What a roller coaster of a week. I missed a post this week because of total exhaustion and overwork, we welcomed cousin Ava (hoorah!), and yesterday's events in Newtown have left me and every other parent I know deeply shaken. We were out and about in Manhattan today, feeling both joy in the holiday atmosphere and the strange dissonance of knowing about unspeakable tragedy and needing to go on and prepare for Christmas.
Because, as you've been posting from the retail front lines, the holidays are upon us!
Earlier this week, a friend expecting her second child emailed to ask me if I had some recommendations for books about older siblings welcoming younger ones into the family. Yes! I emailed back immediately. In fact, we have a whole list! I directed her to our Picture Book list, and advised her to scroll down to "New Baby Books." She responded with thanks, and a lovely Facebook post in which she applauds our lists. At the risk of being self-serving, I'll quote from it here:
the book lists she has compiled are astounding! books for babies, picture books, learning to read, early chapter books, not to mention subcategories like "awesomely british," "books with holes in them," "books with racially diverse/mostly non-white characters," and "mice who like to use human things." just when you thought you had read them all, i promise you haven't even come close. behold this wonderful resource then go and refresh the bookshelves of your favorite kiddos at your local book store.
I love putting together these lists, categorizing and adding to them as we post each week. After more than two years and 500 blog entries, they're pretty comprehensive. So here's my plug for tonight: readers, check out our book lists, over there to the right, as you're finishing up your Christmas shopping! It's the next best thing to being able to walk into Child's Play and have a face-to-face conversation with you, Aunt Debbie.