So I can say that the winter holidays are officially upon us. (I don’t celebrate until after Santa goes by in the parade.) With that in mind, I asked for some help in compiling a list of holiday books for you and yours. I wish I knew more books about Chanukah or Kwanzaa, so please recommend some for me. Also, this book is almost exclusively children’s books, so if you have adult titles to recommend, I’d love to hear those, too.
Happy Holidays, All!
1.How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen – I love anything by Jane Yolen, and this book is so fun and quirky.
2. The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell – This is my favorite Christmas book. I love the story. I love that I saw it as a filmstrip in elementary school. I love that we did it for a Christmas pageant at my childhood church.
3. Threadbear by Mick Inkpen – My friend Dan recommended this one, which is no surprise since his beautiful wife has a great teddy bear collection. Dan tells me it’s a little strange (which is awesome), and the writer is named “Inkpen” – that’s just awesome.
4. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – Linda reminded me of this great classic. I LOVE this story in any version, but this edition comes with the original illustrations AND it’s only $.99 on Kindle right now.
5. Christmas Tapestry by Patrica Palacco Bobby pointed me toward Patricia Palacco, and I can’t wait to read this wonderful story about the possibility that a Christmas Eve service won’t happen. (I’m a BIG FAN of Christmas Eve services.)
6. Seven Candles for Kwanzaa by Andrea Davis Pinkney – The Pinkneys (Brian Pinkney is the illustrator here.) do amazing picture books about historic African Americans and moments in the story of African American people. So I’m thrilled to see they have also done a book for Kwanzaa.
7. The Homecoming by Earl Hamner Earl Hamner is a local here, hailing from Schuyler – home of The Waltons, the TV series based on Hamner’s work, so when Rob recommended this book, I was thrilled. It’ll be on my list for this coming month.
8. Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve? by Jan Brett Another recommendation from Dan, and one I’m thrilled about because I love Jan Brett. Plus, the illustrations in this collection remind me of the polar bear in Pullman’s The Golden Compass.
9. Sun Moon Star by Kurt Vonnegut It’s not often you hear about Vonnegut writing children’s books, let alone children’s books about the birth of Jesus. So this recommendation from Sue makes me very happy.
10. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson Maybe it’s that I was part of a Christmas pageant every year as a child. Maybe it’s that my mom directed those pageants. Maybe it’s that this was my mom’s favorite Christmas book, but I just love this story. Redemption. Hope. And the true spirit of love.
What do you recommend for Christmas, Chanukah, or Kwanzaa books?