101 things you gotta do before you're 12 by Joanne Sullivan is fill of all the essential activities one should try before turning 12 years old. Most are simple pleasures every child should experience like ride, hike, or walk a rail-trail. Some are a little more exotic like breathe underwater. There are lots of fun things to do with the kids in this book.The 10 Best of Everything-Families by Susan H. Magsamen has all sorts of lists. I love lists. It has lists for regions of the US. I'm going to start checking off the 10 Best East Coast Beaches. They are Old Orchard (ME), Coast Guard (MA), Ocean City (NJ), Cape May (NJ), Lewes, Rehoboth & Bethany (DE), Hilton Head (SC), Outer Banks (NC), Cumberland Island (GA), Assateague & Chincoteague Islands (MD), and Bathtub Reef (FL). I think I'm using this book to plan some future vacations. There are lots of best parks and ice cream spots too.
Fairy Houses by Tracy Kane has given me and Caitlin good ideas on making our own fairy house.