Archive for the ‘Holiday Books’ category

Goblins, and Ghouls, and Ghosts, Oh My!

October 17, 2019

Halloween is quickly approaching. Get your family in the mood for some yummy treats with these BOOks.

Picture Books

monster academy

Monster Academy written by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple and illustrated by John McKinley, The Blue Sky Press, 2018.

Creepy

Creepy Pair of Underwear! written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017.

Pigs

Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat written by Sue Lowell Gallion and illustrated by Joyce Wan, Beach Lane Books, 2017.

pomegranite

The Pomegranate Witch written by Denise Doyen and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler, Chronicle, 2017.

stumpkin

Stumpkin written and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins, Antheneum Books for Young Readers, 2018.

old lady

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything written by Linda Williams and illustrated by Megan Lloyd, HarperCollins, 2019.

teeny tiny

A Teeny Tiny Halloween written by Lauren L. Wohl and illustrated by Henry Cole, Persnickety Press, 2016.

Board Books

blue truck

Little Blue Truck’s Halloween written by Alice Schertle and illustrated by Jill McElmurry, HMH Books for Young Readers, 2016.

Bat

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat! written by Lucille Colandro and illustrated by Jared Lee, Cartwheel Books, 2017.

mouse

It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond, Balzer + Bray, 2019.

 

 

 

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Bunnies or Ducklings?

April 18, 2019

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Don’t let these ducklings fool you. They’re the famous ducklings from MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey, and they take great pride in dressing up for special occasions. Hippity-hop on over the Boston Public Garden to see them during this Easter season. These ducklings will quack you up!

Here are some egg-cellent Easter books for your little ones. Check them out.

The Littlest Bunny

Here Comes the Easter Bunny

Happy Easter, Mouse! (If You Give...)

Happy Easter, Mouse

The Runaway Egg

The Runaway Egg

Llama Llama Easter Egg

Llama Llama Easter Egg

Happy Easter, Little Hoo!

The Golden Egg Book

 

 

 

 

More Merry Reading

December 17, 2015

Two more of my favorite Christmas books are collections of stories, poems, and carols with dynamite illustrations. Diane Goode and Norman Rockwell are artists of renown. These books are Americana at its best.

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Diane Goode’s American Christmas and Norman Rockwell’s Christmas Book provide readers of all ages with hours of entertainment and reading pleasure. When you open these books, you step into an old-fashioned Christmas.

Both books have classic Christmas carols with sheet music included. Both have stories and poems written by well-known authors. In Goode’s book, you can find authors such as Jayne Thayer, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Edgar Allen Poe and poets Langston Hughes, Aileen Fisher, e. e. cummings, and Clement C. Moore. In Rockwell’s more comprehensive book, there is a wealth of authors and poets such as O. Henry, Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Ogden Nash, Robert Frost, and Lewis Carroll. Goode’s cheerful and expressive illustrations bring a smile to your lips, and Rockwell’s true-to-life illustrations touch your heart. The artistry of Goode and Rockwell paired with the stories, poems, and carols in each book make these a must for your holiday library.

 

Below are two “mini-novels” that I also adore and are well worth reading during the holidays. They will tug at your heartstrings.

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and The Shepherd by Frederick Forsyth

Grab a moment for yourself during this busy time and enjoy a great book.

 

 

My Holiday Favorites

December 10, 2015

For years, I’ve collected holiday books that intrigue and entertain me. The words within each book, the touch and smell of the pages, and the emotional high they deliver are the many things that help make my holiday experience magical. During the year, I keep those special books in my office library. During the holiday season, I display them in all the nooks and crannies of our home. My hope is that a family member or a visitor will pick one up and feel the same emotions I do when they read them.

Here are three of my picture book favorites.

Santa’s Favorite Story written by Hisako Aoki and illustrated by Ivan Gantschev. Soft watercolor illustrations help Santa tell the forest animals about the first Christmas and its true meaning – the gift of love.

An Ellis Island Christmas written by Maxinne Rhea Leighton and illustrated by Dennis Nolan. The Petrowski family has left Poland to travel to America to join their father. They arrive at Ellis Island on Christmas Eve and must go through the entry process before being reunited with their father. To young Krysia, the sights, sounds, and food are a new and, sometimes, frightening experience. A feeling of joy embraces Krysia when Papa arrives to take them to their new home. The illustrations, done in subdued colors, do an admirable job in depicting the immigrant experience of coming to America.

