Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Books as Presents

As you've likely already surmised, mine is a book loving family. So naturally enough we give and receive lots of books for Christmas and birthdays. The tradition of piling them all up in a great big heap and surveying their bounty goes back to my own childhood. Here are all the gifts of books that have come into our home this holiday season--both from one another, and from friends and family near and far. 

Treasure Island!!! by Sara Levine, Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel, Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan, Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon.

Pie: A Hand Drawn Almanac by Emily Hilliard, illustrated by Elizabeth Graeber, The Handy Book of Knots by Randy Penn, Around the Year by Elsa Beskow, Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown, Pecans by Kathleen Purvis, More Baths Less Talking by Nick Hornby (I've alrady devoured this one, it's great), How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran (Bill's already finished this one and I'm in the middle of it right now and am running around recommending it to every female I know), Catherine the Great by Robert Massie.

This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers, Whistle for Willie, A Letter to Amy, and Peter's Chair all by Ezra Jack Keats, Alphasaurus by Megan Bryant, illustrated by Luciana Navarro Powell, Ganesha's Sweet Tooth by Emily Haynes and Sanjay Patel, Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff, Madeline in London by Ludwig Bemelmans, The Art Book for Children, Tree Houses by Phillip Jodidio.


  1. Thanks for the book list. I'm totally stealing it. I have a bad habit of saying, "That sounds like a good book" and then promptly forgetting it and spend hours wandering through the bookstore (real or virtual) vaguely thinking, "There's some book around here that's supposed to be good." You have given me a repository that should be easy to find when I get the book-buying bug. (Though you know that "This Moose Belongs to Me" is already in our library getting old and used as we speak.)

  2. Happy to be of help! How To Be a Woman is fantastic and if you don't have the Ezra Jack Keats books those are a must as well. xob