I hate shopping for myself. There, I said it (or actually, I typed it, but you get what I'm saying). I know some of you out there love trips to the mall and discovering a new sweater or dress. Me? I loathe it...and due to some work stuff for my husband that I also have to attend, I've found myself having to shop for some new outfits. Not my idea of a good time, ladies.
What do I love shopping for? Books. I could spend hours in the book section of stores. I've wasted a good afternoon (or eight) browsing the Amazon book page. The Strand here in NYC? Heaven on earth. Needless to say, when I was walking about trying to find that little black dress and I passed by a Barnes and Noble, I couldn't not go in. Fast-forward two hours, and I emerged with a few new reads, some for me and some great new titles for Kiddo all about the holidays. Check these ones out - pop by your local bookstore or see if your library has them, they are perfect to get in some reading time while keeping that holiday spirit wafting about the abode!
The Thankful Book by Todd Parr - With illustrations that can only come from Todd Parr, this wonderful book points out things big and small, items you can touch and ones only in our minds that we can all be thankful for...a perfect read to kick off a discussion of what you and your kiddos are thankful for this Turkey Day.
Hanukkah Bear by Eric Kimmel - A reissue of the 1990 book "The Chanukah Guest" with a different title and new illustrations, the tale tells of how a bear wanders into an old lady's abode because of the wonderful scents steaming from her latkes. She believes the big bear is her rabbi and the cute case of mistaken identity is revealed. A sweet read to celebrate Hanukkah.
Tallulah's Nutcracker by Marilyn Singer - Tallulah is practicing so hard for her role in The Nutcracker, but when one mishap leads to many others, the performance is one no one expected. With adorable characters and great text, this Christmas book has a great lesson and is the ideal festive nighttime read for anyone who loves The Nutcracker.
Of course, I love all of my usual holiday favorites: Auntie Claus, Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree, and The Latke Who Wouldn't Stop Screaming -- pick those up if you don't have them!
What are the favorite holiday books you read with your kiddos?