Something To Read

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Christmas can get a little out of control in the gift department with kids expectations getting bigger and bigger every year. Parents shouldn’t feel guilty about cutting back on the spending, but to keep expectations in check here’s a handy guideline for kids who are making their wish lists this year. 

7 gifts for christmas

I’ve seen some families stop at the first 4 gifts and that’s totally fine. Personally, I love to spoil the boys just a little, and like the idea of 7. We are usually alone for Christmas day so we spend a lot of time by the Christmas tree in the morning and playing with the new toys and games for the rest of the day.  Have your child follow these guidelines when making their list by thinking of a gift that fits these categories and Mom’s stop your shopping when you’ve purchased these 7 gifts so you don’t go overboard. 

Something they need could be sports equipment or school supplies. Something to do could be movie tickets or a pass to the trampoline park. Something for me could be something personalized. Something for the family could be a board game or DVD. 

My favourite to shop for is Something to Read. 

If you have boys who grumble about reading, they just haven’t found the right books! Maybe they aren’t into reading ‘stories’ but have an interest in something else like LEGO, animals or even strange facts! DK has big, bold and beautiful books that are perfect for giving and won’t make your boys roll their eyes about “reading” 

Something to Read

Something for Boys to Read

Explanatorium of Nature

From fish to forests, from mammals to mountains, from seeds to salamanders, this extraordinary new encyclopedia is the perfect tool for curious minds to find out how things work and why they exist, and will keep young readers absorbed with its amazing close-up images that depict and explain the wonders of plants, animals, and the living world around us. Its die-cut cover makes it even more appealing and awe-inspiring, with an iguana appearing to emerge from the book itself.

something for boys to read

Absolutely Everything You Need To Know: Stacks of LEGO Facts

Can you believe that a wooden duck was one of the LEGO Group’s first toys? Or that 68,000 LEGO pieces are created every minute? Did you know that the evil Overlord is the only NINJAGO® Minifigure to wear a skirt? Or that you’ll find a LEGO croissant piece inside 44 LEGO sets? This book is crammed full of fun and fascinating trivia for LEGO fans of every age. From minuscule Minifigure mugs to the largest LEGOLAND® model, it covers all the places, populations, pieces, and themes that make up the LEGO world.

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13 1/2 Incredible Things You Need To Know About Everything

Extraordinary images and irresistible fact snippets on each topic spread-from space to gemstones to the food we eat-make learning fun, but it’s the “13½” fact that kids will be most eager to know. Does cracking your knuckles really cause arthritis? Do ligers really exist? Are scorpions really deadly to humans? The answers to these questions and many more are revealed and will have kids digging for even more information behind the truths. A perfect gift for curious young minds.

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For little boys, this adorable board book is perfect, and it lights up! 

Good Night, Baby Moon

Good Night, Baby Moon

When we first meet the family of rabbits in Good Night, Baby Moon, the moon is full and shining bright, but as the days wear on and the nights come and go, the baby rabbits ask their parents why the moon looks different and worry as it disappears and loses its glow. Their parents reassure them that all will be well and that soon it will be back, for this is not farewell.

This delightful story teaches little ones that the moon will always return, and is a fun and exciting way for them to learn. The sweet illustrations and light-up moon make it the perfect gift and will sure to be a favourite bedtime story.

Enter below for a chance to win a copy of Explanatorium of Nature! Open to Canada only, ends Nov 26th 2017 at 11:59pm

Explanatorium of Nature


  1. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    My favorite parts of nature are animals, plants and the beautiful scenery.

  2. I love the clouds and sky – everyday they are different and beautiful.

  3. Juliee Fitze says:

    My favorite park of nature is hearing the water when the waves come in.

  4. kathy downey says:

    My favourite part of Nature is the wildlife it’s so amazing!

  5. Lynda Cook says:

    My favourite part of nature is the weather and the seasons and watching how everything changes, it’s not just the plants and trees that change with the seasons, animals change too!!

  6. I love plants, especially trees!

  7. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    I love water. Lakes, river streams, creeks and especially waterfalls.

  8. the beautiful variety of birds

  9. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I was going to say plants but that’s not entirely true as I love the animals and the marvellous scenery that abounds here in Canada too. Watching the various birds come to the small lake, some to fish others to just enjoy themselves. At my daughter’s I was up close to a skunk that was taking it’s nightly stroll as I sat reading on the steps. His tail shot up when I turned the page but thankfully he realised that I was no danger to him and went on his merry way. LOL 🙂

  10. ivy pluchinsky says:

    I like the plants, the bugs, the clouds, the scenic views, everything about nature is great! Especially the warm hot sun

  11. sarah alexis says:

    I love how peaceful it is!

  12. I love listening to the birdsong

  13. I love the cycle of nature, how it changes from season to season and I love trees

  14. Smelling the wet earth after it rains!

  15. Anne Taylor says:

    The Ocean…….I could not live anywhere without an Ocean!

