I love the week of Thanksgiving- family, friends, food, shopping for Christmas gifts, and decorating for the holidays! This year I didn’t get to go home or even have a tradition Thanksgiving meal, but I was still with the people (and cats) that I love so I am still truly thankful.
Last week got me into the spirit of reading books about Christmas and winter…Here are some of my favorites:
Francisco Jiménez celebrates the true meaning of Christmas in this true story of his own childhood. I also really like that the story is translated into both English and Spanish on each page, making it a great bilingual learning book for children of all ages.
This is an onomatopoetic story meaning that the story is told only through the sounds and the beautiful illustrations by David A. Johnson. I think this would be a great story to get younger kids thinking about the plot of a story and even to attempt writing/illustrating their own onomatopoetic story.
I have never heard that angels sing through the songs of birds, frogs, people, and crickets, but now I believe it! This is an adorable story about appreciating the smallest things in life (even crickets) and about always having self worth.
This was probably my favorite story from last week. It’s a longer one that would be perfect for a read-aloud. Plus, I love how organic little Pyn’s decorations for her tree are- acorns, berries, and real bird feathers? I wish my tree was that unique!
This is again a true story from the author’s childhood. Virginia grew up on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation and now lives in Rapid City. All Virginia wants for Christmas is a new coat, but when one comes in the church donations Virginia can’t pick it out because one, she is the priest’s daughter and two, her mother always says, “The others need it more than we do.”