Now that the (20)12 Reviews of Christmas are all done, it’s time for the wrap-up! Here you’ll find the list with links to all the reviews, a list of some additional titles you might want to give a try, and a link to last year’s wrap-up, too!
12. Christmas Is Here, by Lauren Castillo
11. That’s the Spirit, Claude, by Joan Lowery Nixon, pictures by Tracey Campbell Pearson
10. The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll, by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
9. Christmas Time, by Gail Gibbons
8. Dragon’s Merry Christmas, by Dav Pilkey
7. 10 Trim-the-Tree’ers: A Holiday Counting Book, by Janet Schulman, illustrated by Linda Davick
6. A Christmas like Helen’s, by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, illustrated by Mary Azarian
5. Minerva Louise on Christmas Eve, by Janet Morgan Stoeke
4. Merry Christmas Everywhere!, by Arlene Erlbach with Herb Erlbach, illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm
3. Llama Llama Holiday Drama, by Anna Dewdney
2. A Newbery Christmas, selected by Martin H. Greenburg and Charles G. Waugh
1. Emily’s Christmas Gifts, by Cindy Post Senning and Peggy Post, illustrated by Steve Björkman
Here’s the link to last year’s Christmas Wrap-Up.
Here are some other possibilities for your family to consider:
For small wordsmiths who also like things a little fancy:
Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas, written by Jane O’Connor,
illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
Fancy Nancy loves all things fancy (including fancy words–just like GirlChild!), and she and her grandfather deal with a disappointing mishap with calm and creativity.
For children who love to bake Christmas cookies and share:
The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher, by Robert Kraus, illustrated by Vip
Highly rated on Amazon as a book parents remember and want to share with their children, this is the new 2010 reprint of an old favorite.
For kids who like to read and do:
Christmas with the Mousekins, by Maggie Smith
A mouse family prepares for Christmas in this book that is billed as “a story with crafts, recipes, poems, and more!”
For children to count (animals) and recount the story of Jesus’ birth:
The Animals’ Christmas Eve, by Gale Weirsum,
illustrated by Alex Steele Morgan
Rhyming verse is used first by one hen, then two doves, and so on, to tell about the birth of Jesus long ago.
For early readers who love poetry and presents:
Christmas Presents: Holiday Poetry, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins,
pictures by Melanie Hall
Includes twelve poems–both religious and secular–about Christmas for young readers and listeners.
For the dinosaur lover in your life:
How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?, by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
Typical of the “How Do Dinosaurs…?” series, rhetorical questions regarding dinosaur choices introduce poor choices then opt for the better behavior in the end. (Also available, How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?)
There are many, many other options out there–some good, some not so good–so you should check out your library’s catalog or holiday shelf for the best books for your family to share! As for me, I’ll go ahead and wish you all a merry Christmas and may God bless you richly this Christmas season!