Books are for Sharing

December 5, 2023

Holiday time … a time we search for special presents for children and grandchildren … nothing better than a beautiful book, a gift enjoyed again and again or a book that makes you laugh or sigh, as child and adult share memories and moments.

I have several books to recommend, special books written by author friends, Dianne White and Stephanie Parsley Ledyard.

The Sharing Book and Dark on Light

Dark on Light , illustrated by Felicita Sala, is a delightful nighttime romp that invites you to join in. Imagine being outside searching for a puppy that has wandered away. Imagine the magic of a flashlight in the darkness of night as you search under trees, behind bushes, and maybe even shine up at the dark velvet sky. Quiet and hush surrounds you, even “Silent the owl. Still the night. Dark the meadow beneath its flight.” Enjoy this delightful book with a young listener in the evening with flashlight in hand, take a walk together into the night. Listen. Look. See the world anew.

Dianne’s The Sharing Book, illustrated by Simone Shin, shows families and friends camping together, cooking, exploring, and sharing special little interactions. Each page shows a delightful moment of kindness shared: “The visuals of more diverse families enjoying the outdoors together is valuable ….” (The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books)

Pie is for Sharing and Superbaby

Another special “sharing” book is Pie is for Sharing written by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard and illustrated by the award-winning illustrator Jason Chin.

I found within the pages of Pie is for Sharing a sense of renewed hope in the basic values of who we are and what we care about as a nation. Sharing a piece of pie — what a delicious symbol of how we care about each other, about family and friendships, about climbing trees and skinned knees, and about sharing our abundance with others.

For a fun, fun read, and a delightful gift for new (or old) parents, try Superbaby, Stephanie’s newest picture book, illustrated by Lincoln Agnew. Many of us parents and grandparents, aunts or uncles, will quickly recognize the unending energy, curiosity, chaos, and joy that toddlers create. As you read Superbaby, you will soon be shaking your head in sympathy while laughing — perhaps a bit thankful that this Superbaby stays safely between the book covers.

 Books are gifts enjoyed again and again — first as a child and then as a parent or grandparent. I hope you enjoy sharing a new book – or a favorite old book – with a child this holiday season. Happy, happy holidays to all!

Nancy Bo Flood

As a fish-brain surgeon or a rodeo poem wrangler, I have loved stories. I strongly believe that words – in poetry or prose – help heal our hearts and give us new eyes to see the world. I was first a research psychologist studying brain development at the University of Minnesota and London University before following my passion – writing for children. Learn more...