The following is by editor Kara Fleck.
It is getting to be that time of year again, when lists are made and checked twice and things are starting to look a little bit merrier and brighter.
This year, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite picks for kids in the coming weeks, but today I wanted to focus on gifts for a special group of grown ups, specifically, my favorite books from 2011 for parents.
If you’re on my Christmas list, and you know who you are, no peeking past this point, okay?
Here are three of my favorite books for parents that have been released this past year:
1. Made To Play!
One of my favorite websites is Joel Henriques’ Made by Joel, especially the paper cities, so I was pretty excited for his book Made to Play! Handmade Toys and Crafts for Growing Imaginations. With paper, wood, and fabric and the 35 projects in this book, you and your kids are all set for fun.
I love that the projects in this book are simple to create, made with materials you probably already have around the house, and encourage imagination.
I also think it is pretty great that this is the kind of book that my husband and I can use to create toys for our kids, or we can also hand it over to our ten year old who loves to create for herself and her siblings, too.
2. The Rhythm of Family
The Rhythm of Family: Discovering a Sense of Wonder Through the Seasons has a little bit of something for every parent, I think. From crafting projects to kitchen projects to the beautiful, thought provoking seasonal essays written by parents Amanda and Stephen Soule, this book is a gentle invitation to slow down, enjoy your kids, and each season of the year and of life.
You can read a review of The Rhythm of Family that I wrote earlier this year here.
3. Playful Learning
Written by Mariah Bruehl, who is a Simple Kids contributor, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder is the third book that I’ll be giving the parents on my gift list this year.
I’ll admit that I’m a little biased because I think quite highly of Mariah, but I truly think this is one of those books that belongs on every parent’s bookshelf. I have been reading my copy and making notes likes crazy, and making some changes here and there around the house, getting so many new ideas and inspiration from her.
On My Wish List
What books are on my wish list this year? Well, Santa, if you’re reading this, I wouldn’t mind finding copies of these books under the tree:
- Make Stuff Together: 24 Simple Projects to Create as a Family by Bernadette Noll
- Big Little Felt Universe: Sew It, Stuff It, Squeeze It, Fun! by Jeanette Lim
- The Idle Parent: Why Laid-Back Parents Raise Happier and Healthier Kids by Todd Hodgkinson
- The Big Book of Knitted Monsters by Rebecca Danger I think my son Max would love playing with every one of these as much as I would enjoy making them
What titles are on your list of favorite new books from the past year? Will you be giving any books? Asking for any for yourself?