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Holiday Stories for Kids

Description: 'Tis the season to enjoy the December holidays! Whether your family celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, these children's books can help you illustrate the stories at the heart of your holiday tradition. For ages 3-12. #kids #holiday


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Baboushka and the Three Kings

by Ruth Robbins

The children of old Russia awaited with joy the coming of Baboushka at Christmastime as our children today await Santa Claus. Baboushka's story is retold here with beauty and warmth. When the three kings ask the old woman to join them in their search for the Child, she declines because her day's work is not finished. In vain, she tries to follow them the next day. Since that distant time, Baboushka has continued her endless search for the Child. The primitive beauty of old Russia is captured in rich four-color pictures by Nicolas Sidjakov, illustrator of the well-known THE FRIENDLY BEASTS. Included is the story in verse with music composed especially for this book.

Date Added: 11/30/2017


Category: Children's

A Boy Called Christmas

by Chris Mould and Matt Haig

Before there was Santa Claus, there was a young boy who believed in the impossible. . . . Lemony Snicket meets Elf in this warmhearted Christmas caper. Eleven-year-old Nikolas--nicknamed "Christmas"--has received only one toy in his life: a doll carved out of a turnip. But he's happy with his turnip doll, because it came from his parents, who love him. Then one day his father goes missing, and Nikolas must travel to the North Pole to save him. Along the way, Nikolas befriends a surly reindeer, bests a troublesome troll, and discovers a hidden world of enchantment in the frozen village of Elfhelm. But the elves of Elfhelm have troubles of their own: Christmas spirit and goodwill are at an all-time low, and Nikolas may be the only person who can fix things--if only he can reach his father before it's too late. . . . Sparkling with wit and warmth, A Boy Called Christmas is a cheeky new Christmas classic-in-the-making from acclaimed author Matt Haig and illustrator Chris Mould."Irresistibly readable. Destined to become a Christmas and anytime-before-or-after-Christmas classic!" --Chris Grabenstein, New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library"The definitive (and funny) history of ho, ho, ho! My children loved it." --Yann Martel, bestselling author of Life of Pi "The most evergreen, immortal Christmas story to be published for decades." --Stephen Fry"Humorous and heartfelt, A Boy Called Christmas will grow your heart three sizes and make you believe in magic." --Liesl Shurtliff, New York Times bestselling author of Rump"Matt Haig has an empathy for the human condition, the light and the dark of it, and he uses the full palette to build his excellent stories."--Neil Gaiman, Newbery-winning author of The Graveyard BookFrom the Hardcover edition.

Date Added: 12/03/2018


Category: Middle Grade

The Christmas Quiet Book

by Deborah Underwood and Renata Liwska

The holidays are filled with joyful noise. But Christmas is sometimes wrapped in quiet: "Searching for presents quiet," "Getting caught quiet," and "Hoping for a snow day quiet." Irresistibly cute, soft colored pencil illustrations of bunnies, bears, and more paint a magical holiday picture indeed.

Date Added: 12/08/2017


Category: Children's

Dreidels on the Brain

by Joel Ben Izzy

At last a great American Hanukkah story! This very funny, very touching novel of growing up Jewish has the makings of a holiday classic.

One lousy miracle. Is that too much to ask?

Evidently so for Joel, as he tries to survive Hannukah, 1971 in the suburbs of the suburbs of Los Angeles (or, as he calls it, “The Land of Shriveled Dreams”). That’s no small task when you’re a “seriously funny-looking” twelve-year-old magician who dreams of being his own superhero: Normalman. And Joel’s a long way from that as the only Jew at Bixby School, where his attempts to make himself disappear fail spectacularly. Home is no better, with a family that’s not just mortifyingly embarrassing but flat-out broke.

That’s why Joel’s betting everything on these eight nights, to see whether it’s worth believing in God or miracles or anything at all. Armed with his favorite jokes, some choice Yiddish words, and a suitcase full of magic tricks, he’s scrambling to come to terms with the world he lives in—from hospitals to Houdini to the Holocaust—before the last of the candles burns out.

No wonder his head is spinning: He’s got dreidels on the brain. And little does he know that what’s actually about to happen to him and his family this Hanukkah will be worse than he’d feared . . . And better than he could have imagined.

Date Added: 12/08/2017


Category: Middle Grade

Eight Candles to Light

by Jonny Zucker

Here is a simple and delightful introduction to the Jewish festival of Chanukah. Follow a family as they light the menorah, open presents, and eat latkes to celebrate the great miracle that happened more than 2,100 years ago.

Date Added: 11/30/2017


Category: Children's

Eight Winter Nights

by Laura Krauss Melmed and Elisabeth Schlossberg

Moishe's Miracle author Laura Krauss Melmed and illustrator Elisabeth Schlossberg celebrate Hanukkahin joyful action rhymes, festive poems, and exuberant scenes of family life. From traditional holiday foods to the story of the Maccabees, they capture the warm sights, sounds, and tastes of this wintertime festival.

