Thanksgiving is here. It is a time for giving thanks, being with family, over-eating one of the best meals of the year, and….Black Friday. I’ll admit it, I love shopping the day after Christmas. Since I shop all year round for the holiday, it’s not that I have to go out and brave the crowd. It’s because I want to! It sets the stage for the upcoming festivities.

One of my favorite things to do is play Santa’s elf. Since I seriously doubt anyone in my neighborhood reads my blog as I haven’t told them I write one, I think I can safely share my secret. Each year, I get up at an insanely early hour to get in line at my local home improvement store. They always have gorgeous poinsettias on sale for Black Friday. With the help of my husband, we buy a couple dozen. Under the cover of darkness, we then sneak around the neighborhood and leave one on everyone’s doorstep. Each year it brings a smile to my face. It is only a small token, but it is a holiday tradition I look forward to sharing with my neighbors.

There is also another holiday tradition I enjoy. And that is buying books and learning games for under the Christmas tree! What is a better gift than the gift of literacy? There are so many options available. This week I will be focusing on books. Hopefully, you’ll find something of interest for your child. To make your shopping easier, I’ve included holiday classics and books broken down by age categories. They are listed in no particular order.

Holiday Books

Preschool – Grade 3

Preschool Readers

Middle Grade

Middle Grade Readers

Young Adult

The above book titles are clickable links that will take you to an online store, or you can print a copy of the list to take with you while shopping.

Another wonderful gift for a child or an adult is a Kindle. My preferred format for everyday reading is the Paperwhite. However, I found a Kindle Fire for as little as $35.00 last year on Black Friday. Of course, it ended up under the Christmas tree! It’s great for those times when I am formatting a book or when I forget to charge my Paperwhite, which is more often than I care to admit!

As mentioned above, giving books in our home is a time honored tradition. Truth be told, I think my ‘Book List’ could go on forever. My daughter and I have read, and shared, countless books over the years. If you are not already participating in this tradition yourself, I hope you will consider beginning now. The perfect book is available for everyone on your shopping list. While researching gifts for others, you may just discover one or two for yourself!

Warm regards,

K. Lamb

Do you have a favorite book you’d like to add to the list? Please leave a comment below!