Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year Release

Just a reminder that Dakota Love officially releases tomorrow! You can get your copy at any online retailer or it will be available in many stores.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Book Parade - Day 23

I chose another Little Golden Book for my last day of the Book Parade. This book tells the Christmas story from the moment the angel visits Mary. I chose the book because of the beautiful illustrations.

In my minds eye, this is exactly how I picture the sky filled with Heavenly Hosts.
And even more interesting is the artist chose to illustrate Jesus as a young child on the last page of the book, something we don't always see.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Book Parade - Day 22

Stable in Bethlehem is a counting book. This board book touches on all the aspects of the Bible story while counting down from twelve to one.

I tried taking a picture of this book cover in four different rooms of my house and three different places in each room and in every place I tried, the flash made a halo over Jesus' head or right on his face as seen below. I finally quit trying to get one without because the halo is very appropriate!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Book Parade - Day 21

Today's book is a very special telling of the Christmas story. Each Biblical character involved in the story of Christ's birth gives an account of their feelings of what was happening during this time - even King Herod.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Book Parade - Day 20

This book was put out by Hallmark gifts. It's a gentle retelling of the birth of Christ with beautiful illustrations in warm colors.

Here are a couple:

Friday, December 19, 2014

Book Parade - Day 19

Today's book is actually a counting book that retells the Christmas story from the Bible. The counting is where the animals come in as the story unfolds starting with one donkey carrying Mary. What a fun way for children to learn about the birth of Christ!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Book Parade - Day 18

Today's book is The Littlest Angel. My sister gave this book to my son for Christmas one year because the television movie was a favorite of ours growing up.

The Littlest Angel was a Christmas special programing staple in the sixties and seventies along with The House Without a Christmas Tree.

Did you watch either of those specials?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Book Parade - Day 17

It wouldn't be a Christmas book parade without Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Talk about a story that stands the test of time.

This book belonged to me. How do I know? Check it out. This was when I was learning to write. Notice I tried out two versions of my name. Note to EVERYONE....never call me Rosie.....
Lastly I'll leave you with Santa and the reindeer that saved the day!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Book Parade - Day 16

The story in this book revolves around the lyrics of Jingle Bells. I really thought this book belonged to our son, but since the copyright date is 1965...I don't think so! I do know this came from my mom's house, however I don't remember it as a child so it must be a book she picked up somewhere for her grandchildren to enjoy.

The illustrations are fun! Look at those reindeer lined up in a row getting some rest after their Christmas Eve run!

Lastly, this is another book with music printed in it. It's the last page of text this verses the front and back covers.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Book Parade - Day 15

Another one of our son's Christmas books. This book helps children learn the ABC's through both secular and Christian symbols that stand for Christmas .

Of course, I must share the last letter in the alphabet!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Book Parade - Day 14

Christmas wouldn't be complete without snowman stories! This is another book I purchased at a thrift shop. The funny thing about this book is the price stamped on the cover says 69 cents and the snicker price from say 34 cents. Must have been on sale!

This is a cute story about a snowman who wants to be a Christmas snowman and his nature friends shown on the cover help him out. It has lovely and old fashioned illustration since the copyright date is 1977. Do you agree?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Book Parade - Day 13

This is my all time favorite middle grade Christmas book. I purchased this for myself when it came out in 2009 from the cover alone and the story inside outshines that cover! I laughed and I cried while reading this book.

Even though it's set a few years before I was born, I can certainly relate to many things in the story. I re-read this heartwarming story about holding Christmas in your heart all year.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Book Parade - Day 12

Francis P. Church's response to a little girl's letter sent to The New York Sun touches my heart. I purchased this special edition book for myself and read it every year.

Mr. Church touches on what the TRUE meaning of Santa and Christmas is all about and does it in a way that all ages can understand.

I love the bio section of this book about Francis because it also teaches us another lesson, you can't judge a book by it's cover. Someone, who is described as curmudgeonly, had a sentimental heart that held the TRUE meaning of Christmas. And in his lifetime, he never took credit for the answer to the letter, it wasn't until after his death did the truth come out about the author of this wonderful editorial piece that's been turned into a books and cartoon.

