Great Book Gifts for International Women's Day
This Friday March 8th is International Women’s Day!
To celebrate, we’ve made a list of some of our favourite books written by some of our favourite women.
1) Little People, Big Dreams
From Frida Kahlo to Rosa Parks to Marie Curie, the Little People, Big Dreams series helps discover the lives of outstanding people - from designers and artists to scientists. All of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream.
2) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
A classic! Meet and follow talented author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.
This beautiful hardback copy of Little Women's cover was designed and illustrated by renowned stationery brand Rifle Paper Co.'s lead artist, Anna Bond.
3) Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever...but will the Cuthberts send her back to the orphanage? Anne knows she's not what they expected - a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. Anne is not like anybody else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special-a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreams of the day when she can call herself Anne of Green Gables.
This beautiful hardback copy of The Anne of Green Gables' cover was designed and illustrated by renowned stationery brand Rifle Paper Co.'s lead artist, Anna Bond.
4) Dear Chronic Illlness
Compiled by BearHugs fave Pippa Stacey of Spoonie Survival Kits, Dear Chronic Illness features a collection of short letters written by young people, addressed to their long-term illnesses and impairments, detailing what they would like to say to them. The letters are not sob stories, and provide a light-hearted and humorous commentary on the writers’ various experiences, yet they also give insight into the challenges of navigating life whilst learning to live with their conditions. Also features a piece by BearHugs very own Faye!
5) Happy Mum Happy Baby by Giovanna Fletcher
A positive and uplifting book about what it is to be a mother and all things mum by Giovanna Fletcher. With so many people ready to offer 'advice' on the best way to parent, it can feel like you are getting it all wrong.
This is not a book about how to have the perfect family experience - Gi would be the first to admit she is winging it just as much as the rest of us - instead it is an honest, upbeat and incredibly personal account of her own experience of having a family. In Happy Mum, Happy Baby Giovanna shares her own journey through parenthood and in doing so, she looks at what it is to be a mother today, encourages you to be confident in yourself as a parent and celebrates how putting a focus on being a happy and confident mum can really make for a happy baby.
6) Silly Eric Never Gives Up by Gracie Wright
Eric is a little boy and like most little boys he sometimes gets things muddled up and the wrong way round. The difference with Eric is, he never gives up! Follow Eric as he persists with his tests at school, showing us what never giving up looks like! The perfect book to encourage your kids to never give up! For children aged 2-7. Fun fact - Author Gracie Eric, like our very own Faye, was a Prince's Trust Young Ambassador.
7) Make Someone Happy: Creative Kindness Journal by Emily Coxhead
Make someone happy and find your own happiness along the way. In a world that often feels gloomy, it's easy to feel trapped in negativity. Let this bright, creative journal be an escape for you or your loved one. Make Someone Happy is your inspiring reminder that small, wonderful things are happening every day, and you have the power to spread joy too. For anyone who feels overwhelmed or needs a dose of kindness, this interactive pick-me-up will help you bring light to your little corner of the world, and the lives of those around you.
8) One Million Lovely Letters by Jodi Ann Bickley
When life is looking hopeless, one inspirational letter can change your life forever. In the summer of 2011, aged only 22, Jodi Ann Bickley contracted a serious brain infection that would change her life forever. Jodi had been performing at Camp Bestival on the Isle of Wight. Returning with pockets full of glitter, she thought the happy memories would last forever. A week later, writhing in pain on the doctor's surgery floor, Jodi found out that she had been bitten by a tick and contracted a serious brain infection.
Learning to write and walk again was just the start of the battle. In the months that followed Jodi struggled with the ups and downs of her health and the impact it had on her loved ones. Some days Jodi found herself wondering whether she could go on. She had two choices: either to give up now or do something meaningful with the time she had been given. Jodi chose the latter. This is the story how she turned her life around.
These books (and their creators) have had a really positive impact on us here at BearHugs, and we’re really proud to stock them in the hope that they can bring joy, compassion and inspiration to other women too.