THE LIST: Upcoming Book Reviews in 2014

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About a month ago, I happened upon a list. A book list. A children’s book list.

Bliss.

At the close of 2013, the New York Public Library released their 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing (you can find it here). Throughout the year I plan to read and share quite a bit from this list!

And thanks to my own nearby public library, I am up to my nose in books!

Each book review will include a rating. Here’s the system:

4 Cheers—THIS IS A GREAT BOOK! MUST READ!

3 Cheers—This is a good book, definitely read it.

2 Cheers—This is an okay book.

1 Cheer—This is an even less okay book.

*cricket* —This  book didn’t make a splash. Spend your time elsewhere.

As you can see, these are rigorous standards. Ahem.

BUT I do have some basic questions that will guide my ratings (there is a method to the madness).

Elements To Consider

  • Can I make personal connections to the story? Is it meaningful?
  • Are the illustrations captivating?
  • Is the language interesting?
  • Is it fun? (Reading to children is nothing if it isn’t fun!)

As always, some books are wonderful because they are light, funny, and a rollicking good time while other books become favorites because they appeal to our artistic taste. Both kinds of favorites are welcome to me!

Christmas Favorites

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I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays!

One of my favorite things to do is snuggle up with the family and a stack of treasured holiday books.

This is my list of 25 TOP HOLIDAY STORIES (in no particular order):

  1. The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco
  2. Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer
  3. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
  4. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  5. The Hat by Jan Brett
  6. An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco
  7. The Missing Mitten Mystery by Steven Kellogg
  8. The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett
  9. Snowmen at Night by Caralyn & Mark Buehner
  10. The Christmas Wreath by James Hoffman
  11. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  12. Strega Nona’s Gift by Tomie dePaola
  13. Madeline’s Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans
  14. Welcome Comfort by Patricia Polacco
  15. An Early American Christmas by Tomie dePaola
  16. The Baker’s Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale by Aaron Shepard
  17. Olivia Helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer
  18. It’s Christmas, David! by David Shannon
  19. Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco
  20. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
  21. Book of Christmas Carols by Tomie dePaola
  22. Twelve Days of Christmas by Jan Brett (I learned from this book that traditionally the 12 days of Christmas are celebrated AFTER December 25, until Jan 6, Three Kings Day)
  23. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
  24. The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett
  25. The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola

 

Merry Christmas!