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What To Give This Holiday Season – The Classic Picture Book Collection

For holidays and birthdays, baby showers and care packages, books are my go-to gift. They are always welcome by parents and children alike and you can never have too many of them – especially children's books.

A children's book gift can be created in a wide range of price points depending on the number of books you include, making it a great option for any gift-giver and any occasion.

When gifting books to children, the trick is to pull together a variety of books based on a particular theme and present them in a way that is fun and cohesive. IncrediBundles.com features lots of preconfigured Book Bundles filled with award-winning books children want to hear again and again.

You can also use the Create A Bundle Tool from IncrediBundles.com to craft your own unique Book Bundle. Just select the books you would like to include and add a chic, reusable storage container. Your gift will arrive stylishly bundled up with a satin ribbon and the recipient can use the bright container to corral books and toys anywhere in the house.

One of my favorite themes for a child's book gift is The Classic Picture Book Collection. It's perfect for a baby shower gift or birthday gift and is lovely for the holidays.

The secret ingredient for making this gift even more special? A book-based plush. It's the perfect finishing touch.

We asked all of the moms and dads here at IncrediBundles.com for help compiling a list of our 30 favorite classic picture books, the ones no child's library should be without. We've also included some of our favorite book-themed plush. Pick and choose to create the perfect little library for a child:

Knuffle Bunny

Knuffle Bunny is a modern classic by one of our favorite children's authors – Mo Willems. Every child's library should have Willems' work in it.


Knuffle Bunny Plush

This high quality plush Knuffle Bunny looks just like the title character of the book, is well-made and just the right size – not too big, not too small.



Corduroy's sweet message about friendship and love is timeless.


Corduroy Plush

Children love that this Corduroy Plush is missing a button just like the character in the book.


Harry The Dirty Dog

This story about a dog's adventures running away from home and then trying to return to the family he loves is timeless.


Caps for Sale

This funny story about a peddler, some mischievous monkeys and the caps they steal from him has been delighting children since 1940. It's a classic for a reason. Its humor, rhyme and repetition have made it stand the test of time.


Go Dog Go

This book is addictive. Children ask for it again and again. It's an important book for any library. Beyond the entertaining story, Go Dog, Go! teaches important concepts like colors, prepositions, opposites and more. It transitions to the perfect book for children to read independently as they get older.


Harold and the Purple Crayon

This is a book about how far imagination can take you. It's simple text and engaging illustrations make it a perennial favorite


The Day the Crayons Quit

Kids will giggle at the complaints these crayons have for their owner who peels their paper wrappers off, completely ignores some colors and uses others until they are nothing more than a nub.


The Book With No Pictures

I know, technically this is supposed to be an article about picture books but this book is a testament to what a good writer can accomplish with a clever premise. Children LOVE this book, and it never fails to elicit belly laughs.


Giraffes Can't Dance

This adorable book pairs fun rhymes with an important message about believing in oneself.


Dragons Love Tacos

The author of this book – Adam Rubin – has a very ironic sense of humor that children really get. The illustrations are fun and it lends itself to being read again and again.


Dragons Love Tacos

The author of this book – Adam Rubin – has a very ironic sense of humor that children really get. The illustrations are fun and it lends itself to being read again and again.


If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Every child's library should have one of the books in Numeroff's "If You Give.." series, preferably all of them! If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is the first and one of the best.


The Watermelon Seed

What child can't relate to this adorable, watermelon-loving crocodile who swallows a watermelon seed and anxiously wonders what will happen??


The Mitten

This version of the familiar folk story is a winner. The retelling of the story is entertaining and the illustrations are sweet with an air of the fable about them.


We're Going On a Bear Hunt

This book is a classic example of how repetition within a book can make it a child's favorite. Children will want you to read it so many times that they remember it and will delight in reading it to themselves and to you.


Bear Snores On

The Bear Series from Karma Wilson is always a hit. Bear Snores On is one of the best of the series and ends with a charming twist.


Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes

This bestseller has rhythm, rhyme, great colors and a message about how to keep going no matter what life sends your way.


Elephant and Piggie

The Elephant and Piggie books are another product of Mo Willems' genius. Each one in the series features the title characters in a hysterically relatable story with a genuinely surprising ending. One of our favorites? Let's Go For A Drive


Little Blue Truck

Little Blue Truck has something for every kid's taste – a truck, lots of animals, funny predicaments and great illustrations. Plus a great lesson in the importance of lending a helping hand.


The Snowy Day

This classic by Ezra Jack Keats perfectly captures the quiet magic of a snowy day through a child's eyes.


How Rocket Learned to Read

Not only is this book a sweet, engaging story, it also introduces basic reading concepts as children "learn" along with Rocket how letters work together to make words.


Library Lion

Parents and children love the many sweet themes in this book about a lion that loves story hour at his local library and the library patrons that grow to love him. Parents will appreciate some of the nostalgic references to and illustrations. Remember card catalogs and encyclopedias?!



In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines – so begins this classic story that has captivated children for generations.


Snowmen at Night

Snowmen At Night is engaging on so many levels – the clever rhyming story, the detailed images and the hidden images children can challenge themselves to find on every page.


The Cat In The Hat

The work of Dr. Seuss belongs in every child's library. This is the groundbreaking book that started it all.


Stone Soup

There are many versions of this classic story but we like this one. The images are simple, the characters memorable and the amount of text just right for the story.



With a clever and colorful premise, the book One helps children understand how bullying can rear up and be enabled – and how to stop it.


The Little Red Hen (Galdone)

We love Galdone's rendering of the classic story of a little red hen who did all the work and gets to reap all the reward.


When buying for children, books are always a sound investment. Children love to be read to and the books you read to them today become the perfect first "learn to read" books for them later. High quality picture books with stories that stand the test of time are the ultimate heirloom, inspiring the imagination of a younger generation and the happy nostalgia of the older one. Gift on and happy reading!