New holiday picture books available [UPDATED]Published 10:19am Thursday, November 15, 2012 Updated 12:25pm Thursday, November 15, 2012
One of my favorite things about the holidays are the traditions that I so fondly remember from my childhood as well as creating new traditions with my family.
Books and stories play an important role in these traditions at my house and I hope at yours as well. If you’re looking for a new picture book to share with the little ones in your life, please check out our holiday book collection in the children’s area, as well as the recommendations in this article.
As a reminder, Christmas books, high in demand at this time of year, only circulate for one week.
“Bear Says Thanks,” by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman; The eighth installment of this charming series has Bear wanting to cook a feast for his friends but realizing his cupboards are “bare.”
His forest friends come to the rescue and bring delicious treats to share but Bear feels sad he hasn’t contributed anything. Always ready to cheer him up, his friends remind him that his wonderful stories are the best things he has to offer.
“Balloons Over Broadway,” by Melissa Sweet; Do you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade every year? Have you ever wondered how those giant balloons stay afloat? This books tells the story of a man named Tony Sarg, a puppeteer who, in 1924, helped create the first Macy’s parade filled with costumes, singing, dancing, and those awe-inspiring floating balloons.
“The Thankful Book,” by Todd Parr; A book that encourages kids to think of things they’re thankful for every day like music, their hair, and even underwear! Perfect for Thanksgiving as well as anytime of the year.
“Pete the Cat Saves Christmas,” by Eric Litwin & James Dean; A funny, feline spin on “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Who will deliver the presents when Santa gets sick? Pete the Cat, of course! Always mellow, always groovy, Pete can go with the flow and get the job done!
“The Christmas Quiet Book,” by Deborah Underwood & Renata Liwska; First there was “The Quiet Book”, then there was “The Loud Book”, and now, just in time for the holidays, is “The Christmas Quiet Book.” Filled with soft, lush illustrations, this book reminds us that even amid the holiday hustle and bustle there are many quiet moments to cherish and celebrate at Christmastime.
“How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?” by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague; It’s that time of year for little boys and girls (and dinosaurs) to be on their best behavior! From the team that brought us “How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight” comes the latest dino romp which reminds all of those who are waiting for Santa to not rip open presents, shake the tree, or eat up all the cookies!
Arielle Krohn is the Youth Librarian at the Fergus Falls Public Library.