Date Added: 11/30/2017


Category: Children's

The Gifts of Kwanzaa

by Synthia Saint James

Kwanzaa is a new holiday, based on African harvest festivals. It was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga. Kwanzaa quickly became an important African-American celebration and is now even observed around the world. Kwanzaa has seven symbols and seven principles and is celebrated for seven nights, from December 26 to January 1. Each night, a new candle is lit in the kinara, a seven-branched candleholder, and the family talks about the principle for that day. Kwanzaa is a time for rejoicing with family and friends, for remembering the achievements of ancestors, and for dedicating efforts towards the good of the community and race. Synthia Saint James's simple text explains the holiday to young children; her bright, boldly patterned paintings evoke this rich and vibrant celebration.

Date Added: 11/30/2017


Category: Children's

The Girl Who Saved Christmas

by Matt Haig and Chris Mould

From the bestselling author of A Boy Called Christmas comes a hilarious and heartwarming holiday tale for fans of Roald Dahl and Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol that imagines the story of the first child to ever receive a Christmas present. “Matt Haig has an empathy for the human condition, the light and the dark of it, and he uses the full palette to build his excellent stories.” —Neil Gaiman, Newbery-winning author of The Graveyard Book Amelia Wishart was the first child ever to receive a Christmas present. It was her Christmas spirit that gave Santa the extra boost of magic he needed to make his first trip around the world. But now Amelia is in trouble. When her mother falls ill, she is sent to the workhouse to toil under cruel Mr. Creeper. For a whole year, Amelia scrubs the floors and eats watery gruel, without a whiff of kindness to keep her going. It’s not long before her hope begins to drain away. Meanwhile, up at the North Pole, magic levels dip dangerously low as Christmas approaches, and Santa knows that something is gravely wrong. With the help of his trusty reindeer, a curious cat, and Charles Dickens, he sets out to find Amelia, the only girl who might be able to save Christmas. But first Amelia must learn to believe again. . . .""With a little bit of naughty and a lot of nice, this Christmastime yarn is a veritable sugarplum." —Kirkus Reviews

Date Added: 12/08/2017


Category: Middle Grade

Honeyky Hanukah

by Woody Guthrie and Dave Horowitz

Latkes and goody things all over town, It's Honeyky Hanukah time. In Woody Guthrie's rowdy, funny celebration of a Hanukah night, a young boy and his dog move merrily from house to house, gathering up family and friends for a big feast at Bubbe's.

Date Added: 11/30/2017


Category: Children's

Kwanzaa

by Deborah M. Newton Chocolate

A children's book of Kwanzaa, with definitions of the Swahili words that belong to the holiday.

Date Added: 11/30/2017


Category: Children's

Kwanzaa (Best Holiday Books)

by Dorothy Rhodes Freeman and Dianne M. Macmillan

Freeman and MacMillan discuss the significance of Kwanzaa in five information-packed chapters. The traditions and seven key principles associated with Kwanzaa are explained in a clear, interesting way that gives the reader a comprehensive understanding of this important holiday. Picture captions and descriptions present.

Date Added: 11/30/2017


Category: Children's

The Legend of Holly Claus

by Laurel Long and Brittney Ryan

Santa Claus’s daughter sets out to break a curse and free a magical kingdomThough few mortals know his secret, Nicholas is more than a jolly red-suited man who visits children all over the world on Christmas Eve—he is also the king of Forever, Land of the Immortals. Each year he gets letters from millions of boys and girls, and helps make their Christmas wishes come true. But one year, a special little boy from New York City asks something Nicholas has never been asked before: “What do you wish for Christmas, Santa?” With that simple question, a magical story unfolds. Nicholas answers that his only wish is for a child. And soon the immortal people of the kingdom celebrate the arrival of Holly Claus, the princess of Forever and the first child to grace its ground. But their happiness is dashed when an evil sorcerer places a spell on the infant, turning her heart to ice and freezing her kingdom in time. Many years later, just in time for Christmas Eve, Holly travels to New York, intent upon saving Christmas and freeing the land of Forever. Holly will make this the most magical—and memorable—Christmas the world has ever seen. This ebook features a note from Brittney Ryan including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

Date Added: 10/30/2018


Category: Middle Grade

Little Owl and the Star

by Mary Murphy

On a silent night, a star beckons Little Owl, and he follows. In a distant manger he finds a man, a woman, the happiest baby, and joy that lights the world.

Date Added: 11/30/2017


Category: Children's

Maria

by Theodore Taylor

Eleven-year-old Maria and her family are the first Mexican Americans to enter a float in the annual Christmas parade in San Lazaro, California.

Date Added: 11/30/2017


Category: Middle Grade

Must Be Santa

by Pete Whitehead and Tim Moore

Who's got a beard that's long and white? Santa's got a beard that's long and white! Who comes around on a special night? Santa comes around on a special night! Special night, beard that's white! Must be Santa! Must be Santa! Must be Santa! Santa Claus! The classic Christmas song Must Be Santa has been covered by music giants Bob Dylan and Raffi. Now, for the very first time, the fun and festive lyrics have been paired with adorable illustrations in this Big Little Golden Book hardcover edition. It makes the perfect gift! From the Hardcover edition.

