jane: of course, we've always loved getting the christmas books out as we unpack the christmas decorations. i wanted the girls to tell you about this tradition they started when they were a bit older. jo began to pick the books off her shelf that had christmas moments in them to revisit during the holiday season. these are not necessarily christmas books per se, and that's why i love this thought so!
julia: the family under the bridge by natalie savage carlson is about a hobo named armand, who lives under a bridge in france. one day he finds his home under the bridge occupied by three young children. the children's mother is working and their father is gone. armand is not pleased at first, but eventually falls in love with them. i loved this book, it was a sweet and simple story.
kit's surprise by valerie tripp is the third book in the american girl, kit's series. kit is feeling like christmas is not going to be merry this year. the great depression makes life hard for everyone, and there is no extra money for presents. things aren't going as planned, she gets stuck caring for her grumpy old uncle hendrick and has a fight with her friend, but luckily there's still some unexpected surprises coming her way.
shall i knit you a hat by kate klise is an adorable picture book about a little rabbit and his mom. a big blizzard is on it's way, and when mother rabbit knits little rabbit a hat, he suggests making hats for their friends too. this is a really cute book with sweet pictures.
i read main street's third book, 'tis the season when i was about twelve. ann m. martin fleshes out every characters' story, providing us a glimpse into several types of families' lives... it was the first book that made me teary. :)
betsy and tacy [and tib!!!] go downtown by maud hart lovelace is such a wonderful book! (i recommend the entire betsy-tacy series. they're so lovely and every book can work as a stand alone) it tells the story of a wintertime in which betsy is finally old enough to go downtown by herself. this inspires trips to the library and the theater, as well as tobogganing accidents, christmas shopping, and more! this book never fails to make me feel happy and cozy!
home for the holidays by heather vogel frederick is part of the mother-daughter book club series that i love. the book club is reading the betsy-tacy books (mentioned above!) and it's also the holiday season, which inevitably brings all the drama that several families of teenagers and their moms can bring. beginning on thanksgiving and ending at new year's, this book is so fun/groan worthy. from secret santa drama to trips across the country, this book always puts me in a Christmas-ready mood!
little women by louisa may alcott
little house in the big woods and little house on the prairie by laura in galls wilder
other american girl christmas books
what are your favorite christmas reads?
happy cozy reading,
jo + julia + jane