Celebrating With Picture Books

Happy holidays everyone!  Getting packages delivered to your door is always exciting.  Here at the library it's like Christmas every day, because we get new books in our mail.

It's always fun to rip off the packing tape and peek inside, but it's been especially awesome lately because we have been getting tons of new holiday books.  Here are a few of my recent favorites, kid-tested at story times over the past few weeks:


I'm Not Santa I'm Not Santa!
by Jonathan Allen

An adorable fluffy owl ventures out to play in the snow in his red hat and is mistaken for Santa Claus. Hilarity ensues as our owl tries to manage expectations and ends up having a meltdown.

Parents of preschoolers and preschoolers themselves will have a laugh at temper tantrum behavior.
How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?
By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

These dinosaurs are famous for helping children behave in all sorts of situations, from the first day of school to eating a polite dinner. This year, they have their own Chanukah and Christmas titles. Children 2+ love to correct the colorful and ill-mannered dinosaurs in holiday situations.

A dinosaur would never blow out the Chanukah candles or peek at presents, and neither will your child, with new-found willpower inspired by dinosaurs!
How Do Dinosaurs Say happy Chanukah
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
by James Dean and Eric Litwin

Pete the Cat is back with a new song.  This time he is giving it his all to save Christmas when kitty Santa falls ill.  Though Pete is small, he manages to deliver presents to all the good boys and girls in his minibus with typical groovy Zen demeanor.

If you haven't caught Pete the Cat fever from his previous adventures, the holidays are a great time to introduce him to a child in your life.  Kids love both Pete's songs and his attitude.


Stop into Shaw or another local library to check out these titles and oodles of other books and programs for Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and Diwali!

--Anina Ertel