Children’s Book Giveaway: Leo’s Tree.
March 02, 2010

This contest is now closed.  The comments will remain open,  but comments made after 9:00 P.M. Pacific Time will not be eligible for the giveaway.  Thank you.

UPDATE FOR INTERNATIONAL READERS: You can enter too.  If a publisher will not mail a book somewhere, then I will.  It may take a few extra days to get to you, of course, but a game is no fun if you start excluding people!  So you are free to enter no matter where you live!!

I fell in love with Leo’s Tree (written by Debora Pearson and illustrated by Nora Hilb) as soon as I flipped open the front cover.  The book starts with Leo’s father planting a linden tree when Leo is an infant – and then it follows little Leo through the seasons as he and his tree grow and change together.  And at the end?  OH MY GOODNESS, I will not spoil it for you, but the end made my heart sing.

Do you want my honest-to-goodness opinion?  It should be a classic.  No ifs, ands, or buts about it, this book should be a classic.

This is Leo
This is his tree
Grow, little Leo
Grow, little tree

I think what I love best about Leo’s Tree is that it is very soothing.  The poetry is expressive, but simple, and the watercolors are warm and appealing.  Any mother will recognize the tell-tale milestones of babyhood in Leo (infancy, teething, sitting, crawling, standing, walking, running, jumping) and will appreciate the thoughtful details, such as Leo’s mother wearing her baby in a sling or Leo’s purple elephant lovey, in the illustrations.

Pros: This book naturally lends itself to a discussion of growth, seasons, tradition, and family.  It would also be a good way to open a young child to conversation about a new baby (Leo has a baby sister named Sophie) or to explain to children how different families celebrate new babies.

Cons: None.  In all seriousness, this is one of my favorite children’s books.  Ever.

Borrow or Buy: Buy.  And, actually, I will likely buy it for any friends having babies in the future too!


As you can see by the center right-hand image, this is one of Charlotte’s favorites too!

Reading tip of the week: Stand books upright or facing outward at your child’s eye level.  Like a bookshop.  Kids are naturally inquisitive and they are more likely to pick up a book if something sets it apart.

About the publisher: According to their website, Annick Press is “one of the most innovative and cutting edge publishers of books for children and young adults.”  My experience has been that this is true.  Every book that we have that has been published by Annick Press is wonderful.

What to do: You can enter this giveaway by leaving a comment below telling me about one of your family’s traditions.  All you need is an e-mail address.  The giveaway ends Thursday evening at 9 P.M. Pacific Time and the winner will be announced Friday morning.  You can leave one entry every day, for a total of up to three entries.

For extra entries: Become a fan of Annick Press on Facebook by clicking here.  Then let me know and I will give you an extra two entries in this and any other 2010 giveaways for Annick Press books.  (Even if you forget to enter those giveaways via comment.)

Disclosure: I initiated contact with Annick Press about this book review and giveaway and I received a review copy of Leo’s Tree.  I specifically requested that book because neither I nor my local librarian had ever heard of it.

To purchase this book: You can buy Leo’s Tree through Amazon.com (that link uses my affiliate code) or locate a local retailer through Indie Bound.

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  1. By MamaHen on March 02, 2010

    I don’t know if it is a “tradition” but we try to be together on Saturday night and have a Family Movie Night.  I try to make a special snack and we are all together.

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  2. By Emily on March 02, 2010

    The first one I can think of is that we visit a local orchard every fall, right around my birthday, and have since we were dating. This year I can’t wait to go and take our son for the first time (he’s due in June)!

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  3. By on March 02, 2010

    My sister has a baby boy named Leo !! I am definitely sending her this recommendation! She loves reading to him as well!
    Thank You! :)

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  4. By on March 02, 2010

    My parents didn’t “do” traditions so I am really looking forward to building traditions with my fiance and our future family so I plan on reading these comments to get some ideas (although I’m not entering).

    Also, as per usual Charlotte looks so happy and adorable. I love the upside down looking at you photo; I imagine she’s thinking “Hey mom, oh you’re still there great; I’m having so much fun with dad”.

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  5. By Heidi on March 02, 2010

    What a sweet book!  I love to find new books that I’ve never seen before.

    Our little family has a tradition of walking to the neighborhood pizza place every Sunday.  They watched my belly grow, watched Molly sleep in her carrier, and now they cringe as she knocks everything on the table to the floor.  But we go every week and have been known to cancel or bow out of other plans so that my husband, daughter and I can start our week together.

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  6. By Mailis on March 02, 2010

    My mother is Finnish, so summers were always spent in Thunder Bay, Ontario with her family. We passed our time by picking wild strawberries, eating smoked or pan fried fish out at one cabin or another, and jumping straight from the sauna into the lake.

    My best childhood memories are of spending entire days unclothed, and doing a circuit of sauna, swim, eat. It was awesome.

    Jude and I are still establishing our traditions, but i am sure that one of them will be sauna, swim, eat…because seriously, who would not want to spend a day doing that? :)

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  7. By Alicia on March 02, 2010

    Autumn is hands down my favorite time of the year. Every year, I look forward to going to a local orchard and picking apples, choosing our pumpkins and eating their oh-so-delicious cider donuts. It’s something we did on and off when I was a child and I hope that it’s something we do EVERY year for Jude.

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  8. By Karen Bennett on March 02, 2010

    What a wonderful book. I do not have any children of my own but I look forward to reading with them when I do have them. I do plan of buying this for my two nephews though and myself. I am already starting a little library at my house for my nephews and future children. Reading was a tridition my mother shared with me and one that I plan on sharing with my children.

