New and classic holiday books for children and teens

December 16, 2010|Lesley Mason | Kids Ink

The hustle and bustle of the season doesn’t only happen at the mall. The library is busy this time of year, too. With holiday crafts, a visit from Santa, and families getting library materials to settle down for a “long winter’s nap” the library is very busy this time of year. Here are some books to help everyone enjoy the season — from classics you might have forgotten to some new characters that are sure to become holiday favorites.

  “O Holy Night: Christmas with the Boys Choir of Harlem” pictures by Faith Ringgold (ages 3 and younger)
This title features the lyrics of five carols beautifully illustrated in vibrant colors. It also includes a CD featuring the Boys’ Choir of Harlem singing traditional and soulful versions of the songs. The illustrator features an African-American holy family and angels of all races and colors, a wonderful book for children of all ages.

 “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” pictures by Lesley Harker (ages 3 and younger)
This new interpretation of the classic children’s song depicts two modern children and their dog following a star into the past, where they journey to view a newborn child. It’s a clever take on the classic Nativity story.

 “Who is Coming to Our House?” by Joseph Slate (ages 3 to 6)
The animals of a stable prepare for an important visitor. Simple, rhyming verses make this a perfect read-aloud title. An understated rendering of the Nativity, young readers will be ready to identify the animals in the story.

 “Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas” by: Jane O’Connor (ages 4 to 8)
Fancy Nancy is ready for Christmas. But when the Christmas tree takes a topple, Nancy learns that her handmade tree topper is just as pretty as her store-bought one.

 “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore, retold and illustrated by Rachel Isadora (ages 4 to 8)
Santa’s journey takes him to Africa in this charming version of the classic poem. Isadora uses collaged papers and oil paints to create a vibrant African village, dusted by snow. Full of ethnic details and rich color this book is a great culturally diverse title.

 “Judy Moody & Stink: The Holly Joliday” by: Megan McDonald (ages 9 to 12)
Judy Moody has her Christmas list, but all her brother, Stink, wants for Christmas is snow. It hasn’t snowed on Christmas in over 100 years. But the new mailman, Mr. Jack Frost, seems to know a lot about weather patterns and has a fondness for the cold. Will Stink get his wish?


 “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, abridged by Josh Greenhut and illustrated by Brett Helquist (ages 9 to 12)
This amazingly illustrated version of Dickens’s classic tale will be a hit with comic fans. Despite being an abridged version, none of the rich language is sacrificed. The story of Scrooge comes alive. This title is a great way to introduce this classic to new readers.

 “Last Christmas: The Private Prequel” by Kate Brian (ages 13 and older)
Ariana Osgood has everything a girl could want. But on the first night of Christmas vacation, a blizzard traps her on campus. This is a must-read for fans of Kate Brian’s bestselling “Private” series.

 “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote (ages 13 and older)
 This book is an autobiographical story of preChristmas doings in Capote’s parentless, poor household in rural Alabama in the early 1930s.

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