Remember in my last entry when I said to be ready for gratuitous holiday posts? Well, this is one of them.
It’s “that time of year” again and all sorts of holiday goodies are floating around the internet. The idea of A Bookish Advent Calendar came to my attention on Twitter and I instantly wished some brilliant person had thought of it when my kids were younger (because there’s no way I’d come up with something so clever!). Amy Broadmoore writes about her practice of reading a beloved Christmas book each day on her blog Delightful Children’s Books. Love, love, love this . What a great tradition to start with your kids or anyone who’s a fan of children’s books during the days leading up to Christmas.
After seeing the Bookish Advent Calendar, I went a-Googling (not to be confused with a-wassailing) for other holiday books. Goodreads offered up a list of thirty-one of their most popular Kwanzaa books. Kwanzaa, which celebrates the best of what it means to be of African descent and reaffirms the dignity of the human person, runs from December 26 – January 1.
Tomorrow is the last day of Hanukkah and, once again, Goodreads proves to be a valuable source with a list of children’s Hanukkah books. Here they give a sampling of twenty-seven books about the festival of light, some written by such familiar names as Bunting, Kimmel, Yolen, Polacco and even Lemony Snicket!
If you have time after all your holiday preparations and writing or illustrating (no problem, right?), check out one or two of these books for yourself or the little ones in your life.
Merry, merry everyone!