I love giving books and getting books. Given the time of year, I've been on the hunt for chapter books to read to my own voracious beginner reader and am thrilled to discover two great books. The first is NICOLAS by Rene Goscinny, a collection of 19 escapades of a mischievous schoolboy and his friends. It was originally published in French in 1959 and is now available in English with wonderful illustrations by Sempe. The second is MY FATHER'S DRAGON by Ruth Stiles Gannet. This one is about the adventures of Elmer Elevator on the Island of Tangeria and Wild Island. I was drawn to these books because of their covers and the illustrations. I know you're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover, but with these two, I couldn't help myself. It also doesn't hurt that these stories are classics and never get old. I can't wait to read these with Zoe.