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December 2022

3 beautiful picture books make timeless gift ideas

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December 2022

3 beautiful picture books make timeless gift ideas

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For a gift that can be enjoyed again and again, consider one of these picture books.
December 2022

3 beautiful picture books make timeless gift ideas

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For a gift that can be enjoyed again and again, consider one of these picture books.
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All That Is You

Bestselling author Alyssa Satin Capucilli offers an imaginative series of rhymed metaphors for love. Her text playfully twists colloquialisms (“you’re the wide in my world”) striking on heartfelt truths rather than cloying sentimentality. Illustrator Devon Holzwarth’s vibrant artwork matches the elegance and emotion of Capucilli’s prose and elevates All That Is You from very good to breathtaking.

The Birthday of the World

A young girl’s grandfather recounts how “the world of a thousand thousand things” was created when a beam of light pierced the darkness and scattered sparks into “everyone and everything.” Author Rachel Naomi Remen adapted The Birthday of the World from a tale originally told to her by her grandfather, an orthodox rabbi. Remen writes in unadorned, moving prose about the power in finding the lights inside ourselves and others, while illustrator Rachell Sumpter’s artwork is suffused with warmth and wonder. 

The More You Give

Marcy Campbell’s deceptively simple The More You Give follows three generations of a family as they share gifts and plant seeds both literal and figurative. Campbell anchors the story in wonderful specifics (“big hugs, and bigger laughter, and the very biggest Sunday-morning pancakes”) and skillfully repeated phrases, such as the “wild and wooly caps” of acorns that each generation plants in the field surrounding their house. Illustrator Francesca Sanna’s bold colors and stylized figures enable readers to track characters as they grow from child to adult, their faces clearly expressing the love they feel for one another.

Get the Books

All That Is You

All That Is You

By Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illustrated by Devon Holzwarth
Holt
ISBN 9781627797023
The Birthday of the World

The Birthday of the World

By Rachel Naomi Remen, illustrated by Rachell Sumpter
Cameron
ISBN 9781951836344
The More You Give

The More You Give

By Marcy Campbell, illustrated by Francesca Sanna
Knopf
ISBN 9780593372739

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