The last few years I’ve seen more families doing the gifts of three. I love this concept and we’ve been doing a gifts of four. The gifts of three is something you need, something you want and something you read. We’ve been doing something you need, something you want, something you read and something to make a memory with. I think the last two are the most important to our family. At the end of the day, I want my kids to be strong readers (they both already love to read) but I want them to grow their vocabulary as much as possible. This year we’re expanding their gifts of three with Disney Publishing. We were sent a collection of Disney Publishing books to review. All opinions are our own.
Rachael is the bigger reader in our house and will read just about everything she can get her hands on. The first book out of our box was Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker. Rachael flew threw it in no time. Its the first book by Shelly Johannes. Its the first book in the unique, four-color illustrated Beatrice Zinker series. The book has a corky sense of humor throughout where readers will enjoy the endearing story of spunky third-grade Beatrice who ealizes that some friendships are worth risking recess for, and sometimes all it takes is the simplest act of kindness to “turn that frown upside down!” Of course reading it upside down is completely optional!
For me and my stress relief we also received the Art of Coloring: Mickey & Minnie and Art of Coloring: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Both of these books offer several pages of creative coloring pages. The Nightmare Before Christmas book is perfect for those who have a slightly different taste and offers a different way of coloring with the world of Jack Skellington. For those that are more into classic coloring go with the Mickey & Minnie book and have a classic day as you travel the ages of Disney’s classic characters. You can even color Mickey as Steamboat Willie!
Charlie got to enjoy the story of Suspect Red. This summer I took Charlie to the International Spy Museum and he loved it. It awakened a love of all things spy in him. He’s been reading as much as he could about the era of spies and learning all about the different spies. Suspect Red from award-winning and New York Times bestselling author L.M. Elliott breathes new life into a troubling chapter of our history. Elliott’s new middle grade historical spy thriller featrues a visually appealing mixture of media for readers, such as striking photos and political cartoons. This chillingly relatable novel set in the McCarthy era, follows the fictional story of a young boy who must make a crucial choice between trusting authority and his own conscience.
What books would you love to get for your gifts of three this year? Are there other titles from Disney Publishing that you would want to read? I know they have several other coloring books as well as a few other books for younger children. William’s Winter Nap looks like it would be adorable with a series of animals come knocking for a nap!