Friday, December 7, 2012

Storyteller's Journey

Yuletide Tales

Christmas and children's books go together like a a partridge in a pear tree! Earlier this week I  visited a bookstore and purchased my annual holiday children's book.

Who can't remember a teacher or relative reciting Clement Moore's "The Night Before Christmas" each December? A more recent classic is "The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg.

Purchasing a children's holiday book with an accompanying toy of the main character is a wonderful way to encourage a child to read. "Madeline's Christmas" by Ludwig Bemelmans, is a great example.

Paddington was a favorite for my sons when they were young. Here, Michael Bond's bear is dressed for a Christmas Surprise. (Can you tell I enjoy using children's books to decorate for the holidays?)

The children's book I purchased this year is a special one."Nutcracker" by E.T.A. Hoffmann was illustrated by Maurice Sendak. This year we lost that legendary author/illustrator. I thought this gem was perfect.

Do you have a favorite children's book for the holidays?


  1. I don't have a favorite Christmas book, but you just made me want to watch The Polar Express. :)

    1. The Polar Express is actually my very favorite. And, that's saying something since the array of wonderful children's books at the holiday season is endless. Have a great weekend!

  2. Now that was a trip down memory lane! Lol

    1. I know what you mean, Tanya. I actually do have more recent picture books too. ^_^

      Happy Holidays!