“The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you visited All Things Fulfilling yesterday, I made a promise I intend to keep today. Here is a short list of my favorite children’s books, published in the 1980s ,when I was raising our young son. At the time, there was nary whisper of the changes that were on the horizon for the publishing industry, at least not that I was aware of. Thus, the following books are mostly, if not all, traditionally published.
In today’s world, there are many fulfilling reads, for children and adults, published independently of the big six or seven conglomerates. What changes we have witnessed in publishing over the past ten or twelve years!
Jan Brett’s books ranked high on our list of treasured children’s books. Living in the north country of Vermont, our family related to the Nordic themes and art illustrations that were present in most of Jan’s books:
- The Mitten
- Trouble with Trolls
- Annie and the Wild Animals
- Wild Christmas Reindeer
New Hampshire author, Tomie DePaolo’s books, claimed a stake in our hearts, too. My son’s love of Native American history and lore drew us to several of Tomie’s books.
- The Legend of Indian Paintbrush
- The Legend of Blue Bonnet
- The Legend of the Poinsettia
A few others to consider by various authors:
- The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (now adapted for film)
- The Napping House
- The Jolly Postman
- The Polar Express (also was adapted for film)
Don’t forget to take time out of this busy holiday season to appreciate God’s gift to you, your child. Spending time with the little ones is far more valuable than anything you will ever find in a shopping mall! The rewards are great for both parent and child.
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