Ah, the holiday season. It’s definitely my favorite time of year! I love the lights and the music, the family time and special events, the Christmas movies by the fire, the birth of Jesus, the baked goods… I could go on and on. But, even though we’re pretty strict on the “No Christmas until after Thanksgiving” rule in our house, our girls have been talking for months about what they hope to get for Christmas this year. They’ve even each already written a few version of letters to Santa! While I love the giving and receiving of gifts that happens this time of year, we do try hard to help our girls focus *almost* as much on what gifts they want to and can give to others as they do on what gifts they want to receive. To that end, when we made our list of Family Focus Traits for 2020 last December (it’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year since we mapped out this project!), we knew we wanted generosity to be the focus during the holidays.
Up today, I’ve got a fantastic list of picture books with a focus on generosity. None of these are holiday-specific, so they’re perfect to read year-round if your bookshelves are already stuffed with holiday books. And, if your bookshelves are already stuffed with holiday books, be sure to check out my Christmas picture booklists (you can find them here, here, and here), as many of those are wonderful holiday-specific titles that also have a focus on giving).
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Did you see my first ever holiday gift guide last week? If you did, you might have noticed that I had a section for children’s subscription boxes. These boxes were one of the first things I listed to include in my gift guide, because they make wonderful holiday gifts to be enjoyed monthly (or even year-round, depending on your subscription!). In our house, we LOVE it when the grandparents want to gift these to the girls, as they’re gifts that we know will have strong lasting power, and then every month when they arrive, we get to talk about how grateful we are that the grandparents give us such wonderful gifts!
One of our favorite children’s subscription boxes is Bookroo. Though it has been a few years since we’ve regularly received boxes, we had about a year and a half when we received monthly boxes from Bookroo, some board book boxes and some chapter book boxes (and for a bit, one of each!). The girls were thrilled every month when their Bookroo boxes arrived, we loved the unique books (some, like Wherever You Go, are still favorites around here 4 years later!), and though we own way too many books, we only ever received one book that we already had. They just do a phenomenal job picking their books.
Then, you might remember that I worked with Bookroo this summer as they launched their new reader platforms, and I absolutely love the work that they’re doing to help young readers get excited about reading and share the books they love. So, it was a no-brainer to include them on my gift guide! Read on for a little bit more about Bookroo and my discount code.
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Did you see my first ever holiday gift guide earlier this week? Or maybe you saw this list I published earlier this year of beautiful books to gift? Today, I’m sharing two new books that would make delightful gifts for children and teachers in your lives! Both published in September 2020, our younger daughter received these for her birthday in September, and I knew immediately I needed to share them with you at some point! Read on for a little more information about The B On Your Thumb: 60 Poems to Boost Reading and Spelling and Wild Symphony!
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You ask and you shall receive! My first ever holiday gift guide is ready for your shopping pleasure! My husband and I thought long and hard about the gifts we’ve given the girls over the years that have had significant lasting power and brought us lots of open-ended joy… And, we came up with 30 gift ideas to share with you this year. From gifts to inspire creativity to outdoor play to subscription boxes, we’ve got you covered. We personally own and love (or have received before, in the case of subscription boxes) 29 of the 30 gifts on this list, so you can bet they’re vetted and worthwhile! The only gift on here we don’t have personal experience with is a subscription box that one of our girls will receive this year.
And remember, though I didn’t put any books on this list, we almost always give books for birthdays and holidays. Sometimes the book is the gift itself, and sometimes it goes along with a gift. Remember that I have LOADS of booklists and book recommendations here on my website, so you can find wonderful books to gift here, too.
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If you follow me, then you have likely picked up on the fact that I absolutely love making booklists. While I love a good booklist focused on just about any topic, I have two booklists that I make annually that are easily my favorite to both make and read. One of them is my 90 Books for 90 Days of Summer booklist, and the other…
You guessed it! My Christmas list of wonderful Christmas picture books! Every holiday season, I create fabulous lists of 25 picture books for you and your family to enjoy together throughout the holiday season. And, every year, the lists are completely different! Which means, if you do the math, that I’ve got 75 (actually, more, because my first Christmas list had “25ish” books) fantastic Christmas books for you to choose from and cherish this holiday season. You can find the 2018 list here and the 2019 list here.
So, without further ado, here are 25 wonderful picture books for you to read this holiday season! Remember, these get snagged up quickly from your libraries, and they also have a tendency to sell out quickly from booksellers (especially the new releases), so take this list and get your hands on these books now, so that you’re ready to hit the road running when December 1 rolls around!
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Every year, I hear from many of you that you feel like you’ve got TONS of wonderful Halloween and Christmas books, but your Thanksgiving collections leave much to be desired… So, here goes— my huge list of Thanksgiving recommendations (specific to the Thanksgiving holiday — be sure to check out this post for wonderful books about gratitude and thankfulness that comprises most of our November reading and influences most of our conversations about the Thanksgiving holiday). You’ll find it broken down by general category, and age recommendations are given as well, so hopefully you can find something to read with your children this month! Continue reading “Our Favorite Thanksgiving Holiday Books” →
When I posted about our Family Focus: Gratitude and Thankfulness kickoff, I got LOTS of questions about the book we used to kick off this month in our house. So today, I’ve got some information for you about Giving Thanks: More Than 100 Ways to Say Thank You by Ellen Surrey. If you are looking for a way to inspire your children to think of all they are grateful for, who they may want to thank, and unique ways to express gratitude to others, then this is the book for you!
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When I was little, my mom used to have a “secret” hand squeeze with my brother and me. She’d take our hands and give them three gentle squeezes to say “I love you,” and then we’d give her four squeezes back, signaling “I love you, too.” Fast forward to becoming a parent myself and these three and four squeezes are now a “secret language” that we share with our own girls. I always assumed this was something unique to our family, until Lauren from Picture Book Playdate on Instagram reviewed Three Squeezes by Jason Pratt, illustrated by Chris Sheban, earlier this fall. I rarely buy a book after reading only one review of it, as I try to at least get it from the library first, but… I knew our family had to own this one. I bought it immediately to give to our younger daughter for her birthday in September and am so glad that we own a book that depicts this special (but apparently not so secret) language in such a beautiful, touching way.
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Have you followed along in my reviews of Literati Kids book boxes? I used my first two reviews to focus on the content of the boxes (5 books PLUS book-related goodies), their “try-before-you-buy” policy, and the ease of returns. Today, I’m sharing two last important and unique features of Literati Kids for you — the price points of the books included, as well as the option to donate used books to readers in need.
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Do you all know Acoustic Rooster yet? We are admittedly late to the game, as the first book in the series, Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band was published in 2011. But, Sleeping Bear Press kindly sent us the newest book in the series, Acoustic Rooster’s Barnyard Boogie Starring Indigo Blume, and it was such a hit with our preschooler that I tracked down the original too, so that we could enjoy both. And, not surprising, she LOVES both of these books and asks for them on repeat. Read on for a bit about each book, as well as the upcoming Acoustic Rooster musical!
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