December 2013


In This Issue

Preschool
Theme: Holiday

4-8 Years
Theme: Holiday

8-12 Years
Theme: Holiday





Holiday Stories
for Preschoolers

MC DUFF'S NEW FRIEND
written by Rosemary Wells, illus. by Susan Jeffers, (Hyperion Books for Children, 1998), 26p, Ages 3-7

MERRY CHRISTMAS OLLIE

written/illus. by Olivier
Dunrea, (Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt, $12.95,
ISBN 978-0-6185-3242-1 ), 32p, Ages 2-6

MINERVA LOUISE ON CHRISTMAS EVE
written/illus. by Janet Morgan Stoeke, (Dutton Children's
Books, $15.99,
ISBN 978-0-5254-7857-7), 24p, Ages 3+

THE MOUSE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
written & illus. by Michael Garland, (Dutton Children's Books, 1997), 32p, Ages 2-7

WILLOW AT CHRISTMAS
written & illus. by Camilla Ashforth,(Candlewick Press, 2002), 32p, Ages 3-6

CARL'S CHRISTMAS
written/illus. by Alexandra Day, (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-3992-4037-9), 32p, Ages 4-6

YOU ARE MY MIRACLE
written by Maryann Cuismano Love, illus. by Satori Iichikawa, (Philomel Books, $12.75,
ISBN 978-0-3992-4037-9), 32p, Ages 2-6





Holiday Books
for Ages 4-8

THE CHRISTMAS VISITORS
written by Karel Hayes, (Down East Books, $16.95,
ISBN 978-1-6089-3248-1), 32p, Ages 4-8

BEAR STAYS UP FOR CHRISTMAS
written by Karma Wilson, illus. by Jane Chapman, , (Margaret K. McElderry Books, $9.99,
ISBN 978-1-4169-5896-3), 36p, Ages 3-7

MR. WILLOUGHBY'S CHRISTMAS TREE
written & illus. by Robert Barry, (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, $15.95,
ISBN 978-03853-2721-3), 32p, Ages 4-7

DRUMMER BOY
written/illus. by Loren Long, (Philomel Books, $17.99,
ISBN 978-0-399-25174-0), 40p, Ages 4-7 yrs

THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER
written by Hans Christian Andersen, retold by Tor Siedler, illus. by Fred Marcellino, (Michael di Capua Books, 1992), 32p, Ages 5-8

THE MONEY WE'LL SAVE
written/illus. by Brock Cole, (Farrar Straus Giroux, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-374-35011-6), 40p, Ages 4-8

SILVER PACKAGES: An Appalachian
Christmas Story written by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Chris K. Soentpiet, Orchard Books, 1997), 32 p, Ages 5-8





Holiday Books
for Ages 8-12

CHANUKAH IN CHELM
written by David A. Adler, illus. by Kevin O'Malley, (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1997), 32p., Ages 6-9

TUMTUM & NUTMEG: The Rose Cottage Tales
written/illus. by Emily Bearn, (Little, Brown & Co., 16.99,
ISBN 978-0-3160-8599-1), 416p, Ages 8-12

FRANKLIN AND WINSTON: A Christmas That Changed the World
written by Douglas Wood, illus.
by Barry Moser, (Candlewick
Press, $16.99,
ISBN 978-0-7636+3383-7),
40p, Ages 6-10

WHEN SANTA FELL TO EARTH
written by Cornelia Funke, (Chicken House, $16.99,
ISBN 978-0-4397-8204-3), 192p, Ages 8-12

A LITTLE HOUSE CHRISTMAS TREASURY: Festive Holiday Stories
written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, (HarperCollins, $14.99,
ISBN 978-0-06-076918-5),
144p, Ages 8-12





Coming January 2014

Classics for Life

With the influx of new books for children flooding the market each year, old favorites are in danger of being crowded out. Generations of children are missing the opportunity of listening to classical children's literature. This is unfortunate because classics are the cornerstone to building a life-long relationship with literature.

In addition to our monthly recommendations, we will include information on the classics, traditional tales and modern favorites, both written by people who never lost their love of childhood.




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Preschool: Holidays
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THE LITTLE TOY SHOP
written/illus. by Frances Wolfe, (Tundra Books, $19.95,
ISBN 978-0-88776-865-1), 32p, Ages 3-6

"On a sunny street, right across from a park with whispering trees and a babbling brook, there is magic to be found in a little toy shop, where you will always find just the right toy!" A small stuffed bunny arrives at Mr. Kringle's shop, is given a price tag of five dollars, and put on the shelf next to a large teddy bear. Teddy introduces the new arrival to the other toys, and explains that they wait for Mr. Kringle to find them a home. When sold to a little girl for her only dollar, a complicated series of events unfold. The bunny is accidentally sold to another customer, rejected by the new owner, thrown out, chewed by a dog, and dropped in the brook. Recovered and cleaned up, he is placed in a box for delivery to a special little girl from Santa. In spite of a missing button and not so fluffy fir, he is greatly loved. This charming tale of lost and found will sure to please all who are young and young-at-heart this holiday season.

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BEAR STAYS UP FOR CHRISTMAS
written by Karma Wilson, illus. by Jane Chapman, (Margaret K. McElderry Books, $9.99, ISBN 978-1-4169-5896-3), 36p, Ages 3-7

On the day before Christmas, Bear's friends are determined to help him stay awake and enjoy Christmas. They brew tea, pop corn, decorate the tree, hang stockings, sing Christmas songs, and bake fruitcake. Exhausted, the friends fall asleep, but Bear stays awake to finish the preparations. "He toils all night / until the sun rises, / making his friends / their Christmas surprises!" On Christmas morning, Bear discovers a lovely quilt from Santa, perfect for snuggling down and hibernating. Children will enjoy the rhyming text and charming illustrations in this lively tale of friendship, perseverance, and giving to others.

