There are always books under our Christmas tree, because adding to the family library is something we’ll never stop doing! I have a few unique books to share with you today, just in case you want something a little bit different this year. I discovered all of these books in 2020 and so they will probably be new to you as well!
The Wreck of the Essex – Two hundred years ago, the Nantucket whaling ship Essex was attacked and sunk by an enraged sperm whale. Considered one of the most exciting sea stories of all time, it was the inspiration for Melville’s Moby Dick. The Wreck of the Essex is the very first novel of author K.F. Griffin and is packed with hair-raising action. I just bought this book for my teens and plan to read it myself because I’m a huge fan of nautical lore and fiction!
How to Draw a Reindeer and Other Christmas Creatures – Lulu Mayo’s “drawing with simple shapes” series has a brand new addition, just in time for Christmas! This book shows readers how to draw quirky, kawaii-style Christmas characters in any easy and inspiring way. Draw various creatures by using simple shapes—such as circles, ovals, rectangles, and triangles—and how to personalize them by adding your own details. Both adults and children can use their newfound art skills to create cards and gifts and more!
Historical Graphic Novels – Timberdoodle’s huge collection of graphic novels look and feel like high-quality comics but teach important lessons to your children as they make history come alive. Starting at just $7.75, you’ll be able to start your child’s library at a very reasonable cost. My boys love these types of books, especially the military stories! Graphic novels are also an ideal way to encourage reluctant readers to pick up and enjoy a book.
The Little Dancer – One of Degas’s most celebrated works comes to life in this vibrantly illustrated story of the young ballerina who inspired the artist. This book tells the fictional story of a young girl named Jeanne who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer. Olivier Desvaux’s expressive illustrations, which recall Degas paintings, bring readers into Jeanne’s world–the studio where she spends her days, the tiny apartment where she sleeps with her mother, and Mr. D’s atelier, where he preserves her story forever. Readers will learn about the life of a young dancer in 19th-century Paris, and at the end of the book they will learn even more about Degas’s famous wax sculpture, “The Little Dancer.”
Fairy Tales Retold (Regina Doman) – If you loved fairy tales as a child, or still do, you’ve probably often pondered the whys and hows behind the stories and the characters. In her fantastic and gripping fairy tale novelizations, Doman gives you that deeper glimpse. Full of action, human interest and intrigue, teens and adults alike will enjoy being immersed in their favorite fairy tales with a modern twist. Our favorites are The Shadow of the Bear, The Midnight Dancers and Waking Rose. Doman’s Catholic worldview underscores the series, so no worries about objectionable content!
And now for the giveaway! With Christmas shopping season in full swing, I bet you could use a $50 Amazon gift card! Use the form below to get your entries in for the giveaway. Good luck and have a blessed Advent!
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