It is that time of the year when we think of spending time with friends and family, and very likely getting a little something for our loved ones. As a librarian I am thinking of books as a just right present for any soul, hence this blog post on my last few trips to the bookstore. My believe is that there is a story for anyone: young and old. That is why I always end up with number of picture books that can speak to your heart, make you giggle and even cry. The books in the heading photo filled my basket last time I visited the bookstore and explored the labyrinth of wondrous shelfs full of stories. I will highlight some below.
Two recently published books resonated strongly with me as a parent and as a daughter. The Girl and the Box and The Boy and the Box by Leila Boukarim & Shameer Bismilla are two companion stories that would speak to anyone's heart. One tells a story of a boy and the other of a girl. They both set out on a journey but there is a constant voice warning them not to wonder or dream. It keeps reminding them to be cautious and follow a certain path. The voice tells the boy to hide his feelings, and the girl is warned not to dare. Both the girl and the boy take the courage to follow their instinct, take their desired path and embrace who they truly are.
What We'll Build by Oliver Jeffers is a heartwarming story celebrating a father and daughter relationship. The pages are filled with extraordinary illustrations in Oliver Jeffers style . He brings to live all the wonderful things a parent and a child can build together. This story will make you smile, will definitely inspire you and remind you of how precious is the time you spend with your child.
Where Happiness Begins by Eva Eland is the second book to her When Sadness Is At Your Door. Both titles are a great way to start conversations about big emotions with your child and even read those to yourself as a reminder. Although happiness can be hard to find on some days remember that it is always there and it starts with you.
If you want a giggle and to spark imagination Let's Do Nothing! by Tony Fucile is the book to go with. Get inspired to do Nothing... IF that’s possible at all.
And in case you would really want to bring the seasonal mood then these are my top choices:
The Crayons' Christmas by Drew Daywalt
For all the fans of the Daywalt's series The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home this would be a fun and interactive addition on the shelf to celebrate the season with.
How to Catch Santa by Jean Reagan
If you have read How to Babysit a Grandpa and How to Babysit a Grandma then be assured that this one will definitely give you some tips on how to catch Santa and spend some time with him.
The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell
What is a perfect gift for someone who has everything? Nothing. But ask yourself: Is the time you would spend with a friend a gift of "nothing"? Is a warm hug or a smile really "nothing" in this world full of somethings? Lot to discuss and ponder over when you read this book, a story that reminds us of the value of time spent with friends and family.