These are just some of the new books that were given and received for Christmas. (A few others have become scattered around the house, taken upstairs to read, etc. and I was too lazy to round them up for a photo op.)
Santa was very into book-giving this year. (Perhaps he reads this blog.) For Betty and Boo, he had these in his sack:
Several of the My Weird School books by Dan Gutman (they are very into this series, and they are among the ones upstairs right now)
Several of the books from Francesca Simon's Horrid Henry series, including
Horrid Henry's Christmas
Horrid Henry's Underpants
Horrid Henry and the Mega Mean Time Machine
Horrid Henry and the Mummy's Curse
Horrid Henry and the Stinkbomb
Two Roald Dahl books - Fantastic Mr. Fox and The BFG (Betty's class just finished reading The BFG, and she was thrilled to get her own copy.)
Santa also brought Taylor Swift: Love Story for Betty, and for Boo, a book about Duke Ellington with 21 different activities to do.
A few days ago, packages arrived from my aunt and uncle - Betty got a booklight and Meet Julie (one of the newest American Girls ... from 1974! I remember 1974, so I have a little bit of hard time accepting this particular year as historical.) For Boo, If I Only Had a Horn: Young Louis Armstrong and a booklight.
From my in-laws, I got Stephanie O'Dea's Make It Fast, Cook It Slow (based on her wonderful blog). I also gave this one to my mom (and made two recipes out of it before it was wrapped).
The Dean got Paul McCartney: A Life from his parents.
And rounding the pile out, more books from my mom. For the kids:
The Tallest of Smalls, by Max Lucado
Henry and the Paper Route, by Beverly Cleary
Socks, by Beverly Cleary
The Report Card
You Can't Eat Your Chicken Pox, Amber Brown! by Paula Danzinger
And for me, a book of short stories (Ford County, by John Grisham) and two more cookbooks, The White House Cookbook (which is really neat ... it's a re-issue of the 1894 edition of the White House cookbook from Grover Cleveland's time in the White House), and Vegetarian, which has some gorgeous photos.