Gift Ideas: Young Adult Books, Children’s Books, Childcare & Parenting

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Today you’ll find gift ideas for Young Adult books, Children’s Books and Childcare & Parenting as supplied by Lília, Sigrid and Agnes.

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Young Adults


“Who Could That Be at This Hour?” – Lemony Snicket

In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He started by asking questions that shouldn’t have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn’t be read. This is the first volume.

The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, Book 3) – Rick Riordan

The phenomenally successful Rick Riordan is back with the next thrilling installment of the Heroes of Olympus series. Can Percy Jackson and the Half-blood Heroes succeed on their quest to find The Doors of Death or will the Greek Gods of chaos win their battle to stop them? Percy and his fellow demi-gods face the most important quest of all – the Prophecy of Seven.

Grimm Tales – Philip Pullman

In this beautiful book of classic fairy tales, award-winning author Philip Pullman has chosen his fifty favourite stories from the Brothers Grimm and presents them in a ‘clear as water’ retelling, in his unique and brilliant voice.
From the quests and romance of classics such as ‘Rapunzel’, ‘Snow White’ and ‘Cinderella’ to the danger and wit of such lesser-known tales as ‘The Three Snake Leaves’, ‘Hans-my-Hedgehog’ and ‘Godfather Death’, Pullman brings the heart of each timeless tale to the fore, following with a brief but fascinating commentary on the story’s background and history. (more…)

Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle Book 4) – Christopher Paolini

Not so very long ago, Eragon—Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider—was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.
Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.
The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?

We love Christopher Paolini at ABC, not just for his books but also because he sends us little videos and makes impromptu author visits!

Children’s Books


Animal Counting – Petr Horacek

Turn the pages, lift the flaps and see animals of all shapes and sizes bring the numbers one to ten to life. This bright, simple first numbers pop-up book is perfect for helping to develop early numeracy with its interactive pages and fun illustrations by award-winning artist Petr Horacek.

The Family Bedtime Treasury (with Audio CD) – Christelow and Others

Soft and warm, sweet and soothing, the stories and poems in this impressive, silver-jacketed anthology—complete with a CD of one hour of calming classical music—are just right for bedtime.
You’ll find eight complete picture books and eight illustrated poems. (more…)

Curious George Complete Adventures Deluxe Gift Set (With 5 CDs) – Margret Rey

This handsome gift set includes the top-selling “The Complete Adventures of Curious George” plus an unabridged audio collection. Featuring not only all seven original Curious George stories, the special collector’s edition also includes a bonus photo album of the Reys, an introduction by Leonard Marcus, and an essay by Dee Jones. The book is packaged with five CDs that include audio recordings of the stories, available with and without turn signals, for three and a half hours of entertainment. (more…)

Childcare & Parenting


The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind – Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

Neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson to help parents use the latest scientific insights in brain development in everyday parenting. (more…)

Mom’s One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book

Pocket-size memory book for moms-on-the-go to pen down cute quotes & funny events. (more…)

Baby Barbells: The Dad’s Guide to Fitness and Fathering – Joshua Levitt & Matt Stevens

A baby book for dads that is a board book, hence indestructible, with lots of pictures and short texts. The main focus is physical exercises that new dads can do with their newborns, giving them something to do, but the author also intersperses the how-to’s with great tips for dads. (more…)

Baby: A Portrait of the Amazing First Two Years of Life – Desmond Morris

Babies are amazing, with incredible potential for growth and extraordinary powers of development. Desmond Morris’s visually stunning and thought-provoking book sets out the astonishing facts to make you marvel at the complexity of the human body and a baby’s ability to achieve so much in so little time. Covering learning and physical, emotional and social progress in the first two years as well as retrospective glimpses of life in the womb, Baby contains a wealth of fascinating information and captivating photographs. An engaging read and enchanting reference, Baby is the ideal gift or self-purchase for new parents, as well as anyone interested in how the human body works.

Stuff Every Mom Should Know – Heather Gibbs Flett & Whitney Moss

“A Mother Should Trust Her Instincts.”
Or so they say. But when you’re not completely sure how to handle a parenting problem, Stuff Every Mom Should Know has the answers! (more…)

Stuff Every Dad Should Know – Brett Cohen

You’ve Got Children. We’ve Got Answers.
From changing diapers and burping babies to building sand castles and hosting a sleepover party, this book is loaded with Stuff Every Dad Should Know. (more…)