NPR has a story on Lemony Snicket, the author of A Series of Unfortunate Events. One book from the series (I believe the "The Ersatz Elevator") was one of the first books Frankie was ever read (a couple months before she was delivered).
"These books are about children staring down their fears" is a quote I was happy to hear Michele Norris use in the interview. While these books are a tad dark, I always found the kids to be resilient and they always stay together. The interview and series are great. I haven't finished the series but will revisit them having heard the interview.
And, it's Christmas time, give the globe a shake.