There are few things I love more than curling up with a mug of hot tea, a cozy blanket and a good book during the cold winter months. Even when I’m at my busiest, I try to have one “fun” book on the go at all times, though I make no promises for how deep or intellectual it may be. My daughters have both inherited our love of books so I find now that a lo of my reading time is spent reading to them, which is a great way to calm down and spend some quality time together during this busy holiday season! I’m a big fan of having seasonal books for kids, and for the last two years our Elf on the Shelf, Jingle, has brought a book with her for her first visit. This year, she brought the beautifully illustrated And Then Comes Christmas by Tom Brenner (SRP $18.00), thanks to a little help from my friends at Candlewick Press and Random House of Canada.
“And Then Comes Christmas” describes many of our annual traditions (decorating the tree, visiting Santa at the mall, Christmas baking) that build the anticipation to Christmas Day. It was a fun way to start December off by remembering all of the wonderful things that we did last year, and that we would be doing again in the coming weeks!
Not to be outdone by his elf, Santa is also planning to leave a new book for each of my daughters. I know because he told me, so that I wouldn’t get them the same thing The Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale (SRP $14.99) will be for my 5 year old, and I cannot wait to read it with her! It’s a fun early reader, with lots of charming illustrations to help young readers figure out what is happening in the story. A princess who is also a superhero? There is no way this won’t be a huge hit for all of the members of my family!
My 3 year old is deep into an almost 2 year long pirate phase, so Captain Beastlie’s Pirate Party by Lucy Coats (SRP $18.00) is on deck for her. This book is funny, a little gross, and is perfect for any young pirate fan, or any child in your life who is not a fan of bathtime!