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Recommend an amazing 'keepsake' children's book

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oobedobe Sat 04-Nov-17 20:19:44

Every year I like to buy the kids a special book or two. Looking for new suggestions.

Previous years I have got Robert Saduba Pop-up books or a really nice encyclopedia or lift-the-flap for DD2

Last year I got Pierre The Maze Detective which was lovely.

Tempted by Illustrated Harry Potter but have yet to make DD1 a fan! Was considering Graeme Base...

DD's are 9 & 5

Thank you!

Chocolatecake12 Sat 04-Nov-17 20:29:58

I’ve done those books in the past that you get your child’s name put into the story. Can’t remember the company I used but they were read for years!!

DryHeave Sat 04-Nov-17 20:33:21

I always wanted The Jolly Postman. My mum finally got it for me last Christmas (I'm 32).

MadameJosephine Sat 04-Nov-17 20:45:07

We have the jolly postman and the Christmas version, they are lovely books.

DD also has the lost your name book, you can get them here

herethereandeverywhere Sat 04-Nov-17 20:47:56

We are all born free. Beautifully illustrated universal declaration of human rights.

It's my go-to Christening present (I'm an atheist).

RaindropsAndSparkles Sat 04-Nov-17 20:51:32

You can't plan it, it happens. We have a ritual now since 2000. They get a Pokemon annual every year. They are 22 and 19! A Collection of Milligan, A book about a Penguin, a book about the moon, the beach and hot buttered toast. None of the ones carefully chosen - not the compendium of Dahl or Narnia or the Richard Scarrys. The Dr zeuss's come close.

dementedma Sat 04-Nov-17 20:52:41

When Grandma came.

wobblywonderwoman Sat 04-Nov-17 20:54:45

What about the Nutcracker and Night before Christmas - lovely pop up versions on amazon.

iklboo Sat 04-Nov-17 20:59:13

We've just got DS the Wonderbly Golden Ticket book. It's one of those that uses their name to drive the story. It looks lovely.

Etymology23 Sat 04-Nov-17 21:03:57

I have a beautiful sterling illustrated classic copy of the wind in the willows which is a lovely book to keep forever.

Someaddedsugar Sat 04-Nov-17 21:05:39

The Velveteen Rabbit - I was bought this when I was younger and almost 30 years later it's still my most treasured book

BabloHoney Sat 04-Nov-17 21:06:47

Maybe a bit young for a 9 year old but the personalised Lost My Name books are lovely.

user1487372252 Sat 04-Nov-17 21:11:51

There's now a willy wonka book from the lost my name folk. Don't have it but looks good. Could be good for your 5 year old.

SingaporeSlinky Sat 04-Nov-17 21:37:49

Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker

haveagobletofblood Sat 04-Nov-17 22:06:24

I had a hardback copy of all the Paddington bear stories in one book when I was little and I loved it.

Also a book of fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen. Enid Blyton series are always enjoyable too. I loved the Mallory Towers and St Clare series.

millifiori Sat 04-Nov-17 22:09:12

For the 9 yr old how about some of the 'Ology' books - beautifully produced with little envelopes and pull out and pop ups and feathers and ribbons etc inside them. So gorgeous to look at and play with.

Casablanca78 Sat 04-Nov-17 22:10:41

Agree the velveteen rabbit is lovely - my sister gave beautiful hardback copies to all children at her wedding (and I read an exert during the church service).
The night before Christmas is always in our Christmas Eve box every year.

10storeylovesong Sun 05-Nov-17 12:29:42

My DS has asked for these for Xmas:


They're both beautiful books.

DoraChance Sun 05-Nov-17 12:40:14

I got DS a really beautiful edition of Peter Pan by Harper Collins Design Classics. Was only about £20 from Amazon and it’s stunning. Think they had some others in the range, maybe Jungle Book although cant remember which others.

DoraChance Sun 05-Nov-17 12:42:25

Which is obviously still quite expensive but it looks similar to a Folio Society edition and they’re really expensive.

Loyly Sun 05-Nov-17 13:17:44

I absolutely love these Hans Christian Andersen stories illustrated by the designer from Finnish classic Marimekko:

The Nutcracker

The Snow Queen

Stompythedinosaur Sun 05-Nov-17 16:41:00

Last year I have my dc these:



Both are really beautiful and have had many hours pouring over.

SloanePeterson Sun 05-Nov-17 16:47:11

There's a beautiful Folio edition of Ballet Shoes which is my go to christening gift. It was my absolute favourite as a child, perfect for the 9yo I think x

Callmecordelia Sun 05-Nov-17 16:50:34

I still have my very beautiful, hardback illustrated edition of The Secret Garden from when I was seven. What a lovely idea for a gift OP.

mrspiggy22 Sun 05-Nov-17 20:12:39

Ooh Secret garden hardback- wish I still had mine. Loved that book so much.
I got dd ‘the fox and the star’ it’s a lovely book. Fab illustrations.

Also pop up fairy books. I’ve bought the pop up book of Shakespeare from amazon, gives history of Shakespeare and all about his plays etc. Very detailed and just reduced to £10 Amazon 😊

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