  16. I love the scenery, animals and the way it smells.

  17. The seasons are my favourite part of nature

  18. I love water – the oceans, rivers, lakes, streams, waterfalls, rain – it makes me feel connected to our earth.

  19. Sab Edwards says:

    My favorite part of nature is when I get to go camping and take walks amongst the trails and see the wild life. We went camping to our favorite spot and saw a momma moose named Molly with her baby, saw tons of squirrels and chipmunks, had a rabbit keep us company and some deer as well

  20. Angie Andrews says:

    Oh goodness that is hard I love being outdoors in nature. I love taking the kids on hikes and seeing the scenery listening to the birds and insects and seeing which ones we can spot and we also get excited to see what animals we see

  21. Carol Denny says:

    My favorite is beautiful sunsets

  22. My favorite part of nature is how wild and crazy it is. I love showing my kids the quirky and awesome creatures that are out there!

  23. My favourite part of nature is weather, water, animals, plants & trees – everything! Love sharing the beauty of nature with my kids. Thank you very much for this chance! 🙂

  24. I love oceans and hearing the waves hit the beach. So relaxing and calming and just simply love the power of the oceans.

  25. I love the trees and the natural elements. I try to be outside as much as possible every day.

  26. Fred Showalter says:

    Reading is good for the mind

  27. Jude Lapointe says:

    Favorite part about nature is the smells and walking barefeet to reconnect with the earth.

  28. George Meek says:

    I would love to win this prize so I could share it with the young challenged man living next store so he could enjoy it.

  29. I love early morning walks on the nature trails!

  30. Hiking in nature, taking photos.

  31. My favourite part of nature is wild flowers. They are so intricate and each are area specific and I find that fascinating.

  32. Jennifer L. says:

    I love animals and birds.

  33. Cheryl Chervitz says:

    I enjoy all of the animals and the wonderful flowers.

  34. birds – love them

  35. VIctoria Ess says:

    I love the sounds of animals on hikes.

  36. Love all the animals and the ecosystem! Thanks

  37. Marlene V. says:

    I love animals! I get very excited when out and about if I see wildlife!

  38. The sounds of nature are my favorite.

  39. Anne Derkat says:

    Walking through the crispy leaves in the fall.

  40. The colours, patterns… Unique plants and animals.

  41. Heather Swanson says:

    I love birds

  42. My favourite part is when my son asks a question about something in nature and I have no idea what the answer is … so we look it up together!

  43. Rosanne Robinson says:

    My favourite part of Nature is the spectacular views of the sky, trees, flowers, mountains & watching the birds.

  44. Lee-Ann Sleegers says:

    Miss R is a nature nut so this book would be perfect for her. My favourite part of nature are the beautiful flowers.

  45. I love geology – the study of earth, weather and water.

  46. I love enjoy and see how amazing naure is, from the tiniest bug to majestic trees..everythinghas a purpose and there is such beauty in it all!

  47. Catherine L. says:

    My favorite park of nature is the peacefulness.

  48. Chandra O'Connor says:

    the new baby birds being born

  49. Favourite part of nature is animals, wildlife & plants

  50. Nature is a miracle – the way plants and animals survive despite sometimes overwhelming circumstances and how everything has it’s place in the circle of life.

  51. I love the babies in nature. They are just so cute to look at.

  52. I love the water and the birds!

  53. I love a good thunderstorm!

  54. I love the scenery, animals and of course the ocean!!!

  55. My favourite part of nature is water, all kinds.

  56. I love trees, especially their changing colours in autumn

  57. My favourite part of nature is seeing clear blue water in the mountains.

  58. Aarone Mawdsley says:

    animals for sure

  59. Mike Gismondi says:

    I like the sky and the stars

  60. crystal porter says:

    The peace surrounding yourself in it brings.

  61. What a tough question! My favourite part of nature is that it is a living and changing thing! I love animals big and small but I also love trees, flowers, mushrooms….

  62. The beautiful variety of birds is my favourite part of nature.

  63. Erika Letson says:

    My favourite part of nature is the colours. I’m always amazed that nature can create something so beautiful!

  64. I loved watching my son discover all the wonders of nature, animals, weather, planets & landscape.

  65. Caryn Coates says:

    Definitely the animals and the birds

  66. I love the way every is linked to everything else in one way or another

  67. Elva Roberts says:

    I love the seasons and the way the trees and plants respond to each one. I especially love the autumn when the leafs are glorious in their colors.

  68. I love the sounds of nature. The birds and the frogs are just great.

  69. Karin Dollery says:

    The forest, the flowers, the smells,the sounds its all so wonderful

  70. I love the fresh air

  71. The air seems to be fresh love it

  72. Wildlife is my favorite part of nature.

  73. I love the way it smells before it rains

  74. The pure beauty of the quiet, serene back woods where we run into almost no one!

  75. I love the lake! My dream is a lake home…

  76. My favourite part of nature is the animal life at the lake. The birds are beautiful to watch.

  77. I love the outdoors and the sense of calm it brings

  78. For me, my favourite part of nature, is the trees and lakes

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