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dot and anorak magazine + giveaway

If we love anything, it's a design-centric magazine for kids and their parents.  Magazines provide a fresh perspective from artists and writers, featuring their newest work and ideas.  This week we’re enjoying flipping through Dot and Anorak, whose engaging stories, puzzles, games, creative projects, imaginative prompts and interactive pages are perfect for a road trip or an afternoon out at a cafe, paired with a cozy hot chocolate and croissant.  Anorak is for 6 to 12-year-old readers and Dot is its younger counterpart, perfect for little ones.

Be sure to check out the international Dot and Anorak giveaway going on at @littlelitbookseries.  It ends Thursday, December 8, at 11:59 PST.


a merry christmas and other christmas stories

A Merry Christmas and Other Christmas Stories | Avery and Augustine

Sharing Louisa May Alcott’s A Merry Christmas and Other Christmas Stories in honor of her birthday this week.  Does anyone else like to watch Little Women around this time of the year?  I try to watch it at least once during the month of December.

“A Merry Christmas collects the treasured holiday tales of Louisa May Alcott, from the dearly familiar Yuletide benevolence of Marmee and her 'little women' to the timeless 'What Love Can Do,' wherein the residents of a boarding house come together to make a lovely Christmas for two poor girls. Wildly popular at the time of their publication—readers deluged Alcott with letters demanding sequels—and drawing on Alcott’s family and experiences in the abolitionist and women’s suffrage movements, these stories have the authentic texture and detail of Christmas in nineteenth-century America, while their emphasis on generosity and charity make them timeless embodiments of the Christmas spirit.”

Be sure to check out what is sharing for this week's #classicchapterbooks.



Carolina Rabei’s whitewashed snowy scenes serve as the perfect backdrop for Georgian poet Walter de la Mare’s poem Snow.  Her warm palette of reds, beiges, grays and blacks bring a buoyancy, joy and lightheartedness that make you want to engage in the cheerful raillery portrayed on the pages of this magical book.

“No breath of wind,

No gleam of sun – 

Still the white snow

Whirls softly down”

Snow is from Walter de la Mare’s poetry collection Peacock Pie.  This illustrated version is by Carolina Rabei and published by Faber & Faber.


animal doctors

A fascinating look at how animals heal themselves.  Blue jays will place live stinging ants among their feathers which serve as a kind of antiseptic shampoo against parasites.  Rhinos are prone to sunburn and insect bites and they use a coating of mud as a natural sunblock to protect themselves from the sun’s rays and bugs.  After you read Animal Doctors, you might figure out why your own dog or cat at home have the quirky habits they do.  A highly informative and interesting read for kids (and adults).

Animal Doctors: Incredible Ways Animals Heal Themselves was written by Angie Trius and Mark Doran, illustrated by Julio Antonio Blasco and published by Laurence King.


lit joy crate giveaway

This is our first LitJoy Crate ever, and we were beyond elated to find Sam Winston and Oliver Jeffers’ ode to literature, A Child of Books, in this month’s box!  It’s an extraordinary and meaningful work, and a tribute to the words and art in books and formative role storytelling play in all of our lives.  We’re looking forward to getting lost in its beautiful words and otherworldly typographical landscapes.  Btw, there's one other surprise not pictured here that came in this month's box.

We are partnering with LitJoy Crate for a giveaway to spread the joy and love of reading that their company champions.  The winner will receive one of their past children’s crates.  This giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only and ends on Wednesday, November 30 at 11:59 PM PST.  Head over to Instagram to enter!