Our daughter came back from Spring Break with many new things. Memories top the list, but a few material possessions were added to our home. Do new pajamas that fit count? Probably not, but she also came home with six new books.
Read Aloud Bible Stories: Vol. 2 I had ordered her before we went. She has volume three and enjoys it very much. When my friend, Christine, talked about volume two having the Resurrection story in this post I had visited Amazon.uk to have the book delivered to our friend's house. Risky to bring it home? Yes, but worth it.
Once we were in Belfast I had a great time exchanging children's book ideas with my friend. (Our friendship can actually be traced back to a class called "Children, Books, and God" at grad school.) One author I now LOVE, but had never heard of before is Oliver Jeffers. He is from Belfast and I think he is both insightful and hysterical. We came home with
But I think I will be have the entirety of his collection before the summer is over.
Since the Titanic is HUGE in Belfast right now, (she was built there,) we needed a Titanic souvenir. Samson's Titanic Journey was the perfect choice with another local author, Lauren Graham. Her books are harder to find (not available on Amazon and only in a few book stores), but we came home with Brainy Bot The South Belfast Squirrel as well. One of the things that made it hard to not purchase more of her books is that we visited all the settings for the different stories.
The final addition to G's collection was