KidLit TV Holiday Children’s Book SPECIAL 2017!
Celebrate the Holidays with KidLit TV this season! Watch this episode with StoryMakers host Rocco Staino and special guests Karen Ginman, Susannah Richards, and Sandra Farag to get in the Holiday spirit! Discover new books that are perfect gifts for kids. Happy Holidays!
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ABOUT THE HOLIDAY BOOKS
A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES
By Dylan Thomas, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
Dylan Thomas’s holiday classic, lavishly illustrated by multiple Caldecott Medalist Trina Schart Hyman, is now available in a gift edition for a new generation of readers. This nostalgic recollection of Christmas past by celebrated Welsh poet Dylan Thomas evokes the beauty of the season at every turn: the warmth of a family gathering; the loveliness of a mistletoe-decked home; the predictability of cats by the fire; the mischief of children left to their own devices; and the sheer delight of gifts―be they Useful or Useless. Readers will cherish this beautiful new edition of the classic A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES complete with gold-foil, a glossy front picture, and sparkling snowflakes. Once inside, readers are rewarded with stunning midnight-blue endpapers sprinkled with a flurry of more snowflakes, making this book the must-have gift item of the season. Brilliantly illustrated by Caldecott medalist Trina Schart Hyman, this beautiful edition of Thomas’s beloved classic will enchant readers of all ages, year after year.
THE NUTCRACKER IN HARLEM
By TE Morrow, illustrated by James Ramsome
This jazz-inspired reinvention of The Nutcracker is a worthy tribute to the dreamlike wonder and magic of the Christmas season.In this original retelling, set in New York City during the height of the Harlem Renaissance, one little girl finds her voice as a musician thanks to her enchanting adventures with a magical toy.This quintessential holiday tale is brought to vivid life by debut picture book author T. E. McMorrow and Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator James Ransome. An author’s note at the end provides additional information about the history of the Harlem Renaissance, and about the author’s inspiration for this musical retelling.
QUEEN OF THE HANUKKAH DOSAS
by Pamela Ehrenberg, illustrated by Anjan Sarkar
In this sweet and humorous picture book, Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas, a multi-cultural family (Mom’s Indian; Dad’s Jewish) celebrate Hanukkah while incorporating traditional Indian food. Instead of latkes, this family celebrates Hanukkah with tasty Indian dosas. To her brother’s chagrin, little Sadie won’t stop climbing on everything both at home and at the Indian grocery store, even while preparing the dosas. As the family puts the finishing touches on their holiday preparations, they accidentally get locked out of the house. Sadie and her climbing skills just may be exactly what is needed to save the day.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, PEANUT!
by Terry Border
Peanut is going over the river and through the woods to his grandmother’s house for Christmas, but getting there is a food-filled adventure for this little nut! First he gets stuck in a traffic jam (make that a traffic jelly), then the bridge is closed so he has to take a (gravy) boat across the river, where he gets lost in a forest of (cookies shaped like) Christmas trees! But while the delays dismay his friends and family, Peanut embraces his role as the Merry Christmas Nut to cheer them up.
THE TWELVE SLEIGHS OF CHRISTMAS
by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Jake Parker
Which elf will build the coolest sleigh for the Christmas ride? SANTA will decide!When the elves discover that Santa’s sleigh is in a terrible state, they let their imaginations go wild – and soon there are sleighs of every kind, inspired by big rigs, motorcycles, zeppelins, and much more!
WEIRD BUT TRUE
Chronicle National Geographic Kids: weird but true! Christmas. 300 festive facts to light up the holidays.
by: Nat Geo
RED AND LULU
by Matt Tavares
Red and Lulu make their nest in a particularly beautiful evergreen tree. It shades them in the hot months and keeps them cozy in the cold months, and once a year the people who live nearby string lights on their tree and sing a special song: O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree. But one day, something unthinkable happens, and Red and Lulu are separated. It will take a miracle for them to find each other again. Luckily, it’s just the season for miracles.
by Molly Idle
Christmas season has arrived, and nothing says holiday cheer quite like candy canes, hot cocoa, and DINOSAURS! Cordelia is celebrating her favorite winter holiday with her Cretaceous buddies and everything is just peachy–as long as nobody topples the Christmas tree. Oops…too late! This year, will Santa Rex bring her everything she asked for?
ABOUT THE GIFT BOOKS
THE WALLBOOK TIMELINE COLLECTION
by Christopher Lloyd illustated by AndyForshaw
is a box set containing three hardback What on Earth? wallbook timelines covering a complete spectrum of knowledge from Big History and Nature to Science. Each volume has been created in association with the American Museum of Natural History and includes a unique ten-foot-long fold-out timeline with more than 1,000 pictures and captions.
by Sean Rubin
Sybil knows that there is something off about her next door neighbor, but she can’t seem to get anyone to believe her. Everyone is so busy going about their days in the busy streets of New York City that they don’t notice Bolivar. They don’t notice his odd height, his tiny arms, or his long tail. No one but Sybil sees that Bolivar is a dinosaur.
NIGHT AND DAY
by Julie Safirstein
As different as night and day, goes the old saying, and this elegant book takes readers through a series of opposites of all kinds, from large to small (and tiny), long and short, front and behind, above, below, open, closed, together and alone. Colorful pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, and cut-outs create an interactive reading experience that is both lively and instructive. This beautiful book will be a treasure on any child’s bookshelf.
THIS IS HOW WE DO IT
by Matt Lamothe
Follow the real lives of seven kids from Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia for a single day! In Japan Kei plays Freeze Tag, while in Uganda Daphine likes to jump rope. But while the way they play may differ, the shared rhythm of their days—and this one world we all share—unites them. This genuine exchange provides a window into traditions that may be different from our own as well as a mirror reflecting our common experiences. Inspired by his own travels, Matt Lamothe transports readers across the globe and back with this luminous and thoughtful picture book.
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