Christmas

I Got the Christmas Spirit By Connie Schofield-Morrison

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Back of Book:
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and a mother and daughter are enjoying the sights and sounds of the holiday season. The little girl hears sleigh bells ringing and carolers singing. She smells chestnuts roasting–CRUNCH! CRUNCH! CRUNCH!–and sees the flashing lights of the department store windows–BLING! BLING! BLING! She spreads the spirit of giving wherever she goes. And when she reaches Santa, she tells him her Christmas wish–for peace and love everywhere, all the days of the year.
My Review:
I received a copy a copy of this story from author Connie Schofield-Morrison in exchange for an honest review. I love that this picture book brings out the beauty of the Holiday season to life. One of my favorite aspects of this book is that is written in a first-person narrative. The young girl shares her love of holidays with the readers. Each page has a different description of the sights and sounds of the holidays. I also love the joy that the girl spreads to everyone around her. The illustrations in this book are nothing short of gorgeous! Each detail jumps off the page and draws you in. I cannot wait to share this with my class during Christmas.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Cookiesaurus Christmas By Amy Fellner Dominy

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Back of Book:
Cookiesaurus Rex may not be your usual holiday treat, but he has plenty of Christmas spirit. He would like nothing more than to make it onto Santa’s cookie plate. After all, the Big Guy should have only the best cookie to take back to the North Pole. But Mr. Spatula chooses Star, then Bell, and finally Gingerbread Boy. . . . WAIT ONE STINKIN,’ STOMPIN’ MINUTE! Looks like Cookiesaurus Rex is going to have to take matters into his own tiny arms. Will his Christmas dreams come true, or will his holiday dreams be crumbled?
My Review:
I was sent a copy of this book from author Amy Fellner Dominy in exchange for an honest review. My students absolutely loved the first Cookiesaurus Rex story. They begged me to read it over and over again. When I saw that Amy had created a Christmas version, I knew I wanted to add it to my Christmas list. I am happy to say that this is a perfect sequel to the Cookiesaurus Rex book. In this story Cookiesaurus wants to be picked as a cookie that goes on Santa’s plate. What follows is fun dialogue between Cookiesaurus and the cookie maker. Readers will laugh out loud with all the fun and creative antics. The illustrations are filmier and fun. I can’t wait to share it my class.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Dino-Christmas (Dino-Holidays) By Lisa Wheeler

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Back of Book: Have yourself a merry Dino-Christmas! Dinos big and small deck the halls and enjoy snowball fights, hot cocoa, a parade, and more. Share in the dinosaurs’ delight as they eagerly await the arrival of everyone’s favorite . . . Santa Claws!
My Review:
I was so excited to read this story on Net Gallery. Thank you Lisa for making sure that I received a copy. I was so excited to see that Lisa Wheeler was creating a Christmas version of her much loved Dino series. Since I live in Southern California, my students do not get to see or participate in a lot snow related activity. I loved that this book shows the dinosaurs ice skating, sledding, and having snow ball fights. I love the sense of community and excitement that the dinosaurs have around Christmas. The rhyming verse keep readers enjoying every fun aspect of the book. The illustrations are the filmier and fun images that we know and love. Each picture has fun details and makes for a fantastic read aloud. A great addition to any Christmas list.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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There Was No Snow on Christmas Eve By Pamela Munoz Ryan

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There was no snow on Christmas Eve. Instead, a desert zephyr blew And palm fronds sang a rustling tune To welcome the awaited birth. There was no snow, no fireplace, no need for woolen caps and gloves on that very first Christmas. Instead there was a humble stable, and weary travelers with light robes and sandals on a desert night. This luminous picture book manages to take the familiar story of the Nativity and make it fresh and immediate, reminding young children of the miracle of Christmas and the true nature of the spirit of the season, no matter what the weather.
My Review:
This is a touching story about the night that Christ was born. The book tells the tale of Christ’s birth in a touching and beautiful way. The text is written in a poetic way. Figurative Language is used in a stunning way. The book focuses on the desert landscape where Jesus was born. The illustrations are soft and warm. Readers can almost feel what it was like to be there during that night. This is one of my favorite books to read on Christmas Eve.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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The Nutcracker By The New York City Ballet

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Back of Book:
The New York City Ballet presents a classic ballet tale for a modern ballet lover with George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, a holiday favorite.

The New York City Ballet is known for showcasing classic stories of the ballet with their trademark stylish and modern sensibility. For the first time, this beloved holiday story is told based on George Balanchine’s quintessential production. The storyline of this gorgeous picture book mimics the choreography of the famous ballet and the illustrations are inspired by the backdrops and scenery from the actual production.

