November 2018


CHRISTMAS BOOKS FOR PRESCHOOLERS
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PETER RABBIT’S CHRISTMAS COLLECTION
written & illus. by Beatrix Potter, (Frederick Warne & Co., 2003) Ages 3-7

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THE NOT VERY MERRY POUT-POUT FISH
written by Deborah Diesen, illus. by Dan Hanna, (Farrar Straus Giroux Books, 2015,), 32p, Ages 2-6

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THE MOUSE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
written & illus. by Michael Garland, (Dutton Children’s Books, 1997), 32p, Ages 2-7



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CHRISTMAS BOOKS FOR
AGES 4 - 8
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A CHRISTMAS FOR BEAR
written/illus. by Bonny Becker, illus. by Kady MacDonald Denton, (Candlewick Press, 2017), 48p, Ages 4-8

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CATCH THAT COOKIE
written by Hallie Durand, illus. by David Small, (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2014), 32p, Ages 4-7


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CLICK, CLACK, HO! HO! HO!
written by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Betsy Lewin, (Antheneum Books, 2015), 40p, Ages 4-8


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THE FLYING SQUIRREL STOWAWAYS: From Nova Scotia to Boston
written/illus. by Marijke Simmons, (Nimbus Publishing, 2017), 32p, Ages 4-8





CHRISTMAS BOOKS FOR
AGES 8 - 12
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THE BOY WHO LIVED IN PUDDIING LANE: Being a True Account, if only you believe it, of the Life and Ways of Santa, Oldest Son of Mr. and Mrs. Claus
written by Sarah Addington, illus. by Gertrude Kay, (Grafton & Scratch Publishers, 2017), 104p, Ages 7-10

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THE NUTCRACKER MICE
written by Kristin Kladstrup, illus. by Brett Helquist, (Candlewick Press, 2017), 336p, Ages 9-12

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THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET
written by Karina Yan Glaser, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017), 304p, Ages 9-12





CHRISTMAS BOOKS FOR
AGES 12 - 15
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A SEASON OF GIFTS
written by Richard Peck, illus. by Brandon Dorman, (Dial Books. 2009), 176p, Ages 11+

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MIRACLE ON 49TH STREET
written by Mike Lupica, (Philomel Books, 2006), 288p, Ages 15+




 




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This month we celebrate Thanksgiving with great holiday stories. We hope that you will enjoy our selections from past years. They are for the young and young at heart.

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Preschool
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BEAR SAYS THANKS
written by Karma Wilson, illus. by Jane Chapman, (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2012), 40p, Ages 2-6

Bear would love to invite his friends for dinner, but the cupboard is bare. Not deterred, Bear’s friends stop by with food, enthusiasm, and generosity. Mouse brings a huckleberry pie, Hare donates muffins, Badger strolls in with fish, Gopher and Mole present honey nuts, and Raven and Wren offer pears and herbs. After every gift, “Bear always remembers to say “Thanks!” As Bear sighs and moans with nothing to share, “Mouse squeaks, ‘Don’t fret. / There’s enough, dear Bear. / You don’t need any food, / you have stories to share!’ ” Stories of sharing, gratitude, and thankfulness are great any time but especially around the season of Thanksgiving.
        Themes: Holidays, Bears, Friendship, Rhythm/Rhyme, Series

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THANKSGIVING MICE!
written by Bethany Roberts, illus. by Doug Cushman, (Clarion Books, 2001), 32p, Ages 4-7

Four mice encounter problems when they put on a play about the first Thanksgiving. They practice their lines, construct props, and perform as Pilgrim mice that travel across the sea on the Mayflower, land at Plymouth Rock, build new homes, befriend the Indian mice, and celebrate the first Thanksgiving. The simple story also serves as an introduction to theatre.
        Themes: Holidays, Animals

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THE TURKEY BALL
written by David Steinberg, illus. by Liz Conrad, (Price, Stern, Sloan, 2005), 10p, Ages 2-5

