Wee Bits: The Best Kids’ Books of the Year, Cute and Cozy Sweaters, a Great Babysitting Deal, and the Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog

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Perfect timing: Notable kids’ books of 2017, from the New York Times. 

I want 90 percent of these cozy sweaters. (Via Harper’s Bazaar.)

Yay! It’s time for the annual Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma catalog. over at Deadspin. (Heads up: Salty language and hilarity ahead.)

What a charming piece from Philly.com about babies in Christmas pageants. 

Here are some toys that help kids learn to read and write, via Parents.com.

And speaking of toys: Here’s the fascinating story (also via NYT) behind those little finger monkeys that are evidently the season’s hottest toy.  (“Our lives are at the whim of 5- to 9-year olds,” said Richard Yanofsky’s son Michael, vice president of sales at WowWee. “It’s crazy.”)

This WashPo piece about school lockdowns as the legacy of Newtown made me weep for what we are, and what our kids have to do these days. (Related: One good charity to donate to this season is Sandy Hook Promise.)

Speaking of guns at school, here’s a really excellent post from Wee friend and local writer/publicist/force of nature Paige Wolf, who wrote on her blog about a recent gun incident at a local school, and the very smart way she’s addressing the situation with her kids.

Y’all, Lilypad in South Philly has paired up with Sitter Select to offer super-affordable babysitting this Saturday. 

Thanks, Visit Philly, for some good places to eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. 

I really loved this story about the young rapper from Maryland and the Florida retiree who got to be friends playing Words With Friends. From the BBC.

NPR tells us how not to spoil our kids this Christmas.

This Atlantic piece (well, the research around which the piece is built) suggests that spanking is related to violence in relationships down the road. 

Here’s how to make a gingerbread house from scratch, according to the Times magazine. (Which, let’s be honest, is crazy when you can buy those kits from Wegman’s or Trader Joe’s. But whatever.)