Are there gifts you can give that are either clutter free or inspire simplicity and generosity?
Kicking off a series of posts on clutter free or minimalist inspired gifts with 10 Books to Inspire Simplicity & Generosity in Kids. Want to discuss big topics like consumerism, minimalism and materialism with a five year-old? These books are a gentle entry into why less can be better.
I must give a big thank you to all of you that have left comments about your favorite books in this niche. I had no idea there were so many authors out there tackling such a big topic in fun and entertaining ways.
10 Books to Inspire Simplicity & Generosity
An old woman builds a house with twenty-six rooms and keeps all her possessions in alphabetical order, but she still can’t find anything. Wonderful detailed illustrations and a story about the perils of wanting, and having, too much stuff.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk . . . and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older, he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave. Published 50 years ago and still a favorite today.
The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau
A quiltmaker helps a selfish king learn that giving is the true secret to happiness. The heartwarming, strongly moral tale supports important values, and the detailed illustrations, featuring dozens of lovingly rendered quilt patterns offer hours of delight. This is a beautiful book we received as a gift from family and I would recommend it for children three and up. Sometimes we read it ‘parent edited’ style and just talk about the pictures and patterns. Big thumbs up.
Too Many Toys by David Shannon
Spencer has too many toys! His father trips over them, his mother falls over them, and the house is overflowing with junk. Now its time to give some of the mountain of goodies away, but Spencer finds it hard. In the end, he fills a box, but decides the one toy he can’t part with is the box!
The Gift of Nothing by Patrick Mcdonnell
What can Mooch the cat give Earl the dog when Earl has everything? The answer, of course, is nothing.
Little Bird by Germano Zullo
Some days are different.
One could almost believe that one day is just like another.
But some have something a little more.
Just a small thing.
Most of the time we don’t notice these things.
Because the little things are not made to be noticed.
They are there to be discovered.
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McLeod
A book about the reward of positive actions. Not a book about simplifying but a book about finding happiness and reward in serving and helping others.
More by I.C. Springman
This innovative and spare picture book asks the question: When is MORE more than enough? Can a team of well-intentioned mice save their friend from hoarding too much stuff? With breathtaking illustrations from the award-winning Brian Lies, this book about conservation wraps an important message in a beautiful package
Stuff by Margie Palantini
Edward has a lot of Stuff—too much Stuff. Soon the Stuff takes over his house. But will Edward agree to part with his Stuff before it’s too late?
These books would make wonderful gifts for the young people in your life or be a great addition to your library reading list.
More posts to come with ideas for clutter free gift giving and how to broach the “let’s stop giving gifts” topic with friends and family.
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