We Were There: A Nativity Story written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Wendell Minor. Bunting’s lyrical text and repetition provide readers with a look at some of the unusual creatures that might have traveled to see the Christ Child on that special night. Combined with Minor’s amazing paintings done in gouache and watercolors, author and illustrator have created a simple but memorable Nativity story that will captivate readers and keep them guessing where the creatures are headed.

 

Christmas Books Worth Reading: Don’t Be a Scrooge!

December 20, 2012

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, …”

“Humbug!”

What the dickens am I blathering about? Charles Dickens, of course. You know – the Charles Dickens of David Copperfield, Great Expectations, and Oliver Twist fame. He also wrote a slew of other books. I’m well acquainted with Dickens. His books were required reading in high school, and I have to admit I found them a bit depressing. Okay, I’m a Scrooge but not a total Scrooge. One of my favorite Christmas stories written by the same Charles Dickens is A Christmas Carol. You know the story. If you don’t, shame on you. It’s a must read!

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Scrooge is the perfect curmudgeon. He’s a character you love to hate. Tight-fisted, mean, and heartless are just a few words to describe him. When his dead-as-a-door-nail business partner, Jacob Marley, pays an unexpected ghostly visit to Scrooge, the fun begins. A stern warning to change his ways and a promise of three more ghosts follow Marley’s early evening visit to Scrooge. The Spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet To Come  force Scrooge to face the person he has become. It’s not a pretty picture. By observing the love and caring of those around him, especially a certain Tiny Tim, Scrooge has an aha moment and realizes how empty and worthless his life has become. Thus begins his transformation.

There is great satisfaction in reading this book, knowing that change for the better is always possible. It is a heart-warming story filled with themes of family, love, and kindness. It will touch your heart.

Don’t be a humbug. Remember it is better to give than receive. So give yourself a gift this year. Read this Christmas classic and keep the true meaning of Christmas alive throughout the year.

In the words of Tiny Tim, “God bless us every one!”

 

 

Christmas Books Worth Reading: Santa Mouse

December 13, 2012

There has been a mouse in my house for years. Normally, I would hunt it down and dispose of it immediately, but this mouse is special. This mouse is SANTA MOUSE!IMG_3111

SANTA MOUSE was published in 1966. It’s a simple rhyming story written by Michael Brown and illustrated by Elfrieda De Witt. It has lots of charm which is why it’s been a favorite of mine for such a long time. Santa Mouse is no ordinary mouse. He is thoughtful and kind. On Christmas Eve he wraps a special piece of cheese he has been saving all year long and leaves it for Santa. Because of his unselfish gesture, Santa makes him his helper.

“You know, I need a helper

As I travel house to house,

And I shall give a name to you:

I’ll call you Santa Mouse.”

Young listeners and readers enjoy the pictures of Santa Mouse playing with his imaginary friends and preparing for Santa’s Christmas visit. Extended activities can include, making a Santa Mouse stick puppet to act out stories and matching the rhyming words found in the story.

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It’s nice to have a mouse in your house especially when it’s Santa Mouse!

Resolve to Read

January 3, 2012

We rang in the New Year with good friends and good cheer. 2012 is upon us. Will it be a good year? My theory is it’s what we make of it. I like to take each day at a time and try to make it my best. Sometimes it may turn out to be my worst, but, no matter what, each day is always a good learning experience.

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? Whether you did or you didn’t, here’s a suggestion that’s cheap, simple, and rewarding for all.

Resolve to read in 2012! Be a role model for those around you. Read! Read to yourself. Read to your kids. Read to anyone who will listen. Resolve to make reading exciting for young children so they learn to love reading as teenagers and adults. Read! Read! Read!

Here are a few books to ring in all types of New Years and share with children:

Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution written by Pat Miller and illustrated by Kathi Ember (Albert Whitman & Company, 2010), Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2008), The Runaway Wok:  A Chinese New Year Tale written by Ying Chang Compestine and illustrated by Sebastia Serra (Dutton Juvenile, 2011), Shanté Keys and the New Year’s Peas written by Gail Piernas-Davenport and illustrated by Marion Eldridge (Albert Whitman & Company, 2007)


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