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Plenty of Holiday Books for Young Readers!

The holiday season is here!  This is a  special time to visit your local library and check out our collection of picture books celebrating Christmas and it’s magic.  There are a lot to choose from, so here our some of our favorites:

Decorating a Christmas tree and knowing that Santa Claus will leave his presents underneath, is a special part of Christmas. In a childhood favorite, “Mr Willowby’s Christmas Tree” by Robert Barry, 1963,  a giant Christmas tree destined for Mr. Willowby’s grand house doesn’t treefit. So a little is taken off the top, and so begins this rhyming story. The tossed out portion of Mr. Willowby’s tree is not wasted by the maid who in turn also takes a little off the top. The gardener see the discarded portion of tree and takes it into his home but finds it doesn’t fit, so a little is taken off the top. This continues with several woodland creatures each finding the tossed out tree and taking a little off the top. The travels for Mr. Willowby’s tree ends with Mistletoe Mouse who finds the very tip of the Christmas tree and brings it home to his family to celebrate the holiday.


“Auntie Claus” by Elsie Primavera is a new favorite. Have you ever looked up to a special aunt; admiring everything about her?   This relationship is the setting for this story; a story with a moral.  Sophie Kringle has always wondered about her mysterious great-aunt Auntie Claus. Why does she go on her annual business trip right before Christmas, and then to return before Valentine’s Day?  Sophie is determine to follow her aunt to see exactly where she goes. To Sophie’s amazement she finds herself in the North Pole where it is revealed that her aunt is the sister of Santa Claus! After some brief training as an elf, Sophie is tested to see if she understood the wise words of her aunt that “It is far better to give than it is to receive”.  Sophie passes the test.


Christmas seen through the eyes of a chicken is most adorable, and our favorite chicken is back in “Minerva Louise on Christmas Eve”, Janet Morgan Stoeke. To Minerva Louise, Christmas and the arrival of Santa has her questioning why a Farmer with a Red Hat, and goats with fancy horns are on top of the roof. Is there a party going on? Minerva Louise follows that “Farmer” as he falls down the chimney and starts putting his stuff in her farmer’s socks and eating their food, against her protests. But of course the Framer with the Red Hat didn’t forget Minerva Louise. Her present made a perfect nest!

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Season’s Readings!

Let the holidays begin, with some Children’s books celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas!


The holiday symbol to children wanting lots of presents for Christmas is – of course – Santa Claus.  Santa’s scheduled journey around the world is interrupted when his reindeer break free of the reins in, “Oh! What a Christmas! by Michael Garland.  As Santa’s sleigh comes to a abrupt stop against a barn full of animals, he uses his quick thinking to enlist a cow, pig, horse, goat, and more to pull his sleigh. The toys must be delivered tonight, says Santa! With some Santa Claus magic the farm animals fly, and help deliver all the toys that Christmas night. Except for some bumpy landings, the animals did fine.


In “Seven Spools of Thread a Kwanzaa Story” by Angela Shelf Medearis , she  tells the story about seven brothers and their father. Using the “seven principles” she celebrates Kwanzaa in the story of a father teaches his arguing sons a lesson. Their father’s request upon his death, is to have the quarreling brothers make gold from seven spools of thread. At once the brothers say how can that come to be.  But soon the sons start to work together and start to make cloth from the spools. They make “gold” buy selling the cloth. In the end they finally stop fighting which was their father’s lesson all along.


Jacob’s brother Nathan has autism in “Nathan Blows out the  Hanukkah Candles”  by Tami Lehman-Wilzig.  Jacob is embarrassed by his older brother’s disorder and is not that understanding of how his brother acts. As Hanukkah approaches and the first candle is lit, with prayers said, Nathan blows out the candle! Jacob is further embarrassed when a new friend observes Nathan’s behavior.  As things turn out, Jacob’s friend and his family, are asked to join the lighting of another Hanukkah candle. This time, Nathan’s parents have prepared a jelly doughnut  menorah for Nathan to blow out!


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