That Little Bit More By Hilary Williamson (updated December 2016) 'There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.' (Erma Bombeck) f course, Christmas is for children and for the child in all of us. I have wonderful family memories of childhood celebrations in Ireland, and even happier ones of my sons' early holidays, when I enjoyed their anticipation even more than my own. I collected picture books to read with them, and every year we pored over all the mail in O 's pockets together. The Jolly Christmas Postman nother part of our tradition was to watch the A Grinch and Who's puzzle over each other's behavior, until the former finally discovers what it's all about ... ' What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?' Here's a selection of holiday picture books that explore the joy of giving and receiving, as well as that little bit more that we like to remind our children - and ourselves - of at this time of year: by The 12 Bugs of Christmas David Carter ' A Pop-up Christmas Counting Book'. by The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll Patricia McKissack, Jerry Pinkney A Great Depression holiday tale of siblings, selfishness and self-growth. by The Animals' Merry Christmas Kathryn Jackson, Richard Scarry 18 stories, illustrated from a 1950s Richard Scarry collection. by Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem Maya Angelou, Steve Johnson, Lou Fancher - the stirring poem. by Annika's Secret Wish Beverly Lewis, Pamela Querin In Sweden, whoever finds the almond gets a wish. by Bear Stays Up For Christmas Karma Wilson, Jane Chapman - the holiday classic. by The Berenstain Bears Save Christmas Stan, Jan & Mike Berenstain A well told reminder of what the holiday should be about. by The Best Parts of Christmas Bethanie Deeney Murguia Roland learns an important lesson about the size of box a gift comes in. by Bizzy Bear: Christmas Helper Benji Davies Bizzy Bear helps Santa prepare for a frantic Christmas season. by Can You Say It, Too?: Jingle! 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Sebastien Braun A timely holiday book for a toddler ready to identify animal sounds. by A Cat's Night Before Christmas Henry Beard, Susann Jones, John Boswell Takes the charmingly delinquent perspective of the family feline. by Christmas Around the World Chuck Fischer Perhaps we are not so different after all. by Christmas Around the World Calliope Glass, Susan Chen Fang - ' It's a Small World'. by Christmas at the Toy Museum David Lucas It's Christmas Eve at the Toy Museum. by Christmas Colors & Counting Barbara Barbieri McGrath, Peggy Tagel This board book combines identifying colors with simple counting practice. by The Christmas Eve Ghost Shirley Hughes Gives new meaning to ' Peace on Earth, good will to men!' by The Christmas Eve Tree Delia Huddy & Emily Sutton A touching tale that is destined to become a holiday classic. by Christmas in New York: A Pop-Up Book Chuck Fischer Shows how enthusiastically the Big Apple revels in the holiday. by The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey Susan Wojciechowski, P. J. Lynch 20th anniversary edition of the heartwarming classic. by The Christmas Sweater Glen Beck Underscores the true meaning of Christmas. by Christmas USA Mary D. Lankford, Karen Dugan Explore past and present U.S. holiday traditions. by A Clever Beatrice Christmas Margaret Willey, Heather M. Solomon - Christmas in North Quebec! by Cowboy Christmas Rob Sanders, John Manders Can cowpokes celebrate Christmas out on the range? by Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama Selina Alko The holidays are a mix of two traditions for Sadie. by Dewey's Christmas at the Library Vicki Myron, Bret Witter, Steve James Dewey helps decorate the tree for his first Christmas in the library. by Father Fox's Christmas Rhymes Clyde & Wendy Watson Magical verses emphasize what's most important of all. by Federico and the Magi's Gift Beatriz Vidal Heartwarming story about the Christmas traditions of Latin America. by The Gingerbread Pirates Kristin Kladstrup, Matt Tavares Cookies encounter Santa in this swashbuckling Christmas tale. by The Huron Carol Father Jean de Brebeuf, Frances Tyrrell - the North American nativity. by I'm Not Santa! Jonathan Allen A little owl is mistaken for Santa Claus. by Jeannette Claus Saves Christmas Douglas Rees, Olivier Latyk - toy delivery, despite a reindeer rebellion! by Jingle Bells James Lord Pierpont, Pauline Siewert A family of cute bears and a button to press for the tune. by The Little Christmas Tree Dugald Steer, Susanna Ronchi Sweet story of a little fir tree outside Santa's workshop. by The Little Fir Tree Margaret Wise Brown, Jim Lamarche A lonely fir tree brings the spirit of the holiday to a beloved little boy. by The