What’s in Your Stocking?

I don’t know about you, but even before I was an author, my favorite thing to give as Christmas gifts were books.

I passed on these cuties to my little nieces and nephews when Mr. Houston and I were first married.

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Parts by Tedd Arnold

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

 

So this year I thought I’d make a list of what I chose for my kiddos as well as recommendations for the older reader on your list.

For my littlest, I love buying board books in a set. He loves being able to read about his favorite characters and if he can tote it along, he’s even happier.

Thomas Board Books

Thomas Board Books

For my littlest girl I found these amazing beginning readers. I absolutely love Kevin Henkes’ characters and stories so I was thrilled to find these for her. There are a few more available in this same series.

Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes

Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes

My oldest daughter and I have long been Fancy Nancy fans. As she’s graduated into chapter books, we’re delighted to find Nancy coming along. This is one of her new offerings.

Fancy Nancy Sees the Future by Jane O'Connor

Fancy Nancy Sees the Future by Jane O’Connor

And I found this by Shannon Hale and COULD NOT RESIST! She has some free short stories for Kindle too. I LOVE Shannon’s middle grade fiction.

The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale

The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale

Another great one to check out for MG is Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman.

Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman

Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman

My oldest son likes the newest DWK and the third book in Tyler Whiteside’s Janitors series.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney

Curse of the Broomstaff by Tyler Whitesides

Curse of the Broomstaff by Tyler Whitesides

And for the older readers, let me recommend my book A Heart So Broken for a sizzling contemporary romance with tender self discovery. It is the perfect stocking stuffer with the promise of keeping you up late into the night to read one more page.

A Heart So Broken by Christene Houston

A Heart So Broken by Christene Houston

Regency Romance lovers will fall hard for Julianne Donaldson’s second book Blackmoore. I just loved it!

Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson

Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson

Okay, so there’s my list – though honestly I could go on and on. I love great books! What do you love reading? What kind of books do you love to hand to your kids? Remember to order your copy of A Heart So Broken today!

1 Comment

  1. heather
    Dec 17, 2013

    Christene, what A lovely holiday post. Your selections for the kiddos and grouping them by ages… Perfect! As a young girl, I love Judy Blume and my own children loved the critter books (mom did typo because they talk about things like friendship and fear and good social, familial, or life lessons).

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