When I have a new baby I like to aid in the toddler-baby bonding process through reciprocal gift giving. The kids meet the new baby and present him/her with a little gift and the baby, in turn also gives them a wee pressie. It’s also a nice way of making a bit of a fuss of the older kids in a time when everything seems to be about the new baby. I did it when Isabelle was born and then again with Pipi (although I think Noah did wonder how Pipi stored her gifts while in-utero! He’s a thinker, that one!)
Because my kids have a copious amount of toys, I/ Pipi decided that their gifts this time would be books which I bought from Book Depository.
I’d heard about Book Depository a couple of years ago, but this is the first time made a purchase from them. I was pretty impressed. With free shipping worldwide and over 9 million titles available, what’s not to like? Plus their prices are soooo much cheaper than my local book stores.
For example, I bought Igy Peck, Architect for Noah for NZD $13.75*, compared to our main bookselling chain which stocked it at the price of $27.99 at that time.
And the book I bought Isabelle, Belle & Boo and the Birthday Surprise; I bought for $19.01 compared to $29.99.
Igy Peck, Architect was a perfect fit for Noah, as Andrew has a little architecture practice and Noah seems to also share his Dad’s passion for construction and design (see one of his Kindy ‘creations’ below!) And the storyline and illustrations are wonderfully quirky, so it’s a joy to read as an adult (over and over again, as I’m often requested to!)
Belle & Boo and the Birthday Surprise was perfect for my little (Isa)Belle too and I love the sweet storyline and gorgeous illustrations. It also had the bonus of a gorgeous free A4 sized print which Isabelle now has framed, hanging in her room.
Here are a couple more books that I have on my Book Depository wish list:
Books for the kids that remind me of my childhood:
Actually, I’m tempted to buy Go Dog Go! right now, it would be a perfect learn to read book for Noah and I do have a little credit in my paypal account. My brother, sister and I still talk about this book. We had a tree at one of our childhood homes that was right up the back of the section and we used to climb up and have a great view of our whole neighbourhood. We used to call it the ‘Go, Dog, Go tree’! Ah the nostalgia!
What books are on your wish list/ do you love from your childhood?
*All prices in this post are in NZD. The prices quoted are what there were when I made my purchases and of course do fluctuate.
Also, you should know (in the interests of full disclosure) as a Book Depository affiliate I earn commission if someone buys a book from there after being referred from my blog. However, you should also know that I never recommend something I don’t stand behind. And lets be honest, I’m probably just going to spend it on more books.