Timeless Tales – Top 5 Gift Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Getting a child the right gift book can be a daunting task. Build them a library that they can be inspired by for a lifetime in this gifting list of our Top 5 beautiful Gift Books for Babies and Toddlers.


Buckle My Shoe Picture Book – Illustrated by Walter Crane

‘The Buckle My Shoe Picture Book’ is one of Walter Crane’s celebrated Toy Books. This charming verse book contains ‘One, Two, Buckle My Shoe’, ‘The Gaping-Wide-Mouth-Waddling Frog’ and ‘My Mother’. Sweetly illustrated throughout with bright imagery, the text and illustrations lend themself to the sing-song nature of the book, making it perfect for little ones.

The Buckle My Shoe Picture Book - Walter Crane

 

 

A good natured humour continues throughout the text and full-colour illustrations – making this a truly charming volume of children’s verse…

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The ‘Now A Days Fairy Book’ – Illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

The ‘Now A Days Fairy Book’ holds some of the most well-loved fairy tales. Featuring stories such as Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Bears and Beauty and the Beast, this book is full to the brim with magic making it perfect for bedtime reading. Fully illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith, famous for her thoughtful and delicate children’s illustrations, this book of fairy tales is a perfect collection.

The Now A Days Fairy Book - Jessie Willcox Smith

 

Edited by Anna Alice Chapin (1880 – 1920), the Now A Days Fairy Book contains such classic stories as…

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The Wonder Garden – Nature Myths and Tales – Illustrated by Milo Winter

This ‘Wonder Book’, written by Frances Jenkins Olcott, is a collection of over 150 nature myths and tales from all parts of the world, illustrated by Milo Winter. It’s 500 pages provide a vast array of tales, including tales of flowers, fairies, dragons, talking birds, magic waters and enchanted forests, that children can revel and delight in.

The Wonder Garden - Milo Winter

 

 

“A bit of the Sky fell down one day;
It touched a Star and glanced away;
A spark from the Star in its breast it bore,
And fell to the earth, and was no more…”

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The Wonder Garden - Milo Winter
The Wonder Garden - Milo Winter


Dream Blocks – Illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

This delightful collection of children’s poems is beautifully illustrated throughout. Featuring poems of all shapes and sizes, there are whimsical, educational, even moral verses that are sure to delight any children who come across them. The delicate illustrations of Jessie Willcox Smith add to the charm of the poems; some of which include ‘The Big Clocks’, ‘A Rainy Day, ‘The Moon Path’ and many more.

Dream Blocks - Jessie Willcox Smith

 

 

Dream Blocks forms a collection of delightful children’s poems, written by Aileen Cleveland Higgins…

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Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales – Illustrated by W. Heath Robinson

This beautiful book, illustrated by W. Heath Robinson is a fantastic collection of seventeen classic fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen. Stories include, ‘The March King’s Daughter’, ‘The Snow Queen’, ‘The Storks’, ‘The Real Princess’, ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘The Ugly Duckling’ and more. These classic tales are accompanied by 16 incredible colour illustrations many beautiful and intricate black and white drawings by W. Heath Robinson.

Hans Andersens Fairy Tales - Illustrated by W. Heath Robinson

 

 

W. Heath Robinson, an English cartoonist and illustrator, best known for drawings of ridiculously complicated machines…

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Hans Andersens Fairy Tales - Illustrated by W. Heath Robinson

Hans Andersens Fairy Tales - Illustrated by W. Heath Robinson