The Gift That Keeps On Giving
December 17, 2010
As the holidays approach and the great shop-a-thon begins, my husband and I start to have that dreaded talk...what to give for Christmas. When it comes to the kids in our lives, I know that this is a dilemma that many of you go through too.
Our 3-year-old niece has more clothes that any fashionista I know, and my god-children must have every video game on the planet. You might say, toys are always an easy option. But after about the first 10 minutes on Christmas morning, they always seem to magically disappear into the bottom of the already overflowing toy box...never to be seen again.
So when Black Friday rolls around and the rest of the world is out fighting the mobs at department stores at 3 o'clock in the morning, I will surely be tucked away in my bed because there is no mad dashing where I am headed…the bookstore.
The bookstore has everything I need for every person on my list: Cookbooks for mom, Romances for Gran, and the perfect gift for every one of the kids. A storybook is the ultimate in Christmas giving for a child. Think of the excitement of the first (and second and third) time they open the book to read it and the re-discovery of an old friend when they find it tucked away on a bedroom bookshelf a year later. A story can be read aloud and shared with friends, or hidden away and read in secret rooms on dark nights. There is just no gift like a good story...it keeps giving each time you turn its pages.
Here are a few of the books that made it from our library catalog to my Christmas shopping list this year that are sure to please the little ones in your life as well.
The Quest for Paradise: the Return to the Kingdom of Fantasy by Geronimo Stilton
The Case that Time Forgot: The Sherlock Files book 3 by Tracy Barrett
The Inside Story: The Sisters Grimm book 8 by Michael Buckley
Ms. Krup Cracks Me Up by Dan Gutman