For a number of years now we’ve been giving our children Stacks of Books for Christmas or Epiphany. As our home library (and family size!) continues to grow the stacks for each child have started shrinking. Last year there were four books in each stack and this year we decided on three for each of our children, saving any extras for Easter which is going to come up so quick this year.

I always love sharing the books we’ve picked out so here is the list for this year: 

Captain (age 17) received Battlefield Chaplains, John Flanagan’s newest release The Caldera from the Brotherband Series, and Peanuts Mad Libs.

Ranger (age 15) received The Hobbit Movie Trilogy: Heroes & Villains Coloring Book, A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-191, and The Perfect Blindside.

Twinkle Toes (age 14) received Emily of New Moon, Emily Climbs, and Emily’s Quest.

Chiquita (age 12) received The Chronicles of Narnia Pop Up, National Geographic Guide to the Night Sky: A Stargazer’s Companion, and the (new and improved!) Spiritual Journal from Holy Heroes.

I had actually purchased The Chronicles of Narnia Pop Up (from Ebay I think) last spring for her 12th birthday to go along with the Chronicles of Narnia themed party but completely forgot to give it to her. Such a neat book!

Snuggles (age 10) received Picture That: Knights & Castles (Exploring History through Art), John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien, and On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness.

I’ve been catching this little guy wide awake in the middle of the night as he reads through The Lord of the Rings series… He is currently reading (and loving!) The Two Towers. (Hard to believe I was ever worried about his reading just a couple years ago!) He was so excited when he unwrapped this picture book about J.R.R. Tolkien and immediately read the whole thing, ignoring all the chaos around him.

Rose (age 8) received Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, and Pride and Prejudice Seek and Find.

Still searching through the pictures! 

Bud (age 6) received Winter is the Warmest Season, Mr. Ferris and His Wheel, and The Seven Silly Eaters. He loved all three, but Mr. Ferris and His Wheel (the story and all the gorgeous illustrations) was definitely the favorite.

Grace (7 months) received Jonah and the Big Fish, All Creatures Great and Small, and Love Is Patient, Love Is Kind.


  1. Aimee Landreneau

    Snuggles will LOVE The Wingfeather Saga!! It's our most favorite series that we've read together. I read them aloud about 18 months ago, and we've all reread them on our own (the kids have reread them multiple times.)

    2018-02-01 11:44:41

  2. Corrine

    Wonderful collection of some great books! Ill be adding some of these to our wishlist.

    2018-02-01 15:25:53

  3. Joseph Norman

    As a dad who loved to purchase books for our children (now adults), I enjoy these posts. And I still buy children and young adult books! Couldn't help but also notice the wood roombox and wooden tree with birds. Mind sharing on where these items came from? Thanks, Joe N.

    2018-02-01 15:59:28

  4. Jessica Gordon

    I purchased it after seeing the pictures from one of your children's birthday parties based on the books!

    2018-02-01 17:36:27

  5. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you, Corrine! It's always fun to shop for books.

    2018-02-01 17:37:08

  6. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you, Joseph! Our daughter received the Fairy Tale Cottage Dollhouse for her 7th birthday. She's been receiving a little bird under her pillow each time she loses a tooth and so we gave her the Bird Tree (to place the wooden birds on) this last December for her 8th birthday. The tree and figures are made by Ostheimer in Germany. I purchased them all from The Wooden Wagon. They are expensive little toys, but heirloom quality and I always watch for coupon codes leading up to Christmas. She had decorated the cottage for Advent so we moved it out near our tree for the Christmas season!

    2018-02-01 17:44:26

  7. Joan

    I love reading your posts on books purchased for your children. Joan

    2018-02-01 19:50:35

  8. Marion

    Thank You for this post. Love to see the books the children have received. Many of the books look like ones I would like. Marion

    2018-02-01 23:20:20

  9. Marilyn

    Those books are all so nice. You choose such interesting and charming books for each individual child. I love those covers on the "Emily" series. I have those books but not with those covers. God Bless you and yours. Marilyn

    2018-02-01 23:25:23

  10. Debbie

    Jessica this is such a wonderful tradition that you share with your children on the Feast of Epiphany. All look to be such great book selections with such a nice range of stories from teens to babies. It is always so much fun to look for books for children. I enjoy reading children's books myself. It has to be the Grandmother in me…(smile) Special photos of all of your sweet children.

    2018-02-05 18:39:35


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