I think books make the perfect gift. They delight for years and are guaranteed to fit. I know a lot of you have little people on your shopping list, so I wanted to suggest some great titles that my girls and I are currently loving.
For the littlest ones, I am completely in love with the following:
1. Little Elliot Big City: This book is an amazing example of the power of simple words and beautiful images. It tells the story of a little elephant trying to make his way in the big city. When he gets a helping hand from someone even smaller than himself, he learns that it's not size, but friends who matter.
2. City Dog Country Frog: A tear jerker from the man known for bringing smiles, Mo Williams. City Dog and Country Frog are unlikely friends, playing together season after season until, one day, Country Frog is no longer on his waiting for Country Dog on his rock. This is a beautifully illustrated book that teaches a powerful lesson about permanence and resilience.
3. Uni the Unicorn: Illustrated in bright vivid colors, this is the story of a little girl who believes in unicorns and ... a unicorn who believes in little girls. It's a lovely reminder about the power of believing.
For the slightly older ones, I'm going to have to go with... Star Sisters! The perfect series for the kids who are devouring chapter books on their own and the ones who still cuddle up with a grown-up for some bedtime reading. If you have anyone on your list in this category, trust me, their parents will thank you. I know a lot of you have been buying them as gifts and stocking stuffers. It's such a great way to spread the word about this series and I'm very grateful.
Sometimes a book doesn't feel like enough all on its own. I get it. That's why I sell my star necklaces and book bundles and why RH Baby sells these amazing tents. We made a similar tent from old curtains and some PVC piping. It's the most wonderful place to read, complete with lots of soft blankets and a light on a dimmer switch.
If my book suggestions are a little too girly for your crowd, check out a new children's book blog by a dear friend. She does an excellent job of reviewing books and bundling them by subject matter - great suggestions for both girls and boys. Highly recommend taking a look.
As for adult books that I've recently loved, The Miniaturist is at the top of my list. It's a historical fiction meets mystery novel that I could not put down. I just finished Friendswood and thought it was so well done. It's kind of Erin Brockovich meets Friday Night Lights. And I also really liked Big Little Lies. A good old suburban mama drama. I can never resist those!