I should probably have titled this “10 Folio Society Classics to Give to Your Children This Christmas That You Will Want to Keep for Yourself.” You will inevitably be tempted to sequester these beautiful slip-cased volumes away from sticky fingers, but once you teach your kids not to eat PB&J whilst reading, there is no gift that will last longer or be more appreciated over the years.
For fairy children who still believe in magic…
Published from 1889 to 1910, Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books have long given readers a taste of the fantastical with tales from cultures and countries from around the world. The books, ordered chronologically, are as follows: The Blue Fairy Book, The Red Fairy Book, The Green Fairy Book, The Yellow Fairy Book, The Pink Fairy Book, The Grey Fairy Book, The Violet Fairy Book, The Crimson Fairy Book, The Brown Fairy Book, The Orange Fairy Book, The Olive Fairy Book, and The Lilac Fairy Book.
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For kids who loved A Series of Unfortunate Events…
One can’t help but wonder if Daniel Handler wasn’t just a teensy bit inspired by this atmospheric drama about two cousins whose happiness is threatened by their malevolent new governess. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, illustrated by Bill Bragg with a new introduction by Katherine Rundell, is sure to be a hit with fans of Lemony Snicket’s sobering saga.
Also try Smith by Leon Garfield.