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  9. By *emilie* on March 02, 2010

    this seems like an awesome book. we are planning on planting a tree for Alice when spring time comes.
    I don’t think i could be part of the giveaway, since in live in Europe, but i wanted to comment anyways and tell you about one of our family tradition:
    home made friday night pizza…
    Alice is way too young to enjoy it but she sits with us while we cut up veggies and prepare it. i’m always looking forward for friday nights to watch my hubby cook for me as i play with our baby…

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  10. By on March 02, 2010

    I absolutely love this book!

    A tradition my family and I have sort of developed is reading right after dinner. Having twin 4 year old sons and a 1 year old daughter, they look forward to a little down time with a good ole’ read aloud. It helps calm everyone down before the baths begin and more reading with Daddy.

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  11. By on March 02, 2010

    I love what you are doing here.  The book sounds wonderful.  I am going to have a nice selection of children’s books for my grandkids soon…..thanks.

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  12. By on March 02, 2010

    I just wanted to say that I am not entering as well..also in Europe! Just wanted to comment :)

    Anyways, I already ordered the book and sent it to my sister! :)

    From Sarah: All international readers are welcome to participate!  These sorts of things are no fun if we start excluding people, so please, play along!  (You too, Shannon!  I applied a number to your previous entry!)

  13. By Lauren @ In the Pudding Club on March 02, 2010

    Why do I get the feeling at this is another book where I have to ask The Frenchman to read the last page so I don’t cry (Guess How Much I Love You being the other book). 

    Traditions…drinking too much at family functions? Is that a tradition? 

    I’ve joined the Annick press fan club.

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  14. By on March 02, 2010

    My family is more of a holiday tradition type family! Like we always gather at my granny every holiday to see each others children and play!

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  15. By on March 02, 2010

    Lovely book!  Looking forward to starting traditions when our baby arrives in a few months!

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  16. By Kimberly O'Rosky on March 02, 2010

    This book sounds great and I love the illustrations! With Easter right around the corner, our family tradition is to gather at my parents house. We have a big meal, then hide Easter eggs for the kids to hunt down, but the fun comes after that. My mom buys everyone a carton of confetti eggs and we have a huge confetti egg fight in the backyard. Everyone always has a huge blast and it makes for some great pictures!

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  17. By on March 02, 2010

    whenever possible, we usually spend a lot A LOT of time after luch just sitting around the table chating…

    I looooove reading and always have…thanks to my parents!!!

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  18. By Cambria Copeland on March 02, 2010

    Since Hadley is still so little, traditions are still new.  But our morning routine, every morning, is to snuggle with daddy, make coffee (Hadley has a cup of milk) and snuggle on the couch, often with a book or two.  And then she usually brings over her babies and stuffed animals to have a listen, too.  Our evening routine is somewhat the same, minus the coffee. 

    Think I need to get my hands on this one with new baby on the way!

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  19. By on March 02, 2010

    Whole, extended family dinners twice a year…so fun!  I so hope I win, my baby nephew’s name is Leo so it’d be perfect for him!

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  20. By on March 02, 2010

    This is a tradition I did with my step-sons (before they got all involved with sports and uninterested in bedtime stories from boring old step-mom).

    I read them the Harry Potter books aloud. (They had already seen the movies, I had not) When we got to the end of a book we had Harry Potter Night. We’d rent the movie and I’d get special treats and presents—a Harry Potter sticker book, or costumes, Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, a cauldron full of Harry Potter candy (gummy rat, anyone?)

    We got through book 4 before schedules (and a new baby sister) started interfering with this tradition. I really miss it and can’t wait until my Charlotte is old enough to listen to Harry Potter. Maybe she and I will actually get through the whole series. :)

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  21. By Cynthia on March 02, 2010

    With my daughter (whom is 4 months) every night I read her a book, sing her song to her, rock her and then she goes to bed, it is our nighttime tradition.  It might take longer to put her to bed, but I love and cherish the time we spend.

    I want to buy this book!!

    Also I become a fan of Annick Press on Facebook

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  22. By Christy on March 02, 2010

    I don’t know if it’s a traditional tradition but it is something that my family loves.  We all cook dinner together.  Either Lily is in her high chair or on my back in an Ergo, chattering away while Daddy and I cook dinner and talk about our days.

    Charlotte’s baby legs are so cute, I love those two middle pictures.  Priceless.

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  23. By on March 02, 2010

    My favorite tradition growing up was the bedtime song.  Nellie and I still to this day talk about our favorite songs.  At the top of the list, “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music!

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  24. By Christy on March 02, 2010

    I’m a Annick Press FB fan now.

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  25. By Lindsey on March 02, 2010

    The first tradition that pops out in my mind is that on Friday nights we have a special family night….it ends with the kiddos being able to lay with us in our bed and fall asleep there.  They lay down at their regular bedtime but it’s a big deal because my husband and I get our pjs on and snuggle up like we’re calling it a night too.  They fall asleep (and sometimes we do for a little while too) and we scoop them up and move them to their beds.

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  26. By on March 02, 2010

    That book looks awesome! I am constantly searching for great reads for my kiddos.

    As for traditions, we are trying to start a few but my favorite is every Sunday morning my hubby comes home (he’s a firefighter so he gets off work at 7am) he brings coffees and hot chocolates from the local coffee shop for us. It’s such a sweet way to welcome him home and start our day.

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  27. By on March 02, 2010

    A family tradition with my entire extended family is to get together every Friday night for pizza.  My grandfather and I cook and it’s always an awesome time.  I now have family that moved out of state and along with the tradition we call and put them on speaker phone, while they are having their pizza dinner, and we all talk and laugh.  I am currently 9 months pregnant and can’t wait for my daughter to join in!

