Do you love to read about Christmas or Chanukah with your kids? Me, too! Here are my favorite newly published books about each holiday.
The Third Gift by Linda Sue Park illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
A boy watches his father gather “tears” of resin from the trees. The tears had many uses, for medicine, flavoring wine, for funerals to oil the body. One day in the market, three men in fine robes are looking to buy one more gift – they already have bought gold and frankincense. Now, they’re buying myrrh as the third gift to give a baby. I loved learning about myrrh, I never knew what it was before! Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, this is a fascinating read.
Bad Kitty Christmas by Nick Bruel
In the Bad Kitty style of alphabetized antics, Bad Kitty destroys the gifts and the decorations. So when kitty runs away and is found by a little old lady whose only friends are photos on her Christmas tree, we are delighted to discover that Bad Kitty isn’t always bad after all. Bad Kitty knows what she must do. It’s a heart-warming, Christmas-spirit ending.
A Christmas Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Kids by Sarah L. Schuette
Hooray for a cookbook that lives up to the title! By that I mean, these actually are simple recipes. For example, the Stuffed Sleigh Sammies add chicken chunks, cheddar cheese, tomato slices, shredded lettuce and ranch dressing to a pita bread pocket. Easy, right? Also, on the yummy and decorative side is a recipe for popcorn garlands! Easy, with plenty of kid-appeal.
This book is a work of art! Beautiful doesn’t even begin to describe the sensations and feelings this paper art evokes in the reader. Chanukah’s Lights is about the history of the Jewish people as they search for a homeland and rebuild their communities told through the lens of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. Jewish and secular critics haven’t loved the book’s text but I don’t feel qualified to critique the text since I don’t know much about the history of Chanukah. Read a review in The New York Times and a review from Yoeitzdrian!
** Read my Christmas Picture Books post on Bookmarkable to find other new Christmas titles.
What are your favorite Christmas or Hanukkah books?
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