Day 3: Holiday Picture Books (with characters you know!)

scaredysquirrelchristmasScaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas by Melanie Watt

In his typical manner, Scaredy is terrified of the Christmas holiday.  Decorating, wrapping, even fruitcake send him into full-on preparation mode.

This is for: kids who love to plan…or kids who are often anxious.  If Scaredy can do it, so can you!

Share it with: ages 5-10 who love this quirky squirrel.


merry-christmas-strega-nonaMerry Christmas, Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

Strega Nona usually uses potions and spells to get work done, but Christmas preparation must be done the old-fashioned way.  A beautiful community story.

This is for: fans of warm-hearted folklore. (ME!)

Share it with: ages 3+.



olivia_christmasOlivia Helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer

The sassy Olivia gets ready for Santa and celebrates all the traditions of Christmas with her family.

This is for: families who love their holiday traditions.

Share it with: ages 2-10.




otic-christmasAn Otis Christmas by Loren Long

Not only does Otis receive his first Christmas gift ever, but he also comes to the rescue when a mare needs help in the middle of a snowstorm.

This is for: big-rig loving kids (and parents looking to read them a well-written story).

Share it with: ages 3-8.


how-do-dinosaurs-say-happy-chanukahHow Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen

The difficult dinos are back as they experience the eight nights of Chanukah with simple rhyming text.  A lovely introduction to Chanukah traditions.

This is for: dino fans everywhere!  .

Share it with: ages 2-6.



howdodinossaymerrychristmasHow Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? by Jane Yolen

And still more dinos!  They have helped decorate and prepare for Christmas and are too excited to sleep!

This is for: dino fans everywhere who cannot sleep on Christmas Eve.

Share it with: ages 2-6.



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