Book and Gift Pairings for the Holidays

Books make great gifts any time of year. But what's even better? Books paired with a items meant to extend the enjoyment of the story! This Read, Discuss, Do! Gift Guide pairs some of our favorite books with other gifts meant to help extend the fun of the story beyond the last page and maybe even encourage some new experiences. We hope you find some good ideas for readers and doers in your life on this list. For Babies and Toddlers Hey, Bruce! by Ryan T. Higgins. Pair this super fun (and funny) interactive picture book with a black bear plush, such as this First and Main 10-inch Bear .  Stomp, Wiggle, Clap, and Tap: My First Book of Dance  by Rachel Burk and illustrated by Alyssa De Asis, a book that encourages imaginative play. Pair this book with a musical gift such as a music box or instrument. Or maybe a dance costume! More books for active babies and toddlers For Little Makers The Thingity-Jig by Kathleen Doherty and illustrated by Kristyna Litten will be a sure hit with lit

Snack and Story Time: Sweet Tortilla Snowflakes

By Trine Grillo

Few things are as much fun as catching snowflakes on your tongue. You lift your face to the snowy sky and stick out your tongue as far as you can. Some of the flakes land in your nose and ears, but when you catch one - AHH!  So what do these little miracles of nature taste like? And if you could capture them, what would you do with them?

Here is a sweet story and a delicious snowflake snack to try. And then if you are lucky enough to have snow where you live, get out there and catch some flakes! 

READ: If Snowflakes Tasted Like Fruitcake by Stacy Previn


Have you tasted a snowflake?

What did it taste like?

If you have never tasted a snowflake, what do you think it would taste like?

DO: Make Sweet Tortilla Snowflakes 

Sweet Tortilla Snowflakes


Flour tortillas

Melted butter

Sugar sprinkles and/or cinnamon sugar

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Fold the tortillas in half and then in half again.

Use scissors to cut designs just like you would a paper snowflake.

Place them on a foil-lined baking sheet.
Brush with melted butter and shake on the sugar sprinkles or cinnamon sugar.
Bake 10-15 minutes until golden brown along the edges.
Cool and eat up!

Delicious dips: yogurt or whipped cream

Recipe idea from


Claire Annette said…
What a great idea to go with a wonderful book. I'm looking forward to sharing this book and trying out the fun recipe.
Rebecca Gomez said…
I hope you enjoy your snowflake story time!