ABC’s Gift Ideas: Childcare, Children’s Books, Consciousness, Controversial Knowledge

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people. And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject. 🙂

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Childcare, Children’s Books, Consciousness and Controversial Knowledge as picked out by section buyers Sigrid, Shirley, Lília, Jilles, Nyjolene, Agnes and Maarten. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit pas 2013), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.


How to Be the Parent You Always Wanted to Be – Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

Loaded with real-life stories, delightful cartoons, and answers to commonly asked questions, this new multimedia edition demonstrates simple, proven skills that can make relationships with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding.

Super Baby Food: Your Complete Guide to What, When, and How to Feed Your Baby and Toddler-  Ruth Yaron

Sigrid: An update of the classic book on natural food for babies and what is the best nutrition at what age. Also loaded with handy tips for new parents on what to do with leftovers, non-toxic cleaning tips, etc.

Completely updated and revised edition of the #1 best-selling baby food book. Most comprehensive baby/toddler food resource available: tasty recipes, money-saving tips, healthy extras, nutritional guidelines. A ‘must have’ for parents.

The Artist’s Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children – Julia Cameron

From the bestselling author of The Artist’s Way comes the most highly requested addition to Julia Cameron’s canon of work on the creative process. The Artist’s Way for Parents provides an ongoing spiritual toolkit that parents can enter—and re-enter—at any pace and at any point in their child’s early years.

Children’s Books

Animals Everywhere – Yvonne Deutch & Jonathan Woodward

Lília: A wonderful pop-up adventure that will keep your (inner) child jumping for joy.

From the depths of the ocean to the heart of the jungle, take an enthralling, close-up look at more than 100 animals as they swim, slink, fly, run, and roam.

Jonathan Woodward’s gorgeous cut-paper art, with four exploding pop-ups, thrillingly depicts the world’s most intriguing creatures, while Yvonne Deutch’s fun, poetic story takes young readers on an unforgettable journey. Organized by habitat, this is a stand-out introduction to the animal world for ages four and up.

Usborne One Hundred Illustrated Stories

Lília: Beautifully illustrated stories from all over the world.

A beautifully illustrated collection of one hundred of the best-loved stories ever told, from Grimm’s Fairytales to Aesop’s Fables and Arthurian Legends. Perfect for parents to read to younger children, or for older children who can discover the wonder and magic of these classic tales for themselves.

The BFG (deluxe edition) – Roald Dahl

Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants-rather than the BFG-she would have soon become breakfast.

When Sophie hears that they are flush-bunking off in England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

Deluxe edition of this well-loved tale.

Ebook available here.

Treasury of Horses

Lília: If your daughter loves horses as mine does, she will love this beautiful and instructive book.

Suitable for anyone who loves horses, or who dreams of having a pony of their own, this book is the stable mate anyone could wish for. It even has a section on keeping a pony, so you can learn how to feed, groom and care for a pony of your own.

Ebook available here.

Best-Loved Children’s Stories – Frederick Richardson

Lília: With classical illustrations, this collection of children’s tales will make you want to share your childhood memories with your own kids or grandchildren.

When a child begs, ‘Read me a story, please ‘ this collection of all-time favorites is the perfect choice. It features 18 classic tales, all delightfully illustrated by Frederick Richardson.

The Little Prince Deluxe Pop-Up Book – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Shirley: Beautifully illustrated popup edition of the all-time classic.

For over sixty-five years Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic, The Little Prince, has captured readers’ hearts. The whimsical story with a fairy tale feel has sold over 3 million copies in all formats. This exciting pop-up edition includes the complete original text accompanied by Saint-Exupery’s beautiful illustrations brought to life through paper engineering. Perfect for longtime fans and those meeting the little prince for the first time!

The Snowman and the Snowdog Book and Toy Gift Set – Raymond Briggs

Shirley: A magical adventure of a little boy’s journey together with his snowdog and snowman.

The Snowman and The Snowdog is the much-anticipated sequel to The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. This enchanting book reunites readers with the Snowman and introduces them to an adorable new puppy-friend, the Snowdog. Beautiful images from the film bring the magical Christmas story to life in this enchanting book. This book includes an audio CD featuring a narration read by Benedict Cumberbatch and the music from the beautiful score of the film.

