Once again Hilary Knight's illustrations make the most engaging book. The 12 days of Christmas told through a couple of bears and a large victorian house. (Have I mentioned how much we love books that show the inside rooms of houses?) It takes me forever to read this to the kids because I have to spend time looking at the pictures. The last page is a pull-out and there's a biographical blurb about Hilary's own family at the back.
Another offering from Jan Brett. More Nordic inspired illustrations and a story about one of Santa's helpers, a girl named Teeka, who gets the job of taking care of Santa's reindeer. She has to prepare them for their Christmas Eve flight but they prove wild and unruly at first. Like all her other books, Brett has extra illustrations that tell a story along the edges of the page. The ones in this book show toys being made and a countdown to Christmas day.
This book is a collection of her distinctive country/victorian pictures and various Christmas poems, recipes, carols, and sayings. I really just like looking at the drawings and wishing that I could dress Charlotte like them!
I absolutely love Gyo Fujikawa's illustrations. We started a steady collection of her books a few years ago. We have several versions of this poem by Clement C. Moore and each one is fantastic. (I'll try to list them all).
Winter in the country is so quiet. The snow slows everything down. Birds are silent and serious. Dogs stay in their warm houses. Children want cocoa and blankets. Everyone is ready for something really special.
I have one husband, three children, two cats and a house full of too many books to count. I love to read, ride my bike, bake, develop my own photographs, and I've been known to neglect all housework to play with my kids.