Christmas is Almost Here

Christmas is a special time of year for many. It is a time to honor family traditions and also create new ones.  My booklist is reflective of this; for I have included several books that I read every year, and also some new additions that are sure to become favorites among my nieces and nephews.

The gingerbread pirates Kristin Kladstrup
When Jim's gingerbread pirate, Captain Cookie, comes alive, the tasty treat prepares to battle Santa Claus, who likes to eat cookies on Christmas Eve.

An orange for Frankie  Patricia Polacco
Frankie and his eight brothers and sisters learn lessons about giving, family, and tradition during a snowy Michigan Christmas long ago.

During the Great Depression, Jack helps his mother make cookies for the needy at their church, learns the story of how the first Christmas cookies were used to spread the gospel to people who could not read, then finds a way to bring that story to life.
"O little town of Bethlehem" / [words by] Phillips Brooks ; [music by] Lewis H. Redner -- The night of las posadas"/ Tomie dePaola -- "Silent night" / [words by] Joseph Möhr ; [music by] Framz Grüber -- "The first noël" -- The story of the three wise kings / retold & illustrated by Tomie dePaola -- "Away in a manger" / arranged by Nick Nicholson -- The legend of the poinsettia / retold and illustrated by Tomie dePaola -- "Joy to the world" / [words by] Isaac Watts ; [music by] George F. Handel ; arranged by Lowell Mason.
Nancy  is devastated, which is even worse than heart-broken, when her fancy Christmas  tree topper breaks, threatening to ruin Christmas.
In 1897 New York City, a young girl who knows  that Santa Claus exists sets out to prove her case to unbelievers by writing a letter to the editor of the New York Sun.
A child is born Margaret Wise Brown
Presents a poetic description of the first Christmas night and the Birth of the Baby Jesus.
A busy crow flies around town picking up all kinds of discarded items and uses them to create a beautiful Christmas tree.
A retelling of a Mexican legend that describes the origin of the Poinsettia plant. In this version, a young girl has nothing to give the Christ child, but when the weeds she carries in her hands miraculously transform into red flowers, she now has the perfect gift.
Relates a legend about the Irish slave girl who became Saint Brigid, beginning with a celestial song, a mysterious gift, and a prophecy on the night of her birth.
The characters and events of Christ’s Birth come alive in the imaginations of children as they watch snow gently fall on their recently built snowmen.
As Nick does last-minute Christmas shopping, he sees several Santas and overhears one retelling the legend of Saint Nicholas, which he takes to heart as he examines his own attitudes towards gift-giving. 
During the hard times of 1932, a poor shoe shine man gives a child his cap, gloves, and an angel made from a spool, then receives a wonderful gift in return.
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Llama Llama becomes overwhelmed as Christmas preparations progress, until his mother reminds him of the real gift the holiday brings.
The child in the manger Liesbet Slegers
Following Mary and Joseph's humble journey, this story depicts the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ as well as the angelic appearances witnessed by the shepherds and the three wise men.
Ten young neighbors wear costumes as they decorate a Christmas tree with different items, from one shiny star on top to ten wrapped gifts below.
At Christmastime, Fletcher the fox and the other forest animals lay a trail of sticks to help Santa find the rabbits' new burrow.