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  28. By Mary @ Parenthood on March 02, 2010

    I’m a facebook fan!

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  29. By Mary @ Parenthood on March 02, 2010

    I love these photos.  Does Charlotte have two top teeth already?? Or is that a trick of light reflections.

    This looks like a great book.  I’m really enjoying this series and finding out about some new-to-us favourites.  I even blogged about it ;)

    We’ve got so many family traditions.  I might just be a creature of habit…  Are you talking just about reading related ones?  We always have a new book in our Christmas stockings (Elizabeth got Dr. Seuss this year!)...  I usually finish mine before breakfast, although one year they hid it…

  30. By on March 02, 2010

    This book looks really cute!

    My mother passed away 10 yrs ago, so I try to keep her traditions going, but it’s the little things, like the way she did laundry, her pancake recipe, using her fave seasonings when I cook, the way she cleaned the sink each night, etc. These everyday things are what have stuck with me and connects me to her the most.

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  31. By on March 02, 2010

    The book looks wonderful! I wonder if I can buy it in Chapters in Canada in the actual store.

    One of my family traditions is to go on a camping trip every year to a plce just south os Sudbury. We park off the side of the road, launch our canoes and paddle up a river to a spot where we’ve camped for 25+ years since I was a little girl.  We camp on the rock, swim in the river and ... yes… use a mock up toilet inthe woods. It’s wonderful!

    Ps. I became a fan on Facebook! I want this book!

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  32. By Saranissa on March 02, 2010

    I would love this book for my friends little boy, Leo! He is German but as we are English and his parents are fluently English speaking I am sure he will grow up to be bilingual!

    I am not really sure that my husband and I have any real traditions at the moment, although I am sure that will change once we decide to start a family :)

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  33. By on March 02, 2010

    The book and illustrations look absolutely adorable!

    My favorite tradition when I was growing up was having ice cream for breakfast on New Years day. I don’t know why we did it but I sure didn’t complain ;) We also have cupcakes for breakfast on our birthday, I think maybe my mom was just after excuses for more dessert!

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  34. By Babes on March 02, 2010

    When we read our Little his books before bedtime, my husband and I have a little routine for each book.  For Goodnight Silly Monsters were alternate saying the lines.  For Counting with The Care Bears we count each object and show him the numbers on our hands.  And for The Foot Book we move Little’s feet to the rhythm of the rhymes.

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  35. By on March 02, 2010

    This book looks GREAT. 

    One of our traditions is to have Santa write a letter to the kids every year for them to read on Christmas morning. It goes over how they have changed that year both good and bad including good old mom and dad.  My oldest can now read them herself so she takes charge of doing that before we open stockings.

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  36. By on March 02, 2010

    I love the way this book looks.

    One of our traditions is to celebrate New Year as a family with special snacks and playing games. It is a great way to reconnect before the beginning of the New Year.

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  37. By mommica on March 02, 2010

    WANT.

    We have lots of little traditions. Story time just before bed every night. Songs in the car on the way to daycare/work. Saturday morning breakfast. I guess I didn’t realize how many we have created in the short two years since Lillia was born. Thanks for making me see them. :)

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  38. By Steph Bucher on March 02, 2010

    Hmmm, family traditions. We have so many. Pizza nd movie night oncce a week is the one that comes to mind first!!

    I also became a fan on fb!!!

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  39. By on March 02, 2010

    Our new family tradition is making homemade pancakes together every Sunday and our 13 month old LOVES it!

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  40. By SarahGamble@crazylovegamblestyle on March 02, 2010

    One of my favorite family traditions is Easter.  Our family goes all out.  We gather about 40 people and all bring a special dish.  We search for hidden eggs with our names on them.  We also do a raw egg toss.  Everyone lines up in two rows facing each other and each time you catch the egg without breaking it you take a step back.  It gets pretty crazy the amount of distance between the last few standing.  As you can imagine, raw egg gunk flying everywhere!

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  41. By SarahGamble@crazylovegamblestyle on March 02, 2010

    Oh I forgot to mention I just became a fan of Annick Press.

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  42. By beyond on March 02, 2010

    looks like a wonderful book.
    one of our family traditions is hanging around the kitchen chatting while two or more people cook.

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  43. By on March 02, 2010

    This looks like a wonderful children’s book! I am 11 weeks pregnant with my first child and one of the things I look forward to most in motherhood is reading to my children! I’ve already started their book collection!

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  44. By on March 02, 2010

    Most of our families traditions have to do with Christmas.  Every year we eat lasagna for Christmas Eve dinner, then go to a Christmas Eve service, no matter which town we are in resulting in some very interesting sermons some times.  Then my dad reads “The Night Before Christmas” to all of us, including different voices for the different parts.  I think if it didn’t happen the exact same way every year I would think the world had ended.

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  45. By Nora on March 02, 2010

    Dear Sarah, thank you so, so much for your lovely comment of Leo´s Tree. And for the beautiful pictures of your baby. I´m the illustrator of the book and you have certainly brightened my day with your words. A big hug from Argentina, where I live.

  46. By on March 02, 2010

    This looks like a beautiful book. My family tries to always have Sunday lunch after church together.

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  47. By erin on March 02, 2010

    We have some random “traditions” between the two of us, so we are trying to start new ones.  One of my favorites, I think, will be the pumpkin patch.  This past fall we became “members” of a local pumpkin patch for only $20 - Hannah got a tee shirt, and we get free admission and a free pumpkin every year until she is 13, and free passes to their family movie-in-the-pumpkin-patch night at the start of October every year.  How awesome does that sound?  (Answer: pretty awesome!)

