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Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Holiday Books
Subcategories: Christmas

 


2011 Award
The Carpenter's Gift
(by David Rubel/ illus. by Jim LaMarche, Random House $17.99 Score:)

With so many people out of work this book, set in the Great Depression may well resonate with young people today. It's Christmas 1931 and Henry and his out-of-work father go to New York to sell Christmas trees to earn a little money. They have no money for heat or blankets. When they get to New York City they unload their trees on the site where Rockefeller Center is being built and the men working on the site take a liking to them. At the end of the day Henry's dad leaves a tree that the construction workers decorate; the first of the many glorious trees that will stand on that site. Before he leaves, Henry finds a pinecone near the tree and takes it home. The next day several of the workers show up at Henry's home with scrap lumber. Together they construct a small house and Henry plants the pinecone. Click forward. Henry is now an old man. He is living in the house and the little pine cone has become a giant tree. Henry ends up donating his giant tree for Rockefeller Center when he learns that the tree will be turned into wood for a needy family's Habitat for Living Home. The story of the Christmas of 1931 and the real first tree is told in the author's notes. This is one of those big beautiful holiday books with lush illustrations and heartfelt story. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2003 Award
Christmas Day in the Morning
(by Pearl S. Buck/illus. by Mark Buehner, HarperCollins $16.99 Score:) Rob wants to give his father something special for Christmas, something that will show him how much he loves him. But what can it be? An old-fashioned story about doing, not buying, from a master storyteller. Reissued in a handsome storybook with illustrations that give a timeless story new life. 5–10.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Christmas Window Art
(by Barbara Kane, Klutz $19.95 Score:) Window art for the holidays has a new look! Using the black paint outline plus five other colors to fill in the spaces, kids trace designs and lift off beautiful stickers that adhere to windows, mirrors or other smooth surfaces. Also for the holidays, Kane's book of Candy Projects will turn ready made candies into artistic treats and games. 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Christmas Tapestry
(by Patricia Polacco, Philomel $16.99 Score:) Leave it to Patricia Polacco to write an ecumenical holiday book. It all begins when the Weeks family moves to Detroit and the family pitches in to get their father's church in shape. Water damage in the church just before Christmas couldn't happen at a worse time! But when they find a tapestry in a second hand store they also happen to find the Jewish woman who embroidered it, and this discovery leads to yet another miracle! 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
The Night Before Christmas
(by Clement Clarke Moore/illus. by Robert Sabuda, Little Simon $25 Score:) Not since Sabuda did his Twelve Days of Christmas has there been such a spectacular holiday pop-up! From the mouse in the spinning clockworks to the sled flying over a pop-up snow-covered village, this is a book of "Oooooohs!" and "Aaaaahhhhhhs!" All ages.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2004 Award
The Christmas Gift for Mama
(Lauren Thompson/illus. by Jim Burke, Scholastic $16.95 Score:) Inspired by O. Henry’s “Gift of the Magi,” a tender story about a child who trades her treasured doll to replace a broken china figure that her mother loved. A moving story about the ache of loss and the joy of giving. We dare you to read it without a tear! 6–10.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
The 12 Days of Christmas
(Tad Hills, Little Simon $9.99 Score:) Anita Pig is swamped with the wonderful gifts her true love brings as you open the flaps and see the newest gift revealed. A small but pleasing book to sing. All ages.

Age: Infants,Toddlers,Preschool,Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
The Miracle of the Poinsettia
(Joanne Oppenheim/illus. by Fabian Negrin, Barefoot Books $16.99 Score:) Understandably, one of our new favorite titles. Inspired by an old Mexican folktale and our own family’s love of Mexico. With nothing to bring to the baby Jesus, Juanita gives from her heart with a miraculous outcome. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2008 Award
Great Joy
(by Kate DiCamillo /illus by Bagram Ibatoulline, Candlewick $16.99 Score:) Frances is getting ready for the Christmas pageant, but she is worried about where the organ grinder and his monkey, on the street corner, go at night. While adults, including her mother seem less concerned, Frances is more than curious. Set in the early 40’s this timepiece has a back-story that will not be apparent to children. Organ grinders are a thing of the past, as are the old fashioned cars, and fashions. The red, white and blue buntings mixed in with the Christmas decorations reflect the same era that only older grandparents will recall. Add to this, Frances’ father in his Naval uniform, who appears only in a photo on the shelf, but is never mentioned in the story. Paintings with a warm glow of another era add much to the power of this endearing story about the joy found in caring for others. A gem that connects the past and the present.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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