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.