Stacks of Books on Christmas Morning

by | Mar 10, 2016 | Books, Christmas 2015, Christmas Picture Books, Picture Books, Stacks of Books for Christmas | 0 comments

Speaking of books, I think I’m going to just copy and paste the beginning of last year’s Stacks of Books on Christmas Morning post and update the pictures, book titles, and links! I’m still way “behind” on all the posts I’d love to finish and share… #impossiblegoals 😉 
I realized, while putting together this year’s Baskets of Books for Easter, that I never did share the list of books our children received for Christmas. Since I already had this post almost completed in my drafts folder, I decided to finish it up and share it with you all now. Hmmm… I also need to finish the post with the rest of the boys’ books/bookshelves… and many others!

Anyway, in 2013 I was inspired by Charlotte to give each of our children a “Stack of Books” as one of their Christmas gifts. Our children loved the stacks of books (at least most of them!) and we ended up giving them more this last Christmas! Here are the books they unwrapped: 

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.: Captain – Age 15 :.

Dogfight: The Greatest Air Duels of World War II 

Sean picked out this book from the Bargain Books at Barnes and Noble. 

These two books are also available directly from St. Augustine Academy Press. 

To the Heights: A Novel Based on the Life of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati 

I thought Captain would like to learn more about this inspiring young man, especially after dressing up as him this past All Saints Day!
Captain America Hardback Journal

.: Ranger – Age 13 :. 
This lovely picture book is out of print, but I purchased a “like new” copy for our Redwall Fan’s collection. He enjoyed reading it to his younger siblings!
Of all the books in his stack this past Christmas, this was his favorite! I think it gave him some new ideas for the Cathedral (pictures here and here) he’s been working on this past year!
Another continuation of a series of books included in his 2014 Stack of Books for Christmas.

.: Twinkle Toes – Age 12 :. 

Finding Grace  (Caution: see Marie’s note in comments.)  

Another addition to our large collection of Bethlehem Books! 
This was a gift from my friend and author Nancy . I pre-read it and then gave it to our oldest daughter for Christmas, ordering the other book by Laura Pearl (Finding Grace linked above) for her as well. I think she will enjoy reading this historical novel. 
This was a gift from author Suzie Andres. (Suzie’s husband happened to be one of my professors at Christendom College in Virginia and her brother happens to live in my childhood home in California!)  I haven’t had a chance to read it yet myself, but plan to as soon as TT’s finished! 
Twinkle Toes really enjoyed reading this story about an ordinary princess whose Father’s Great-Great-Great Grandmother was Sleeping Beauty!

.: Chiquita – Age 10 :.

Becky Landers: Frontier Warrior

It looks like this book is out of print at the moment. I’ve been saving it in a box in my closet (along with quite a few other Bethlehem Books) for years… 

The Ranch of the Golden Flowers

Another story by Miss Skinner, author of Becky Landers, this  book was recently released by Bethlehem Books. 

Riddle at the Rodeo
Chiquita is still talking about this book! She loved it. 


A Day on Skates: The Story of a Dutch Picnic

Holy Heroes Spiritual Diary (Jan-Apr) 

This diary was from Holy Heroes. They are currently taking orders for the next two diaries here.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

.: Snuggles – Age 8 :. 

Magic Marks the Spot (The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates)

Out of print hardcover. I was excited to find a copy in great condition for our collection. 
Also available directly from St. Augustine Academy Press
We recently studied Degas and Rose, recognizing his art, excitedly ran back to her bedroom to grab her new book! 

Silent as a Stone: Mother Maria of Paris and the Trash Can Rescue
Written by Jim Forest, author of Saint George and the Dragon and Saint Nicholas and the Nine Gold Coins!

Our old paperback copy of this book had seen better days. It was time to replace it with the hardcover edition! 

God Bless Our Christmas

I love these beautiful and inspiring little books.  They make excellent Easter Basket stuffers too! 


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