CRRL Kids: Magical Christmas Books
Annotation:Six year-old Angela of Limerick, Ireland, worries for the Baby Jesus on the altar of St. Joseph's Church near School House Lane where she lives and on the damp, cold December nights the baby is sure to need her help.
Annotation:A Welsh poet recalls the celebration of Christmas in Wales and the feelings it evoked in him as a child. Also available as a video and an audio book.
Annotation:Rylant shares stories of the season mostly set in the hills of West Virginia and western Virginia where she grew up. All these stories deal with sad, lonely, displaced people and how they find a spot of warmth and happiness on Christmas Eve.
Annotation:A father and son set off at dawn to find a Christmas tree in a field by Long Pond. They pass a doe and her two fawns, a wood pecker searching for carpenter ants, and a fox. The tree they choose - like the landscape - is beautiful.
Annotation:As Christmas approaches, Lucy, a ten-year-old orphan living on the streets of London, is overjoyed to be given the job of sewing hearts for the dolls in ThimbleBee's Doll Shop.
Annotation:The widow McDowell and her seven-year-old son Thomas ask the gruff Jonathan Toomey, the best wood-carver in the valley, to carve the figures for a Christmas creche.
Annotation:"The holidays are filled with joyful noise. But some Christmas moments come wrapped in quiet: the hush of snow, the silence of a winter walk, the peacefulness of twinkling lights. Deborah Underwood and Renata Liwska celebrate all kinds of Christmas quiets in this magical ode for readers to savor while snuggling up by the fire or settling in for a long winter's nap. This time, the best-selling makers of The Quiet Book and The Loud Book! team-up to create a sweet book of all of the different kinds of quiet we hear during the holiday season."
Annotation:Grace loves everything about Christmas, especially acting out all the parts in the Nativity. But when strangers come to stay with Grace and her family, she wants to say "no room at the inn." Will Grace learn to give up the spotlight and make these new friends feel welcome?
Annotation:"The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! / Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason." Can the grinchy guy with the heart two sizes too small learn the true meaning of Christmas? Fun to read again and again!
Annotation:A lonely little fir tree, standing by itself at the edge of the forest, has its life transformed when a father takes it home to serve as a living Christmas tree for his bedridden son.
Annotation:A collection of stories which describe the experiences of a pioneer girl and her family as they celebrate various Christmases in the big woods in Wisconsin, on the prairie in Indian Territory, and on the banks of Plum Creek.
Annotation:The wares of the poor little match girl illuminate her cold world, bringing some beauty to her brief, tragic life. Adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen story.
Annotation:Every year, his sister May makes the best presents, but this year, Marvin knows how to bring Christmas to his family's trailer all year long.
Annotation:In this retelling of the original 1816 German story, Godfather Drosselmeier gives young Marie a nutcracker for Christmas, and she finds herself in a magical realm where she saves the nutcracker and sees him change into a handsome prince.
Annotation:A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus. Winner of Caldecott Medal in 1986.
Annotation:All of Mrs. Mouse's children want to surprise Santa with presents for him instead of asking for something for themselves. For the very beginning reader.
Annotation: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.
Annotation:All year long Lily and Liam look forward to Christmas on their grandparents' farm. It's always the perfect trip -- walking to the lilac library, trimming the tree, giving gifts. But this year, thanks to a white cow alone in the meadow, things will be different. This Christmas, Lily and Liam will find out the meaning of a true gift.
Annotation:Olivia writes a letter home each of the twelve days she spends exploring the nation's capital at Christmastime, as her cousin James shows her everything from a wood thrush in a scarlet oak tree to twelve sparkly pine trees near the National Christmas Tree. Includes facts about Washington, D.C.
Annotation:A boy from Finnmark and his ice bear help scare away some hungry trolls so that Kyri and her father can enjoy their Christmas Eve meal.
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With all its holiday traditions and celebrations, December is a magical month. Prepare for Christmas with some of these great holiday books from the library.