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  48. By Beth on March 02, 2010

    Wow, I looked this morning and 6 comments, and now that I have time to type without a baby in my lap, there are 45! Looks like this is going great, Sarah!

    So many family traditions so to choose just one for now…one that we’ve started here, while living farther away from our family, is to have “Mexifeast” with our “family”  we have here. We eat dinner every Tuesday with our best friends. Sometimes we cook Mexican, sometimes we go out, and more often now with the baby we order in, but it’s just us and we enjoy catching up.

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  49. By Jenny on March 02, 2010

    A tradition that my husband and I have had since the year we got married is to find a race or two to run together each summer. It’s great to try and stay in shape together and finishing a long run or a race always brings us a big sense of accomplishment.

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  50. By jen on March 02, 2010

    My Mom loves to shop. I guess I do too. Anyway, every year around August we go back to school shopping….even though I am 33! I guess I am a teacher, but still…I think it is funny that after all these years, my Mom and I still spend this particular time together gearing up for a new school year.

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  51. By on March 02, 2010

    We have a Christmas tradition where when we open up our gifts we place the ribbons and bows on ourselves. By the end of the day we all look like Christmas trees!

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  52. By Elin on March 02, 2010

    This book sounds great.  Our family has so many traditions, it is hard to keep up at times.  However, we also plant trees when babies are born.  My daughter was born July 7, 2009 and we planted her Brandywine Maple on July 23 - my husband’s birthday.  I hope I win!  Oh, and I became a fan of the publisher on facebook!

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  53. By Melody on March 02, 2010

    our tradition is to take a trip every year on our anniversary.  this is the first year our son will join us.

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  54. By Lindsey Kennedy on March 02, 2010

    We have several different family traditions, as a family of three and also with our extended families. One of my favorites is coming up soon! We all attend church together as a family (dressed up of course), then go back to a family member’s house for Easter dinner and the egg hunt!

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  55. By on March 02, 2010

    Love this!  We have a ton of traditions but the newest one is with my new baby, 6 weeks old.  Daddy and I read him a book every night right after bath.  He loves cuddling in his blanket and we trade off each page. I read one, he reads another and soon enough, Sully is passed out snoring.  Love it!

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  56. By Callie Doran on March 02, 2010

    What a great book!  I think I will be getting it no matter what since my little boy’s name is Leo!  One of our family traditions is brand new, not even started yet.  We plan on going to a little diner named after our son on his birthday.  We went on his supposed due date and at around six months.  We bought their mugs and showed off our little namesake.

    P.S. I joined the facebook fan group!

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  57. By on March 02, 2010

    Cupcake Thursdays! 

    When my husband and I got engaged (on a Thursday), we began the tradition of having cupcakes every Thursday and taking a moment to toast our love, the life we are building and our health.  Eight weeks ago we had a fabulous addition to our family…now we toast not only our love for each other, but for our beautiful son and his health!

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  58. By Elizabeth Mackey on March 02, 2010

    The book looks very well illustrated and Charlotte looks like she is really enjoying the story!! 

    I really want a pair of stretchy pants like hers though :)

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  59. By Heidi on March 02, 2010

    Hi Sarah, I just became a fan of Annick Press on FB.

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  60. By on March 02, 2010

    One of our family traditions is bedtime reading, of course. But since that kind of goes without saying, it’s pancake breakfasts on Saturdays. My 2 year old Owen LOVES books and I know he’d love this one as well.

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  61. By on March 02, 2010

    Our newest tradition started when our daughter turned one.  My husband and I decided that for each of her birthdays we would make her a book.  We would do the illustrations/pictures and the text.  She’ll turn two next month and we’re already working on the second book!

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  62. By Tracy on March 02, 2010

    My little family is relatively new (my daughter is 22 mos tomorrow) but one thing we love to do is take walks around our neighborhood, or go to the park & swing. We want our daughter to love the outdoors as much as we do, and when you live in Alaska, that is especially important.

    We do a lot if reading in our household as well, and one of my favorite stories is called The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story. I’m not Jewish, but I couldn’t resist it based on the cover alone. Hello? A screaming latke? How silly is that? And, the story has a great message.

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  63. By Patchy Patch on March 02, 2010

    Just found your blog and all I have to say so far is WOW! very nice. Will come back again and again :)

    A tradition… My husband and I have have a few traditions, like we always have thanksgiving at home, just the two of us :) We run at the Zoo once every year…
    I am looking forward to having my baby in September and starting some new and exciting traditions :)

    Thanks for this great giveaway :)

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  64. By on March 02, 2010

    I became a Facebook fan

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  65. By on March 02, 2010

    Our tradition is family walks when its warm out, soon we’ll be doing weekend hikes.

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  66. By on March 02, 2010

    I am not a mother but will be one day and I am also majoring in early childhood education and I love that you’ve started reviewing children books! I’ve started making lists of books I want to buy for my classroom and own children once I get the money.

    I love the picture of Charlotte looking back at you while lying on the bed. Darling!

    One tradition my family has is that we go kayaking 20+ miles every summer. It’s so much fun to spend time as a family because now that we’re all adults we’re so busy in our own lives.

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  67. By on March 02, 2010

    I am not a mom… but I am having a neice soon and I would love this book for her!

