We have a lot of favorites of course, and we add new books each year. This year Harper Collins sent me some books to check out, and we are giving a hearty thumbs up and Flaum girl stamp of approval to these four. It’s early for this stuff, I know! But with Thanksgiving next week and wanting to share our recommendations in plenty of gifting time (should you want to find one of these books for yourself or a kid in your life!) I’m going to go ahead and share now. First off, I’m a big fan of hardback kids books especially for holiday reading. On a very superficial level, they’re lovely to display on a table or line up on a shelf. On a more practical level- they hold up really well over the years! It has become a habit of ours to read a Christmas or holiday story daily from the day after Thanksgiving through New Years usually – and often we end up reading more than one. Here’s more information about the four new books being added to our shelf this year –
Charlie and the Christmas Kitty is my personal favorite. Written by the Pioneer Woman herself, it’s the story of Charlie, and well, a Christmas kitty! I love the soft illustration style and my girls are nuts about all things dog – so it was a big hit and will stay on our Christmas book table all season long and be read often. I hope that we have many ranch adventures from Ree Drummond to come – my girls adore reading Charlie’s stories.
Mary Engelbreit’s Nutcracker is one I actually picked up at Target just the other day because Elizabeth loves Nutcrackers, I thought this was a fun illustrated version of the story, and I wanted another version of the tale (with a bright fun feel) as well.
Berenstain Bears’ Old-Fashioned Christmas is another fun one. It has been a while since the girls watched the show, but they do love to read the adventures of these bears now that they are able to read books themselves. This is one that they had a lot of fun with – and I suspect will read together all season long.
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas is the final of this quartet – and the girls were really excited to see him! They love Pete the cat, and I like that Pete appeals to both boys and girls (he’s always a bit hit at reading day in Kindergarten).
All four have the Flaum girl stamp of approval, and of course now my girls are more anxious than ever to dig out our Christmas boxes from the garage where the rest of our Christmas books reside! I’m putting all that off a while longer, though this week you can find me shopping + wrapping + preparing to ship off all Christmas gifts that require a trip to the post office. My personal goal each year is to never, ever, for any reason have to stand in line at the post office after Thanksgiving!!
With that, I leave you with one final thing – an early Christmas gift for one of you! Harper Collins sent me an extra copy of My Brave Year of Firsts by Jamie Lee Curtis, and if you would like to be entered to win it, simply leave a comment on this post for your chance to win. (Note: if you’re reading via email you will need to visit www.mayflaum.com and leave a comment on this posting)
I really enjoyed this book, as did my girls as we read about this girl’s year of triumph and failure, good and bad, and all around brave way of facing the world and experiencing all kinds of firsts. I adore the illustration style (illustration is something I wish more adult books had! I love pretty pictures!), and the overall lesson of the book too. The girls loved that the book was funny and they really related to a lot of things about it – which is always cool.
I will draw a winner for this book next Tuesday the 20th and notify the winner via email (as well as post it at the bottom of this post).