Searching for just the right gift for an adult on your list? Books marketed for children can be spot-on for grown ups, too!
Here are a few ideas:
Are they passionate about immigration?
Her Right Foot, written by Dave Eggers, illustrated by Shawn Harris published in 2017 by Chronicle Books
This is the only book on today’s list that hasn’t been on my blog yet so just let me say: It is tremendous!
Dave Eggers, with his nonchalant, conversational tone, wows us with fascinating tidbits about our treasured Statue of Liberty, all building up to a surprising reveal about that Lady’s right foot! Shawn Harris knocks it out of the ballpark with his strong, vibrant artwork.
This one sneaks up on you with understatement, then moves you to tears. One of the best of 2017, for ages 5 through Adult.
…a children’s book written by an author they love. I’ve reviewed children’s books by Sylvia Plath, Salman Rushdie, Aldous Huxley, Sherman Alexie, Chinua Achebe, Jane Gardam, Frank McCourt, Sigrid Undset, and a number of others you might consider.…a favorite book from their childhood that’s out of print now. It might take some tricky questioning to find out which stories they loved best decades ago, but especially for friends or family members getting on in years, this might be a lovely gift. Amazon and Abe Books are great sources for purchasing out-of-print titles.
Know any other children’s books that feel like perfect grown-up gifts? Let us know in the comments!
The Little Prince and on this December 7th, which brought the US into WWII, The Bracelet by Yoshiko Uchida. I think it is an important read since our country has become so afraid of immigrants! Uchida writes about a young Japanese-American girl who is deported from her home in California to a camp.
Great suggestions! I haven’t seen The Bracelet but I’ll add it to my library list.
I’ve read 10 of these books — as an adult — and love this idea! I haven’t actually gifted a picture book to a grown-up … yet … but I saw one a while back that made me think of my best friend…now if only I could remember the title!
P.S. I loved that linked post of children’s books by adult authors! I just ordered Haroun and the Sea of Stories recently on your recommendation and can’t wait to read it 🙂 I also read Sylvia Plath’s Bed Book while on vacation with my aunt who was intrigued by seeing her name on the cover — and my toddler had lost interest LOL
Yes, some of us love picture books so much that any one of a thousand would make a fine present 🙂 I think when we’re so comfortable in the picture book world we forget how few adults really know any of these great titles. Hope you love Haroun!
You are a treasure trove of resources for this incredible world of children’s books! I love all your suggestions, so well written and showcased. I NEVER delete your emails! What an awesome idea for these to give to adults!
Oh, thank you Joan! So kind 🙂 You are right — the children’s book world is incredible!
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