Merry Reading: Picture Books
December 18, 2007
Fellow bloggers, a few other friends, and I compiled Christmas suggestions for slightly older picture-book readers (say, seven and up). Many thanks to Jenny, Rose Kent, Elaine at Wild Rose Reader, Camille at Book Moot, Anamaria at Books Together, Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect, and my friends Ms. L., Ms. D., and Ms. C. at the library. Also, be sure to see all the new holiday titles reviewed at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast and the books of Christmas poetry at Wild Rose Reader.
Auntie Claus, by Elise Primarvera
The Christmas Bear, by Henrietta Strickland
Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters, by Patricia C. McKissack and Frederick L. McKissack. Christmas at a Virginia plantation in 1859.
A Christmas Like Helen's, by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
A Christmas Memory. Truman Capote's classic short story, illustrated with full-page watercolors by Beth Peck.
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, by Susan Wojciechowski
A Christmas Tree in the White House, by Gary Hines
December, by Eve Bunting
The Donkey's Dream, by Barbara Helen Berger
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, by Dr. Seuss
Night Tree, by Eve Bunting
Olivia Helps with Christmas, by Ian Falconer
The Oxford Treasury of Christmas Poems, compiled by Michael Harrison and Christopher Stuart-Clark
The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg
Redbird at Rockefeller Center, by Peter Maloney and Felicia Zekauskas
Santa Calls, by William Joyce
Silver Packages, by Cynthia Rylant
Star Mother's Youngest Child, by Louise Moeri
The Story of Holly and Ivy, by Rumer Godden
The Thirteen Days of Christmas, by Jenny Overton
Under the Kissletoe: Christmastime Poems, by J. Patrick Lewis
We Were There: A Nativity Story, by Eve Bunting
Welcome Comfort, by Patricia Polacco
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story, by Gloria Houston
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson
Children of the Noisy Village, by Astrid Lindgren
Judy Moody and Stink: The Holly Joliday, by Megan McDonald
Miracle on 34th Street, by Valentine Davies
Ramona and Her Father, by Beverly Cleary
Thanks for compiling this list. I'll include a link to it when I publish my next post on Christmas picture books at Wild Rose Reader.
Posted by: Elaine Magliaro | December 18, 2007 at 10:18 AM
I just remembered three more picture books for your list:
1. THE YEAR OF THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE, written by Gloria Houston & illustrated by Barbara Cooney
2. THE STORY OF HOLLY AND IVY, written by Rumer Godden & illustrated by Barbara Cooney
3. A CHRISTMAS LIKE HELEN'S, written by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock & illustrated by Mary Azarian
Posted by: Elaine Magliaro | December 18, 2007 at 10:31 AM
Muchas gracias, Elaine!
Posted by: Susan T. | December 18, 2007 at 02:53 PM
"The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree" is one of our favorite books this time of year, but I can't read it aloud without crying. The kids know that this is one they have to read to each other!
Posted by: Becky | December 18, 2007 at 04:11 PM
I like reading Silver Packages by Cynthia Rylant. I always get choked up at the end.
Posted by: Camille | December 19, 2007 at 12:30 AM
Becky, we have to find lots on this list; so far I love Night Tree and Jr. loves The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey. I'll look for The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree.
Camille, thanks! I added in your suggestion. I consider this an evolving list.
Posted by: Susan T. | December 19, 2007 at 07:51 AM
Thanks for your thanks. It is one of our favorite things to do here at the Library. Beware of getting us started though, it's often hard to stop.
Posted by: Deborah White | December 19, 2007 at 09:38 AM
We love The Story of Holly and Ivy! I think it was recently reissued, too. And A Christmas Like Helen's is a new favorite (we just discovered it this year).
Some other (chapter) books that came to mind:
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET by Valentine Davies
CHILDREN OF NOISY VILLAGE by Astrid Lindgren (it has several Christmas chapters)
Thanks for this great list!
Posted by: Anamaria | December 19, 2007 at 09:52 AM
Here are two poetry titles for your list:
1. THE OXFORD TREASURY OF CHRISTMAS POEMS, compiled by Michael Harrison & Christopher Stuart-Clark (Oxford University Press, 1999)
2. UNDER THE KISSLETOE: CHRISTMASTIME POEMS, written by J. Patrick Lewis (Wordsong, 2007)
Posted by: Elaine Magliaro | December 19, 2007 at 10:46 AM
Anamaria, thanks! The Noisy Village book sounds perfect for my son and me!
Elaine, awesome, as always!
Posted by: Susan T. | December 19, 2007 at 11:25 AM
Posted by: hipwritermama | December 19, 2007 at 11:39 AM
Thanks for this great list!
Posted by: jules | December 19, 2007 at 12:23 PM
I'm late chiming in, but William and I read Judy Moody and Stink: The Holly Joliday (Megan McDonald) and loved it.
We're also partial to A Christmas Tree in the White House by Gary Hines. It is based on Teddy Roosevelt's refusal to have a Christmas tree in the White House, and what happens when he finds his sons have put one up in their room.
Have a wonderful holiday!
Posted by: Tricia | December 22, 2007 at 07:47 PM
Tricia, merry Christmas! Thank you so much. I am going to add your selections when I get a chance! Yay! I love this list.
Posted by: Susan | December 23, 2007 at 05:22 PM