Every year, when Christmas comes around we seem to be looking for the perfect gift to delight our children, nieces, nephews or grandchildren.
We have selected some of our favorites that are used in our Tapestry curriculum. But, these books are not only a part of Tapestry’s curriculum, they are also classics that you will treasure reading aloud to your children and grandchildren.
Picture Books to Enjoy:
The 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury has some of the wonderful modern classics that are a delight to read. I love having them all in one volume and have given this as a gift to my nieces and nephews!
Ingri and Edgar Parin D’aulaire have written and illustrated some wonderful classics that delight all ages. They combine beautiful illustrations with historical stories that bring history to life in their many books. These books are used over many of our four year Tapestry cycle and we delight in them every time we come across another one!
- D’aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths
- Lief the Lucky
- Benjamin Franklin
- George Washington
- Abraham Lincoln
- Buffalo Bill
We all love James Herriot and his delightful stories about animals. This treasury has gorgeous illustrations and includes so many of his wonderful stories to share with your children.
I love taking the time to simply look at the amazing illustrations in this book. I would get this book only for the artwork, but fables are also delightfully retold!
David Macaulay has created some beautiful works of art in his amazing pencil drawings of beautiful buildings. These books will delight those who love to draw and your child who wants to see how these buildings of history were built.
If there was ever an atlas that you would want to pore over and read each tiny detail, this would be the atlas. It is beautifully illustrated with maps that go from ancient civilizations to modern day countries.
It is meant for younger students, so it does not have as many details as your average atlas, but it tells a story through geography that makes it seem alive.
These historical figures are so much fun to make. They are like more elaborate paper dolls, which will delight both boys and girls! There are many choices from all time periods of history!
- Famous Figures of Ancient Times
- Famous Figures of Medieval Times
- Famous Figures of the Renaissance
- Famous Figures of the American Revolution
- Famous Figures of the Civil War
Books for older children:
This book is full of all the delightful adventures of Homer Price. It is lighthearted and funny, bringing many laughs to the child reading it!
Amazing Leonardo DaVinci Inventions You can Build Yourself: Do you have a crafty young teen who loves to make things? This book provides wonderful ways to try to recreate DaVinci’s inventions!
Aladdin and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights: This book brings to life the delightful stories from the Arabian Nights and introduces your children to the non-Disney version of Aladdin!
Some other wonderful classics to choose from:
- Pippi Longstocking
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- Onion John
- My Side of the Mountain
- Swallows and Amazons
- The Chosen
- The Screwtape Letters
- The Call of the Wild
- The Princess and the Goblin
- Justin Morgan had a Horse
- Johnny Tremain
- Ink on his Fingers
- The Eagle of the Ninth
- Tales from the Odyssey
- Hittite Warrior