Erin’s Christmas Wish List – Top 5 Books I need from 2014

Anne of Green GablesAnne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

Never mind that I already own three copies of Anne of Green Gables! It’s one of my favorite books ever, and this new edition with gorgeous cover art by Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. would make a worthy addition to my collection. The other three titles in the “Puffin in Bloom” children’s classics series are also lovely.

The Oldest Living Things in the WorldThe Oldest Living Things in the World, Rachel Sussman

Stunning photography of various trees and lichen that are thousands (even tens of thousands!) of years old, plus essays about what these ancient living organisms tell us about our changing planet. I’m particularly interested in the Mojave Desert chapter, because I have been fascinated by the “Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest” turnoff sign every time I’ve driven through Big Pine, California. Until I finally make that detour, I want this book on my coffee table.

Egg and SpoonEgg and Spoon, Gregory Maguire

I love Gregory Maguire’s adult retellings of classic children’s stories and fairy tales (Wicked, Mirror Mirror, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, a bunch more), but until recently I had no idea that his backlist also includes a lot of children’s fiction. His latest tale is influenced by Slavic folk lore and the publisher’s synopsis promises a Baba Yaga appearance. It sounds perfect.

Stone MattressStone Mattress, Margaret Atwood

A collection of nine new stories from an author who delivers all the literary goods with every publication. This UK cover offers some intriguing clues, but I don’t even need to know what these individual stories are about in order to want this book – if it’s written by my favorite Canadian, it belongs on my wish list.

Mary PoppinsMary Poppins: 80th Anniversary Collection, P.L. Travers

I’ve never read Mary Poppins, but I’ll gladly catch up on such a classic of children’s literature with this beautiful new 80th anniversary edition. This one volume includes the first four Mary Poppins stories, plus a foreword by Gregory Maguire (I love him!) and an essay by P.L. Travers about the writing of Mary Poppins. Get on my shelf, please!

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