I have so many books I want to share with you from the bumper holiday season book blow out. I am dividing them up into catagories of Me, Andy, the boy, the girl and we all love it. I'll be listing lots that are not pictured above too.
Hope you like the lists and do let me know what you've been reading.
Ok first, me
Happy Homemade So Chic Kids. This is packed with great kids patterns written in English. The only thing I don't love is that the patterns do not include a seam allowance (which I personally prefer) otherwise I think this book is stellar and have big plans for my daughter's wardrobe.
America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book and America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. I like the recipes but the format is a little too bare bones for me. If you are looking for glamorous food photos and fluffy stories then these are not for you but they do have a wealth of recipes and advice and are very practical. Plus you get so many recipes they are really good value for money.
Little Big Books. Love kids books? Then I can't recommend this enough. With full page spreads on dozens of children's book illustrators this book will keep you entertained and inspired for hours.
The Asylum. I am reading this funny account of life in the fashion industry right now. It requires little concentration and is perfect for picking up in between snow storms.
The Book of New Family Traditions. I have only skimmed this book but I like it's approach to thinking about what works for you as family and creating traditions around that.
Little Bits Quilting Bee. I don't know why I haven't already got this book. It is filled with gorgeous quilt patterns and is really inspiring me to get making.
Martha Stewart Cakes. Awesome and dangerous.
Fix it and Forget it Slow Cooker. I haven't used it yet but there are a ton of recipes here, however something about this book doesn't convince me that they will all work.
Merriam Webster's Visual Dictionary. Andy said to me that he wanted a book that named all the various parts of things, something that had pictures of even mundane things that named even all the obscure parts. Ta-da! This book is awesome, totally packed and great illustrations. Winner.
Wheelmen. Want to get the skinny on Lance Armstrong and his racing buddies? This book has it all.
DK Eyewitness Books: American Revolution. This was purchased to go along with all the diorama making equipment and like all DK books it has great illustrations and easily accessible information.
Explorer: Mystery Boxes. Both boys in this house are seriously into graphic novels these days and you can't get much better than Kazu Kibuishi for young kids. He loves the Amulet series (and so did my daughter) and enjoyed this one too.
Cardboard. Another graphic novel for the boy but I loved this too. Utterly engaging, sometimes sad, beautifully illustrated. I found myself absorbed in this book as I was trying to wrap it up for him and he feels the same about it.
The City of Ember. Both kids really enjoyed this.
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat. Super cute present from Claire that is sure to be a favorite.
Dress-up Mess-up (Crafty Chloe). We loved the first Crafty Chloe book and this doesn't disappoint either. Beautiful illustrations from Heather Ross and endearing text by Kate DiPucchio make this an instant favorite.
Flora and Ulysses. A new book from one of our favorite authors, Kate DiCamillo.
Mini Mysteries (American Girl Library). This was the only thing my daughter asked for Christmas except roller skates. Apparently she and her friends have been reading them at school and she loved it. We don't have any American Girl Dolls but you don't need to know about them to enjoy this book. The mysteries are just a couple of pages long each and you have to answer, using your skills of listening and deduction, the questions at the end of each story. My daughter wants to get the next two books in this series, it was a big hit.
The Night Fairy. Haven't read it yet but it looks cute.
A Mouse Called Wolf. We love anything by Dick King Smith.
Avian Friends Activity Journal. Claire gave this to my daughter and it very nearly got snagged by me. It is so pretty and packed with the very best kind of coloring pages and drawing activities. I love it and I am not promising that I won't steal it from her.
We All Love It
One Million Things. This is a more kid friendly version of the Visual Dictionary above. The kids love this kind of book and spend hours pouring over it and then asking questions like...Do you know that blah,blah, blah? To which the answer is always no. We found the book laying open on a page all about sperm and Andy casually turned the page and walked away. There are some questions that are meant for later.
Around the World: The Atlas for Today. This book is fantastic! Filled with cool graphics and information like how the average Russian spends their time (t.v. features heavily) and so many other neat-o things, plus it is beautiful.
The Where, The Why and The How. Lovely illustrations, packed with great information. Another winner.
History Year by Year. A great visual accompaniment to one of our all time favorite family books, A Little History of the World. It is lovely to have this resource around for browsing and more specific questions that need answering.
Sheeesh my eyes are swimming in links now, so that's it for today. Happy Sunday and if you are also in the vast area that will be hit by the polar vortex storm Ion, keep safe and warm.