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Holiday favorites

Cat on the Dovrefell
Written by George Dassent (translator)
Illustrated by Tomie de Paola
The trolls pay Halvor an annual Christmas visit until they encounter a great white cat.
Christmas Gift: El regalo de Navidad
Written by Francisco Jimenez
Illustrated by Claire b. Cotts
When his family has to move again a few days before Christmas in order to find work, Panchito worries that he will not get the ball he has been wanting.
Cobweb Christmas
Written by Shirley Climo
Illustrated by Jane Manning
Long ago in Germany, an old woman cleans her house and decorates her Christmas tree, hoping that this year she will witness some special Christmas Eve magic.
Gingerbread Girl
Written by Lisa Ernst
Like her older brother, the Gingerbread Boy, who was eventually devoured by a fox, the Gingerbread Girl eludes the many people who would like to eat her but also has a plan to escape her sibling's fate.
Written by Roni Schotter
Illustrated by Marylin Hafner
Describes the meaning and traditions of Hanukkah as five children and their family celebrate the holiday.
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
Written by Eric Kimmel
Relates how Hershel outwits the goblins that haunt the old synagogue and prevent the village people from celebrating Hanukkah.
Latke who couldn't stop screaming
Written by Lemony Snickett
"Latkes are potato pancakes served at Hanukah. Lemony Snicket is an alleged children's author. For the first time in literary history, these two elements are combined in one book. People who are interested in either or both of these things will find this book so enjoyable it will feel as if Hanukah is being celebrated for several years, rather than eight nights."--back cover.
Little Fir Tree
Written by Margaret Wise Brown
A lonely little fir tree, standing by itself at the edge of the forest, has its life transformed when a father takes it home to serve as a living Christmas tree for his bedridden son.
Lucia and the Light
Written by Root Phyllis
One winter in the Far North the sun disappears and Lucia, accompanied by her milk-white cat, braves the freezing cold and trolls who want to eat her, trying to find the sun and bring it back.
Merry Christmas, Merry Crow
Written by Kathi Appelt
A busy crow flies around town picking up all kinds of discarded items and uses them to create a beautiful Christmas tree.
Silver Packages: an Appalachian Christmas Story
Written by Cynthia Rylant
Illustrated by Chris Soenpiet
Every year at Christmas a rich man rides a train through Appalachia and throws gifts to the poor children who are waiting, in order to repay a debt he owes the people who live there.
Star Mother's Youngest Child
Written by Louise Moeri
The grumpy old woman had never properly celebrated Christmas until the year that the Star Mother's youngest child came to earth to find out what Christmas was all about.
Twas the Night b'fore Christmas: an African American Version
Written by Melodye Rosales
"Based on the original poem, A visit from St. Nicholas, by Clement C. Moore."
Wish for Wings that Work
Written by Berkley Breathed
Opus the penguin makes a Christmas wish that he might fly.

List last updated on November 1, 2012