My second love after poetry is probably children’s books. I still own all of the books I had as a child, and yes, I still reread them from time to time, even though there are no little ones of my own in the house yet.
With Christmas just a week away, I wanted to share a few of my holiday/wintertime favorites from when I was growing up.
— Have you read any of them? What were your favorite children’s books for this time of year?
“The Wild Christmas Reindeer” by Jan Brett
Teeka has never been in charge of the reindeer, and this year Santa wants her to be the one to get them ready for Christmas Eve! There’s only one problem: the reindeer are very set in their ways and she has no idea what those ways are. Shouting and yelling only seems to make things worse and so she must figure out a better way to make sure everything is in order by the time Santa’s ready.
(I love the illustrations in this, because it tells two stories. One, the story of Teeka and her efforts to corral the reindeer. The other, the story of the other elves getting ready for Christmas in their own way, told on the outer edge of each page with a countdown to Christmas Eve.) Continue reading