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November 3, 2009

There are so many wonderful seasonal book from which to choose.  It is impossible to walk into a bookstore and come out empty handed!

auntieclaus 
Auntie Claus  by Elise Primavera
Do you know the First and Final Elf Rule? Sophie discovers the mysterious disappearance of her eccentric aunt while learning the real message of Christmas.
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the Christmas Blizzard by Helen Ketterman
“Learning history takes time. That year the was crazy.” So starts the retelling of history by Maynard Jenkins.
Jenkins describes weather “as warm as grandma’s gravy”; and flakes “as fat as turnips” and “rounder than a Thanksgiving turkey.”
Mentor text for similes and the writing trait of word choice.

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Christmas Cookies: Bite -Size Holiday Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
This books is a  “scrumptious” way to introduce vocabulary, character education, and the true message of the holiday season. My first grade students were inspired to write. Parents were involved in the math measurement lesson of baking cookies, and the craft lesson of making dough ornaments.

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The Christmas Humbugs by Collen Monroe
Itty-bitty creatures with jingle bells at the end of their antennae and a body smell of old fruitcake attempt to dampen Christmas cheer.
Students have a great time creating their own humbugs out of crafts and using a Neo for a math problem solving activity. They also write their own version of the humbug invasion.
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The Christmas Promise by Susan Bartoletti
This is a story of hope, love, and trust. If you have your students participate in any community charity fund during the holidays, this book would help students understand the needs of people less fortunate.
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Christmas Song of the North by Marsha Bonicatto (Scholastic)
Children enjoy this singing, counting, sing along. In the past, I have read this story to the class, and then they created a Christmas Song of Texas class sing along book. Great fun!
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 a creature was stirring (One Boy’s Night Before Christmas) adapted and illustrated by Carter Goodrich
This book is great for teaching point of view and perspective. The book presents the reader with the Night Before Christmas on one page and the perspective of a young boy on the other page. This young boy ends up saving Christmas.

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Dear Santa Claus by Alan Durant
Little Holly corresponds with Santa. Great for teaching letter writing and point of view!
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Frosty’s New Friends based on the character and original song lyrics by Steve Nelson
and Jack Rollins
A snowman and his snowpup come to life and delight a young boy and his sister.
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Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett
A sugary sequel to Gingerbread Baby! Follow the Gingerbread Baby’s adventure as he searches for friends.
Jan Brett’s imagery of the small village towns is an excellent source for teaching the importance that a setting plays in a story.
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Hark! The Aardvark Angels Sing by Teri Sloat (Scholastic)
A quirky interpretation of a Christmas carol that tells a story about  helpful Aardvark Angels! Readers get to visit the frozen lands and jungle trees as the Aardvark Angels deliver mail across the world, even if the address is missing!
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss
A Christmas Classic that delights and teaches a powerful message to children and adults!

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How Murray Saved Christmas by Mike Reiss
The author, an Emmy award-winning writer for the Simpson’s, writes his version of  ‘Twas a Night Before Christmas.

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The Legend of Mistletoe and the Christmas Kittens by Joe Troiano
An odd little kitten is born on Christmas Day. He does not fit in with any of the other kittens, but his courage and actions delivers a Christmas message for all.
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The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (based on the orignal book by C.S.Lewis) Illustrated by Tudor Humphries
Introduce young children to the magical world of Narnia. I use this book for whole group reading. I found leveled readers
 with characters and storyline from this classic, and I use these readers for small group.
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Merry Christmas, BIG HUNGRY BEAR! by Don and Audrey Wood
A little mouse has the Christmas spirit and knows that it is better to give than to receive. This a good book to use
for teaching author’s message.
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The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore and illustrated by Bruce Whatley
Bruce Whatley illustrates a beautiful rendition of Clement C. Moore’s classic poem.

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the Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers
The artist, Susan Jeffers, delivers an easy version for young children to enjoy and understand the story behind this classic ballet.
(I am meeting with our music teacher to plan a reader’s theater that will integrate the music with the reading, so plans will be posted at a later date.)
olivia helps
Olivia Helps with Christmas  by Ian Falconer
Olivia, everyone’s favorite pig, offers the kind of help only she can give.
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Robot Santa (The Further Adventures of Santa’s Twin) by Dean Koontz
This is the sequel to Santa’s Twin. A malfunctioning robot Santa Claus turns Christmas Eve into a very interesting night.

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Santa Claustrophobia by Mike Reiss
Doc Holiday, a therapist, gathers the Holiday Gang to handle Christmas while Santa recuperates.

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Santa Cows by Cooper Edens
What if Santa used cows instead of reindeer? This book would be good to read and compare with the original
version of The Night Before Christmas.
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Santa Cow Studios by Cooper Edens
The Santa Cows come to the rescue and take the Schwartzes to Studio Tour.

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The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
My favorite Christmas classic! A magical winter night of friendship and wonder!
This story is loved by all ages. In past years, I had my fourth graders write their own story
and interpretation of the illustrations. I have also had my first graders do the same.
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Snow What Fun! When Snowmen Come to life on Christmas Eve by Cherly Hawkinson(Hallmark)
Come join the snowman’s jubilee! Children learn to write expressively as modeled in this mentor text.
This is another activity that has parents volunteering to help the students make snowmen out of socks.
Directions for the sock snowmen will be posted along with the reading and writing lesson.

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Texas Night Before Christmas written and illustrated by James Rice
James Rice also illustrated the Cajun Night Before Christmas.
The theme of our holiday party is usually a Texas Holiday, and we have a guest reader. 
A comparision of the different versions of this poem is always a great hit with the students.
who's that knocking

Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve? by Jan Brett
Will Kyri and the ice bear be able to save Christmas from the troll invasion?
It is a second grade TEK to compare and contrast two books written by the same author.
They would enjoy comparing Jan Brett’s Gingerbread Friends and Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve?

who will guide 
Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight
by Jerry Pallotta
If your school provides funds for bringing an author to your campus, Jerry Pallotta is definitely an author that children will love.
The possibilities of who can guide Santa’s sleigh is a topic that inspired great writing from the children.

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