With all the holidays upon us, we won’t have many author events or writing workshops coming up. Instead, this week I have a few holiday-themed books you might want to add for the little ones on your shopping list.
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Holiday Books for Little Ones
Now available as a board book! With illustrations by bestselling artist Jane Chapman, GOODNIGHT MANGER tells the story of Mary and Joseph as they try to lull Jesus to sleep in the noisy stable after his birth. It’s bedtime for Baby Jesus, but who knew a manger could be so loud? Mama, Papa, and all of the animals try to lull the baby to sleep, but between itchy hay, angels’ joyful hosanas, and three kings bearing noisy gifts, it’s just too loud. Until Mama finds a way for everyone to work together to shepherd Baby into peaceful dreams under the twinkling stars. With sweet, rhyming text in the style of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, Goodnight, Manger offers a unique twist on the classic manger tale, deftly weaving together the comforting and familiar routines of bedtime with the special magic and wonder of the manger story.
SLED DOG DACHSHUND
When Jasper the dachshund hears about the world’s biggest dog sled race in Alaska, he just knows he can win. And when his family goes to watch the race, he decides to enter. Jasper tries every position, but he’s too little and doesn’t fit into the sled’s harness. That doesn’t stop him. Jasper sneaks aboard a team sled and finds a way to become a part of the team. His yappy enthusiasm keeps them moving and Jasper learns how much energy it takes to pull the sled. In the final stretch of the race, his team is neck-and-neck with another sled. Can Jasper help lead his team to victory? Will they win by a (long, pointy) nose?
THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN KENTUCKY
Merry Christmas from the Bluegrass State! Come along on a fun ride through Kentucky as Marybeth introduces her cousin Martin to all her favorite places, activities, and foods. While they travel from Louisville to Lexington to Paducah, Marybeth gives Martin some really cool gifts—like 4 lucky horseshoes when they visit a horse farm and 10 lumps of black gold from the Coal Mining Museum in Benham.
This joyful entry in ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas in America’ series features terrific art and lively text by a native Kentuckian that perfectly captures the state’s spirit.
WAITING FOR SNOW
Badger cannot wait one more minute for it to snow. When his friend Hedgehog explains that everything comes in its time, Badger is as unconvinced and impatient as ever. But Badger’s friends have a few tricks up their sleeve to try to get the snow’s attention and distract their pal in the meantime. In the end, Badger sees there’s no trick—only waiting—until at last, it’s time.
Publishers Weekly says, Liwska’s (The Quiet Book) gentle, fuzzy drawings, done in the softest browns and the palest blues, offer the comfort of a beloved stuffed toy.
Pigloo is an explorer. His destination? The North Pole. Big sister Paisley has doubts about Pigloo’s plan, but Pigloo knows that explorers have to be patient as well as brave. When Pigloo takes his sled to the top of a hill, he sets off on his expedition–with a little unexpected help.
This sweet, expressively illustrated story shows that sometimes the greatest adventures are the ones that happen in your own backyard.
CODY AND GRANDPA’S CHRISTMAS TRADITION
A boy and his grandfather remember those who served.
It’s Christmas Eve, and Cody’s family has all gathered for their traditional Christmas party—all except Grandpa, who is sitting quietly in his room, looking out his window at the cloudy sky. Grandpa tells Cody about his time in Vietnam and the Christmas Eve when a bright star appeared through the clouds, giving the soldiers hope. All of the men promised to look for the star every year and remember each other and those who didn’t come home. Cody makes a new tradition: now the whole family will join Grandpa in looking for the star. This touching family story, accompanied by rich illustrations, tells the importance of traditions and honoring those who served their country.
Iggy Loo loved being admired every year by the little redhead. But he craved to explore the world that surrounded him. Through one shattering event Iggy Loo gets his wish. He learned life’s simple pleasures is what made living in a snow globe so extraordinary.
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MARCH 18-19: FROM DREAMING TO DOING, BUCKEYSTOWN, MD
EDITORS: Liz Kossnar/Simon and Schuster; Leila Sales/Viking Penguin Random House
ART DIRECTOR: Chad Beckerman, Alyssa Nassner/Abrams
AGENTS: Thao Le/Sandra Dijkstra & Associates; Andrea Morrison/Writers House; Jessica Sinsheimer/Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency