at least to me. A few of you asked how I kept relatives from buying my children unacceptable toys, well let's just say I'm not always successful. I come from the smallest extended family, virtually everyone is an only child expect me and I only have one sister. This helps limit the quanity. I like to joke that my in- laws surely were annoyed with me sometime in October as I started insisting, "no plastic, no noise, no television references." This year, I was more firm and did write a list of books that we really wanted. Here is the list of books we liked enough to request as a gift.
From Meme and Papa
In a Blue Room was by far my favorite book of last year. If you haven't read it, toggle on over to your library browser and order it right now. This is the night time routine I most wish to create. Lovely illustrations, soothing word, and even a cup of tea.
Hush Little Digger, Machines at Work, both for Si are favorites. Machines at Work isn't as good as Trucks, Planes or Boats but the familiar illustrations are a hit with Si. Amazing Machines includes Terrific Trucks and many others by Tony Mitton, a favorite author in this house. I learned something from each book and they are easy to read aloud. The set of ten books from Amazon is a real bargain. It would make a terrific little boy gift.
The Story of the Wind Children and Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry were really for me (lol) but Cate is enjoying them as well. I adore all those Waldorf type books and hope to collect as many as possible.
From Granny & Papa
Si is wild about the Bear Snores On series and we own them all, so Bear Feels Scared was a a natural selection. What is a Scientist? was such a useful book that we just had to have it on the shelf. What child doesn't like rocks? If You Find a Rock explores all the possibilities. Cate has referenced the book many times. Susan Jeffers' The Nutcracker is my favorite version of the story that I've read so far. An Egg is Quiet (another one really for me) is too beautiful not to have in the home. And finally, Miss Suzy was one of my favorite's as a child and I am happy to have our very own copy.
Oh, and I almost forgot to say thank you Meme, Granny and the Papa's for honoring our wishes. The kids love the books very much and all the other non plastic, quiet, toys. :)