Holiday gift giving and books go together like peanut butter and jelly, in my opinion, and when a book comes along that is perfect to be given to an entire family, it simply needs to be shared. The Classic Treasury of Childhood Wonders by Susan H. Magsamen is the book, and I hope it finds its way to many families this holiday season.
I love that this is more than just a book to be read with your children, as it includes an assortment of poems, stories, a variety of artwork, even selections from Shakespeare to be shared, in addition to its encouragement for families to extend the reading experiences with related activities.
Divided into five themed sections- Outdoor Exploring; Dream It, Make It; Magic and Make-Believe; Yummy in My Tummy; and Bathtime, Bedtime, Dreamtime- there’s something to interest everyone. There’s even a section for parents that explains how the selections included relate to a skill-based learning program focusing on essential skills for children to develop.
There’s clearly a lot here, and families can opt to use the resources and activities at whatever level with which they’re comfortable. So far, my youngest children and I have been sharing some poems and fingerplays and admiring some of the beautiful pieces of art in these pages. My four year old daughter hopes to do a few of the crafts suggested, which will be perfect for the upcoming cold wintry days. All in all, I believe this book will be consulted again and again, making it a true family treasure.
We’re pleased to offer two copies of The Classic Treasury of Childhood Wonders for giveaway. Leave one comment per person here to be entered (U.S. and Canada residents only, please). The winner will be announced in this column on 12/20.
5 Minutes for Book blogger Dawn’s children look forward to new books every year at Christmas, and she is happy to oblige. Her family’s traditions, and craziness, are shared on her blog, my thoughts exactly.
Disclosure: I received a copy for review purposes.