We wish all of you a lovely Thanksgiving! Like most of you, we have had a wonderfully busy fall, filled with homework, orchestra performances, family visits, new work adventures and, of course, books!
Tonight, the three of us will gather on the couch for one of our favorite holiday traditions. Each year, we read a book as a family beginning on Thanksgiving night and finishing on Christmas Eve. What a delightful way to make sure we spend time together in the quiet of each night. The holidays can be so filled with hustle and bustle, we forget to take a deep breath every once in awhile and just be with one another.
For the last four years, we've read one of our absolute favorite books, Rascal by Sterling North. If you haven't read it, please seek it out. It's a sweet story about a boy and his raccoon, largely biographical, that beautifully captures small town, Midwestern life as World War I is winding down. It's also a wonderful book to read aloud.
This year, we've decided to read two Christmas classics: A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas and Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Though the tales are familiar, we've never read the original versions together and can't wait to experience the rich language and masterful storytelling.
Consider choosing a family favorite or two to share together each night this season. It's a great way to end the day.
We haven't had as much time to devote to Family Reads recently as we'd like and it will likely remain a bit quiet over the next few months, but we hope you're still able to find many new books to explore in the nearly 150 reviews we've published. Just browse our categories and levels to find what you're looking for. Keep reading and stay in touch!