I recently decided to adopt my friend's son. I send him lots of books and have already (secretly/not-so-secretly) planned what I'll send him in the future.
  1. Babylit
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    These brilliant books use classics to teach babies things like counting, colors, shapes, animals, etc all while teaching them literary classics. And they're brilliantly illustrated! I've given him Pride and Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Moby Dick, The Jungle Book, and more. Many more.
  2. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
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    Gave this to him when I visited him in the hospital. Every baby needs this from day one.
  3. The Book With No Pictures by @bjnovak
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    Even though this book says it's for an older crowd, this was my 1st birthday gift to him (along with the large box of duplos my husband insisted on). He's only 1, but he totally gets it and loves it. This is a simply genius book every kid should read. It makes them love the words, not just the pictures.
  4. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
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    This is his planned 4th or 5th birthday present. Seem young? Nah! My mom read this allowed to me when I was 4. I didn't remember the whole story later, but I remembered the images my mind created. Later when I read it for myself, those images were so strong in my mind, due to the brilliant descriptions, I thought I'd seen a movie of it. I never had. Also, as Bilbo learns, it's always time for a good adventure. No matter how young.
  5. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
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    Planned 8th birthday gift. That's how old I was when I started reading them. And let's be honest, every kid should go to Hogwarts.
  6. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
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    Tenth birthday. Both books. Because every kid deserves to go on a good adventure.
  7. The Martian by Andy Weir
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    15th birthday - Every boy should go to Mars.
  8. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
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    16th birthday. For that trip of self-discovery everyone should take. --- Also I'm noticing a trend with books I'm suggesting written by authors with initials staring with J...
  9. Any suggestions for books I should give him?
  10. I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
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    Suggested by @amieshmamie