Monday, December 28, 2009

Book Bag: December

Sufganiot, rugelach, Christmas, Chanukah, and Ramadan stories, lazy babies, talking crocs, trains, planes and an all-girl swing band... we found some real treasures this month! We learned quite a lot about how different cultures celebrate the holidays, and read some wonderful historic literature for kids. Faves highlighted below:
  1. Under the Christmas tree / by Nikki Grimes ****Beautiful illustrations and poems. Love this!
  2. Chanukah lights everywhere / Michael J. Rosen ****A nice Hanukkah book for preschoolers. Simple but beautfiul.
  3. The Night of the Moon : a Muslim holiday story / by Hena Khan ****Gorgeous illustrations, and a great introduction to Ramadan.
  4. Lazy little loafers / Susan Orlean ****Funny! Great book from a big sister's point of view (about her new baby brother).
  5. A baby born in Bethlehem / by Martha Whitmore Hickman
  6. Melrose and Croc : a Christmas to remember / Emma Chichester Clark.
  7. The Polar Express / written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg ****The classic and beloved Christmas story... Trains, adventure, Santa, can't go wrong...
  8. Amelia and Eleanor go for a ride : based on a true story / story by Pam Munoz Ryan ****LOVE this one!!
  9. Five little firefighters / story and pictures by Tom Graham
  10. Strega Nona's harvest / Tomie de Paola.
  11. Happy birthday to you! / by Dr. Seuss. ****We read this on our kids' birthdays every year. A fab tradition.
  12. Sweethearts of rhythm : the story of the greatest all-girl swing band... /Marilyn Nelson ****LOVE this! Another war-time girl-power jewel.

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