Gift Ideas for the Littlest Ones

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. By the way, have you met our Children’s Books buyers, Lília and Shirley?  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.