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8 Great Gift Ideas

Adorable Gifts for Little Ones

Kids books make ideal baby shower gifts or birthday presents for toddlers, and during the holiday season they make great grifts too!

Here’s a detailed guide for how to pair my books with items such as baby gear, plushies, and other toys for super cute gifts all year round:

Gift Idea #1

Saffy, Ollie and Totty make excellent stocking stuffers for the holidays. Like all the board books in the Simply Small series, they feature cute baby animals who solve not-so-small problems little ones can relate to.

Gift Idea #2

Dotty and Rokko make adorable gifts for young children especially when paired with a woodland animal themed puzzle.

Gift Idea #3

Tecka and Pippy make cute toddler gifts with a marine theme. Tecka can pair with a reversible octopus plushie that expresses happy and sad faces just like the character in the story. Throw in some sand toys for extra fun during beach season!

Gift Idea #4

Saffy and Ollie make ideal gender neutral baby shower gifts. They can pair with a giraffe or elephant themed plushie, rattle or soother. Perfect for a baby nursery decorated with an African safari theme.

Gift Idea #5

Emma makes a super sweet baby shower or first birthday gift. This story about kindness was given a starred review by Kirkus Reviews. The board book pairs nicely with a hedgehog plushie.

Gift Idea #6

The Red Fox Knows pairs perfectly with a soft toy fox to snuggle with while you read this cozy bedtime story to a little one on a cold winter night. Also a great gift for baby showers or toddler birthdays, or to put under the tree for the holidays.

Gift Idea #7

Perry pairs well with a polar bear bath toy for your child to play with while you read this cute board book about a baby polar bear learning to swim. This books was listed on the Canadian Toy Testing Council’s great books for kids.

Gift Idea #8

Like all the books in the Simply Small Series, Dotty and Rokko feature baby animals who solve not-so-small problems little ones can relate to. Pair these board books with woodland animal finger puppets for extra fun during story time.

For even more gift presentation ideas visit my Paola Opal shop on Etsy. There, you can download matching cards and wrapping paper with the characters from my books.

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Story time: The Red Fox Knows

In this video l read “The Red Fox Knows” – a picture book about a little red fox that runs through a winter night heading for a special place it knows.

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What’s Spookie About?

Spookie makes a sweet bedtime story for little ones on a spooky night, especially during the Halloween season!

Watch this video for a peak inside Spookie and see what this cute little board book is all about.
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Now on Etsy

Books make great gifts for baby showers or birthdays and now you can get matching gift cards and wrapping paper featuring characters from the Simply Small series. Designs include Dotty, Emma, Saffy, Ollie and all of the adorable Simply Small characters. Visit the PaolaOpal shop on Etsy shop to download these printables today!

This video shows you how to use my new line of printable gift cards and wrapping paper featuring characters from my Simply Small series.
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Summer Special

To celebrate Summer, Saffy Looks for Rain will be FREE on Amazon Kindle for a limited time only from August 2 to 5, 2021.

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Did You Know? The free Kindle app lets you download Kindle E-books on your mobile device or computer—you don’t need a Kindle E-reader. The picture books I design are meant for colour screens, so viewing them on a tablet (such as the Amazon Fire), a mobile device, or a computer is actually best. 

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Story time with Paola Opal: Saffy Looks for Rain

In this video I read the ebook version of Saffy Looks for Rain and explain why it’s ideal for young emergent readers.

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Story time with Paola Opal: Amazing

In this video I read my picture book “Amazing” —ideal for ages two to four. So get comfortable and enjoy the story!

From the entire planet to a tiny speck on the back of a bug, smaller and smaller things are revealed on each page.
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What’s Tecka About?

What is Tecka about and why is this book worth sharing? Watch the video and see.

Praise for Tecka

Recommended. The vibrant colours of the illustrations pop against the bold black outlines, and their simplicity renders Tecka appropriate for a very young reader audience.
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