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The Art of Giving Books

The Art of Giving Books

Jane Tanner | Book Wrapped

My mother’s gift perfectly exemplified this art of giving books I mentioned earlier. It’s not complex, but it is important. It involves thoughtfully choosing a book based on your knowledge of what is going on in the recipient’s life, taking the time to write a card or inscription inside of the book explaining your reasoning, and putting some thought into the packaging. Who doesn’t like the chance to actually unwrap a gift?

book Inscription

My grandma believed in the power of children’s books, and even though she was never wealthy, each year I can remember during my childhood for our birthday we would receive a book in the mail with a handwritten inscription. This is doubly impressive since I have 70+ cousins on that side of my family! She chose to gift something that she believed would be of value to us, and now each time we read those books, and see those inscriptions, we think of her, even though she is no longer with us. By practicing the art of book-gifting, you can turn a present into an experience and a treasured memory.

About the Author

Jane Tanner is a co-founder of Bookroo, a monthly children’s book subscription service that believes in the art of giving books. Each month, Bookroo Box recipients get 2-3 individually wrapped children’s books to add to their home collection. To gift a Bookroo Box, visit them here.

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