Tis the Season…New Christmas Titles in Overdrive

Merry Christmas Overdrive

Below are great new Christmas titles for you to check out in Overdrive. We are excited to add these new titles and expand our Christmas library. Merry Christmas from your Learning Commons team!

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Apple Tree Christmas by Trinka Hakes Noble

Originally published over twenty years ago, and out of print since 1998, Sleeping Bear Press is proud to bring this beloved Christmas tale to a whole new audience. Moving and nostalgic, and brought to life by glowing watercolor paintings, it reveals the joy of a very special present and the love that a father and daughter share.

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Candy Canes in Bethlehem by Miriam Van Scott

Unwrap the gifts of tradition and celebration from cultures around the globe in this illustrated Christmas storybook as Daniel discovers the true meaning behind Christmas’ piñatas, pickles, kangaroos, gingerbread houses, stockings, and candy canes—the birth of Jesus Christ! Brightly-colored, brushstroke illustrations adorn this festive, hardcover book. A great read aloud for children ages 6-8 to help them learn about the religious meanings of secular symbols in the Christmas season—at home or in the classroom.

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Christmas Around the World by Lesley Sims

Christmas customs, festive food, present-giving, songs and traditional stories from around the world with easy-reading text for children who have just started reading alone. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

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Christmas at Wapos Bay by Jordan Wheeler

At Christmas time in Northern Saskatchewan, three Cree kids – Talon, Raven and T-Bear – visit their Moshum’s (grandfather’s) cabin to learn about traditional ways and have a life-changing adventure.Talon, Raven, and T-Bear, who have never lived in the bush, visit their Moshum’s cabin to prepare for Christmas and to learn traditional ways. But food is scarce this year, and Moshum is afraid Christmas may have to be cancelled.The kids decide to help by going hunting, but they don’t understand how unprepared they are or what danger they’re in. They get lost, forcing Moshum to come after them. But when they find him collapsed in the bush, it is the children who have to bring Moshum safely home.The experience helps them to grow in skill and understanding and to become more mature. Their parents come and Christmas isn’t cancelled, in fact it’s a wonderful, warm celebration, filled with music and feasting. T-Bear, Talon, and Raven learn that they can benefit from two kinds of knowledge – traditional learning through their elders and the things they learn in school.

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The Christmas Tree Ship by Carol Crane

On November 21, 1912, the schooner Rouse Simmons set sail from a small northern Michigan town across Lake Michigan. Affectionately dubbed the “Christmas Tree Ship,” this was an annual trek for the Rouse Simmons. With its cargo of Christmas trees, the ship was bound for Chicago. There Captain Herman Scheunemann would sell the trees for 50 cents or $1.00 and even gave many away to needy families. But the schooner never makes its destination. The Rouse Simmons, with all hands and cargo, disappears into the cold waters. The ship’s wreckage is not found until 1971. Drawing from stories told by her grandfather, author Carol Crane weaves a fictional tale based on the true events of the doomed schooner. And she explains how the captain’s widow went on to continue his tradition of delivering holiday trees to Chicago.

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The Donkey in the Living Room by Sarah Cunningham

The Christmas story of the Nativity is told in the 9 days leading up to Christmas. A perfect companion for a family to use with any nativity scene.

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Good Night Christmas by Cooper Kelly

Savor the magic of the season with this celebration of a traditional family Christmas. Children of all ages will enjoy tree trimming, caroling, baking Christmas cookies, decorating the house, making snow angels, reading Christmas stories, leaving milk and cookies for Santa, hanging stockings, opening presents on Christmas morning, and more.

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Home for Christmas by Jan Brett

A wild little troll runs away from home because he doesn’t want to do his chores. Rollo tries living with various woodland animals, but he finds out that there is no place like home, and returns to his family just in time for “the best Christmas ever.”

Among the animals who take him in are an owl family, a mother bear and two rambunctious cubs, some playful river otters, a hungry lynx and a friendly moose family.

Jan Brett creates an irresistible, mischievous character that kids will recognize in themselves. Jan transports us to a glorious Scandinavian landscape where a beautiful fall turns into a magnificent snowy winter. Her signature borders depict the troll family missing Rollo, and animals as appealing as those found in The Mitten.

