5 Best Children’s Books For Christmas November 15, 2013 By Karen Andrews 2 Comments Hello! You are welcome to subscribe to my updates for free. Happy reading! Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan A new release by Shaun Tan is always cause for celebration. I like how he isn’t afraid to explore fringes, or probe into the more unsettling or mysterious aspects of our lives, and does so with such superb execution. They aren’t ‘easy’ reads, and neither is this one, but older children and those who are advanced enough to appreciate the nuances won’t be disappointed. The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen This book was released earlier in the year, so we’ve read it already. Many times. Riley and I in particular are big fans, both of the power-duo of the creators and because they’ve managed to make the theme of overcoming fear, a familiar one in picture books, fresh and entertaining. Love it. A Swim in the Sea by Sue Whiting and Meredith Thomas Another book about overcoming fear/nerves, this one tells the story of Bruno’s first ever swim in the sea. A first encounter with the ocean can be a somewhat daunting experience, and given the time of year, many parents will understand and appreciate this tale and how it might be able to help overcome a child’s trepidation. Ruby Redfort: Catch your Death by Lauren Child Keira has made just one Christmas request, and this book is it. Ruby Redfort is an undercover agent, and a brilliant one at that. (Keira has a thing for spy stories.) Catch your Death is number three of a series, and is quite popular among her friends. And to be honest, any book that Keira wants to pick up voluntarily is okay by me. And Lauren Child as the author? Cherry on the top. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell This is exactly the kind of book I think would be great to be read aloud to the kids, as they both still enjoy me doing that. Here’s the synopsis: You know what it’s like when your mum goes away on a business trip and Dad’s in charge. She leaves a really, really long list of what he’s got to do. And the most important thing is Don’t Forget to Get the Milk. Unfortunately, Dad forgets. So the next morning, before breakfast, he has to go to the corner shop, and this is the story of why it takes him a very, very long time to get back. Featuring: Professor Steg (a time-travelling dinosaur), some green globby things, the Queen of the Pirates, the famed jewel that is the Eye of Splod, some wumpires, and a perfectly normal but very important carton of milk. Sounds like great, Gaiman-fun. Karen AndrewsKaren Andrews is the creator of Karen Andrews. This is one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country and is a two-time finalist in the Best Australian Blogs competition. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Is an exercise junkie (when she finds the time). « 5 Best Nonfiction Books For ChristmasTop Songs To Listen To While Running »Comments Emma says November 15, 2013 at 3:23 pm Great list, lovely tips for christmas. I love your mum blog Reply Karen Andrews says November 19, 2013 at 10:25 am Thanks Emma Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name * Email * Website Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong> Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.