2014 Holiday & Winter Book Roundup!

What great new titles are out there for the winter holidays and season?  Here are my pics!

Blizzard by John Rocco – “After a massive blizzard, a boy becomes a hero when he manages to walk to the local store and bring supplies back to his neighborhood which has been snowed in for days.”  Based on a true story.  CANNOT wait to read this – Rocco’s Blackout was stellar, and this should be, too.  Share with ages 4-10.

Star Bright: a Christmas story by Alison McGhee – “What can a small angel give a most important baby? A Christmas story about the greatest gift of all.”  J&H loved this one.  A gentle look at the true meaning of the holiday.  Share with ages 3+.

The Last Christmas Tree by Stephen Krensky – “An eager little Christmas tree, not very tall or well-shaped, is the last on the lot but when it seems all hope of being covered with lights and ornaments is lost, a special person comes to take him home.”  On hold for this gem!  Share with ages 3-10.

Catch That Cookie! by Hallie Durand – “Marshall refuses to believe that gingerbread men can run, even after a series of clues leads his class on a riddle-filled gingerbread cookie hunt.”  Just got it this weekend – so fun!  Perfect for those gingerbread units!  Share with ages 4-10.

Snowman’s Story by Will Hillenbrand – “One wintry day, a hat lands on the head of a newly made snowman and brings him to life. Hiding inside the hat is a rabbit, who listens to the snowman read a story to some animal friends. When the snowman falls asleep, the rabbit hops away with the book. But the snowman isn’t about to let his story—or the mischievous rabbit—get away.” KCLS doesn’t have this wordless wonder yet.  I’m not patient, either.  Bookstore, here I come!  Share with ages 3-10.

Here Comes Santa Cat by Deborah Underwood – “Cat wants off Santa’s naughty list and makes several valiant attempts, but this ‘being nice’ business is trickier than he thought.”  Fun, fun, fun!  J&H LOVED it.  Lots of inferencing happening with the illustrations, too.  Share with ages 3-10.

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle – “In this wordless, lift-the-flap picture book, Flora and her new friend, the penguin, dance on the ice together and learn to treat each other with respect and kindness.”   Beautiful and interactive, this is best shared with kids in a small setting (preferably on a lap!).  Share with ages 3-8.

Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman – “Discover how animals stay alive in the wintertime and learn about their secret lives happening under the snow.”  Share with ages 5+.  Another book on my hold list that I’m eagerly awaiting!  Poetry + Winter + Animals = winner!

Simon and the Bear: a Hanukkah tale by Eric A. Kimmel – “Stranded on an iceberg on his way to America, Simon remembers his mother’s parting words and lights the first candle on his menorah while praying for a miracle, which soon arrives in the form of a friendly polar bear.”  Kimmel writes a great story that is also a Hanukkah story.  Great to pair with last year’s Hanukkah Bear.   Share with ages 5+.

What have you read?  Share favorites below!!

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