A warm, fun-loving Christmas picture book for families to share and love and laugh over together.

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Jesus is Born by Brenda O’Quinn

New wrinkles on an old story, Jesus is Born tells the simple truth of Christ’s birth in language that little children can understand and adults will appreciate. There’s nothing high-tech or computerized about this story, just the power of God’s love. And that alone is more than enough. After all, isn’t the thunder more powerful than the strongest microwave? The birth of a child more fascinating than the newest video craze? And so it is with the story of Jesus. The message of God’s love is direct and intentional; he gave the greatest gift. It’s a story so exciting that it doesn’t need to be enhanced by a stable animal or sung by a star – the baby Jesus is delivered straight from the hand of God. No frills, no gimmicks; just God.

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Lidia’s Christmas Kitchen by Lidia Bastainich

America’s favorite Italian-American cook, Lidia Bastianich, shares the story of the Christmases she used to celebrate in Italy with her five grandchildren.

When Lidia was a child, she spent Christmas with her grandparents, where she learned to cook with her Nonna Rosa by preparing food in their smokehouse and kitchen. Lidia and her brother would also find a big beautiful juniper bush to cut down for their holiday tree. And they made their own holiday decorations with nuts, berries, and herbs they collected for their meals.

This delightful picture book is filled with the story of Lidia’s Christmas traditions, delicious recipes, and decorating ideas all perfected over the years by Lidia and her family.

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Smudge and the Book of Mistakes – A Christmas Story by Gloria Whelan

The monastery of St. Ambrose is situated on the Irish island of Morcarrick. Here, monks old and young live quiet lives spent in prayer and service. One day the Abbot decides that Brother Bede, their finest illuminator of manuscripts, will illustrate the Christmas story. It will be magnificent, praised throughout the world (as will St. Ambrose). Unfortunately, young Brother Cuthbert has been chosen to assist Brother Bede in this project. Cuthbert is impatient, lacks discipline, and even worse—is known for making mistakes. His nickname is “Smudge.” How can someone so ill-suited assist in the creation of the greatest book of all? Award-winning author Gloria Whelan shows that sometimes, when given the right task, someone’s greatest weakness can prove to be his greatest strength.

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The Snow Bear by Holly Webb

As the snow begins to fall just days before Christmas, Grandad helps Sara build an igloo in the garden with a small snow bear to watch over it. And when Sara wakes in the middle of the night, it looks very different outside. She sets out on an enchanted journey through a world of ice, but will she ever find her way home…

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Stewie Scraps and the Super Sleigh by Sheila Blackburn

The Stewie Scraps series is ideal for reluctant boy readers, but other children will also love the stories. Stewie Scraps doesn’t do sport. He hasn’t got any time for sums or things like that, but he loves designing and making things. When Stewie’s new classmate Miles finds some old wooden skis at the back of JJ’s yard, Stewie is inspired to create the Stewie Scraps Super Sleigh. But when he sits on the driver’s seat nothing happens. Why won’t it go anywhere? Where will the Christmas magic come from?

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Three Wise Cats – A Christmas Story by Harold Konstantelos

Three Wise Cats is an inspirational tale about three cats and their journey to witness the first Christmas. The old Siamese Ptolemy was alongside his master when a star of unusual brightness was seen in the heavens, indicating an event of momentous significance, and leading to a great quest. Ptolemy must watch over his frail master, so he sends three young cats to journey in his place and fulfill the prophecy: The three shall find the one. The three are, Abishag, a sturdy reliable cat who has never shirked her duty; Kezia, a beautiful young tabby, delicate, a bit vain, but of good heart; and Ira, taller and stronger than the others, with a temper. Accompanying them is a fourth traveler— the rat Asmodeus, who can hear of no glorious thing without wanting to spoil it. Together, the unlikely band will cover many miles, and have many dangerous adventures. And finally they will come to a far land, where the star bends close to the earth over a humble stable.

For other great Christmas titles just search in Overdrive under Christmas and find more delightful opportunities to celebrate! Blessings from your Learning Commons Team!

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