Saturday, December 02, 2006

Christmas is Coming....

Christmas is my favorite holiday! I love Christmas music, Christmas movies, and Christmas BOOKS! We have many books about Christmas in our library. Throughout December, I will be telling you about my favorite books about Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. From picture books, to novels, to fun craft books, we'll cover them all!

If you're looking for books about the Nativity, you can find some in our 226 section, while most are in our 232 section.

What kind of weather do we associate with Christmas? Snow! But as Pam Munoz Ryan reminds us, There Was No Snow on Christmas Eve. The book begins with a rural and snowy setting, and we see children bundled up against the harsh weather. After several pages of reminding us of what wasn't on the first Christmas Eve, we are transported to sunny Bethlehem.

The text is simple and would be a great choice for a family read aloud. The illustrations are lovely-we see Joseph comforting Mary in labor (nothing that would scare young children), one shepherd keeping watch while another catches some very deserved rest, the Wise Men, and neighboring children visiting the family (not mentioned in Scriptures, but it's possible!).

If it's possible to fall in love with a book, then I have fallen in love with The Christmas Pageant by Jacqueline Rogers. The text is taken from the Gospels (Authorized Version). Nothing very unusual in that-there are quite a few picture books that illustrate the Book of Matthew and Book of Luke Nativity story.

BUT...come to the library and look at the illustrations, and you will adore this book. Just take my word for it. While we read the text from the Bible, we see Sunday School children acting out the story. It's very difficult to say how beautiful and wonderful these illustrations are. This is not a book to race through, because there are so many things going on in each illustration.

Keep checking back for more great books-next time, I'll tell you about some great Santa books.

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