A group of happy turkeys prepare for an evening of fun at the social event of the season. Told in rhyme, the stylish turkey’s board the Turkey Bus, and are greeted at the ball by the turkey mayor. “So they touched their wings together / And twirled all night, / And they danced till their feathers / Met the morning light.”
        Themes: Holidays, Animals, Rhythm/Rhyme

 
Ages 4-8
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THE AUTUMN VISITORS
written/illus. by Karel Hayes, (Down East Books, $16.95, Oct. 2015, ISBN 978-1-60893-454-6), 32p, Ages 4-7

One fall New Hampshire weekend, a family drives to their cottage in the mountains where they ride bikes to the county fair, play boardwalk games, pet barnyard animals, ride the Ferris wheel, and enjoy cotton candy. Unbeknownst to them, a bear family follows and sneaks into the closed midway at night to enjoy hot dogs, free pumpkins, and ride the Ferris wheel. “It’s only a weekend and too soon time to leave, but the cottage by the water will not be empty for long.” The bears move in with their pumpkins, make costumes, and enjoy trick-or-treating. At Thanksgiving they catch turkeys and cook dinner for everyone to enjoy (turkeys included). Kids will love the humorous illustrations of two families enjoying a special New England autumn.
        Themes: Holidays, Adventure, Families, Humor, Series

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THE LITTLE SCARECROW BOY
written by Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by David Diaz, (HarperCollins, 2005), 40p, Ages 3-7

A little boy, on the brink of growing up, tries to be the fiercest scarecrow in all the fields, just like his dad. He uses one ferocious face after another, but nothing frightens the crows. Suddenly they fly off, and he is so pleased. Little does he realize that dad is standing behind him.
        Themes: Holidays, Families




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OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOOD
written by Lydia Maria Child, illus. by David Catrow, (Henry Holt & Co., Inc, 1996, $15.95,
ISBN 0-8050-3852-6), 32p, Ages 4-7

Based on a favorite Thanksgiving poem and song, first published in 1844, this modern, comical interpretation surrounds one family’s attempt to travel through holiday traffic to grandfather’s house for a Thanksgiving dinner. Caught in a traffic jam, due to the Thanksgiving Day Parade, the youngest member of the family experiences a series of mishaps with a tuba, a gorilla, and airplane, but the family eventually arrives safely at grandmother’s house for dinner. A good lesson for children to remain in their car seats.
        Themes: Holidays, Families

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TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING
written & illus. by Dav Pilkey, (Orchard Books, 1990, $15.95, ISBN 0-531-05905-7), 32p, Ages 4-8

During a school field trip, a bond of friendship develops between the children and the turkeys of Mack Nuggett’s turkey farm. When the children discover that Ollie, Stanley, Larry, Moe, Wally, Beaver, Shemp, and Grouch are destined for the dinner table, they are devastated and decide to rescue the gobblers from the farmer’s ax. Sneaking eight turkeys aboard the bus in front of an unsuspecting teacher and farmer is hilarious. What happened to the turkeys? “The very next evening, / Eight families were blessed / With eight fluffy Thanksgiving turkeys / As guests.”
        Themes: Holidays, Friendship

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I KNOW AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A PIE
written by Alison Jackson, & illus. by Judith Byron Schachner, (Dutton Children’s Books, 1997, $15.99, ISBN 0-525-45645-7), 32p, Ages 4-7

Invited to Thanksgiving dinner by an unsuspecting family, this ravenous senior citizen devours the pie she brought, consumes a jug of cider, and proceeds to polish off the entire Thanksgiving dinner. The family resolves the crisis with a perfect holiday solution — their own Thanksgiving Day parade balloon.
        Themes: Holidays

 
Ages 8-12
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THE PETERKIN’S THANKSGIVING
adapted by Elizabeth Spurr, illus. by Wendy Anderson Halperin, (Antheneum Books, 2005), 32p, Ages 7-10

