Favorite Holiday Books!

In this neck of the woods, we are approaching winter, and the holidays. Most here celebrate Christmas, or a version of it.

Christmas traditions are changing and becoming more universal, to respect the fact that we are global citizens together. And we want to respect the traditions of other cultures and beliefs.


Here we will have a mix. But definitely there will be some traditional favorites here, like The Night Before Christmas.


And most of the settings will be snowy, with Christmas lights, and decorated trees....


So, welcome to my page of Christmas and holiday books I love...



Books for Xmas with Dolls! Updated June 2016

Books with dolls...


Fancy Nancy and the Splendiferous Christmas

by Jane O'Connor

Hardcover... $14.11US

 

Kindle $10.71US

 

Fancy Nancy is a beloved character in a series of books. The character has been made into a real doll, available from small to big.

 

Of course, Fancy Nancy is in Dolltown at Hiya Dolly!

 

 

In this sweet and colorful book,  Nancy has bought her own tree topper...

"What could be fancier than Christmas?

 

Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles—and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?"

See Fancy Nancy, the doll on Hiya Dolly's photo Gallery! A site full of dolls!


Ana's Alphabet Book A to Z is my own creation. It teaches the alphabet through 26 dolls. Each doll's name starts with a different letter of the alphabet.

 

Ana's Alphabet Book A to Z is an eBook. It can be read on a Kindle, a computer with Kindle program downloaded, or with a Smart Phone or a Tablet with the Kindle App.

 

Available for $3.01

 

The book has a pop up feature on every other page, one for each letter of the alphabet. It has over 54 pages with 26 dolls. 

 

There are three very popular Little Darlings, including Ana herself. But there are also Barbies, a Patsy, an Ellowyne fashion doll, a tiny Madame Alexander, a Kidz n Cats boy, Harry Potter, and, of course, a Disney Princess...

 

It's a book for girls and boys!

 

 The Dolls Christmas

by Tasha Tudor

 

Available from Kindle at $12.60

Also in Hardcover and Paperback

June 2016 Update Even the used copies start at $49.23 Hardcover...Why?

 

This book by a favorite author, is the story of two dolls who, every Christmas, invite their friends to an elegant dinner party and marionette show.

The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden,

another favorite author.

 

Kindle $3.71

Hardcover $15.86

 

This book is about a couple who want their own orphan child, a child who wants a family, and a doll....

 

Ivy, Holly, and Mr. and Mrs. Jones all have one Christmas wish. Ivy, an orphan, wishes for a real home and sets out in search of the grandmother she's sure she can find. Holly, a doll, wishes for a child to bring her to life. And the Joneses wish more than anything for a son or daughter to share their holiday. Can all three wishes come true? This festive tale is perfectly complemented by beloved Barbara Cooney's luminous illustrations, filled with the warm glow of the Christmas spirit.

 

It is the day before Christmas and the toys in Mr Blossom's shop know it is their last chance to be sold. Holly, a little doll dressed especially for Christmas, wishes hard for her own special child to come and buy her. But the day ends and Holly is left in the window.

 

Early on Christmas morning, a little lost girl finds herself outside the toyshop.
Sweet story!

The Christmas Doll

by Elvira Woodruff

 

This book tells the story of two orphaned sisters whose lives are changed forever by a magical doll.

 

 

Not available on Kindle, but new and used hardcovers and paperbacks, at a variety of prices.

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Learn About Other Holidays   Updated 2016

This series of books for kids between 4 and 9 is excellent to learn how how people, with different beliefs, perhaps in different countries, celebrate at this time of the year...


Diwali

$5.95US

 

Diwali traditions, for the child who is a little older. This is a part of a series by Rookie Read-Aloud Holidays. It is perfect for reading to a younger child, or for an older child, 6-9, to learn from or to read to a little one. At the back there are pictures with vocabulary words to learn, like diya, mandir, and rangolis. It gives the child the world knowledge to write stories and use the vocabulary. 


Kwanzaa

$13US

 

Kwanzaa traditions, for the child who is a little older. This is a part of a series by Rookie Read-Aloud Holidays. It is perfect for reading to a younger child, or for an older child, 6-9, to learn from or to read to a little one. At the back there are pictures with vocabulary words to learn, like kinara, zawadi, and unity cup. It gives the child the world knowledge to write stories and use the vocabulary.


Chanukah

$10.91US New

 

Chanukah traditions, for the child who is a little older. This is a part of a series by Rookie Read-Aloud Holidays. It is perfect for reading to a younger child, or for an older child, 6-9, to learn from or to read to a little one. At the back there are pictures with vocabulary words to learn, like menorah, dreidel, and temple. It gives the child the world knowledge to write stories and use the vocabulary.