    Family traditions… hmmm… my husband and I take my dog on a last potty walk in the evening and talk about our days and just unwind. I don’t know if it is a tradition, but it is definitely a favorite of mine. :)

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  68. By on March 02, 2010

    Every single night I read to my daughter and it is one of my favorite traditions. We read a lot here and often have book fests where I will read to her for an hour or more, but they are random. The nightly reading is undoubtedly a treasured tradition of ours.

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  69. By on March 02, 2010

    Okay, I thought we had a lot (I mean A LOT) of children’s books.  My five year old has an overflowing bookshelf, my 4 mos old daughter has an overflowing bookshelf, and my third grade classroom has an overflowing library that we borrow from.  But I have not seen this title before, and it really sounds like a good one!

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  70. By Melissa on March 02, 2010

    What a great book- can’t wait to find it (if I don’t win it, that is!)!  I’m big on traditions, especially around the holidays.  One daily tradition that we have is to eat dinner together every day as a family.  We are lucky to be able to do that, as my husband gets home at 4:45, which in Washington DC is a very strange thing!  I love that we are teaching my daughter the importance of healthy eating and togetherness every day.  It’s the little things in life, right?

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  71. By on March 02, 2010

    My husband works until the late evening.  When he gets home, we walk into our 5 month old twins’ room and smile at how sweet they look sleeping.

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  72. By on March 02, 2010

    My family has a birthday tradition…we have a contest to see who can call the birthday boy (or girl) the earliest and be the first to wish him/her a happy birthday.  it’s gotten a little bit out of hand…my last birthday, the phone rang at 6 am.  My mom won.  This tradition is carried out for every member of my family, much to the chagrin of my sister in law.  But honestly, it gives me even more reason to win on her birthday (insert devilish laugh).

    I look forward to checking this book out!

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  73. By Megan R. on March 02, 2010

    I have started a new tradition..inspired by you!  Peanut and I have started to go to story time at Barnes and Noble each week.  Great stories, songs, and socialization!  Thanks for the inspiration!

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  74. By on March 02, 2010

    One of my favourite traditions is around fall - going and getting pumpkins. We usually have the family over and all carve pumpkins together. We make a big night of it :)

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  75. By on March 02, 2010

    My family has a tradition of playing charades every time we get together. Its always a million laughs! :)

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  76. By on March 02, 2010

    i can’t believe charlotte’s got so many teeth!!!! hope she being nice to you :)

    my family has lots of traditions but my personal favorite if new-ish. since there are 6 siblings, we do a secret santa gift for whoever you are given and then give gifts to all of each other kids. it makes things so much more fun, less stressful and we always end up getting what we want (we tell my mom and she passes the word along.

    my baby is a Leo and I looooove kitty cats. hope the gods of randomness like that :)

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  77. By on March 02, 2010

    Pancake Sundays! We started making pancakes every Sunday morning back when we were dating, and have continued this tradition through today… and now our 8 month old daughter gobbles them up, too :)

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  78. By on March 02, 2010

    Oh, we’ve got lotsa traditions. One of them is to eat together during the Chinese New Year Reunion dinner. By eating together, I mean no one starts eating until everyone is seated at the table. This year, my daughter (9mth) and nephew (5mth) joined in as well.

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  79. By on March 02, 2010

    One tradition that my family had when I was growing up was that we always got together at my Great-Grandmother’s house on Thanksgiving Eve (the night before Thanksgiving) for homemade oyster stew. It was always a good time. My mother didn’t like oysters, and would always make homemade split pea soup for herself and whoever else wanted it. We haven’t done it in years, but it’s a tradition that I miss (maybe that’s my cue to start doing it again!).

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  80. By on March 02, 2010

    When my husband and I first got married we wanted to get some traditions started right away. We declared every Saturday “Pancake Saturday” and made a big deal out of it week after week. It was several months into our marriage when we realized neither of us liked pancakes. :) So we scratched that one.
    Now with our two year old daughter and a little boy on the way we’ve found some that are a little more our style- like Saturday Morning Farmers Market visits to eat fresh peaches or whatever is there. Saturday mornings are still the best!

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  81. By on March 02, 2010

    i am really happy to know that u have opened ur giveaway to international visitors…..we dont get many of these books here and i always love what new book u come up with…
    as a mom of 2 year old who likes pictures and stories,i am usually looking for new books in library and shops…..thanks for starting this section.keep doing the good work

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  82. By on March 02, 2010

    My favorite family tradition is every Christmas since my Mom was about a year old, my family has gotten together and frosted Christmas cookies.  My Grandma was only 17 when she had my Mom—and a lot of times things were chaotic.  But those cookies were frosted every single year with my Mom and her siblings, me and my cousins, and now my kids. 

    I’m excited to get this book!

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  83. By Lisa on March 02, 2010

    I think it’s important to have a family “footprint” or tradition, something our children can appreciate and pass on to their own children.Christmas time is important to us, it’s the only time when the entire family gets together in one place.

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  84. By on March 02, 2010

    We have a new tradition of family dinners on Sunday nights, now that all our children are adults.  It’s fun!

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  85. By on March 02, 2010

    we go cut our own christmas tree together every year as a family. it is a wonderful way to kick off the season.

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  86. By on March 02, 2010

    Hello…! This looks like a wonderful book and I would love for my little baby boy to have it. Since we’ve just recently become a family, we’ve just starting to make traditions of our own. One of the things we’ve said we’d love to continue doing every year is for our little family of three to spend New Year’s alone, cuddled up, eating marshmallows in front of the fire place and just enjoy each other’s company. No parties, no loud noises, not a big celebration, just the three of us spending precious time together. We love it!