Adapted from Lucretia Hale’s nineteenth-century classic, The Peterkins Papers, a goofy family nearly misses Thanksgiving dinner when the turkey gets stuck in the dumbwaiter on route from the kitchen to the dinner table. After some discussion, they adjourn to the kitchen and decide to call the carpenter, who tells them that the problem is the weight. With their usual zany logic, Mrs. Peterkins’ replies, “I’ve never waited so long for any meal.”
         Themes: Holidays, Families, Series

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THANK YOU, SARAH: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving
written by Laurie Halse Anderson, illus. by Mat Faulkner, (Simon & Schuster, 2012, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-689-84787-5), 40p, Ages 7-11

Realizing that people were beginning to ignore Thanksgiving, Sarah Hale, widowed mother of five, managing editor, author, and educator, campaigns to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. Sarah wrote thousands of letters to politicians and articles imploring her readers to help. States began to comply, but not presidents. After 38 years, a president finally considered her argument about reuniting the nation, and in 1863 President Abraham Lincoln declared the fourth Thursday in November a national holiday. Endpapers offer additional information on Sarah Hale’s achievements, Thanksgiving history, the year 1863, and the Civil War. “Selected Sources” round out a marvelous account of one woman’s dedication and persistence to make a difference in the world.
         Themes: Holidays, Historical Fiction

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ZACK AND THE TURKEY ATTACK!
written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, illus. by Vivienne Tu, (Atheneum Books, $16.99, Oct. 2017, ISBN 978-1-4814-3779-0), 176p, Ages 8-11

Zack loves working on his grandparents’ farm every weekend, except when Tailpipe spies him. That giant turkey-pecking monster chases him around the farm and delights in accosting him. Determined to find a way to scare the monster away for good, Zack uses various things from his grandfather’s machine shed to build a “turkey-blaster trouble-shooter.” With the help of two friends, Matthew and Josie, they use a croquet ball, rain gutter, pie tin, gum-ball machine, sewing machine stand, bellows, propeller, washing machine wringer, steering wheel, bicycle pump, water balloons, and marbles to construct a one-of-a-kind contraption to cure a mischievous turkey from pecking them. When Josie informs them of a mysterious robber prowling around the neighborhood stealing bracelets, necklaces, and coins, they discover strange V-shaped footprints that the robber leaves behind. Find out how the burglary is solved and Tailpipe receives his comeuppance in this humorous homespun novel of family and friends by award-winning Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.



Ages 12-15
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THE ODDS OF GETTING EVEN
written by Sheila Turnage, (Kathy Dawson Books, $16.99, Oct. 2015, ISBN 978-0-8037-3961-1), 368p, Ages 12-15

Shortly before Thanksgiving in Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, Dale Earnhardt Johnson, and the newest addition to the Desperado Detective Agency, Harm Crenshaw, involve the town in their effort to find Dale's no-good, kidnapping daddy, Macon Johnson, who escaped jail before his trial. With Tupelo Landing in lock down, Dale's brother in danger, break-ins, fires, and bank robberies, evidence is mounting against Macon. Dale refuses to believe that his father is guilty of the current crime spree, but Mo wants to get even for Macon's crimes against her family. A who-done-it mystery, delightful Southern language, similes (“Miss Lana says reality is like cheap shampoo. Sometimes it takes a while to sink in.”), metaphors, and non-stop action surround three amateur detectives as they cope with sixth grade, desperate criminals, and loyalties to family and friends. In this third installment in the Tupelo Landing series, Three Times Lucky, (Penguin, 2012), The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing (Penguin, 2014), charm and humor abound with screeching guinea hens, adorable puppies, a touch of Hollywood, and an unusual Thanksgiving dinner. It's a shame that these colorful characters must be left on the last page.
        Themes: Holidays, Families, Mysteries, Series

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