Ramadan

$5.95US

 

This is a part of a series by Rookie Read-Aloud Holidays. It is perfect for reading to a younger child, or for an older child, 6-9, to learn from or to read to a little one. Just the right size and length, youngsters learn about the activities, gifts, food costumes, and dancing that represent the Chinese New Year, and the prayers, duration, traditions and fasting of Ramadan. In the back are words to know.

 


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Read Christmas Books to your children... Updated June 2016

Christmas With Teddy Bear

$5.50US

 

 

A baby Board Book! This one is so good- both story and pictures- that it will last for years, interest wise, and sturdiness too. 12 things to do to be ready for Christmas, from building a snowman, to singing carols, to hanging stockings and waiting for Santa. This sweet teddy bear is kept company by his family and a little cat...

A Small Miracle

$7.99US

 

This is a new book for me. It has a nativity scene featured in it, involved in a magical and wondrous act of kindness. This is a "beautiful and satisfying tale" involving an old starving woman ready to help and set things right, despite what has happened to her. And the gift she receives for her kindness to others.

 


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Holiday Books to read... Updated June 2016

It's that time of year!

Get out your own books, or check out these two wonderful Christmas themed books.

Children love stories about the holidays and Christmas...


 The Cobweb Christmas

 Used from $0.31US

(Why is a new one over $30?)

 

 

 

I love this story! Even if it has spiders in it...spoiler alert!

 

This is the first book I get out before Christmas...

 

This little book is about an auntie, Tante, in a little cabin in the woods. She gets ready for Christmas every year, "Time to clean for Christmas", and cleans until all the dust and cobwebs are gone. But this year as she sits to wait for Christmas magic, it comes in a very unexpected way!


$15.97US

 

Here is the same book with a different cover and title...

 

I have the older one above..


The Night Before Christmas

 

Hardcover $12.95

 

This is a lovely imaginative tale...a favorite for children.

 

This version (there are so many) is illustrated with the beautiful colored drawings of Mary Engelbreit. This means it is whimsical and full of details. So it is as much fun to look at and talk about the pictures as it is to read the story. This one stays on display on a bookshelf for the holiday season. Highly recommended! 



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We love holiday books!

Holiday Stories!

 

In lots of homes in the world,

it is a holiday season....

 

Lots of people celebrate...Christmas, Chanukah, Diwali, Kwanzaa, snow!

My family of origin combined fun, family traditions, and a sacred attention to love and stories, and gifts for others.

Our celebrations when I was young happened to centre around the story of baby Jesus, songs of reverence, sitting in a quiet church filling with joyful songs (and wearing a new fluffy hat)...

And Santa Claus, a very favorite story...full of magic. Stockings and excitement on Christmas day, good food and good company.

 

My own little family celebrated in much the same way, but our experiences of the sacred and magical felt universal and inclusive. 

We had friends of various faiths and traditions. 

Nature was a focus for our family, with time spent outdoors-on the ski hill, skating on ponds, walks in the forest, noticing animals and their tracks in the fresh snow, and watching for the birds that stayed in the cold winter.

Santa was at the top of our tree, symbolizing love and caring and fun. And we had deerhide hearts and stars with bead adornments, carvings of loons and bells, along with our sparkly balls and lights.

But we celebrated Winter Solstice too, with candles, blessings, and a circle of friends and family.

 

We had favorite books, from The Christmas Story with beautiful illustrations, to classics like Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and The Night Before Christmas, to new stories like The Twelve Days of Christmas North, filled with eagles, salmon, and wolves (and a blue grouse in a spruce tree).

 

I read my children stories from My Christmas Treasury (above), a Giant Little Golden Book, inscribed inside in 1955 from my Grandad and Nana. Tattered from years of love...

 

I still buy beautiful Christmas and celebration books yearly, and some quickly become favorites. Where did I get The Cobweb Christmas? A story with little spiders at the heart of the Christmas magic? I do remember hunting down Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas, when she became a favorite character for a group of fashionable little children with a love for adornment and new vocabulary....

 

And reading about the traditions of other cultures and faiths became a yearly discussion and the inspiration for new stories, skits, music, and art to share. 

These books we read have candles, a universal symbol of light.


It is good to have traditions, celebrations, and symbols that everyone can share in, and be a part of...family, friends, food, light, and the blessed Earth and stars above....

 

So, keep an eye out here for some favorite books to share...

Most will have links so you can explore them on Amazon!

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