Jane's Holiday Picks 2017
From Jane Stroh, owner of The Bookstore
Since this will probably be my last set of holiday picks as owner of The Bookstore (see why here) and since my four granddaughters are all reading now, I thought I would ask each of them to make their choices of a favorite new holiday picture book. After I have given you their choices, with which I heartily concur, I will share a few of my favorites for this year!
Caitlin, age 8, chose: The Little Reindeer by Nicola Killen. Caitlin loved this story of a little girl in a reindeer costume, hearing a jingle, jingle, jingle and following the sound into the forest to meet a very special someone. She especially liked the cut-outs on some of the pages.
Emma, age 8, chose: The 12 Days of Christmas by Greg Pizzoli. This one is a new take on a traditional song, with a very confused elephant and some other puzzled animals. Great fun! The pictures tell this story.
Lydia, age 8, chose: Little Red Ruthie, a Hanukkah Tale by Gloria Koster. A very clever story, about a very clever little girl, a trip to grandma’s house, and a very hungry wolf. There’s a fun twist at the end and some helpful information about Hanukkah without being preachy or boring!
Gloria, age 11, chose two books, the privilege of being the oldest! Red & Lulu by Matt Tavares. A beautifully illustrated story of one of the Rockefeller Christmas trees and the cardinals who had made a home in it, before it went to the Rockefeller Center.
Gloria’s other choice and probably near the top of my list as well is Love, Santa by Martha Brockenbrough. This one really is for older children who can understand the beautiful truth about Santa. A series of letters from Lucy to Santa over several years and Santa’s response. You might need a tissue!
All four girls agreed that their households needed copies of the book, Santa’s Magic Key by Eric James and Simon Mendez Beautiful soft illustrations and a real key help to explain how Santa gets into houses with no chimneys. If you don’t have a chimney, you may need this book!
And now for my additional picks:
If you have a teacher or cookie baker on your holiday list A World of Cookies for Santa by M.E. Furman is for you. A description of Christmas traditions around the world with recipes included.
The Santa Thief by Alane Adams is a look at simpler times when life was much harder, and people understood the real meaning of Christmas. Very touching story!
If you are a fan of The Nutcracker, you won’t want to miss this adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Steadfast Tin Soldier retold by Tor Seidler and illustrated by Fred Marcellino.
The Christmas Fairy by Anne Booth is the perfect story for all the preschoolers who have ambitions to be “a star." Loved this one!
I’ve had a chance to read one middle grade story, The Nutcracker Mice by Kristin Kladstrup. Set in old Russia at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, under the floor, it is a charming read with a definitely different take on Tchaikovsky’s "Nutcracker." Great read!
Three of my favorites have come out this year in a oversized board book format: Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney, When Santa Was a Baby by Linda Bailey & Genevieve Godbout, and The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore illustrated by Charles Santore.
I hope you enjoy these selections as much as my family and I have.