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Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Holiday Books
Subcategories: Christmas

 


2004 Award
Who'll Pull Santa's Sleigh Tonight?
(Laura Rader, HarperCollins $12.99 Score:) Santa’s reindeer are all down with the flu! Who will pull Santa’s sleigh? Many, many creatures volunteer for the job and Santa even tries to create a giant reindeer. A jolly little story with a sweet ending. 4–8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
The Man Who Walked the Earth
(Ian Wallace, Groundwood $17.95 Score:) A mysterious stranger knocks on the door on Christmas night. Father has been gone for months looking for work and Mother hopes that wherever he is someone will welcome him as she welcomes this stranger -- who turns out to be a macician who casts a spell strong enough to bring about another miracle.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2006 Award
Dear Santa Claus
(by Alan Durant/ illus. by Vanessa Cabban, Candlewick $14.99 Score:) Gilbert is none too happy to be partners with Phillip on the class trip to Pilgrim Town. But when he tries to hide and lose Phillip, he gets stuck in the bathroom, and it’s Phillip who finds and saves him. A lively book about being thankful and friendship. 6 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2007 Award
Yoon and the Christmas Mitten
(by Helen Recorvits/illus. by Gabi Swiatkowska, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) A tender story about a Korean girl who believes in Mr. Santa Claus, no matter how many times her parents tell her this is not their custom. When Christmas eve comes, Yoon hangs up a mitten, since she has no stocking. A gem. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Christmas
(by Robert Sabuda, Orchard $12.99 Score:) A small gem of a pop-up with a single page for each letter of the word Christmas…starting with a candle and ending with Santa. Splendid choice for anyone on your list. 5-55 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2008 Award
Olivia Helps With Christmas
(by Ian Falconer, Atheneum $18.99 Score:) Saucy as ever and full of holiday spirit, Olivia takes a few too many things into her own porcine hooves. She feeds the baby blueberry pie and oh, my, she tosses her cookies. You will have a good laugh when she ingeniously finds a very small tree for the table top—the top of another tree. With fold out gates and lots of humor, this is sure to please the grown-ups who will surely be asked to read it again and again. 4-8.

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

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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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