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Our Favorite New Books

Stick Man by Julia Donaldson illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Early one spring morning Stick Man is carried away from his family tree by a passing dog. He has one narrow escape after another trying to find his way home and ends up in a fireplace. All seems lost until her meets a Stuck Man in the chimney, and his luck finally changes. I loved the sly humor in the illustrations, and hope there will be more adventures about the endearing Stick Man and his family. – Ellen

The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson illustrated by Jon J. Muth

Santa’s house sits alone in a vast, snowy landscape under an endless night sky. As the magic draws closer, he calls the deer, buffs the sleigh, and polishes the bells. With a cundle of gifts, he waits quietly for the magic of the night to fill his heart and carry him off on a journey through the stars. Gentle prose and thriling illustrations will bring goose bumps to the readers of this timeless tale. – Ellen

Raiders’ Ransom by Emily Diamand

Ages 9-12

In a futuristic England mostly submerged by water, people have long forgotten the power of technology, except for a dangerous few to whom it is worth any ransom – even the Prime Minister’s daughter. Winner of the Chicken House/London Times Children’s Fiction Competition, this tale has a swift-moving plot that will surprise readers over and over again. – Ellen

How The Grinch Stole Christmas Lacing Cards

This lacing card kit includes five silly lacing cards, five brightly-colored laces, and several activities. The lacing cards help children develop fine motor skills, learn to count, and improve hand-eye co-ordination. The front of the lace cards outlines favorite Grinch characters and the back of each card has a numbers and shapes lacing activity. The set includes a workbook with several brain stimulating activities such as a maze, search-and-find page, and a word scramble that are sure to please. – Angie

Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas

by Jane O’Connor Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

There is nothing Fancy Nancy loves more than Christmas. Decorating the Christmas tree with family heirlooms, wrapping presents with pretty paper, the aroma of delectable Christmas cookies with sprinkles, and all that tinsel! Ooh la la! Nancy has used her birthday money from last summer to buy a spinning, flashing, and color-changing tree topper. However, after things take a turn for the worse, a devastated Fancy Nancy learns a lesson in improvising that will help her Christmas day to turn out as splendiferous as ever. – Angie

How to Talk to Santa

By Alec Greven Illustrations by Kei Acedera

Ten-year-old Alec Greven’s How to Talk to Santa teaches kids that Christmas is about having fun, believing in magic, getting together with friends, and giving to others. He outlines each part of the Christmas season, beginning with Operation Christmas (OC), which transforms normal people into Christmas-crazed shoppers, decorators, and partyers. Alec explains the importance of being nice at least 75% of the time if you hope to receive any of the gifts from your carefully revised and edited wish list (Santa does not like greedy children). He reminds everyone to leave a thank-you letter and snacks for Santa and the reindeer for all of their hard work. If you hope to keep your parents happy on Christmas morning, don’t wake them until after 7 a.m. Most importantly, Alec reminds kids that you can be 100 and still believe in Santa. – Angie


By Janet Lawler Pictures by John Shroades

‘Twas the night before Christmas when Tyrannoclaus along with his helpers were hard at work wrapping gifts for all of the little dinosaurs of dinosaur land. Danger arose when the earth below the volcano-based workshop split open and began to erupt! Will the children of dinosaur land have a present-less Christmas morning, or will Tyrannoclaus be able to save the gifts? Read this colorfully illustrated children’s story to find out! – Angie


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