Little Red Elf Gregg & Evan Spiridellis Clever retelling of . The Little Red Hen by The Longest Christmas List Ever Barbara Barbieri McGrath, Rosalinde Bonnet A cautionary tale about Trevor who wanted too much for Christmas by Look-Alikes Christmas Joan Steiner The more you look, the more you see! by The Magical Christmas Horse Mary Higgins Clark, Wendell Minor - a boy makes Christmas special. by Mater Saves Christmas Kiel Murray, John Lasseter A Pixar Cars storybook with a read along CD. by Me and My Dragon: Christmas Spirit David Biedrzycki A small boy and his pet dragon prepare for Christmas. by Merry Christmas, Little One! Sandra Magsamen This festive Lift-the-Flap board book is for the littlest ones. by Merry Christmas, Squirrels! Nancy Rose Very real critters make this a delightful holiday read. by Mortimer's Christmas Manger Karma Wilson, Jane Chapman ' Too cold. Too cramped. Too creepy' says wee Mortimer Mouse. by My Penguin Osbert Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, H. B. Lewis Be careful what you ask for because you just might get it! by The Night Before Christmas Clement C. Moore, Christian Birmingham - the perennial favorite. by A Northern Nativity William Kurelek A prairie boy dreams of the Nativity in different places today. by The Nutcracker Stephanie Spinner, Peter Malone Holiday favorite complete with fully orchestrated CD. by Olivia Claus Kama Einhorn, Jared Osterhold Olivia has a great Christmas surprise for her family. by One Starry Night Lauren Thompson, Jonathan Bean A simple yet poignant message for a young child. by Peppa Pig and the Lost Christmas List Ladybird Peppa catches Santa leaving gifts under the family tree. by Petunia's Christmas Roger Duvoisin Endearing lesson about love, good deeds & persistence. by Prairie Christmas Elizabeth Van Steenwyk, Ronald Himler The gentle frontier story of a Christmas birth. by Queen of Christmas Mary Engelbreit - it's ' not just the presents that matter. Don't you know that?' by Room for a Little One Martin Waddell, Jason Cockcroft There's always room for one more little one in Ox's stable. by Santa's Book of Names David McPhail How does Santa remember all the boys' and girls' names? by Santa's New Jet David Biedrzycki, Rosalinde Bonnet Sometimes the old way turns out to be the best way! by Santa Baby Janie Bynum Presents the popular holiday song (music included). by Santa Bear's First Christmas Caroline Repchuck, Sue Harris & Maggie Kneen A puzzle to be solved & toys to discover under flaps. by Santa Claus is Comin' to Town J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie, Steven Kellogg The song that defines a child's Christmas. by santaKid James Patterson - can Santa's Chrissie believe strongly enough to save the holiday? by Santa Paws Rachel Hale - for little ones who want to share the season with beloved pets. by Susy Goose and the Christmas Star Petr Horacek The single-minded goose has a holiday adventure. by Toot and Puddle: I'll Be Home For Christmas Holly Hobbie Puddle is caught in a snowstorm. by The Toys' Night Before Christmas Dugald Steer, Susanna Ronchi Jack-in-the-Box decides to give his friends a real Christmas. by Walk This World at Christmastime Debbie Powell Learn how Christmas is celebrated around the world. by Wenceslas Geraldine McCaughrean, Christian Birmingham Splendid rendition of the Good King Wenceslas story. by Where Did They Hide My Presents? Alan Katz, David Catrow Silly Dilly Christmas Songs - sung to the tunes of holiday favorites. by Woodland Nutcracker Avril Tyrrell, Frances Tyrrell A re-telling of the familiar Nutcracker in a magical cottage context. by Yoon and the Christmas Mitten Helen Recorvits, Gabi Swiatkowska - different holiday traditions. f you celebrate Hannukah, have a look at I by Roni Schotter & Marilyn Hafner, Hanukkah! by Erica Silverman & Steven D'Amico, and The Hanukkah Hop! by Eve Bunting & K. Wendy Popp. One Candle or chapter book readers, I recommend F by Mary Pope Osborne & Sal Murdocca. Tracy has a strong spirit and dreams big for Christmas in Magic Tree House: Christmas in Camelot by Jacqueline Wilson & Nick Sharratt. In Starring Tracy Beaker by Dan Gutman & Dan Santat, a genie offers a a 5th grade class a wish just before Christmas - how will they decide? Or, for holiday hilarity laced with ' The Christmas Genie Terror You Can Taste, Chills You Can Chug!', gulp down Kirk Scroggs' . Wiley & Grampa's Creature Features: Night of the Living Eggnog hope that you find a few selections here for your own holiday collection, to read and re-read with kids and grandchildren. Have a fantabulous time together and take Thomas Tusser's words to heart: I ' ' At Christmas play and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year.
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