Christmas Books, picture book, Readalouds

The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Christmas Tapestry

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love read to me, this poignant Polacco! Patricia Polacco's books are an entire course of children's literature unto themselves. They are a teacher's dream- stories about communities coming together, triumph after hardship, and extraordinary acts committed by ordinary people. Her books are well-written, beautifully illustrated, and tug… Continue reading The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Christmas Tapestry

Christmas Books, picture book, Readalouds

The Twelve Books of Christmas: Shall I Knit You a Hat?

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love read to me, this quirky heartwarmer! This is a lovely reminder that Christmas is about the people we share it with. When she hears about a blizzard, Mother Rabbit makes a special winter hat just for Little Rabbit. He loves his hat so much, he decides… Continue reading The Twelve Books of Christmas: Shall I Knit You a Hat?

Christmas Books, Classics, middle grade, Readalouds

The Twelve Books of Christmas: The True Gift

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love read to me, this rural charmer! Oh, how I love Patricia MacLachlan. Her prose is always¬†so luminous and moving. How perfect that she apply her talents to a Christmas story. This slim little slice of Christmas perfection begins with a poignant section about White Cow, who… Continue reading The Twelve Books of Christmas: The True Gift

Christmas Books, Fairytales, Personal Faves, Readalouds

The Twelve Books of Christmas: Matchless

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love read to me, this fractured fairytale! When most people think of The Little Match Girl, they think of a child starving to death outside alone while she looks in on other people's holiday feasts*. Not the most Christmas-y of stories, and definitely one of Hans Christian… Continue reading The Twelve Books of Christmas: Matchless

Christmas Books, Classics, Personal Faves, picture book

The Twelve Books of Christmas: Elijah’s Angel

On the third day of Christmas, my true love read to me...this Chrismukkah* classic! This is just as much a Hanukkah book as a Christmas book. In fact what I love the most about this story, is how it celebrates both faiths. Elijah is a local barber with a gift for carving. Michael loves spending… Continue reading The Twelve Books of Christmas: Elijah’s Angel

Christmas Books, picture book, Readalouds

The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Christmas Giant

On the second day of Christmas, my true love read to me this crafty classic! ¬†Humphrey the giant and Leetree the elf have a lovely friendship. Not only are they the best of friends, they have the distinguished job of making the wrapping paper for all of Santa's gifts. This concept allows author/illustrator Steve Light… Continue reading The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Christmas Giant

Christmas Books, Classics, Personal Faves, picture book, Readalouds

The Twelve Books of Christmas: Wombat Divine

It is Christmas, a season of lists and countdowns (among other things). So to satisfy my need to list things, I present The Twelve Books of Christmas. I will be blogging about my 12 favourite seasonal books, in no particular order. So without further adieu... On the first day of Christmas, my true love read… Continue reading The Twelve Books of Christmas: Wombat Divine