We have a long history of reading in my family. Growing up, every year for Christmas we would get books from my maternal grandparents. You can still go to my parent's house, pull a book off the kids' bookshelf and usually find an inscription on the inside: "Merry Christmas, Kristyn! Christmas 1981". Even when they stopped sending books and just sent a small amount of money, I would still use it to buy books. Once they started sending the great-grandchildren money for birthdays, I would use it for books.
Before I had kids I worked in the schools and bought a lot of books from the Scholastic Book orders. It was like Christmas everytime we ordered books, I would pick a few out and then write them off as an occupational expense.
I still love giving and getting books. Here are just a few favorites--if I tried to post every book I love we may be here for awhile!
For the baby crowd:
Emma went through a "cowgirl" phase when she was about 3.5 years old. One of my favorite books for a little cow girl is
I found this book at a local children's store for Emma a few years ago. It is perfect for the non-vegetable lover and her mom, who may not like vegetables much, either.