November 18, 2017

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Holiday Cheer: New Titles To Help Celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah

A roundup of picture book, middle grade, and YA titles to share in preparation for the holidays or to give as gifts.

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SLJ’s October 2017 Popular Picks

An aspiring ninja tries to catch Father Christmas in the act; 16-year-old Ruby Karp pens a guide to teenage survival; a new action-packed fantasy from Holly Black in this month’s Popular Picks!

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Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard & Tanya Simon | SLJ Review

 

SIMON, Richard & Tanya Simon. Oskar and the Eight Blessings. illus. by Mark Siegel. 40p. Roaring Brook. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781596439498.
PreS-Gr 2–On the seventh day of Hanukkah in 1938, which also happens to be Christmas Eve, a young refugee boy named Oskar arrives in New York City from the horrors of Nazi Europe with only a photograph and an address to find an aunt he has never meet. As Oskar walks the length of Manhattan, from the Battery to […]

The Nutcracker Comes to America by Chris Barton | SLJ Review

BARTON, Chris. The Nutcracker Comes to America. illus. by Cathy Gendron. 36p. chron. ebook available. further reading. photos. Millbrook. 2015. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781467721516.
Gr 2-5–This well-researched history tells how three brothers from a small town in Utah came together to present the first full-length version of The Nutcracker in America. That performance on Christmas Eve, 1944, at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco started a holiday tradition that continues to this day in cities across the United States. […]

Light Up the Shelves for Christmas and Hanukkah! | December Holidays

Our team of reviewers in Los Angeles selected and evaluated 42 titles to help librarians make informed purchase decisions. Picture books, poetry, song adaptations, nonfiction, and short stories are among the offerings.

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Book/Multimedia Review Stars | October 2013

Web excerpt On Randolph Caldecott, the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program, and the work of paleoartists

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Makin’ a List… of December Holiday Books | October 2013

A roundup of fiction and nonfiction titles to help celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah. These beautifully illustrated picture books, informational titles, and novels are perfect for family sharing and will help to make the season bright.

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December Holiday Books: October 2012

BARRETT , Judi. Santa from Cincinnati: How a Little Boy Named Santa Grew Up to Become the Real Thing. illus. by Kevin Hawkes. 48p. CIP. S & S/Atheneum. Oct. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-2993-2; ebook $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-2994-9. LC 2011050810.
Gr 1-3–Barrett explains Santa’s origins in the form of a personal memoir, complete with appealing scrapbook-style “photo” layouts. It’s no surprise that Santa was jolly from birth, always loved cookies, and uttered “ho, […]