Monday, December 13, 2010

What Would You Recommend? - Christmas Books

This is a question I get asked all the time working in the bookstore: "What would you recommend for somebody who loved "_________"? (fill in the blank)" Usually I can come up with something, but that something can be a bit of a wild guess if it's not a book or genre I normally read. This is where you helpful people come in. If you have a suggestion, I'd love to hear it.
In honour of the season, this week I'm asking (a few days late, but nonetheless) what your favourite Christmas books for kids are. I have my favourites, but I'm curious to see what others like too.

Some of the ones I've loved seeing in the store this year are: A Porcupine in a Pine Tree: A Canadian 12 Days Of Christmas by Helaine Becker, Letters From Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien (I really do need to remember to reread this one before Christmas) and Dewey's Christmas At The Library by Viki Myron.

Both A Porcupine In A Pine Tree and Dewey's Christmas At The Library are meant for younger kids, but I think anyone would get a chuckle out of the antics in the first book. I know it had me (and half the rest of the staff at work) giggling the first time I read it.

Letters From Father Christmas is one of those books which is great for kids of all ages (including anyone who's only young at heart). The antics of the goblins, Polar Bear etc are amusing, and Tolkien's illustrations for the letters are great.

So, what are your suggestions?


Anassa said...

Jan Brett's Night Before Christmas, because the story's classic and she is a phenomenal illustrator.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, by Susan Wojciechowski, because it's sweet and inspiring, but not syrupy, and the illustrations are, again, fantastic.

Elena said...

Good illustrations are definitely a draw, Anassa. Thanks for the suggestions. I think I've seen Jan Brett's books before, possibly even that one (I'd bet it's on the shelf at work now). I'll have to go hunting the other suggestion to see what it's like.


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