Usborne Illustrated Grimm’s Fairy Tales- Ruth Brocklehurst & Gill Doherty

Shirley: My favourite fairy tales from Grimm in a nicely bound hardcover edition. The Tales can be read by children as well, because the page set-up is very clear with big letters.

Includes stories such as: ‘The Frog Prince’, ‘Rapunzel’, ‘Hansel and Gretel’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘The Bremen Town Musicians’, ‘Tom Thumb’, ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’, ‘Rumpelstiltskin’, ‘The Goose Girl’, ‘The Bear and the Wren’, and ‘Snow White and Rose Red’.


The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself – Michael Singer

Read Jilles’s book review here.

Explores the question of who we are and arrives at the conclusion that our identity is to be found in our consciousness, the fact of our ability to observe ourselves and the world around us. The author shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment.

Practising The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle

Jilles: This one was published in 2001, but still has an enormous impact on how we live… if you take the time to let this wisdom-filled gem sink in. Better than The Power of Now on which the exercises in this book are based.

This work describes the experience of heightened consciousness that radically transformed the author’s life – and shows how by living in the moment we can also reach a higher state of being where we can find joy and peace and where problems do not exist.

Ebook available here.

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life – Jon Kabatt-Zinn

This beautiful book will tell you everything you need to know about mindfulness. Kabat-Zinn takes a concept that is difficult to grasp for many people and brings it into our everyday lives. Who knew that gardening or singing one of your favorite pop tunes could be seen as meditation? Using his knowledge of both Eastern and Western culture, Kabat-Zinn brings spirituality back into the life we are already living.

Write Now Journal, Write More Happiness Into The World – M. H. Clark

This distinctive collection of beautifully designed journals makes a statement with bold sentiments, modern typography, and artwork by contemporary designers and illustrators. Each journal contains periodic typeset quotations enhanced with striking artwork, and lots of lined pages for capturing the day s thoughts, musings, and prose.

5 – Dan Zadra

Everyone needs to set goals and establish a plan to achieve their dreams. This bold, distinctive gift book features only the number 5 on the cover. 5 signifies designing a 5-year plan detailing dreams, goals and aspirations.

Celebrating You – M. H. Clark

She makes time for the things that matter. She listens to her heart. She adds extraordinary to the everyday. Celebrate an important woman in your life with this whimsically illustrated collection of statements that honor her spirit and her friendship. Celebrating You is a meaningful gift for birthdays, special moments, or just because.

Vanessa Tarot [With Instruction Booklet] – Lynyrd Narciso

With humor, glamour and an attitude of adventure, this delightful deck invites readers on a joyrider through the Tarot. Taking their inspiration from pop culture, the sassy but sage characters of this deck playfully reinterpret traditional female roles as they share all their special secrets.

Controversial Knowledge/Magic(k)

Sacred History: How Angels, Mystics and Higher Intelligence Made Our World – Jonathan Black

Jonathan Black, bestselling author of The Secret History of the World, now reveals the secret workings of the supernatural. In a spellbinding narrative he brings together stories of Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Elijah, Mary and Jesus, Mohammed, Joan of Arc and the angels who helped Hungarian Jews persecuted by the Nazis. Weaving these stories together, he demonstrates the part played by angels and other spiritual beings not only in the course of world history but also underpinning our daily lives.

Ebook available here.

Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids – Daniel Loxton & Donald R. Prothero

Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero have written an entertaining, educational, and definitive text on cryptids, presenting the arguments both for and against their existence and systematically challenging the pseudoscience that perpetuates their myths. After examining the nature of science and pseudoscience and their relation to cryptozoology, Loxton and Prothero take on Bigfoot; the Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, and its cross-cultural incarnations; the Loch Ness monster and its highly publicized sightings; the evolution of the Great Sea Serpent; and Mokele Mbembe, or the Congo dinosaur. They conclude with an analysis of the psychology behind the persistent belief in paranormal phenomena, identifying the major players in cryptozoology, discussing the character of its subculture, and considering the challenge it poses to clear and critical thinking in our increasingly complex world.

Ebook available here.

Lost at Sea: the Jon Ronson Mysteries – Jon Ronson

The New York Times-bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson writes about the dark, uncanny sides of humanity with clarity and humor. “Lost at Sea “reveals how deep our collective craziness lies, even in the most mundane circumstances.

Ebook available here.