Books Make the Perfect Gifts

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During this last week of Advent, The Book Joy Family has Christmas and predicted snow to look forward to and, of course, a stack of books to read to pass the time away. Here is a look at what we have reserved from our local library for the start of winter break:

Library Lot, DECEMBER 2020

As I write this, Bookworm Girl is reading her 93rd book this year—Little Women. Her goal was to reach 100 books. After cracking the spine of the Alcott classic, she says she’s unsure she’ll hit that 100-story-mark, but remains quite proud of her progress! And I have to agree—her list is impressive! Myself, I’ve turned the pages of 64 books this year, exceeding my 49-book goal. The Bookworm Boys and Bookworm Dad have been reading all year long, too, though they don’t keep a tally. If you’re looking for a last-minute holiday gift or want to reserve some reading material for the upcoming season, here are some of our favorite reads of 2020:

The Littlest Bookworm (AKA “Bookworm Babe”)

Favorite Book(s) of 2020: Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie books, especially There Is a Bird on Your Head!

Now Reading: The Littlest Bookworm is beginning to read independently! Last night, he recited almost all of P.D. Eastman’s Go, Dog Go aloud to Bookworm Dad. His teachers gifted him Dav Pilkey’s Dragon’s Merry Christmas and it’s a delight!

Bookworm Girl

Favorite Book(s) of 2020: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.

Now Reading:  Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Bookworm Boy

Favorite Book(s) of 2020: Allies by Alan Gratz, and Matthew Cody’s trilogy: Powerless, Super, & Villainous.

Now Reading: The Nerdy Dozen by Jeff Miller

Bookworm Dad

Favorite Book(s) of 2020: Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ by Giulia Enders and Jill Enders, and Steven Strogatz’s Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe.

Now Reading: Money for Nothing by Thomas Levenson

The Joyful Reader

Favorite Book(s) of 2020: The Unwinding of the Miracle by Julie Yip-Williams, Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee, and Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome.

Now Reading: The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir by Michele Harper

You can read my detailed recommendation of the epistolary volume, A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader HERE; Ann Napolitano’s novel, Dear Edward HERE; and my review of the edited collection, My Caesarean: Twenty-One Mothers on the C-Section Experience and After, HERE.

What the Bookworm Kids are reading this week.

Typically, we purchase a selection of books for those on our Christmas list, and we all hope Santa or a loved one will surprise us with more books to read in the new year. After the holiday, we will reveal on the blog the books we gave as Christmas gifts and any we may have received under the tree. In the meantime, here’s a few books we’re hoping to unwrap on Christmas Day: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell, Spy School Revolution by Stuart Gibbs, more Elephant and Piggie books, LEGO building books, and crafting books.

Did you write down any books on your holiday wish list? Let us know in the comments.

Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season, a Merry Christmas, and satisfactory week of reading!

“The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting.”

–Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

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