Picture books for the believing and unbelieving
Maple and Willow’s Christmas Tree Book by Lori Nichols
Two sisters get their first real Christmas tree only to discover that it makes one of them
sneeze. All those who suffer with allergies, as well as those who don’t, will appreciate their
ingenious solution to the problem.
The Carpenter’s Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree
by David Rubel, illustrated by Jim LaRoche
Set in Depression-era New York City, the story tells of eight-year-old Henry and his father selling
Christmas trees. They give a Christmas tree to construction workers building Rockefeller Center
and celebrate together. Through the kindness of the construction workers and neighbors, Henry
gets his wish for a nice, warm home to replace his family’s drafty shack.
Baker’s Dozen:A Saint Nicholas Tale by Alan Shepard
A legend of colonial America in which a greedy baker learns the importance of generosity
in business from St. Nicholas, thus initiating the custom of the “baker’s dozen.”
The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold by Maureen Fergus
Santa has a problem. This kid? Harold? Santa doesn’t think he’s real. He WANTS to believe
in Harold–after all, Harold is one of the most magical parts of Christmas. Getting Harold’s
letters, eating the cookies he leaves out, feeding his carrots to the reindeer… what would
Christmas be without that? But Santa’s just not sure.
Two beautiful versions of old classic Christmas tales
Twelve Days of Christmas by Alison Jay
This lovely book is a pure work of art, featuring whimsical 19th Century scenes that
will delight both children and adults.
The Nutcracker Illustrated by Valeria Docampo
This edition is based on the New York City ballet production of George Balanchine’s The
Merry Christmas Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola
Strega is busy getting her annual Christmas Eve feast ready with all the Italian
traditions. Her reluctant assistant, Big Anthony, urges her to use magic to
make the many tasks easier, but Strega Nona admonishes “No magic at
Christmas.” Big Anthony discovers the real magic of Natale with a surprise for
A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas by Pat Mora
Instead of a partridge, this tale serves up a Latino twist with pinatas and dancing
Tree of Cranes by Alan Say
A Japanese boy learns of Christmas when his mother decorates a pine tree with paper
Chapter books –Read a Louds
Armand, an old man living on the streets of Paris, relishes his solitary life. Then one day
just before Christmas, Armand finds three cold and hungry children beneath a
bridge. Armand soon finds himself caring for the small family and realizing he must do
whatever it takes to get them a real home.
Celebrate the season with festive collection of Christmas stories from the prairie taken
from the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the beloved Little House series. Featured
is Garth Williams’ classic artwork in vibrant full color.
When Santa Fell to Earth by Cornelia Funke
What would happen if Santa fell to Earth? Scared by a storm Twinklestar, the least
reliable reindeer, bolts, causing Santa and his sleigh to crash. Even though Santa has
dropped into a friendly neighborhood, he’s not safe, and the thus begins the adventure.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
This classic story follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the
worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas
pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared
shepherds, and six rowdy kids.