Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Gift of Reading

I have an aunt who for Christmas every year gave me a book. I still have most of these books and love each and every one of them. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Little Women, A Wrinkle in Time just to name a few.

In that tradition I have gifted my neice and nephews with books for each of the last few Christmases. This year will be special as we have a new nephew due just a few days before Thanksgiving. I have purchased a lovely copy of Mother Goose rhymes for him. For my neice I've decided on Stuart Little on audio CD. My oldest nephew is into Manga so he will be getting an addition to his collection. I haven't decided on anything for the two toddlers yet, but I'm sure I'll come up with something. Sandra Boynton and Stella Blackstone are two favorites for the toddler set.

Each of my children will also be getting several book gifts this year. Plus they give each other a book every year. I enjoy taking each of them to a local bookstore (sadly there isn't a children's bookstore to be found in the Dallas area) to pick out a special book for the other. I then have them inscribe the inside cover with To/From and the date. I hope this will be a joyful record of their growth as well as a testament to how well they know each other. My greatest wish is that after I'm long gone they will still spend a little time each Christmas picking out just the right book for the other.

This is a fabulous link with great advice for picking out books as gifts for all ages.


Stacey said...

Books are the best! I know it's not an independent store but Barnes and Noble has children's time on Saturdays, I think.

We used to have an independent store that had pajama parties and everything. Oh those were fun times.

Does your library do anything like that?

Mrs. Pivec said...

Ooo; I love your Christmasey look here. I love to give and receive books too, but I haven't done a lot of that with my own children, because they haven't been huge readers. This year seems to be a bit different, though and I think, perhaps, a good book is in order. :)

Leila said...

Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad that your daughter has such an honored name :)

We are book hounds too, and aren't those oldies the best? I'm going to check out your link...

Patty said...

We are big fans of giving one another books for Christmas. Its a gift that changes you

daisymum7 said...

Marianna just wanted to say hi and thank ou for your lovely comment.
i ma trying to expand the veiw of this time of year a bit with all sorts of odds ands ends of information.

Love this post about books i am so lucky i have a friend who works in a book shop and she just picked me up about $150 worht of books for my daughter for about $100 with her discount.

Words are so important for all sorts of reasons.


Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Wow- you have done alot! So much traveling and wrote a book! how fun!

I am a book lover myself and love the really old novels- EP Roe, Myrtle Reed- just don't get any better that them!



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