Thematic Book Baskets
This year- my eyes were opened to the beauty of fireside reading
and the place of the hearth in family culture.
After the launch of our very first fire this winter- I started to envision
our hearth as a place of beauty and inspiration.
This naturally morphed into me securing a sturdy, lovely
basket to hold seasonal and holiday books.
I love literature and it is a primary source for my
ministry to my children. I have been collecting “sets” of books
for special holidays since my oldest were wee little ones.
Over the years, as school as gotten busier in our household,
I have felt saddened that we were not enjoying some of these books as much as I desire.
A beautiful picture book is indeed a work of art. It can elevate the mind and heart to noble thoughts
and encourage toward good deeds. It can give space to think deep thoughts for God and soothe the soul
in taking a quiet moment to peruse.
Quality literatures also serves as a golden cord that binds our hearts together
in mutual experience and understanding.
Enter- the thematic book basket!
I just began this practice and have filled our basket with our treasured Easter holiday books.
It has been sweet to see my children wander over to the small red chairs and sit, at different times,
and pick up something interesting.
I put a book or two in for adult reading as well- and vary the books to provide different interesting reading.
A book basket can be a thing of beauty, reflect the spirit and mood of home, and welcome seasons and
the holidays of our faith in a visual, tangible, and practical way. It gives me great joy to keep our hearth neat
and our books orderly.
I think the book basket can serve as a helpful organization tool for literature based learning.
I am planning on utilizing mine for holidays, seasons, and special topics of interest.
Here is a list of what is in our Easter basket right now:
For Little Ones:
The Story of Easter Board book by Patricia A. Pingry
The Parable of the Lily board book by Liz Curtis Higgs
The Easter Story by Patricia A. Pingry
The Life of Jesus by Pamela Broughton
The Coming of the Holy Spirit Arch Book
For slightly bigger little ones
all of the above and:
Jesus Loves Me illustrated by Tim Warnes
Easter Eggs for Anya by Virginia Kroll
Sing A New Song: A Book of Psalms by Bijou Le Tord
Miss Fannie’s Hat by Jan Karon
The Legend of the Sand Dollar by Chris Auer
The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith (Beautiful, beautiful book!)
For school age children:
all of the above and:
The Story of Easter by Christopher Doyle
The Very First Easter by Paul Maier
He is Alive! by Helen Haidle
The Miracles of Jesus Dover Stained Glass Coloring Book
Tell Me The Story of Jesus by V.Gilbert Beers
and for the grown-ups:
Jesus, Keep Me Near The Cross edited by Nancy Guthrie
Be blessed! ~Rebecca