We have a lot of books in our house. I’d never say too many but there are some in three bedrooms, the living room, and the basement.
Books, comics, encyclopedias, paperbacks, hardbacks, books that haven’t been read yet and books that have been read many many times. We have them all these new to us books in my Holiday Gift Guide of Books for the Whole Family!
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Holiday Gift Guide of Books
The Art for Joy’s Sake Journal
Painting, writing, drawing, and inspiration in one colorful journal. The Art for Joy’s Sake Journal by Kristy Rice is so pretty to flip through and encourages creativity on each page.
Kristy Rice’s joy-focused approach to watercolor has won the hearts of fans worldwide and with this journal, Rice offers simple to adopt ways for all levels of painters to make “art for joy’s sake”.
The Art for Joy’s Sake Journal includes:
- 10 illustrations ready to be watercolored on thick paper.
- Tear out reproductions of the same illustrations painted by Kristy herself.
- No-stress watercolor exercises to release your creative spirit in just minutes.
- Pages of inspirational artwork and quotes featuring Kristy’s favorite patterns.
- Art party recipes and ideas.
New Books from Candlewick Press
Random House Publishing has lots of titles out for the holiday season and they recently sent us several for our bookshelf.
The Shortest Day
A seasonal treasure, this beloved poem by Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper heralds the winter solstice. Beautiful illustrations by Caldecott Honoree Carson Ellis jump from the pages inviting you into the magic.
The Shortest Day captures the magic behind the returning of the light — and the hope for peace that we carry into the future. Richly illustrated with a universality that spans the centuries, this beautiful book evokes the joy and community found in the ongoing mystery of life when we celebrate light, thankfulness, and festivity at a time of rebirth.
A Day for Skating
A sweet rhyming tale that makes the perfect cozy bedtime story in winter. A Day for Skating is great for reading before your child’s first ice skating adventure or after, with a warm cup of hot chocolate in your hands.
On a brisk winter’s day, the frozen pond is crisscrossed by figure skaters, hockey players, new skaters, and old pros, all gliding across the ice. It’s time to bundle up, lace your skates, and give it a try — then head inside for cocoa and snacks when your cheeks grow rosy and your toes are cold.
I love reindeer stories and this one from the celebrated creator of Red and Lulu does not disappoint. Flip the pages on a story of a brave little doe who meets Santa and changes Christmas forever.
Dasher is an adventurous young reindeer with a wish in her heart. She spends her days under the hot sun in a traveling circus, but she longs for a different life — one where there is snow beneath her hooves and the North Star above her head. One day, when the opportunity arises, Dasher seizes her destiny and takes off in pursuit of the life she wants to live. And soon, with the help of a powerful Christmas wish, nothing will be the same.
The First Christmas Sweater
A great chapter book to read leading up to Christmas, The First Christmas Sweater will even have you the parent giggling as you may have seen in my Instagram Stories recently.
There are two things everyone knows about Hillary the sheep. One is that, unlike her typically hued friends, Hillary’s wool is all the colors of the rainbow. The other is that she adores everything about Christmas, especially Santa. So when word gets out that Mr. Claus is traveling across Ireland seeking the perfect sheep’s wool for a sweater to keep his belly warm, Hillary’s head begins to spin. Could her wool-dest dreams be about to come true? A buoyant story filled with ewe-morous puns and a strong female protagonist.
Where’s Waldo? Double Trouble at the Museum
A great book for twins, Where’s Waldo? Double Trouble at the Museum features identical scenes with differences to spot while hunting for Waldo.
Waldo is wandering through the museum, where there are some devilishly difficult differences to decipher. Finding Waldo and his buddies is hard enough, but who can spot the minutiae that separate one Egyptian tablet from another? Or the itty-bitty discrepancies between the vintage books and scrolls? A brand-new spin on the art of finding Waldo.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Christmas Activity Book
A story that never gets old, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt takes on a festive twist with this Christmas Activitiy Book.
Inspired by the animated special based on a beloved classic, this treasure trove of activities, fun facts, and more than a hundred stickers is the perfect gift for a magical time of year. There’s so much to make, do, and discover in the countdown to Christmas! Whether kids like staying indoors to make crafts or stepping outside to explore, they’ll find plenty of ideas in this gem of a book.
Guess Who Much I Love You? 25th Anniversary Edition
This book holds a special place in my heart. My husband bought me a copy for Valentine’s Day back in 2000. I still have the same one, almost 20 years later, and now we have the 25th Anniversary Edition to add to our bookshelf!
Beloved for a quarter of a century, the family classic receives a beautiful slipcase featuring a limited-edition print – a holiday gift for someone you love to the moon and back.
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