Childcare buyer Sigrid on The Myth of the Spoiled Child.

“Fun and handy for busy parents of young children. Write down all the quirky and unexpected things kids say on these illustrated cards. You can either put them in a scrapbook/photo album or photograph your son/daughter holding the card.” – Sigrid on Milestone Mini Cards.

“An updated edition of this classic by an expert in both alternative and allopathic medicine. A classic handbook for women seeking a safe, organic, eco-friendly and natural pregnancy, featuring an integrated approach with new medical, herbal, and nutritional information, and also with information on the emotional and physical changes that childbearing brings. A comprehensive guide to a safe, healthy pregnancy, as nature intended it.” - Sigrid on The Natural Pregnancy Book.

This Just In: Fashion

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Eleven Recently-Arrived Titles from the Fashion & Beauty Section:

Please be sure to contact our stores for an exact stock check!

This Just In: Children’s Books and YA Fiction

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

A Gazillion Recently-Arrived Titles from the Children’s Books and Young Adult Fiction Sections (grouped by age):

Please be sure to contact our stores for an exact stock check!

Picture Books:

Ebook available for Ladybird Christmas Carols.

9 – 12 Years:

Young Adult:

And not exactly new content, but really great new covers:

Ebooks available for We Were Liars, The Iron Trial, Messenger of Fear, The Geography of You and Me, The Wave, Heir of Fire, and The House of Hades.

ABC’s Favorite Reads 2013, part 4: Simone, Lilia, Nyjolene

Monday, December 16th, 2013

It’s my favorite part of the blogging year: our favorite reads! The ABC staff has looked through all the books and magazines they’ve read over the past year, or games they played, or stationery they used, and picked out their top 5 (or 4, or 8). Every single item in these posts comes highly recommended, and we hope to add some ideas to your 2014 reading list.

Of course, we always love reading tips ourselves, too, and so we hope you will send in YOUR favorite reads of 2013 to us. They don’t have to be books published in 2013, just read in 2013. Please mail your Top 5 (and why these books were so good) to by December 31st, and don’t forget to include your home address so we can send you an ABC gift certificate in the new year as a thank you. As has become a tradition, your Top 5s will be published in January.

This fourth Favorite Reads post comes courtesy of



ABC’s Gift Ideas: Cooking, Crafts, Fashion

Monday, November 4th, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people. And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject. :-)

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Cooking, Crafts and Fashion as picked out by section buyers Pleun, Simone, Sophie, Nyjolene and Jesse. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit pas 2013), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.