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100 Great Children’s Books

100 Great Children’s Books Over the last year, we have shared with you one hundred children’s books that we love. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our posts, and that you have discovered or re-discovered books that you love too. We will be launching our new Children’s Room blog this week – it will include themed [...]

January 7th, 2012
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The Polar Express 1985

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg As Yolanda has written in previous posts, Christmas is a time for wishes and a time for memories: The Polar Express perfectly captures both. A young boy lies awake on Christmas Eve wishing for the sound of sleigh bells, but instead hears the sound of a train. He [...]

December 26th, 2011
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A Christmas Memory 1956, 1989

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote As much as Christmas is about wishing, for grown-ups, it is also about memories. During the holidays, we recall days gone by filled with special meaning – sometimes poignant, sometimes joyous, and sometimes downright sorrowful. My memories of Christmas include believing in Santa Claus (and other mythical beings), spending [...]

December 21st, 2011
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I Am a Bunny 1963

I Am a Bunny by Ole Risom, illustrated by Richard Scarry At some point between my childhood and several years ago, I forgot all about I Am a Bunny. When I was pregnant and enthusiastically collecting picture books for my daughter’s library, I never had even a wisp of thought about a tall, slender board [...]

December 19th, 2011
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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 1972

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson I’m a big fan of creating family traditions and Christmas is a great time for that. We’ve imported a load from my English childhood and my husband’s Welsh childhood, as well as creating our own for our American-born children. Food is important: My contribution is getting my [...]

December 14th, 2011
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The Story of Holly and Ivy 1957, 1985

The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden Christmas is about wishing – wishing for a special gift, wishing for snow, and, in the case of Holly and Ivy, wishing for something that is missing. Ivy, a tough little orphan, is wishing for a home. Holly, a beautiful but shy Christmas doll, is wishing [...]

December 12th, 2011
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The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies 2002

The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker Santa has never visited my house.  Instead, we had the Christmas Angel, who came on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas morning.  This was one of my favorite family traditions, inspired by European roots and reinterpreted by my English mum. One Christmas, I received my [...]

December 7th, 2011
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The Mitten 1989 and 2009

The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale, 1989 by Jan Brett The Mitten, 2009 by Jim Aylesworth; illustrated by Barbara McClintock. Growing up in California, winters were never much to speak of. Still, I love the idea of winter. On winter vacations I loved breathing in the frosty air, sledding, making snow people. Now as an adult [...]

December 5th, 2011