2019 Christmas Books

2019 Christmas Books

I didn’t get to list the titles of the books pictured above that were listed in my Christmas 2019 sidebar: The Giver of Holy Gifts by Kristine Hastings Knudsen, illustrations from paintings in the BYU Museum of Art Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto, illustrated…

We need a little Finnish Christmas

We need a little Finnish Christmas

We had a sweet visit with our Finnish “grandmother” today. She is truly an angel! She is either ninety or turning ninety this year, and she is just remarkable. She has aches and pains and challenges but doesn’t like to speak of them. She told…

Bits or coals in our mouths

Bits or coals in our mouths

Today in Primary music time, I was teaching the children about how Heavenly Father wants us to use our lips, teeth, tongues. I tried to explain about bits in horses’ mouths to steer them. Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may…

Under Construction

Under Construction

I want to make my site easier to use and easier to find stuff that you are looking for! I changed the entire website theme and am catching up with those changes, but don’t worry: while we live with road and building construction constantly in…

Thankful

Thankful

Thankful by Eileen Spinelli. Illustrated by Archie Preston. “The poet is thankful for words that rhyme./The children, for morning story time….The dancer is thankful. She loves the beat/that stirs her heart and hips and feet..” I love this book chock full of happy illustrations that…

The Giver of Holy Gifts

The Giver of Holy Gifts

The Giver of Holy Gifts by the BYU Museum of Art. This slightly larger board book, produced by the BYU Museum of Art, is a beautiful introduction to sacred art with prose that is at once accessible and inspiring to the youngest reader: “He gives you…

Over the River and Through the Woods

Over the River and Through the Woods

Over the River and Through the Woods by Lydia Maria Child, illustrated with woodcuts by Christopher Manson. I love the incredible woodcut print illustrations in this traditional Thanksgiving song! Did you know it was originally written as a Christmas poem? For a more in-depth review of…

The Ox-Cart Man

The Ox-Cart Man

The Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall. Illustrated by Barbara Cooney. The Ox-Cart Man. What I love about this story is the historical review of what families had to do in order to live back not too many generations ago: plant what you eat, wear, and…

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman. Marjorie Priceman takes us on a whimsical journey around the world with a girl who wants to make an apple pie but doesn’t have the ingredients and the local market is closed.…

Those Shoes

Those Shoes

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts. Illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Jeremy lives with his grandmother dreams of wearing the “cool” shoes that other boys in his school get, one by one. His grandmother can’t afford them. One day when his shoes fall apart during kickball,…