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Open Book’s List of Holiday Reading for Kids

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Open Book’s List of Holiday Reading for Kids

At this time of year, there are a lot of lists of holiday gift suggestions printed in newspapers and posted in blogs. The National Post and The Globe and Mail published lists earlier this month, and Tyee Books has just posted a hilarious and informative guide to book giving (if you’re stuck on what to get “For the paranoid aunt who's convinced ‘the world is full of crooks and thieves’” then the Tyee list is for you). Open Book is also putting together book suggestions for your perusal. Last week we posted “Bartender’s Bookshelf,” a list of books on wines and cocktails, and this week, we’d like to draw your attention to some of the wonderful children’s books that are published in Ontario.

  • An Aboriginal Carol (Fitzhenry & Whiteside) by David Bouchard and Illustrated by Moses Beaver.
    Written in English and in Inuktituk, the language of Canada’s Inuit people, the book is accompanied by a CD, which includes a reading in both languages and a performance by Susan Aglukark.
  • Hannah Bear's Christmas (Fitzhenry and Whiteside) by Monica Devine and illustrated by: Sean Cassidy.
    A fun story for little ones about when to cooperate, when to make noise, and when to be silent.
  • One Splendid Tree (Kids Can Press) by Marilyn Helmer and illustrated by Dianne Eastman.
    A tender story of a family making their own Christmas magic in spite of their struggles.
  • The Nutcracker (Tundra) by Karen Kain Illustrated by Rajka Kupesic.
    James Kudelka, the Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada, is one of North America’s foremost dance artists. His vision of The Nutcracker is elegantly told by Karen Kain and beautifully rendered by artist Rajka Kupesic, herself a ballet dancer.
  • A Northern Nativity (Tundra) by William Kurelek.
    Artist William Kurelek created this uniquely moving book on the theme that Christ came to all people everywhere.
  • Little Book Series: Stories from the Life of Jesus (Groundwood) By Celia Barker Lottridge and illustrated by Linda Wolfsgruber.
    A powerful retelling of the events in Jesus' life and the stories he told, focusing not on interpretation but on the stories themselves as they might have been heard in Jesus' own time.
  • Zoe’s Extraordinary Holiday Adventure (Second Story) by Christina Minaki.
    Zoe’s story celebrates diversity, strength, and the ties that bind people who seem different, but really aren’t.
  • A Small Nativity (Groundwood) By Aquiles Nazoa and illustrated by Ana Palmero Cáceres.
    A delightful retelling of the Christmas story in a contemporary Latin American setting.
  • Christmas Eve Magic (Kids Can Press) by Lucie Papineau and illustrated by Stéphane Poulin.
    A striking new interpretation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
  • A Star For Christmas (Tundra) by Trisha Romance.
    A story about a carpenter who has spent his life in the service of others has finally begun to build his own home, with nothing but a reindeer to keep him company. With help from his neighbors, his home is completed by Christmas. He has a wonderful surprise in store for them, making this Christmas one that everyone will cherish forever.
  • Han’s Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen (Tundra), retold by Ken Setterington and illustrated by Nelly Hofer and Ernst Hofer.
    A classic tale of love’s ability to conquer the coldest, most damaged heart.
  • Lily and the Paper Man (Second Story) by Rebecca Upjohn.
    A beautifully illustrated story of a young girl who reaches out to help a local homeless man.

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