Christmas & Hanukkah Books:
The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition
- Chris Barton
Tells the story of how the Nutcracker Ballet came from Russian immigrants to New York during the early 1900's.
M is for Manger - Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley
This rhyming alphabet book tells the story of Jesus' birth.
Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! - Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
As Farmer Brown prepares the house for Christmas, Duck tries to play Santa--but he gets stuck in the chimney, along with all the other animals who try to help.
Miracle on 133rd Street - Sonia Manzano
The day before Christmas, everyone in Jose's neighborhood seems grumpy, including his mother who is homesick for Puerto Rico, but when he and his parents return from the pizzeria where they borrowed an oven to cook their roast, the heavenly aroma reminds those they pass of all they have to celebrate.
Jingle Bells - James Lord Pierpont
James Lord Pierpont wrote the song "Jingle Bells" for Sunday-school children to perform at a Thanksgiving concert in 1857. It is now an irreplaceable part of Christmas celebrations around the world. This exquisite cut-paper edition, with elegant illustrations by Niroot Puttapipat, captures the thrill of sleigh riding and the magic of the season. The scene transforms with the turn of each page, showing a sleight ride across a snowy landscape. It's the perfect book to share during the holidays and to treasure forever.
Oskar and the Eight Blessings - Richard Simon and Tanya Simon
A young Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany arrives in New York City on the seventh night of Hanukkah and receives small acts of kindness while exploring the city.
Other Picture Books:
Waiting - Kevin Henkes
Five friends sit happily on a windowsill, waiting for something amazing to happen. The owl is waiting for the moon. The pig is waiting for the rain. The bear is waiting for the wind. The puppy is waiting for the snow. And the rabbit is just looking out the window because he likes to wait! What will happen? Will patience win in the end? Or someday will the friends stop waiting and do something unexpected?--Publisher
The Whisper - Pamela Zagarenski
Her magical book of stories is wordless until a whisper in the wind tells a little girl to imagine a story for each page.
Nonfiction Picture Books
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear - Lindsay Mattick
A woman tells her young son the true story of how his great-great-grandfather, Captain Harry Colebourn, rescued and learned to love a bear cub in 1914 as he was on his way to take care of soldiers' horses during World War I, and the bear became the inspiration for A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh.
The House That Jane Built: A Story about Jane Addams - Tanya Lee Stone
"Ever since she was a little girl, Jane Addams hoped to help people in need. She wanted to create a place where people could find food, work, and community. In 1889, she chose a house in a run-down Chicago neighborhood and turned it into Hull House--a settlement home--soon adding a playground, kindergarten, and a public bath, By 1907, Hull House included thirteen buildings. And by the early 1920s, more that nine thousand people visited Hull House each week. The dreams of a smart, caring girl had become a reality. And the lives of hundreds of thousands of people were transformed when they stepped into the house that Jane Addams built."--Jacket
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement
- Carole Boston Weatherford - Presents a collage-illustrated treasury of poems and spirituals inspired by the life and work of civil rights advocate Fannie Lou Hamer