Other Recommendations:

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CHRISTMAS CRICKET
written by Eve Bunting, illus. by Timothy
Bush, (Clarion
Books, 15.00, ISBN
978-0-6180-6554-7), 32p, Ages 3-7

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RUSSELL'S CHRISTMAS MAGIC
written & illus. by Rob Scotton, (Harper
Collins, $16.99, ISBN
978-0-06-059854-9), 32p, Ages 3-7

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ROOM FOR A LITTLE ONE: A Christmas Tale
written by Martin Waddell, illus. by Jason Cockcroft, (Little Simon Inspirations, $11.99, ISBN
978-1-4169-6177-2), 26p, Ages 3-7

Ages 4-8: Holidays
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A VERY FUDDLES CHRISTMAS
written/illus. by Frans Vischer, (Aladdin, $15.99,
ISBN 978-1-4169-9156-4), 32p, Ages 4-7

Indulged, pampered, and spoiled, Fuddles awakes from a nap to discover Christmas dinner, packages, and a decorated tree, just perfect for climbing. When Fuddles and the tree topple over, he panics and runs outside. "Like a pioneer frontiersman, Fuddles bravely faced the elements . . . through the bitter cold and biting wind . . . ignoring his icy whiskers, frozen paws, and rumbling tummy." Discover how one pampered kitty, two pesky squirrels, and a chimney work together to return Fuddles home for a bath, a delicious Christmas dinner, and a place of honor under the tree. Kids will love the laugh out loud antics of one loved and mischievous kitty at Christmastime.

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AN OTIS CHRISTMAS
written/illus. by Loren Long, (Philomel Books, $17.99,
ISBN 978-0-399-16395-1), 40p, Ages 4-7

Christmastime has arrived for Otis and his friends on the farm. This Christmas will be exciting as one of the horses is about to give birth, and Otis receives his first present—a shiny new horn. In the middle of the night, he awakens to urgent sounds coming from the mare's stall. The horse and foal are in trouble and a veterinarian is urgently needed. When the farm truck breaks down, Otis ventures out over the snow, up treacherous hills, and down slippery slopes to the doctor's home. Unable to wake the doctor, Otis uses his new horn. "In the twinkle of an eye, Doc dashed out the front door, jumped on Otis, and held on for dear life." Kids will love this Otis story of rescue and celebration at Christmas.

Other Recommendations:

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THE FOURTH KING: The Story of the Other Wise Man
written/illus. by Ted Sieger, (Candlewick Press, 2006, ISBN
978-0-7636-3121-5), 48p, Ages 4-8

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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING
written by E. T. A. Hoffmann, illus. by Gail deMarcken, (Orchard Books, $18.99, ISBN
978-0-5450-3773-0), 56p, Ages 4-8

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THE BAKER'S DOZEN: A Saint Nicholas Tale
adapted by Aaron Shepard, illus. by Wendy Edelson, Antheneum Books, 1995), 32p, Ages 5-8

Ages 8-12: Holidays
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NICKEL BAY NICK
written by Dean Pitchford, (G. P. Putnam's Sons, $16.99,
ISBN 978-0-399-25465-9), 272p, Ages 10+

An embittered and troubled eleven-year-old encounters a reclusive neighbor, who changes his circumstances, alters his future, and saves his family and town at Christmas. With a history of larceny, Sam is well known by the police and in danger of being removed from his struggling single dad's care. Fleeing from the police one evening, he encounters the mysterious Mr. Wells, a reclusive, wealthy neighbor, who anonymously distributes $100 bills at Christmas to Nickel Bay residents, thereby raising their spirits and the town's economy. Unable to participate this year due to a broken leg, Mr. Wells obtains a list of Sam's crimes, blackmails him into becoming the secret Santa, and trains him in skills of a spy, pickpocket, and cat burglar. What results is a well-written, humorous, exciting, and fast-paced tale of rescue, redemption, and second chances. A surprise ending reveals Mr. Wells' motives for becoming involved in Sam's life. Kids will find themselves rooting for this kid every step of the way.

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THE THIRD GIFT
written by Linda Sue Park, illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline, (Clarion Books, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-547-20195-5), 32p, Ages 7-10

"My father collects tears. That is what they are called: the pearls of sap that seep out of a tree when the bark is cut. Maybe they are called tears because it seems as if the tree is crying." A young boy learns his father's trade by collecting tears (tree resin) also known as myrrh, which they sell to merchants at the spice market. The boy's largest tear is of interest to a spice merchant for his customers, three men seeking to add myrrh to their gifts of gold and frankincense for a baby. As they leave, the boy wonders why the three men would desire a spice used in connection with funerals. An Author's Note explains historical facts about the Magi, Biblical references, and myrrh.

Other Recommendations:

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THE PETERKINS' CHRISTMAS
adapted by Elizabeth Spurr,illus. by Wendy Anderson Halperin, (Antheneum Books, 2004), 32p, Ages 7-10

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL
written by Charles Dickens, illus. by P. J. Lynch, (Candlewick
Press, $19.99, ISBN
978-0-7636-2130-5), 160p, Ages 10+

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A SEASON OF GIFTS
written by Richard Peck, illus. by Brandon Dorman, (Dial Books, 2009), 176p, Ages 11+

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GREAT CHRISTMAS
BOOKS FOR KIDS


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