Date Added: 12/08/2017


Category: Children's

My First Chanukah

by Tomie Depaola

Why light only one candle? What is gelt? Are there presents? Other books by this author are available in this library.

Date Added: 11/30/2017


Category: Children's

The Night Before New Year's

by Natasha Wing and Amy Wummer

The newest title in Natasha Wing's bestselling Night Before series! It's the night before New Year's, and the whole family is determined to stay up until midnight! Everyone's stocked up on sparkly streamers and festive party hats, but after a night filled with card games and too many cupcakes, the little ones are getting sleepy...Can they make it until the clock strikes twelve?

Date Added: 12/10/2018


Category: Children's

The Polar Express

by Chris Van Allsburg

The Polar Express is a treasured holiday tradition. Awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1986, The Polar Express has sold more than 7 million copies, become a classic holiday movie, and been translated into stage productions that take place across the United States during the holiday season.

Date Added: 12/08/2017


Category: Children's

Seven Spools of Thread

by Angela Shelf Medearis

When they are given the seemingly impossible task of turning thread into gold, the seven Ashanti brothers put aside their differences, learn to get along, and embody the principles of Kwanzaa. Includes information on Kwanzaa, West African cloth weaving, and instructions for making a belt.

Date Added: 11/30/2017


Category: Children's

Song of the Stars

by Sally Lloyd-Jones

The Song of the Stars, written by best-selling author Sally Lloyd-Jones, is a Christmas book that explores the joy and excitement and celebration in all of creation at the coming of Jesus. They’ve been waiting with eager longing for the coming of God’s long promised son, and when at last he arrives, though it’s mostly unnoticed by mankind, the whole earth holds its breath: their Creator, Jesus, Emmanuel has come to the world that He made. Mountains, trees, seas, skies, stars, animals—the rumor spreads that at last the time has come. It’s time! He’s here! And a poor teenage couple and some ragged shepherds join in their song of joy.

Date Added: 11/30/2017


Category: Children's

Squirrel's New Year's Resolution

by Pat Miller and Kathi Ember

"Do you know how to make a resolution?" Squirrel asked Bear. "Is it like making a snack?"Bear laughed. "Resolutions are more important than snacks.""More important than snacks?" said Squirrel. "What is a resolution?"Squirrel knows that New Year's Day is a great day for making resolutions! But what does it mean to make a resolution, anyway? As she makes visits around the forest she learns about New Year's resolutions and helps her friends get started on theirs. If only she can think of a resolution of her very own . . .

Date Added: 12/10/2018


Category: Children's

This Is the Dreidel

by Paige Billin-Frye and Abby Levine

"This is the dreidel Max takes from the drawer / where he had placed it one year before." Max and his family, from This Is the Turkey, return to celebrate the eight nights of Hanukkah! With Abby Levine's rhythmical, cumulative verses, readers will follow Max through the many beloved traditions of the holiday. Max takes the menorah down from the shelf and polishes it. His sister picks out the colorful candles, the blessing is said, and the family exchanges gifts with one another. Of course, Max's relatives come and latkes are served. Max spins the dreidel and everyone sings songs about the great miracle of Hanukkah.

Date Added: 12/08/2017


Category: Children's

Together for Kwanzaa

by Juwanda G. Ford

Kwanzaa is Kayla's favorite time of year. But this year, it looks as if a heavy snowstorm will keep her big brother, Khari, from getting home in time for the festivities! Will Khari miss the celebration completely? Or will Kayla and her brother somehow find a way to be together for Kwanzaa? A perfect introduction to Kwanzaa, this book will teach children all about the traditions and practices that make it a special winter holiday. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Date Added: 11/30/2017


Category: Children's

Top Elf

by Caleb Huett

These elves are off the shelves. Ollie and Celia think they know what the life of an elf is supposed to be like: Make toys. Help Santa. Make more toys. Help Santa. Try out a new ice-cream flavor. Help Santa. But then Santa rocks the North Pole with a surprise announcement! He's decided this is going to be his last year in the Big Red Suit--and instead of letting his oldest son, the unfortunately named Klaus Claus, take over, he's opening up the job to any kid who wants to apply--Claus or elf. The Santa Trials have begun! Ollie and Celia enter the contest, having no idea whatsoever that they'll soon have to squeeze through impossible chimneys, race runaway sleighs, sweet-talk a squad of rowdy reindeer, and consume cruel amounts of cookies and milk. It's both an adventure and a survival test, far beyond what any elf or Claus has been asked to do before. But whoever rises to the top will get a reward even bigger than Christmas . . .

Date Added: 12/08/2017


Category: Middle Grade

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

by Karina Yan Glaser

A modern classic in the making reminiscent of the Penderwicks series, The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street is about the connections we make and the unexpected turns life can take. The Vanderbeekers have always lived in the brownstone on 141st Street. It's practically another member of the family. So when their reclusive, curmudgeonly landlord decides not to renew their lease, the five siblings have eleven days to do whatever it takes to stay in their beloved home and convince the dreaded Beiderman just how wonderful they are. And all is fair in love and war when it comes to keeping their home.

Date Added: 12/08/2017


Category: Middle Grade


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