For the Love of Books: Christmas

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Hey, y'all!  I'm just stopping in, with this month's For the Love of Books pick, a little earlier than usual, as I also wanted to share the fantastic list of children's Christmas books that grace our own library shelves, just in case you've still got a little shopping to do.  But before I get to that, I've got a seasonal treasure for you all.  It is one of eight in the Grace picture book series and written for children ages three to five.
Grace at Christmas is written by Mary Hoffman and illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu.  From the decorations and gifts to the food and nativity story, Grace loves Christmas.  It has always been just her, Ma, and Nana for as long as she can remember.  But this year, strangers, from Trinidad, are joining in their celebrations; and Grace isn't sure she wants to make room, especially when a little girl, about the same age as Grace, arrives with her mother and isn't very friendly, either.  But when the girls realize how much they have in common, a fast friendship begins to form.  A little kindness and another surprise guest help turn this Christmas into the best one yet.

Now, on to that list.  The last one has been added since last year, but I also removed a few that, while their messages are excellent for this time of year, didn't specifically talk about Christmas.
  1. A Christmas ABC by Alice Gold
  2. My First Treasury: The First Christmas by Leslie Lindecker
  3. Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
  4. The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs (LOVE all of Liz's parable stories!)
  5. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry (a favorite of mine)
  6. The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola (another favorite of mine... It never fails to bring tears to my eyes, though.)
  7. Santa's Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki (yet another favorite of mine)
  8. The Berenstain Bears Trim the Tree by Jan & Mike Berenstain
  9. Clifford Celebrates the Year: Clifford’s Christmas by Norman Bridwell
  10. Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
  11. God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren
  12. Winnie the Pooh: The Merry Christmas Mystery by Betty Birney
  13. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston (another one for which you'll need the Kleenex box)
  14. Dream Snow by Eric Carle
  15. Snow Happy to be Here: The Slightly Silly Story of the Snowblatt Family by Cheryl Hawkinson
  16. You Can Do It, Sam by Amy Hest
  17. The Dinosaurs' Night Before Christmas by Anne Muecke (super fun music CD with it) 
  18. The Twelve Days of Christmas by Anne Geddes
  19. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (This one will always be a classic.)
  20. The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg (still another favorite of mine)
  21. The Snow Must Go On: A Way, Way Off-Broadway Adventure by Molly Wigand
  22. The Legend of the Christmas Tree by Rick Osborne (great history here)
  23. Merry Christmas, Curious George by Cathy Hapka
  24. If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff
  25. Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney (great rhyme)
  26. It's Christmas, David! by David Shannon
  27. The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt
  28. On This Special Night by Claire Freedman
  29. My First Read and Learn Countdown to Christmas by Mary Manz Simon
  30. Bear Stays Up For Christmas by Karma Wilson
  31. Mortimer's Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson (Adina's favorite)
  32. The Christmas Star by Marcus Pfister
  33. Charlie and the Christmas Kitty by Ree Drummond (Kaden's favorite)
  34. The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck (Ezekiel's favorite)
  35. Little Golden Book: Christmas Favorites
  36. A Very Marley Christmas by John Grogan (So glad we have a good dog ;)!)
  37. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Robert L. May
  38. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell! by Lucille Colandro
  39. Grace at Christmas by Mary Hoffman (Christmas is changed forever for a little girl reluctant to welcome strangers into her celebrations.)
  40. Tacky's Christmas by Helen Lester (Gotta love that Tacky!)
  41. A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz
  42. The Christmas Candle by Richard Paul Evans
  43. The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
  44. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore (This is a Hallmark recordable storybook read by Ezekiel to Adina.  It was his gift to her for Christmas 2013.)
  45. Tallulah's Nutcracker by Marilyn Singer
  46. Home for Christmas by Jan Brett
Thanks so much for reading!  I hope you found something here to give or add to your own bookcases this year.  We've already got a great start on our mission to get through every one before this Christmas.  Wish us luck!  And have a truly blessed Christmas season!  Hugs!

1 comment:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Thanks for these!! Going to check them out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!