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Holiday Books 2013

Holiday Roundup

Holiday Books 2013

Whether you are looking for stocking stuffers or just some new books to curl up and read on a cold, snowy day, this is the list for you. Here is a list of holiday books that we are sure will warm the hearts of readers both young and old.

A Very Fuddles Christmas by Frans Vischer - Picture book


The way Fuddles sees the world, it’s better to receive than give! And what better gift for Fuddles than Christmas? One winter day, he wakes up to the smells and sights of the holiday—all for him! But when Fuddles tries to climb the tree, his family chases him away. He runs outside to escape, smack into cold and ice and snow! Will Fuddles make it back home in time to celebrate?

Gifts of the Heart by Patricia Polacco - Picture book


Richie and Trisha want to buy Christmas gifts for their family, but they don't have enough money. Enter Kay Lamity, a new housekeeper . . . but is that all she is? She comes into their lives like a whirlwind, brimming with positive energy and a can-do attitude. Because of Kay, Trisha and Richie—and the family—have a Christmas morning they will never forget.

Hanukkah in Alaska written by Barbara Brown with illustrations by Stacey Schuett - Picture book


Hanukkah in Alaska is unlike anywhere else. Snow piles up over the windows. Daylight is only five hours long. And one girl finds a moose camped out in her backyard, right near her favorite blue swing. She tries everything to lure it away, but it just keeps eating more tree! It’s not until the last night of Hanukkah that a familiar holiday tradition provides the perfect—and surprising—solution.

Heidi Heckelbeck and the Christmas Surprise written by Wanda Coven with illustrations by Priscilla Burris - Picture book


When Heidi loses her mom’s special charm bracelet, she fears that her mom will be angry with her. And when she finally finds the bracelet, it has been totally crushed by a snowplow. Heidi tries to fix the broken bracelet with a spell, but that only makes things worse! Will Heidi have the courage to come clean and tell her mom the truth—and will there still be room for Christmas cheer?

Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow by Jacky Davis and David Soman - Imagination and Play


Lulu and her dog Bingo wake up to a snow-covered yard and decide to have the best day ever. But when Lulu tries to make a snowball, snow falls down the back of her neck. Then Lulu remembers that she is Ladybug Girl! With another look at the snow, she sees the yard in a new light. She and Bingo are now ready to use their imaginations to create their own snow adventure.

Snow Ponies written by Cynthia Cotten with illustrations by Jason Cockcroft - Picture book


Magical ponies create the first snowfall of winter. On a cold, gray day, Old Man Winter leads his snow ponies outside. Everything they touch turns white with snow as they bring winter to the forest and field. At last the ponies tire, and Old Man Winter settles them down for the night in their cozy barn. Outside, the world is covered with a soft white blanket. Winter has come at last.

Snowflakes Fall written by Patricia MacLachlan with illustrations by Steven Kellogg - Picture book


In Snowflakes Fall, Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan and award-winning artist Steven Kellogg portray life’s natural cycle: its beauty, its joy, and its sorrow. Together, the words and pictures offer the promise of renewal that can be found in our lives—snowflakes fall, and return again as raindrops so that flowers can grow.
Squirrels on Skis written by J. Hamilton Ray with illustrations by Pascal Lemaitre - Picture book


Those are squirrels on skis! Eighty-five squirrels and more on the way! As you can imagine, the townsfolk are NOT amused. Can intrepid reporter Sally Sue Breeze find out where the squirrels are getting their skis-and make them stop skiing long enough to eat lunch-before pest-control guy Stanley Powers sucks them up in his vacuum device?

The Christmas Cat written by Maryann Macdonald with illustrations by Amy June Bates - Picture book


A cozy Nativity story for those who love Christmas and cats.  All babies are beautiful and all babies cry. Jesus was no exception. On the night he was born, nothing Mary, Joseph, or the animals in the stable could do would comfort him. But when a curious kitten wanted its turn to calm the baby Jesus, a loving friendship blossomed on that very first Christmas.

The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson and Eleanor Taylor - Picture book


Peter Rabbit and his cousin Benjamin Bunny have a new friend, William the Turkey. The trio is excited for Christmas--until they realize that William is meant to be Mr. McGregor's Christmas supper! Just in time, Peter and Benjamin hide William, and the three enjoy a lovely Christmas dinner of pickled radishes and barley cake at the Rabbit family burrow.
The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert and Per Breiehagen - Christmas


A brave little girl named Anja wanted to be one of Santa's elves. So she straps on her skis, and heads out into the snowy landscape. From a red bird to a polar bear to a reindeer, a menagerie of winter animals help Anja make her way to Santa. A generous trim-size, matte cover, and foiled title make this a special book for the holiday season.

The Dwarf in the Drawer: A Mischievous Parody written by L. van King with illustrations by Chuck Gonzales - Picture Book


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The time when tiny elves spy on all the little children and then go dancing off to tattle to Santa. . . . What? That doesn’t sound wonderful to you? Right. The Dwarf in the Drawer doesn’t think so, either. This hilarious parody of Santa’s elvish spy will make us all take another look at the true meaning of Christmas.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore with illustrations by Holly Hobbie - Picture Book


With glorious illustrations by Caldecott Medal–winning illustrator Roger Duvoisin, this edition of Clement C. Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas” is a perfect holiday read-aloud for families. And with a tall, narrow size, it’s also just right for tucking into a Christmas stocking, making it a wonderful holiday gift.

The Velveteen Rabbit Christmas by Maria S. Barbo and Michael Hague - Picture book


On Christmas Eve, a boy and his toy rabbit have fun preparing for the holiday festivities: decorating the tree, hanging stockings, setting the table. But somehow in all the excitement, Rabbit disappears. Will he and the Boy be able to celebrate Christmas together after all?

The Very Fairy Princess Sparkles in the Snow by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton - Performing Arts


The Winter Wonderland Festival is just around the corner, and Gerry knows this is her moment to shine. She's the most enthusiastic singer around, so she's certain her music teacher will choose her to perform the solo. But when a professional singer is given the solo instead, Gerry is crushed...but as the snow begins to fall, she finds a way to get her sparkle back!
When It Snows by Richard Collingridge - Picture book


When it snows, magic happens. Follow a boy and his teddy bear on a wondrous snowy adventure which will lead readers of all ages to a surprising place.

Winter is for Snow by Robert Neubecker - Picture book


In a rambunctious ode to everything winter, two siblings explore a snowy wonderland . . . and end up in the cozy warmth of family. Delve into Robert Neubecker's expressive and rejuvenating illustrations that celebrate snow and the coziness of friends and family at home. Only Robert Neubecker's magic touch could make kids love winter this much!