Celebrate…It’s Time for More Christmas Books!


Celebrate…It’s Time for Christmas More Books!

Christmas may be only two and a half weeks away but that’s plenty of time to read some more Christmas books. Here are a bunch of winners and if you missed last week’s list, click here.


 

The
House That Santa Built
by Dianne de Las Casas, illustrated by
Holly Stone-Parker

Based
on The House That Jack Built this
book is the PERFECT read-aloud! Not only is each line fun, there are sound
effects! This is the mouse (squeak,
squeak) / That lived in the house (creak, creak) / That Santa built (clap,
clap, clap, clap
. I’m guessing this will become a holiday favorite.

 

A
Very Fuddles Christmas
by Frans
Vischer

It’s Fuddles the cat’s first Christmas, everything looks wildly interesting. But
everywhere he turned, he was faced with “No Fuddles!” If you live with a cat,
you’ll totally get this book.


Arturo and the Navidad Birds by Anne Broyles, illustrated by KE Lewis

Arturo is having fun helping his abuela (grandmother) decorate her Navidad (Christmas) tree until he breaks one of her treasured bird ornaments. He tries to hide it from her and then to fix it. And when that doesn’t work, he makes a new bird out of a pine cone. How angry will his abuela be? The text is in both English and Spanish.


  

Snow
Bunny’s Christmas Wish
by Rebecca Harry

Snow
Bunny writes a letter to Santa, asking for only one thing—to have a friend. She
tries to mail the letter but was too late, so she set out to deliver her letter
to Santa herself. This is an excellent story about how to get a friend by being
a friend. Each page has sparkly silver accents.

 

Michael
Hague’s Treasury of Christmas Carols
by Michael
Hague and Kathleen Hague

This
book features 4 well-known Christmas songs (Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, O
Christmas Tree,
and We Wish You a Merry Christmas) with illustrations of
charming animals celebrating Christmas. I would have loved this book when I was
first learning to read. Being such well-known songs, it would be easy to read
along and sing.

 

Is
It Christmas Yet?
by Jane Chapman

Teddy’s
enthusiasm and impatience for Christmas is huge. Big Bear keeps him busy and
helps him wait. This is a perfect picture book for impatient waiters.

 

Christmas
Mouse
by
Anne Mortimer

Mouse
gets ready for Christmas by hanging lights, decorating, sharing treats, and
singing. The rhymes are quite nice and need to be read aloud.

 

The
Smallest Gift of Christmas
by Peter H. Reynolds

Roland
is very disappointed in his Christmas
gift—it was so small. He wishes for a
bigger one and the gift grows. He wishes again, and again it grows. Roland wishes
and wishes. Will he get the gift he wishes for?

 

A
Very New York Christmas
by Michael Storrings and Cynthia Nixon

New
York City can be a magical place around Christmastime. Rockefeller Center, the
57th Street Snowflake, Lincoln Center, Little Italy, and more sights
just light up the city. This book captures 87 of the wonderful Christmas treats
you can only find in New York. I want to go this year!

 

Boris and
Stella and the Perfect Gift
 by Dara Goldman

This is a Hanukkah-Christmas story. Jewish Boris and Christian
Doris are best friends. They each sell something of their own to get the money
to buy a gift for the other. This is a lovely story.


Tallulah’s Nutcracker by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger

Tallulah receives the
one Christmas present she really wants—to be chosen to a mouse in The Nutcracker ballet. She works very
hard to be the best mouse she can be. When opening night comes, she’s ready.
But things don’t go quite as well as she hoped. Tallulah is completely
embarrassed but her dance master helps her understand all dancers make
mistakes.

 

My
Pen Pal, Santa
by Melissa Stanton, illustrated by
Jennifer A. Bell 

Ava
writes a series of letters to Santa. She starts by sending him a thank you
letter right after Christmas and continues, one letter a month, for a whole
year. Each time, Santa writes back. You have to envy Ava!

 

The
Christmas Wish
by Lori Evert, illustrated by Per Breiehagen

Anja
is a little girl who wants, more than anything, to be one of Santa’s Elves.
One year, right before Christmas, she dresses warmly and heads for the North
Pole. Several animals help her in her travels. The remarkable thing about the
beautiful illustrations is that they are photographs, with the author and
illustrator’s daughter, Anja, as the little girl. Lucky kid!

 

Arturo
and the Navidad Birds
by Anne Broyles, illustrated by KE Lewis

Arturo
is having fun helping his abuela (grandmother) decorate her Navidad (Christmas)
tree until he breaks one of her treasured bird ornaments. He tries to hide it
from her and then to fix it. And when that doesn’t work, he makes a new bird out of
a pine cone. How angry will his abuela be? The text is in both English and
Spanish.


Looking for New Year’s books? I’ll have them next week!

Gail

 

 

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