Do you agree with Francis P. Church's description of what Santa Claus is?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Book Parade - Day 11

I'm a huge fan of Ann M. Martin so of course her book, On Christmas Eve, would make my book parade.

Are you a fan of Ann M. Martin? If so, what is your favorite book?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Book Parade - Day 10

This is another book of my son's given to him from his Grandma Ross. I'm going to share the last page of the story with all of you.

So whenever my face feels the first flakes of snow, wherever I am, it's to Grandma's I go.
Where it's always been Christmas, and always will be, for Christmas at Grandma's is Christmas to me.

Do you feel that way about your Grandma's house?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Book Parade - Day 9

Okay so this book isn't a Christmas themed book, but hey, it is about a gingerbread man which always reminds me of Christmas!

The first time I made gingerbread cookies they were so hard you had to dunk them in milk or coffee or something in order to snap off a bite. Since then, I've perfected the dough, but not the icing. I don't have a steady hand or artistic flare or whatever you need to make the cookies look pretty.

Do you like gingerbread cookies? Have you ever made them?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Book Parade - Day 8

I purchased this book because Patricia Hermes was my first writing instructor! I learned so much from her and she was such an encourager.

I'm excited to own this book.

Who was your favorite teacher?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Book Parade - Day 7

This is the weekend for duplicate book copies! Here is another story we have two versions of and I'm not sure why since I had a boy and no girls. HA!

The bottom copy does belong to our son. It was a Christmas gift from his grandparents. I not sure where the top copy came from. What I do know is we have a copy for each granddaughter!

I have never went to the Nutcracker play. Have you?

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Book Parade - Day 6

The Night Before Christmas, Clement C. Moore's famous poem is synonymous with Christmas. Growing up, my sister and I shared this book although I no longer have that version, I do have three different copies of this book.

Two are Little Golden Books. The cover with Santa exiting the chimney belongs to our son. I picked the other copy up at a thrift store (are you seeing a pattern here?).

The third book is a Whitman Tell-A-Tale book. As you can see in the upper right hand corner, it only cost thirty-five cents, so it's an antique. And that is where I purchased this copy, at an antique store.
Do you own more than one version of a book?

Friday, December 5, 2014

Book Parade - Day 5

This is another thrift store purchase with my granddaughters in mind. This book published by Scholastic has several short stories, poems and retold folk tales. Perfect for middle-graders!

Would you have enjoyed this type of book as a child?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Book Parade - Day 4

Here is another old book, but new to me. I picked this up in a thrift shop because I thought our granddaughters would enjoy it. The copyright date on this book is written in Roman numerals. It's a cute story about the elf behind Santa, more than about Santa.

What I found neat about this book is the inside and back cover. It's printed with music and a song about the story!

Have you ever seen a book with music printed in it?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Book Parade - Day 3

Here is a treasured favorite of mine. My mother gave me this for Christmas in 2000. It's a compilation of three of Louisa May Alcott's stories.

The first, and longest, is The Quiet Little Woman.  It is a novella about an orphan girl who wants a home for Christmas. The next two stories, Tilly's Christmas and Rosa's Tale, are lovely short stories.

This book was published by Honor Books in 1999.

The reason that I treasure this book is three-fold. Louisa May Alcott is a favorite of mine. It was the first Christmas without my dad. And now mom is gone too, I read the inscription in her handwriting and it happys my heart.

Do you have a treasured book and why?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Book Parade - Day 2

Okay so this board book is probably considered antique, although I hate to admit that because Santa left it under the Christmas tree for me one year! The copyright date is 1965 by Wonder Books. That is the small writing in Santa's beard.

Here's a look inside.

Do you have any Christmas books from your childhood?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Book Parade - Day 1

It's December! If you follow my blog you know I usually have a Toy Parade from December 1st until December 23rd. I've shared my and my son's favorite toys the last two years. This year I'm shaking it up and sharing some of my favorite Christmas books, some of my son's and hopefully some that will become favorites of my granddaughters!

Many of these will be children's books, but there will be a few adult books included.

To kick things off is Santa is Coming to South Dakota. This book is written by Steve Smallmann and illustrated by Robert Dunn and Alan Brown. It's a fun story about Santa getting lost in a blizzard over South Dakota. The story mentions a few cities and some landmarks in South Dakota!