The New York City Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker is considered to be “the” leading production in the world. A holiday tradition for many families, now readers who can’t travel to New York will be able to experience this colorful celebratory story. A must-have for every aspiring ballerina’s library and a holiday tradition for every family’s bookshelf.
My Review:
One of the things on my bucket list last Christmas was to go and see The Nutcracker Ballet. It was a breathtaking performance and something I truly enjoyed! This version of The Nutcracker is a lovely telling of the stunning ballet. Readers will love following Marie and her nutcracker that comes to life. The story stays true to the original ballet and is beautifully written. The illustrations are beautiful creations that show readers the wonder of the ballet. The back of the book has Nutcracker fun facts. This is not a story that keeps the attention of young readers. My preschoolers had a tough time following it. However, it is a beautiful story for upper grades.
Ages 7 and up
40 Pages

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The First Christmas Night by Keith Christopher

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Back of Book:
Here is a beautiful retelling of the birth of Jesus on that joyous night in Bethlehem so long ago. The poem begins with the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem through Christ’s birth, the angels’ appearance to the shepherds, and the visit by the Wise Men.
My Review:
This is among my favorite stories to read during the Christmas season. It is written in the same poem as Twas the Night Before Christmas. This book tells the story of Christs birth in a simple yet incredibly poetic way. The illustrations are among the finest that are around. They are truly stunning and bring each small detail to life. The back of the story has the scriptures in the bible that tell the story of Jesus. I was very excited to see this book in the Scholastic catelogs last Christmas.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin

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Back of Book:

Spend the holidays with your favorite blue cat! In this rockin’ spin on the traditional tale The Night Before Christmas, Pete the Cat proves that giving your all in the spirit of Christmas is the totally groovy thing to do.

My Review:

Pete the cat should be an essential part of every elementary teachers library.  There is just something fun and magical about every story that Eric Litwin writes. I had a student who bought me my first Pete the Cat story. Since then I have found and purchased the entire series. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas is a read aloud for the Christmas season. The story follows Pete as he agrees to deliver all the presents on Christmas Eve. Santa is sick so he calls the grooviest cat around to fill in for him. The rhyming text is easy to follow along with. James Dean brings Pete to life in a truly unique way. My students ask every day if we can read this book They sit and listen to every word. I highly recommend this Christmas story.

Ages 4 and up

40 Pages

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The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving by Jan Berenstain

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  Back of Book:

 The Berenstain Bears and The Joy of Giving Brother and Sister Bear can’t wait for Christmas and all the presents they’ll open. But during the Christmas Eve pageant, something special happens! The Bear cubs learn a very valuable lesson about the joy of giving to others.

My Review:

I have always loved the Berenstain Bears stories. They are filled with morals and values that all children should learn. I think that the Joy of Giving is one of their best Christmas stories.  The story follows Brother and Sister Bear as they learn about the true meaning of Christmas. I loved that at the end of the story, Brother and Sister give to those who need it the most.  As always, the illustrations are engaging and sweet. The Berenstain Bears are a timeless tradition to share with the entire family.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

 

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The Polar Bear Who Saved Christmas By Fiona Boon

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Back of Book:
When Pip the polar bear is woken up in the middle of winter by a strange jingling sound, he sets off into the snow to find out what it is. When Pip finds Santa s grotto, he learns that the sleigh is one reindeer short and Christmas will be canceled unless they can replace her! Find out what happens in this charming and delightful story about a shy, little polar bear, who overcomes fear, helps others, and saves Christmas!
My Review
I love reading Christmas books that involve animals. They make stories more fun and Interactive. The Polar Bear who saved Christmas is a fun story about Pip a polar bear who takes Dancers place in Santa’s sleigh. Pip says yes, and because of his bravery he is able to save Christmas. The story is written in a fun rhyming pattern, that readers will enjoy. The illustrations are whimsical and beautiful. Readers will enjoy reading about Pip flying with Santa and the reindeer. This is a perfect read aloud for the classroom.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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My Little Christmas Story By Christina Goodings

 

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Back of Book:
Simple and sincere, this retelling of the Christmas story is perfect for children under five, introducing them to a classic story and its message of love. Bright illustrations help the tale along, telling little children about all the events of the nativity: the angels’ visits to Mary and Joseph, the journey to Bethlehem, the shepherds and the angels, the wise men’s travels and encounter with Herod, and Mary and Joseph’s care for the baby that would grow up to show the world God’s love.
My Review:
This is a perfect story to share with a Preschool or Kindergarten audience. It very sweetly tells the story of the birth of Christ. It begins with the angel telling Mary that she will be carrying Jesus, and ends with Joseph and Mary leaving for Egypt. The text is well written and easy for readers and listeners to follow along with. Children will love the beautiful and soft illustrations. I am looking forward to sharing this story with my preschoolers this year.
Ages 3 and up
32 Pages

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