We do still have some books. While there aren’t too many on the shelf my Kindle over-floweth. Reading Life after Life right now and finished The Fault in Our Stars before that. On a popular fiction streak.
By far Henry, and now Wil, have the biggest collection. We’re still in a train stage so there are quite a few of those and we’re enjoying a big book of Curious George and the Little Wombat stories – Sometimes I Like To Curl Up in a Ball is my favorite.
Our favorite books tend to have honesty, sharing and simple adventure as themes. Great lessons and entertainment for the preschool set.
Are there books on minimalism for children? Or more accurately, are there books for young readers that have simplicity or anti-consumerism as the moral of the story?
We do have one beautiful book that has generosity and simplicity as the big lesson of the story. The book is The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau and Gail de Marcken and we received it as a gift from family.
This is a story about finding happiness through generosity and giving. The king in the story wants everything and anything. He demands gifts and has rooms filled with beautiful things. But one thing he does not have is a beautiful quilt made by the quiltmaker. The story of how the king eventually gets one of the quilts is a beautiful lesson in finding purpose and happiness in simplicity and generosity.
I found myself tearing up the first time I read this book to Henry. The story is very touching and really struck my have less give more nerve. The illustrations are gorgeous and so detailed; younger children will enjoy the bright colors and fairy tale like scenes while older children will enjoy the depth and detail of the watercolor illustrations. Everyone will love the story.
If you haven’t read this book search it out from your local library and keep it in mind as a gift for the young people in your life.
I would like to compile a list of books for young readers that have minimalism or simplicity as a theme or moral. Please share any book recommendations in the comments section. Thanks!