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Very Merry New Christmas Books

November 23, 2011

The Twelve Days of Christmas
written and illustrated by Laurel Long
Dial Books, 2011
picture book

Set in the Renaissance countryside,this intricately illustrated depiction of the classic poem will delight young readers who can search for hidden gifts within the art. Gorgeous!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (picture book)
written by Barbara Robinson, illustrated by Laura Cornell
Harper Collins, 2011
picture book

A hilarious story based on the chapter book describing what happens when the Herdmans (who have never been to church, let alone know the story of Christmas) participate in the Christmas pageant.

The Berenstain Bears ‘ Winter Wonderland
written and illustrated by Jan & Mike Berenstain
Harper Festival, 2011
picture book

A lift-the-flap story about brother and sister bear.

Ricky’s Christmas Tree
written and illustrated by Guido Van Genechten
Clavis, 2011
picture book

Ricky convinces his dad that they need a Christmas tree. Ricky and his dad have a lot of fun together getting the tree and playing in the snow.

Kevin’s Christmas
written and illustrated by Liesbet Slegers
Clavis, 2011
picture book

Kevin narrates this story of his holiday preparations – decorating the tree, setting up the nativity scene, mailing card, making presents, grocery shopping, spending time with family, and opening presents. A colorful book!

The Story of Christmas
from the King James Bible, illustrations by Pamela Dalton
Chronicle, 2011
picture book

Brightly colored scissor-cut illustrations illuminated upon a black background make this one of the most beautifully illustrated books I’ve ever seen. Dalton uses the Pennsylvania-German folk-art tradition (scherenschnitte) to make a gorgeous book.

Bad Kitty Christmas
written and illustrated by Nick Bruel
Roaring Brook Press, 2011
picture book

An alphabetical comedy about Bad Kitty who wreaks havoc on Christmas, runs away, makes friends with a lonely old-lady, and redeems himself. Very clever as always and filled with the Christmas spirit!


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