December 7, 2012

Christmas Stories

Growing up in Hawaii and Southern California made it hard to imagine a "White Christmas," but my enthusiasm for Christmas stories was ever present. The magic of a Christmas snow is not lost on this California girl. 

A few years back we had a Christmas Eve snow here in Wisconsin and our family DID snuggle on the couch, fire blazing, and share Christmas books while the snow fell. I shared with my children some of the books listed below. I hope--rain or shine--that you might enjoy these books too!

The Little Fir Tree by Margaret Wise Brown

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This book is my ALL TIME FAVORITE. If you are able, order the 1954 version of Margaret Wise Brown's book. It has the music and words of carols interspersed between classic illustrations and the story of the little crippled boy and the little fir tree which brought him great joy. Reading and singing this story is the highlight of my Christmas reading season.

Lighthouse Christmas by Toni Buzzeo

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Lighthouse Christmas tells the story of Frances and Peter, living in an isolated lighthouse with their father. A winter storm hits and the kids are sure Santa won't be able to find them. Despite their sadness, Frances and Peter celebrate and are surprised when Santa finds them (thanks to the Flying Santa Service.)

The Little Drummer Boy illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats

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(I must love to sing.) Ezra Jack Keats illustrates the famous song written by Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati, and Harry Simeone in 1958. The illustrations are typical Keats; collage-like and beautiful.

In the next week I'll be posting middle grade Christmas fiction to share. Perhaps we'll have some snow?