Great Children’s Books to Give

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My sweet and wonderful friend Sarah (mother of two) compiled a list of her favorite children’s books for me to share with you as it’s one of the best gifts to give a child this holiday! My baby shower was a book theme so I added a couple others here I like (and received for Henry).  I can’t wait until he’s old enough to read with!  If you have a favorite please leave the title in comments so we can gather a great knowledge base for everyone to access! :)

 

Age 0+

Polar Bear What Do You Hear

Dear Zoo

Each Peach Pear Plum

The Goodnight Train

Goodnight Moon

I Took the Moon For a Walk

Goodnight Gorilla

One Gorilla

Your Baby’s First Words will Be Dada

Naptime with Theo and Beau

Age 2+

The Circus Ship

Sleep Like a Tiger

Harold and the Purple Crayon

This is Not a Box

Officer Buckles and Gloria

Snowy Day

Counting Lions

Paris: A Book of Shapes

Press Here

Age 3 -5

Polar

Rosie Revere Engineer

Iggy Peck Architect

What Do You Do With An Idea?

Pool

Counting Lions

Secret Pizza Party

Dragons Love Tacos

Beekle

Blueberries for Sal

Flotsam

Journey

Quest

Count the Monkeys

The Jolly Postman

And here are some bookcases and wall storage to help display all these great titles in your child’s room!

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Book Review: Gracious Rooms

My dad picked this book, Gracious Rooms by Barbara Westbrook up for me last week and I was so glad he did. It isn’t one that I would have necessarily bought myself but I LOVED it. Barbara Westbrook is one classy lady with a very specific and refined sense of style. Very grown up, traditional and yet interesting and luxurious. The images really spoke to me- so if you have anyone on your holiday gift list that likes design (and specifically this style) this book would be a great gift.
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Here are some amazing spaces by Barbara to whet your appetite…

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The Blogger Book Club: Emily Henderson

I’ll admit that I don’t read many blog anymore due to my insane schedule- and like a lot of you probably do- when my work day is over I want to something not work related. But when I do find time, I go right to the long-time partners in the blog trenches whose work I really admire. Emily Henderson is one of those people. I LOVE her. Her sunny smile, disposition, funny voice and amazing talent are what makes her the superstar she is. So I was not surprised when I heard she was doing a book and knew it would be just as awesome as she is. (And she managed not only to release Styled, her fun, fab new book but also give birth to her daughter all in the same time frame!

What I love about design is how different we all do it.  Emily’s colorful, California cool vibe is so different from what I do day-to-day but I adore it.  You know when you look at images of spaces so different from your own and think “Man, I want to live like THAT! I would be so much cooler if my house was like that one!” :)  That’s how I feel about the spaces in Emily’s book.

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And it’s a mix of spaces by different designers that look cohesive due to Emily’s ninja styling skills.  This book is more about styling your space, not top to bottom design.  Basically, how to get your space to look as “done” as those you see in magazines.  I think that last 10% of design (the styling) tends to be the hardest for people to do- which is what makes this book handy!

Having been through the book process I know what it’s like to have to pick certain images to use and others that you have to trash.  It’s painful!  You have all these fantastic shots but for one reason or another some end up on the cutting room floor.  Emily sent over these exclusive outtakes from her book editing process- ones that didn’t make it in but that she still loves.

This one is SO good- can you imagine sitting her with a glass of wine after a long day and looking at a magazine or chatting with friends? DIE.
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Two Books to Add to Your Coffee Table

Or your bookshelf. Wherever you keep your favorite design books (like mine, perhaps, *ahem*).  This fall we will see many of my favorite bloggers release books, including these two- Lauren Liess’ Habitat and Eddie Ross’ Modern Mix.  I was lucky to get advance copies of both of these and can tell you they are both AMAZING, AWESOME and ones you need to purchase.  Knowing how much work, drive and tears goes into getting a book completed and published, I am so happy to help promote these gorgeous tomes.

First up, Lauren’s book.  The cover is beautiful and the interior only gets more so. She is such a crazy talent- the girls in my office ripped this package open faster than a Kardashian can take a selfie.  We all oooohhhed and ahhhhhhed over all of Lauren’s gorgeous work.

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There is so much fantastic layering of textures and antiques in her rooms.  And this book also has tons of tips, advice and sources to help you acquire this look.

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15 Great Reads.

Reading is one of the few activities that really allows my brain to take a break from over-thinking (ok, other than Angry Birds).  I’ve been a voracious reader almost as long as I can remember and probably plow through a book a week even at my busiest times.  I always make time to read before I go to bed at night- sometimes for 10 minutes, other times for two hours (when I’m reading something REALLY amazing).  Nothing is more relaxing to me.  So I thought I’d pull together some of my most favorite reads from over the years for you in case you are looking for a good book.  I omitted some of the obvious ones ( Eat, Pray, Love and Unbroken, the two biggies that I’ve talked about many times) and some most recent reads I really enjoyed (like Amy Poehler’s awesomely funny book and the new Jodi Picoult that was really quite good!)  This is a mix of really deep, sad, funny, scary, light and introspective reads that I think stand the test of time.  What are some of your all time favorite books?

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The Kitchen House– A fantastic book about slavery and the power of taking risks and standing up for what you believe in.

The Language of Flowers– Phenomenally lovely. A must for any woman.

She’s Come Undone- The first book I remember being totally bowled over by. I haven;t read it in 20 years and will re-read it again soon.

Sharp Objects– I loved Gone Girl, but I loved this one MORE. So messed up, creepy and will keep you up reading all night to finish it.

Room– Tough to read if you are a mother (I assume) but a truly awesome book. Wow.

Girl With A Pearl Earring– I didn’t read this for years assuming it was boring. It was NOT.  Wonderfully nuanced and very interesting.

The Light Between Oceans– I talk about this book ALL THE TIME. Amazing. Fascinating. A tale that leaves you wondering what YOU would do and the difference between right and wrong. I pray this becomes a movie.

Cutting For Stone– A heavy, dense read that takes a little time to get into but then it swallows you whole. Patience pays off with this one. Incredible.

The Orphan Train– I just read this recently and LOVED it. An interesting and trying story about children, family and bravery.

Bossypants– Do I even need to go into this one? :)

The Prince of Tides– A classic… for a reason! I just read it last year and LOVED Conroy’s writing.

Me Talk Pretty One Day– My favorite from one of my favorite writers.  The book that made me fall in love with humorous short story writing.

Little Bee– Brutally moving and phenomenally written. Beats your heart up, but SO incredible.

A Girl Named Zippy– A little book that gave me HUGE laughs. Not many other people have read this, and I can’t remember who told me to read it but I’m glad they did.

The Good House– A really engaging tale of alcoholism and family… I know that doesn’t sound awesome, but it really is!