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Golden Books
ISBN: 978-0553497359

Everything I Need to Know About Christmas I Learned
From a Little Golden Book

by Diane Muldrow

Did you grow up reading Little Golden Books? Revisit special memories with this collection of selected illustrations from books you loved as a child with new text about Christmas. A lovely book to look at and a pleasure to read.


Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 978-0449816813

The Christmas Wish
by Lori Evert, Per Breiehagen (Photographer)

The Christmas Wish is a delightful story of a brave little girl named Anja who treks to the North Pole to see Santa. A Nordic tale of a young girl wanting to be one of Santa's elves.

Before Anja begins her journey to find Santa she preparesby doing things for her neighbor, memorizing the map on the classroom wall, and leaving a note for her friends and family.  As Anja skis through the countryside on her journey to find Santa, she makes many friends with the animals who help her along the way.  Gorgeous photographs in a Nordic setting with many animals to point out in their native land, with a story of helping. A beautiful book!

 

Random House Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0375869220

The Carpenter's Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree
by David Rubel

A Depression-era family's connection to the first humble Christmas tree on New York's Rockefeller Center site in 1931. A holiday story filled with the holiday spirit of compassion, friendship, and generosity. The story combines the traditions of the Rockefller Center Tree and the work done by the Habitat for Humanity program.

The story of eight-year-old Henry and his out-of work father who borrows a truck sell trees in Manhattan at Christmas time. One of the leftover trees is given to the construction workers building Rockefeller Center. That tree is decorated by the construction workers and becomes the first Rockefeller Tree and the finest that Henry has ever seen. Henry wishes for a warm house instead of the shack he lives in.

The constuction workers collect discarded contruction materials and on Christmas day build a new house for Henry's family. Henry plants a pinecone and it grows. When Henry is an old man he repays the gift given him and his family by donating to the Rockefeller Center a beautiful Christmas tree, the wood of the tree will be used to construct for a family in need.

Written by children's nonfiction author David Rubel, in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, The Carpenter's Gift features charming, full-color illustrations by Jim LaMarche. The story and illustrations are perfectly paired

 


Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 037582281X

The Random House Book of Bible Stories
Retold by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
Illustrator Michael Welply

From Creation to the Ascension of Christ the Random House Book of Bible Stories contains more than 50 stories from the Old and New Testaments for young children. The stories are wrote to be read aloud with clear simple text that flows and captivates the listener. Beautiful vivid illustrations that enhance the stories.


The Nutcracker

Knopf Books for
Young Readers
ISBN: 0375844643
Ages 4-8

The Nutcracker
by Stephanie Spinner

A beautifully illustrated book that tells the plot of the ballet in chronological order. The story of the little girl Maria and her Christmas gift of a wooden nutcracker doll who in her dream turns into a young prince. The illustrations emphasis the 19th century setting with muted colors and brighter colors for the dream. The exquisite illustrations captures the magic of the ballet. A wonderfully introduction to the ballet. A CD of the score performed by the Utah Symphony Orchestra is included.


The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll

Schwartz & Wade
ISBN: 0375837590
Ages 4-8

The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll
by Patricia Mckissack

"Christmas always came to our house,
but Santy Claus only showed up once in a while."

Set during the Great Depression a heartwarming story of a poor black family. Nella wants a beautiful Baby Betty doll for Christmas. She and her two sisters receive the Baby Betty doll for Christmas. But it's hard to learn to share something you wanted so much. Illustrations bring the setting to life. A sweet story with a message of sharing, being thankful, and the importance of people over things.

 

 


Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem

Schwartz & Wade
ISBN: 0375841504
Ages 4-9

Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem
by Maya Angelou

A lovely book with a very powerful and moving poem, Maya Angelou inspires us to embrace the peace of Christmas. A family joins others of diverse religions and economic levels to celebrate the holiday. This is one of Maya Angelou's best writings with strong detailed illustrations of family life. An audio CD featuring a reading of the poem by its author is included.

 

Christmas Around the World Coloring Book
by Joan O'Brien

 

30 pictures full of detail with informative text at the bottom. Color young carolers in Great Britain, Greek children parading with drums and triangles, and more. Great to use as a follow-up activity when reading about traditions from other cultures.

Christmas Around the World
by Mary D. Lankford

 

Read about the different ways 12 cultures celebrates the Christmas holiday. Vivid detailed illustrations with summaries of the events and traditions of each country. A fun informative and colorful book to include for a multicultural perspective of the holiday season.