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  87. By Gracia Fraile Donet on March 02, 2010

    I’m SO looking forward to starting new traditions with my future hubby… the year we’ve been living together we’ve tried and tried to no avail. Maybe once we’re married we can focus on those things? The comments here are chockfull of ideas!

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  88. By Blain on March 03, 2010

    The one family tradition we had EVERY night was dinner time.  No matter how busy we were, whether it was BBQ Chicken and Green Beans or McDonals $dollar menu, Sunday through Friday we ALWAYS did dinner as a family and 99% of the time it was at our kitchen table.

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  89. By on March 03, 2010

    This book looks sooo adorable! My family has tons of holiday traditions. We always have a big dinner on Christmas eve, then we take a cup of peppermint hotchocolate and drive around looking at holiday lights.

    Now with Nia, (7 months tomorrow! Oh my goodness.) we have been making traditions as well. And I can honestly say that was one of the things I looked forward to while I was pregnant :)

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  90. By on March 03, 2010

    Just became a fan of Annick Press on FB!

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  91. By on March 03, 2010

    Doc says I have less than a week to go!  I was supposed to be due in April!

    Another tradition for my family is to have the feast of the 7 fish on Christmas Eve.  TONS of food for the 40 of us!

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  92. By Hannnah on March 03, 2010

    One of our family traditions is going to our favorite little local coffee shop and then walking around downtown together. We try to do it every week or two, when my husband has days off from work. It is a way that we connect and enjoy time together as a family, and my 1 year old song enjoys our walks.

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  93. By Hannnah on March 03, 2010

    Oh and I became a fan of Annick Press on Facebook.

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  94. By Natballs on March 03, 2010

    Every Christmas Eve my family will open our present from our Grandma. Every year for as longas I can remember!

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  95. By Dana on March 03, 2010

    A family tradition we have is one that others often find odd… Having our fill of turkey at Thanksgiving, for Christmas we do a different style of food each year.  We have done Mexican, Italian, and last year we ha an all out BBQ… Potato salad, rolls, the works! We have such fun with the kids deciding what to do each year!

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  96. By on March 03, 2010

    When our families get together we usually will sit around and visit while playing games. Most of the time we play hand and foot but will occassionally pull out something else.

    I became a fan of Annick Press on FB.

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  97. By on March 03, 2010

    Another entry…hoping to win this for my nephew Leo!

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  98. By on March 03, 2010

    This looks like a sweet book :)

    One of our traditions is garage “sailing” on Saturday monings. It’s cold, brisk, bright, sunny fun!

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  99. By Amanda Smith on March 03, 2010

    Hi. Most of our traditions center around the holidays. My family and I always get together a few days before Christmas and bake. And I mean BAKE. We start really really early and usually don’t finish until it’s way dark outside. Since my son is only 5 months old, we haven’t really started any traditions with him yet, but I am very much looking forward to it!

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  100. By on March 03, 2010

    My partner and I are currently expecting, so we don’t have child centred traditions yet.  However the two of us always celebrate Easter by having a taco fiesta!  Thanks for having this great contest.

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  101. By Elin on March 03, 2010

    Trying one more time.  I sure hope I win!

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  102. By on March 03, 2010

    Sounds like an adorable book. I can’t even think of The Giving Tree without tearing up. I forgot how beautiful kids books were! In reading to our 5 month old, I was noticing there was a lot of death in the ones I have (There was an old woman who swallowed a fly…) talk about scarring a kid for life!

    My favorite family tradition is bike rides to the Huntington Beach pier every Sunday. Last summer I rode while I was pregnant with our little boy and this summer I can’t wait for him to see all that fun for himself!

    I became a fan of Annick Press on FB.

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  103. By SarahGamble@crazylovegamblestyle on March 03, 2010

    One of my favorite Christmas traditions is that we always get our tree in the first week of December and have my Sister & my Mom over to help decorate the tree.  We sip Spanish Coffees and play games while we admire our finished product.  I

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  104. By on March 03, 2010

    i became a fan of annick press on FB!

    another tradition - my own actually: for father’s day and my parent’s anniversary, i make a card with a cat (a mommy and daddy cat for their anniversary, and a daddy and little girl cat for father’s day) and the boy cat (my dad) always has a striped tie (not that he wears ties all the time ??)  and there is always a bottle of wine (that is true to life ) and they wear crowns (we do in our minds).  and i am almost 34 years old. and i will always do this.

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  105. By on March 03, 2010

    It our family on Christmas Eve we ALWAYS leave homemade chocolate chip cookies and a big glass of milk out for Santa.

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  106. By on March 03, 2010

    This looks like a treasure!

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  107. By beyond on March 03, 2010

    entering again!

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  108. By on March 03, 2010

    I became a fan of Annick Press on Facebook, too!

    One of my favorite traditions that I have been adopted into since meeting my fiance and his family is the annual kayak trip. Every year about 20 or so family members get together (either camping, or rent a block of motel rooms) and kayak the Niobrara River. I went for the first time in 2009, and had the best time. We kayaked through a wildlife preserve and this year ended our journey at Smith Falls, the tallest waterfall in Nebraska. It was my first time joining them on the trip, and I was caught by surprise when my fiance (who was then my boyfriend) proposed to me under the waterfall. Of course I said yes. His family has been going on the kayak trip every year for 35 years now, and we plan to continue carrying on the tradition for many decades to come.

