December Book Order:
This is a mix of old and new titles, but I just have to share them all. I also came up with a fun activity that you might want to save for next year.
The Night Before Christmas by Rachel Isadora
A gorgeous reimagining of the beloved Christmas poem, set in Africa.
Since Clement Clarke Moore penned this Christmas classic in 1825, it has been beloved by children around the world. Now, Caldecott Honor winner Rachel Isadora sets the poem in Africa, capturing the anticipation and excitement of Christmas in her stunning collages. Children will pore over the enchanting artwork - brimming with special touches like traditional African toys and a Santa who sports dreadlocks - as they chime along with the familiar rhyming text.
Here's a super easy art project. We made a bird mobile similar to the one in Isadora's illustrations:
You'll need cardstock, scraps of wrapping paper, and ribbon. I would have liked to use rope and beads, but we couldn't find any in my office.
I snagged these two adorable board books:
Pictured on the left:
Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
Illustrations by Jane Chapman
Bear's friends are determined to keep Bear awake for Christmas! So they wake Bear up and have him help them find a Christmas tree, bake cakes, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas songs. Bear stays up--by discovering that giving is one of the best Christmas presents!
Pictured on the right:
What is Christmas? by Michelle Medlock Adams
Illustrations by Amy Wummer
With whimsical art and rhyming text, even the youngest child will be able to answer the question, 'What is Christmas?' Ages 2-5.
(Lovely additions to our holiday books!)
And look what I found tucked away in an old box. It’s a mechanical Santa that sings Feliz Navidad and plays the guitar! I paired it with this picture book:
Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano
Illustrations by David Diaz
Set to the lyrics of Jose Feliciano's song "Feliz Navidad" and illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner David Diaz, this unique flip book features two different, yet traditional, Christmas celebrations!
(You'll be singing this song for the rest of the day, right?)
And here's an old favorite:
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Adapted by Rick Bunsen
Illustrations by Arcadia
This beloved story stars Rudolph, a young reindeer with a glowing nose. When the other reindeer make fun of him, Rudolph runs away. But with the help of a misfit elf named Herbie and a prospector named Yukon Cornelius, Rudolph learns that you shouldn't run away from your problems. Everyone is thrilled when Rudolph returns to the North Pole, especially Santa, who desperately needs his help!
Oh, What a Christmas! by Michael Garland
Get Ready for a Christmas Comedy with This Uproariously Silly Picture Book!
The sweetest and goofiest barnyard animals discover they can fly — and save the night for children when Santa's reindeer fly away without him on Christmas Eve.
Adorable pictures of cheerful sheep, goats, pigs, and an irresistible old hound dog Surprising humor has turned this picture book into an instant classic Uplifting holiday message about lending a helping hand
When the harness to Santa's sleigh breaks mid-flight, Dasher, Dancer, and the rest of the reindeer gang fly off into the night...leaving Santa and all of his presents stranded!
(Click here to read the full description.)
We really loved this one. The illustrations are magic!
And what's Christmas without a bit of holiday drama:
Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama holidays.
Jingle music. Lights ablaze.
How long till that special date?
Llama Llama has to wait.
If there's one thing Llama Llama doesn't like, it's waiting. He and Mama Llama rush around, shopping for presents, baking cookies, decorating the tree . . . but how long is it until Christmas? Will it ever come? Finally, Llama Llama just can't wait any more! It takes a cuddle from Mama Llama to remind him that "Gifts are nice, but there's another: The true gift is, we have each other."
(Click here for more Llama Llama books, games, and activities.)
As you can see, we never get bored when there's something to celebrate.
Stay tuned for more highlights. January's book order will be up next...