Movies are on our Christmas lists this year, but it’s important that we keep a balance and to encourage reading. Even though we have a ton and a half of books, the kids need new stories to add to their collection. Emma can now recognize and write letters and soon she will be reading, which is really exciting. They so love to be read to, and there are so many great books available and perfect for holiday gift giving.
First up is Mert the Anxious Evergreen. It is beautifully illustrated and very wordy so if your child enjoys sitting for a story, then this book is for you. In the book, Mert hopes to become a Christmas tree so he can save Hickory Flats farm and forest — but he’ll need help from his friend, John the cat, to find his true Christmas spirit and save his home. There is a focus here on environmental responsibility. By Claire Bowman and available as an eBook or a hardcover.
Grandma’s Yarn by Waneta Cotner Worstine is such a sweet, true story about a knitting grandma and a special Christmas gift hunting idea. It is illustrated with images made from – what else? – yarn. Kids will enjoy looking at the pictures and hearing about her fun idea that brought the family together one Christmas day. Available for about $15 on Amazon.
Now here’s a set that your little ones will enjoy. Cozy Classics is perfect for a literature loving family by introducing classic tales at an early age. This year Cozy Classics released their versions of Emma, Jane Eyre and Oliver Twist. They are illustrated by photographed dolls to show children a simplistic version of the stories in a board book format at less than $10 per book.
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