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  109. By Morgan on March 03, 2010

    One of my favorite traditions that my mom instilled was for Valentine’s Day. When my sisters and I were growing up, she would always make a heart-shaped meatloaf for the family, and then we got to decorate it with ketchup. A little different, but hey, a tradition is all about bringing family together for memories, right? ; )

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  110. By on March 03, 2010

    We have so many family traditions.  One of my favorites is going to the zoo at christmas-time to see the lights they put up for the “zoo lights festival.“

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  111. By Heidi on March 03, 2010

    A tradition that we have is to get the entire extended family together to celebrate every birthday.  We all live in the same town and instead of having a January birthday celebration, for example, we get together four times throughout the month and eat the guest of honor’s favorite meal, from appetizer and drinks to dessert!  Birthdays are kind of a big deal around here…

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  112. By Jenny | The Balow Bunch on March 03, 2010

    My entry for today!

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  113. By on March 03, 2010

    We try to read each day.  Its so educational and it is fostering a love of reading for my children.

    This is a great idea!

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  114. By Mailis on March 03, 2010

    I am now a fan of Annick Press on Facebook… :)

    (I wanted to spread my numbers out a bit…lol)

    Oh, and after each book I read to Jude, I give it to him and allow him to put it into his mouth, test its weight. It makes it real to him… :)

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  115. By Jessica Johnston on March 03, 2010

    This book looks awesome - I have two young girls (3 & 14m) who would love it.
    Family tradition: putting the Christmas tree up REAL early - I’m talking early/mid November :) We can’t get enough Christmas around here!
    Hope I win!!

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  116. By WebSavvyMom on March 03, 2010

    —>We eat dinner together at the table every single night with the tv on and maybe some music on for background noise.

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  117. By Beth on March 03, 2010

    Christmas morning brunch…country ham biscuits, cheese grits, and cream cheese braids (which my Mom, sister and I make together). Yum!

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  118. By on March 03, 2010

    Our new tradition with my new baby is taking a bath together in the mornings.

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  119. By on March 03, 2010

    I’m looking forward to checking out this book! Each night before she goes to bed, my daughter (2) picks out three books to read—could be from her own huge collection, or a few from the library. We sit in her rocker and read them together. I relish these moments with her each night—it’s the best cuddle time!

    Thanks for doing this. Reading is soo important, and I feel like it truly makes a difference in babies’ vocabulary, and learning abilities.

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  120. By Brandy on March 03, 2010

    I came across your website through baby rabies. :)

    One of my vivid childhood memories is sitting w/my three brothers reading either The Bernstein Bears or Little Critter. It was automatic to pick up books & read to my son, Cameron from the very start. I never thought of it as a tradition, just a relaxing, fun way to spend time with one another. I love watching him bypass a pile of toys for a book. :)

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  121. By Ashley on March 03, 2010

    Everynight as I put my girls in bed, I tickle thier backs and we talk about the day or sing songs or tell stories, sometiems we do all of the above

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  122. By on March 03, 2010

    We read books as a family every night as a tradition. We love the time together and appreciate the stories and lessons so much.

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  123. By on March 03, 2010

    Pick me! Pick me!

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  124. By on March 03, 2010

    I also found you thru babyrabies!
    With my new family and new house, we are starting all our traditions anew, I think I love holidays the best, spending extra time with the fam, watch the kiddos play, decorate, cook, celebrate!

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  125. By on March 03, 2010

    The first tradition that I can think of is my Annual Christmas party. Its a potluck style party, where our group of friends all dress nicely and enjoy food, drinks and each others company.

    I also became a fan on facebook!

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  126. By Melodie on March 03, 2010

    One of our traditions is telling each other what we are grateful for at dinner time. The kids love it. Of course, we also have storytime each night before bed.

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  127. By Rebecca on March 03, 2010

    one of our traditions is to buy an ornament for our Christmas tree everywhere we travel or to represent good memories… then each year, my husband and I talk about each trip or special moment when we decorate the tree!

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  128. By on March 03, 2010

    A tradition we have is reading our daughter a book or 3 before bed. I also started doing it before naps too. It helps her calm down.

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  129. By on March 03, 2010

    I have the tradition of writing monthly letters to my boy, just like you (and every other mother I’ve known via blogosphere!). That is such an amazing gift for our little ones…can’t wait till they’re old enough to really appreciate it!
    I hope I win!

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  130. By Elaine D on March 03, 2010

    I am now a fan of Annick Press…yay!

    One family tradition we love:

    Each Christmas we buy each other a new set of pajamas…it is the only gift you get to open on Christmas Eve! That way you have a new set of jammies to sleep in and open presents in come Christmas morning! Our little love was adorable in his new “footie pajamas.“ <heart melts at the thought>

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  131. By Sara Miller on March 04, 2010

    One of our traditions is for 4th of July.  It’s a casual laid-back affair, but since I love to cook, we make it special.  I always make Barefoot Contessa’s flag cake - but we’ve also started the tradition of fried onion rings.  I NEVER NEVER NEVER deep fat fry ANYTHING at any other time in the year, so it’s our one non-healthy indulgence.  I make a sauce similar to Outbacks bloomin’ onion sauce and we indulge.  So yummy!

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  132. By on March 04, 2010

    For Fourth of July my husband’s family usually tries to get together and my pyro husband and brothers-in-law set of fireworks and have Roman candle wars.

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  133. By Carrie on March 04, 2010

    Hi Sarah, I became a fan of Annick Press on Facebook :) I unfortunately don’t have any family “traditions” to share… but we are looking forward to creating our own with our son Ben :)

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  134. By Sarah O. on March 04, 2010

    We don’t have to many family traditions yet since our little one is only 4 months old, but we do get together with DH’s extended family every Christmas Eve for Christmas dinner and presents.

