The books my boys are getting as presents

What books are you buying your children for Christmas? Here's what my two boys are getting.

For my 8-year-old, almost taking off into reading, history loving boy:

The Vikings (Lost Worlds), by J.M Clements. I haven't actually read it myself yet, but it sure is handsome.

Moomin, the Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Book Two. I myself find the comics strange, but he likes volume one very much.

Harry the Poisonous Centipede Goes to Sea, by Lynne Reid Banks. For him to read to himself.

For my five-year old, who likes birds and mythical creatures:

The United Tweets of America. Educational bird fun for the whole family.

Monsterology, by Dr. E. Drake So they are each getting a beautiful big book.

And finally, Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett. He loves Gingerbread Baby--partly because, like the boy in the book, he is named Mattie, and he looks so much like the book boy that he could have been Jan Brett's model.

My list of books seems a rather short to me, but they get so many books throughout the year--borrowed from our book sale sorting work at the library, books that I get here from publishers, books I buy when we walk up the hill to the bookstore as a treat (we also like our chocolate chip cookies). So I don't want to overwhelm them.

And I am getting them new journals, so they can write their own.

I would also list the seven books I've bought for my husband, but he reads this so I shan't. I don't, quite, trust him not to peak...

So, what are your kids getting?????


  1. What lucky boys!

    My daughter is getting four books: ABC3D by Marion Bataille, Hansel and Gretel by Cynthia Rylant (I love Rylant's books, and the illustrations in this retelling look divine), and two books by Grace Lin with autographed bookplates.

  2. For a history-loving kid, have you seen Deb Lucke's The Book of Time Outs?

  3. My son and I loved the original Harry the Poisonous Centipede book when he was younger. I didn't know about this one.

  4. I like your list, Jill! Grace Lin is great.

    Penmage--The Books of Time Outs does sound like it's up his alley--perhaps for his birthday...

    Shiela--yep, this is book number 3...

  5. Great books! I'm sure your kids will love them!
    Our kids will be getting a whole lot of second-hand books I've found and stored up over the course of the year (starving artist here...)
    But the two new books I splurged on are "Scribble" by Deborah Freedman (the girls had so much fun when we borrowed it last year) and "Ten in the Glen" by John Butler (a sequel to my 3yr old's absolute favorite picture book)

  6. Oooh all of your choices are great! My nieces and nephew are each getting a copy of Peg Leg Peke, plus I've given Lauren Child's "I Am Not Sleepy and I will Not Go to Bed" pop-up, and a couple Bats at the Library. Gotta love all of those!


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