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Children's Books with Celia Reeds

Celebrate Hanukkah with Books for Kids of All Ages!

Posted 12/12/2012 2:50:00 PM

Happy Hanukkah to those of you who celebrate the Festival of Lights! Why not commemorate the season with the gift of books, or rather, books introducing Hanukkah to your young children? From straight non-fiction to humor to animal stories, there are many different kinds of books for young readers that explore the holiday of Hanukkah. I asked some of my librarian, teacher and blogger friends to recommend their favorite Hanukkah stories to share with the children in their lives, and here is what they said:

(All synopses are taken from the respective publisher’s web site.)

Age 2 and Up

Where’s My Dreidel? A Hannukah Lift-the-Flap Story by Betty Schwartz, illustrated by Varda Livney

“Where can Max's dreidel be? As he searches his home, Max joins his family as they prepare for Hanukkah. By story's end, everyone — including Max — has what he needs to enjoy Hanukkah dinner.”
Where's My Dreidel?
The Hanukkah ...

Books Make the Best Gifts! Here are the Best of the Best!

Posted 12/3/2012 12:01:00 AM

I hope lots of books will be on your holiday shopping list this year! And now that so many children’s books are available in print or e-book editions, you can choose how to gift them. So, given there are at least 30,000 children’s books published every year, where do you even start to look for gifts? This time of year there are lots of reputable newspapers, magazines and review journals that post their “best children’s books of 2012.” I’ve selected some of the best “best of 2012” lists so you can find the perfect present for all the children in your life. And having read most of these titles myself over the past twelve months, I can vouch for just about all of them:

Wonder by R. J. PalacioI’d suggest starting out with the New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2012, a few of my favorites on this list include Wonder, The Hero’s ...

Celebrating National Picture Book Month

Posted 11/27/2012 9:40:00 AM

November is Picture Book Month, “an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November.” To find out more about Picture Book Month, check out the official website:

A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. WilliamsSpeaking from personal experience, picture books have had a huge impact on my life. I spent much of my childhood behind the pages of some of my very favorite picture books. I thought it only fitting to end the month of November with a tribute to my one of my very favorite picture books: Caldecott Honor book, A Chair for my Mother by Vera B. Williams. The book tells the story of a young girl, her mother, and her grandmother. After their home burns down, they are left with only a hodgepodge of gifts from kindly friends and relatives, but nothing that truly makes their new apartment feel like home. So they start collecting coins and, ...