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  135. By on March 04, 2010

    this looks like a beautiful book!
    one very simple tradition, but one that happens every night, is that as dinner finishes up we decide who gets to wash the baby and who has to wash the dishes. I try to be nice and let Hubby decide, because he doesn’t get to spend all day with the baby like I do. But sometimes he is really nice and will wash the dishes so I can give our baby his bath :)

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  136. By on March 04, 2010

    We go to my Aunt’s house for Thanksgiving and have a big family gathering!

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  137. By Elin on March 04, 2010

    I really hope I win!!!

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  138. By Cynthia on March 04, 2010

    Another tradition that I have started with my baby is to take a monthly photo of her on a white background from up above on a stool.  Then I am hoping I will put them in some creative manner all together!!  I missed it the first month or so, but I had similar photos.  They grow too quickly!!!

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  139. By erin on March 04, 2010

    Grrr.  Forgot to enter again yesterday.  But I am now a fan on FB. :)

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  140. By Amanda Smith on March 04, 2010

    I’ve decided to start my own tradition with my son. Every night before bed, we read a new story. I guess it’s not so much a tradition but a routine. All the same, it’s fun and we read and he falls asleep. :]

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  141. By on March 04, 2010

    Another tradtion in my family is between my borther and I.  The two of us have always been very playful with eachother.  We break the wishbone together about a week after Thanksgiving and then whoever lost chases the winner and tries to poke them with the shorter end of the bone.  Don’t ask how this got started, I think it’s safe to say he’s a sore loser.

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  142. By on March 04, 2010

    Another family tradition is a holiday one:  Making pierogies at Christmas time.  I have finally been promoted from Boiler to Dough Kneader.  One day I hope to be the Stuffer!

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  143. By Mailis on March 04, 2010

    Just entering again with another little tradition… :)

    We eat surf and turf as our Christmas Eve dinner. Alaskan crab, scallops, filet mignon, escargot, asparagus and crusty bread. Turkey is too heavy for all the celebrating we do afterward… :) Yum.

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  144. By on March 04, 2010

    I love this! A fun way to learn about new books!

    A family tradition we do is every year at christmas we each pick out one new ornament. My father started this when I was little and I used to love going to his house and looking at all the ornaments we had picked out over the years.

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  145. By mommica on March 04, 2010

    Entering again!

    Our holiday traditions have varied a little bit since Lillia was born, but we usually spend time with Matt’s parents on Christmas Eve, then do our own little family Christmas the morning of, then get together with my huge family for festivities that evening.

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  146. By Napmom on March 04, 2010

    All of the girls in my immediate family tree line have the same middle name… “Llewellyn.“

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  147. By on March 04, 2010

    One of our holiday traditions is every Christmas Eve for dinner we eat breakfast. Love this and look forward to it every year!

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  148. By on March 04, 2010

    Just entering one more time for another chance. Another tradition that we enjoy is every New Year’s Eve, we get together at an Italian restaurant with my fiance’s family for a big dinner with parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and his grandmother, before we go our separate ways later on for our own New Year’s celebrations. It’s always been a good time (I am so lucky to have the best future in-laws in the world!)..

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  149. By Beth on March 04, 2010

    We go to the beach with my family every year. They started before I was born going with my grandparents and now we look forward to continuing that tradition with our little one.

    Also, I became a fan of Annick on facebook.

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  150. By Kimberly O'Rosky on March 04, 2010

    My second entry!
    I really love that you are doing this!!!!

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  151. By on March 04, 2010

    Entering for today…

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  152. By Megan R. on March 04, 2010

    enter.  enter.  enter.

    processing.  processing.  processing…..

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  153. By Stephanie on March 04, 2010

    I love family traditions!! Here’s a few of ours:

    We got to visit my mother-in-law’s gravesite every mother’s day, along with her mom and dad which are burried there.

    We also go to the same pumpkin patch every fall.

    We open ONE gift on Christmas eve and it’s new PJ’s for Christmas morning.

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  154. By Stephanie on March 04, 2010

    I’m a facebook fan of Annick Press!

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  155. By Kristen on March 04, 2010

    I’m so excited about your book reviews!  And I love the way you are doing entries… with bonus entries for retweeting, etc!  Thanks for encouraging me to read more to my 3-month-old Patrick.

    We don’t have many family traditions yet other than going to the library for baby lapsit (singing and storytime) every Monday and Thursday.  Patrick enjoys it more and more each time we go.  And it’s a great opportunity to check out more board books to read to him.

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  156. By Saranissa on March 04, 2010

    Did I mention before how much I love reading and how much I would like this book for my friends little boy?!

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  157. By Saranissa on March 04, 2010

    Oh, forgot to say, I am a fan on facebook too :D

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  158. By on March 04, 2010

    when my hubby is home in the morning - we have coffee and read charlie book after book in bed. i love it.

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  159. By on March 04, 2010

    my husband does not like to read, and I love it!  we both are committed to making our children readers!

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  160. By on March 04, 2010

    I want to start a weekly game night tradition when I have my family. Invite over our siblings, parents, etc and just play games as a family. :)

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  161. By on March 04, 2010

    One of my personal traditions is to take a drive every Spring up into the Texas Hill Country to see fields covered in beautiful, colorful wildflowers.  My daughter is 7 months old, and I can’t wait until those flowers start popping up (usually by the end of March) so I can show her & take sweet pictures of her playing amongst the flowers.

    And I fanned Annick Press on Facebook

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  162. By MommyNamedApril on March 08, 2010

    oh!  BABYLEGS!!!  precious :-D


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