Merry Christmas!

I hope your holidays were (are?) filled with family, friends, food, and of course, good books!

Each Christmas, we always purchase books for our children.  This year, I was especially pleased to not only give them each a book they were dying to receive, but also to find one for each of them that they weren't aware existed.   For my children, this is a tough thing!  I am constantly talking about new books, sharing new books, and we love to visit bookstores.

My 13 year old received The Annotated Sandman (Volume II) and BBC's Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories.  She has recently started collecting Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics.  She is also a huge Doctor Who fan, but didn't know about this collection of stories.  She was thrilled to see so many of her favorite authors had written the stories.  I look forward to borrowing this book after she finishes reading it!

New graphic novels smell wonderful!

My 9 year old son received the second book in the Brixton Brothers series by Mac Barnett:  The Ghostwriter Secret.  We're late to this party, only recently discovering this series after Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen visited Central Library in Indianapolis (do not EVER pass up an opportunity to hear/meet either of these amazing authors!).  We've been reading book one together at night with many giggles and laughs.  I was thrilled to give him Batman Science: The Real Science behind Batman's Gear and know that we'll ALL learn lots from this book.  (His sister immediately said, "Can I borrow that when you're finished reading it?!")  A special thanks to my friend Aly B for recommending it!  (Be sure and check out her blog KidLitFrenzy for wonderful recommendations and reviews!)

Coen has plenty of room on his new bookshelves built by his dad on Christmas Eve.  Time to shop for even more books!  

Over break, I'm looking forward to finally reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3) by Maggie Stiefvater.

Happy break...and happy reading!


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