Birthdays, Mother’s day, Father’s day or the festive season, whatever the occasion, some inspiring gift ideas are always welcome.
If you are looking to pass on present ideas to family and friends for your child, or wondering yourself what to gift that highly sensitive child or parent in your life then look no further. For the next few weeks I’ll be running a series on the Happy Sensitive Kids blog chock full of gift ideas for that highly sensitive person in your life.
Today, it’s book ideas. (Note: pictures link to Amazon US and text links to Amazon UK).
Books are a great tool to help calm a HSC (or a highly sensitive adult for that matter). It provides that quiet time to switch off from the busyness of a day. A book that aids relaxation is better still!
- Relax Kids Books
The Relax Kids series is a great example of books designed to help children empty their mind. We have Aladdin’s Magic Carpet (UK link here) and it helps my eldest son calm every time we read it. There are lots in the series but I have my eye particularly on Relax Kids – Pants of Peace: 52 meditation tools for children (US link here). If you are looking for ways to empty your HSC’s bucket this series of books is a great place to start.
2. Thank Goodness for Different by Leila Boukarim
Many highly sensitive children wonder why they react or behave differently compared to their friends, siblings or cousins. Thank Goodness for Different helps them understand that different isn’t a bad thing – quite the opposite in fact.
3. Colouring Books for Adults
It’s all the rage at the moment – and for good reason. Getting creative with a felt tip pen or colouring pencil is incredibly relaxing. My stepmother recently gave me a colouring book for adults and it’s a huge hit in my family from the youngest to the oldest – it’s something you can do and let your mind wander.
4. Peacefully Pig Meditation
How about the Peacefully Piggy Meditation book? It’s all about finding peace in a busy world through breathing and focusing on yourself.
5. Understanding the Highly Sensitive Child by Jamie Williamson
Understanding the Highly Sensitive Child: Seeing an Overwhelming World through Their Eyes is a great gift to give those around you who don’t quite understand your highly sensitive child. It’s a brilliant summary of what it’s all about – through the eyes of a HSC.
6. Yoga for Children
Giselle Shardlow has written a series of story books centred on yoga – the best of both worlds. The books range from educational to relaxing bedtime reads, like Good Night, Animal World: A Kids Yoga Bedtime Story and Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats (you can read a review here).
If you are looking to help your child with breathing through their anxiety then there’s a frog that may be able to help:Frog’s Breathtaking Speech: How Children (and Frogs) Can Use Yoga Breathing to Deal with Anxiety, Anger and Tension
7. My Quiet Adventures
This is a new book release to get excited about – All Too Much for Oliver is the first in a planned series of books created especially for highly sensitive children by My Quiet Adventures. Your HSC will certainly relate to Oliver and this book is so beautifully illustrated it screams gift. For those in the US you can find the book here: All Too Much for Oliver.
8. The Power of Story Time
My children are probably most relaxed at the end of a day, just before bedtime, when they are wrapped up in their duvets listening to a story. Story books are a powerful way of connecting with your child – and as an added bonus listening to a story gives a highly sensitive child the time and space to empty their bucket and mind!
My eldest son (8, nearly 9) and I are currently reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I waited a while before we delved into Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to make sure he could handle the story lines. He loves them. I hadn’t previously read Harry’s adventures before, thinking that I probably wouldn’t enjoy them – I was wrong. A wonderful read for young and old.
Geronimo Stilton is a massive hit with my five year old son. He can’t get enough. We’ve read a fair few with him now, both in English and in Dutch. There are literally hundreds of titles to choose from…. at least that is how it feels to this particular mama….
My youngest has a particular favourite at the moment too – I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, and I have to confess I love it too!
In short, pick a book, any book and read with your child cuddled up next to you. It’s a hit every time!
9. Introduce your HSC to Langmuts
UPDATE: Langmuts is een held has been translated into English! Long Hat is a Hero is now available from Amazon.co.uk and Scrivo Media.
This is a special tip for the Dutch speaking amongst you: if Langmuts is not on your bookshelves and your child is highly sensitive then you are really missing something. Langmuts is a highly sensitive kabouter who any HSC is sure to relate to. His adventures show children that whilst being sensitive can be tough there are also lots of positives!
- Langmuts op School
- Langmuts is een Held
- Langmuts en het Feest
- Langmuts Vakantie
- Langmuts Friend Book