There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow
by Lucille Colandro

A funny picture book that is easy to follow with repeated lines and fun pictures. Sure to be a favorite with boys and girls.

 

Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0375842535
Ages 4-8

Ginger Bear
by Mini Grey

A story reminiscent of the Gingerbread man. The Ginger Bear is a bear shaped cookie who sets out to avoid being eaten. Ginger escapes being eaten, he bakes a batch of bears who perform a circus. Cookie carnage ensues with the arrival of the family dog. Ginger Bear survives. Young children will enjoy where the Ginger Bear spends his days.


39 Apartments of Ludwig Van Beethoven

Schwartz & Wade
ISBN: 0375836020
Ages 4-9

 

The 39 Apartments of Ludwig Van Beethoven
Written by Jonah Winter
Illustrated by Barry Blitt

How hard is it to move 5 legless pianos 39 times?

The 39 Apartments of Ludwig von Beethoven begins with three facts. Then moves to fuzzy fun as the tale is told of why Beethoven moved and how the five legless pianos were moved-ransported on pulleys, slides, and by movers, all so that gifted Beethoven could compose great works of music for the world.

An author's note at the end sorts fact from fiction.

An amusing picture book with stunning illustrations that definitely makes my favorites list.

Sites to See:

Creating Music
An online creative music environment for children of all ages.

 



The Soldiers' Night Before Christmas

Ages: 5-8

Random House
Children's Books
ISBN: 0375937951

The Soldiers' Night Before Christmas
(Big Little Golden Book)

by Trish Holland and Christine Ford

"Twas the night before Christmas,
and all through the base
Only sentries were stirring--
they guarded the place.
The soldiers were sleeping and snoring away
As they dreamed of 'back home' on
good Christmas Day..."

A retelling of the Clement C. Moore classic poem, "The Night Before Christmas". This version takes place on a US Army Base in the desert. With a Blackhawk helicopter, a jeep, nine Humvees, and Sergeant McClaus. The illustrations make this a lighthearted and at times a humorous retelling.

When the caravan leaves, the sergeant calls out, HAPPY CHRISTMAS, BRAVE SOLDIERS! MAY PEACE COME TO ALL!


The Mitten
By Jan Brett
Age Preschool-Grade 1

The Mitten
By Jan Brett

Several animals sleep snugly in Nicki's lost mitten until the bear sneezes.

Sites to See:

The Animals of The Mitten
Print masks from The Mitten by Jan Brett and put on a play.

The Mitten Lesson: Where Do Bears Live? (grade K)

 

 

 


How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
By Dr. Seuss
Age 4-8

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Anniversary Edition: A 50th Anniversary Retrospective
By Dr. Seuss

The Grinch tries to stop Christmas from arriving by stealing all the presents and food from the village, but much to his surprise it comes anyway.

Sites to See:

Seussville


The Polar Express
By Chris Van Allsburg
Age 5-8

The Polar Express
By Chris Van Allsburg

A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.

Sites to See:

Houghton Mifflin-Polar Express Party with printable activity pages. (pdf)

 

 


By Lois Ehlert
Age 3-6


Snowballs
By Lois Ehlert

Some children create a family out of snow. Includes labeled pictures of all the items they use, as well as information about how snow is formed.

Silver packages: An Appalachian Christmas story
Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story
By Cynthia Rylant
Age 5-8


Silver packages: An Appalachian Christmas story

Every year at Christmas a rich man rides a train through Appalachia and throws gifts to the poor children who are waiting, in order to repay a debt he owes the people who live there.


By Lori Walburg
Age 4-8


Legend of the Candy Cane, The
By Lori Walburg

With the help of a little girl, a mysterious stranger tells the story of the candy cane to the people of a small prairie town during Christmas time at the turn of the century.


By Tomie dePaola
Age 5-8


The Legend of the Poinsettia
By Tomie dePaola

When Lucida is unable to finish her gift for the Baby Jesus in time for the Christmas procession, a miracle enables her to offer the beautiful flower we now call the poinsettia.

Poinsettia Activity


 By Barbara Robinson
Age 8-12


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
 By Barbara Robinson

 The Herdmans are absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie and steal and smoke cigars (even the girls). Still, no one is prepared when the Herdmans invade church one Sunday--and decide to take over the annual Christmas pageant.

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