Thursday, December 12, 2013

Throwback Thursday … Holiday Books

Back in December 2011 my sister asked for some suggestions of books to either buy or get from the library. These are not necessarily in order because hello, I am way too indecisive for that.

I posted this same list last year as well. I need some new suggestions, web reading peeps! The library wait list is taking too long and with moving/packing/unpacking I haven't been to the bookstore.

My Penguin Osbert

Is it the bowling pin penguin or the name Osbert? I love them both. What an idea ... get a penguin from Santa! Always have interesting discussions with little guys about the pros and cons of such an animal as a housepet.

Bear's First Christmas

I love this one for the pictures. So soft.

Uncles and Antlers

This one makes me laugh. Especially the Uncle from Texas and the one that looks like Elvis.

It's Time for Christmas

Love Duck and Goose. This is a little board book and my niece and I like to read it together. She has it pretty much memorized.

The Longest Christmas List

Greediness makes for funny times. And a writing prompt. !]

Mr. Willoughby's Christmas Tree

Upcycling at its finest. And, even more importantly ... the true spirit of sharing.

The Polar Express

Can I admit I've never actually seen this movie? Every year I swear I am going to dress up in my PJs and be an honorary 1st grader for the day. And then stuff comes up and I don't have time. :[ Liam Nissan's recording is quite good. Is that how you spell Liam Nissan? I should go look it up.

The Night Before Christmas

I just love James Marshall's illustrations.

Bear Stays Up for Christmas

I totally love all of Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman's books. The Bear ones happen to be favorites though they've got some other good ones as well. Anyway. MAKE SURE to get this one!

The Channukah Guest

We used to have a fairly large number of Jewish students at our school so it was looking for something for them that led me to this one. It's still my favorite Hannukah story (once I looked up the difference in the spelling ... I don't remember what it is, now). This one's pretty old but to have an older lady think a bear was her rabbi ... it's fun! Wish we could make latkes in the library. That would be cool. We always just have to compare them to McDonald's hashbrowns.

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies

Love Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond's circle stories. This is no different. Been working on If You Give a Reindeer a Rootbeer stories this week with 1st grade. Thank you Pinterest for first showing me the idea (which was actually done by a talented teacher but I just have to plug Pinterest because it's fun and useful for school!)

Llama Llama Holiday Drama

Love her paintings and love just saying "Llama Llama." Check out the YouTube reading if you haven't seen it.

Merry Christmas Mom and Dad

I loved (and collected) Little Critter books before I ever even knew I was going to be a librarian.

The Night Tree

The illustrations are what make this one. The soft lighting ... lights are my favorite part of Christmas!

Christmas Cookies

So this one ... really more for adults than children. And I only like the illustrations ... not super crazy about them. But I do love the definitions for different character traits and holiday traditions that are related to each cookie.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Remember this OLD movie? The book is better!

Let It Snow

This one is for a young adult reader ... but just look at the authors who contributed. Pretty good. I'd check it out of the library instead of buying it, though. Fun fluffy stories to read this time of year but not ones you'll go back to over and over.

(Later from Scheduling the Post Edit ... but none of you have seen these yet unless we're Goodreads Friends! ...)

Grumpy Badger's ChristmasGrumpy Badger's Christmas by Paul Bright

The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle SnitcherThe Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher by Robert Kraus

Snow Bunny's Christmas WishSnow Bunny's Christmas Wish by Rebecca Harry

Just Right for ChristmasJust Right for Christmas by Birdie Black

Christmas MouseChristmas Mouse by Anne Mortimer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A simple little collection of rhyming holiday vignettes. Lovely illustrations.

The Smallest Gift of ChristmasThe Smallest Gift of Christmas by Peter H. Reynolds
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Roland learns the value of small things. A good lesson, for sure.

Is It Christmas Yet?Is It Christmas Yet? by Jane Chapman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A little one is so excited for Christmas and the grown up in the story patiently explains he or she will have to wait. The little one falls asleep. Pretty cookie cutter but I can't dislike it because the bears are so cute.

The move has been going ... in the grand scheme of things? Quite smoothly. In the day to day can you find what you need? Ah, well. Thought we decluttered already. Apparently we will do it again.

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