Something to wear, something to read, something you want, and something you need
I think it's brilliant in its practicality, and especially love the something to read bit. I love love love children's literature, and am always on a mission to tell people about the best books. There are too many amazing books out there to let our home libraries fill up with riff raff.
As you're thinking about placing something to read under the tree for each of your children this year, I thought it would be fun to suggest a few of my favorite must haves.
Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester. Oh Wodney, we love you so! This little rat with a speech impediment is precious and heroic. And the story is so clever that we read it over and over in each sitting. Blaine could hardly go to sleep the other night as he lay in bed giggling about the cleverness of the book, which we had read that afternoon!
Eloise by Kay Thompson. Is this a classic in your household yet? If not, it needs to be! Six-year-old Eloise, who lives at the Plaza, is without a doubt one of the greatest characters ever written!
Owen by Kevin Henkes. You absolutely cannot go wrong with Kevin Henkes. This story about little Owen's love for his fuzzy blanky is sweet as honey.
A Child's Day by Ida Pearle. This alphabet book is breathtaking. Ida Pearle's collage illustrations will wow you and I especially love that she uses verbs rather than nouns to illustrate the ABCs. Gorgeous and enjoyable for all ages.
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. Such a fabulous (Newberry winning!) novel. Lots of adventure and endearing characters.
Rules by Cynthia Lord. This is one of my favorite children's novels. About a sister dealing with her brother's autism, it tackles a tough and important subject, but in a way that is still fairly light and humorous.
Holes by Louis Sachar. Such a fabulous novel! The way Sachar weaves this story together is masterful. Maybe you and your kids have seen the movie, but--as is typical--the book is sooo much better!
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. A great story of a girl who dares to be different and the way she impacts the lives of others. Love love love this book!
The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. A lot of people ask me how to get their uninterested sons to read. It's all about finding a genre or series that they love. Often non-fiction is a good fit, and for fiction, try fantasy or adventure stories like Percy Jackson, the Chronicles of Narnia, or Harry Potter.
This is just a small (SMALL!) list of some of my favorite suggestions. What books are you gifting this year?
****P.S. Don't forget about our Christmas show-n-tell this coming Friday! Please send us pics of your halls all decked for the holidays to aplacetobloomATgmailDOTcom.****