School & Library Holiday Staff Picks

Happy Holidays from the S&L Team at RHCB!

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah By Emily Jenkins; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

The beloved characters from Sydney Taylor's All-of-a-Kind Family return in this heartwarming picture book from a critically adored team--perfect for Hanukkah gift-giving!

"Share this joyous holiday tale of a Jewish immigrant family all year long."-- Kirkus Review, starred review

Acclaimed author Emily Jenkins (A Greyhound, a Groundhog) and Caldecott Award-winning artist Paul O. Zelinsky (Rapunzel) bring the beloved All-of-a-Kind Family to life in a new format. Fans, along with those just meeting the five girls ("all of a kind," as their parents say), will join them back in 1912, on the Lower East Side of NYC, and watch as preparations for Hanukkah are made. When Gertie, the youngest, is not allowed to help prepare latkes, she throws a tantrum. Banished to the girls' bedroom, she can still hear the sounds and smell the smells of a family getting ready to celebrate. But then Papa comes home and she is allowed out--and given the best job of all: lighting the first candle on the menorah.

First published in 1951, Taylor's chapter books have become time-honored favorites, selling over a million copies and touching generations of readers. In this time when immigrants often do not feel accepted, the All-of-a-Kind Family gives a heartwarming glimpse of a Jewish immigrant family and their customs that is as relevant--and necessary--today as when it was first written. Jenkins and Zelinsky's charming compliment to Taylor's series perfectly captures the warmth and family values that made the original titles classics.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018!

There's an Elf in Your Book

There's an Elf in Your Book By Tom Fletcher; illustrated by Greg Abbott

Ho, ho, ho! There's an elf in this Christmas picture book by bestselling children's author, YouTube star, and musician Tom Fletcher!

Do you have what it takes to make Santa's Nice List? An elf is here to test you in Tom Fletcher's newest participatory read-aloud. Don't let the elf trick you into being naughty! Just follow his instructions to sing a Christmas carol, clap, burp... Hey, wait a second! Children will be delighted to participate in this satisfying holiday tale.

Tom Fletcher has again paired up with illustrator Greg Abbott to create a creature that readers will want to keep playing with! He's one of Britain's bestselling children's authors and the creator of the successful West End theatrical show The Christmasaurus, and his videos have been viewed tens of millions of times all over the world.

Nutcracked

Nutcracked By Susan Adrian

Christmastime, ballet, and magic! An original take on The Nutcracker ballet!
 
Georgie has waited for this moment her whole life—to dance the part of Clara in The Nutcracker ballet. And when she finally gets the part, it’s like a dream come true. . . .
 
Literally.
 
Every time Georgie dances with the Nutcracker doll, she leaves the ballet studio and enters a world where everything around her—the old wooden furniture, the Christmas tree, the carefully wrapped presents—is larger than life. It’s so magical, Georgie can’t wait to return again and again.
 
Then the Nutcracker’s magic seeps into the real world, putting Georgie’s friend in danger. Everything is falling apart, and it’s almost Christmas! Can Georgie save her friend, the Nutcracker, and most of all, herself?

Now in board!

The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas By Roger Duvoisin and Clement C. Moore

Rediscover a Christmas treasure—unavailable for decades—from beloved Caldecott Medal–winning illustrator Roger Duvoisin.
 
With glorious illustrations by Caldecott Medal–winning illustrator Roger Duvoisin, this edition of Clement C. Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas” is a perfect holiday read-aloud for families. And with a tall, narrow size, it’s also just right for tucking into a Christmas stocking, making it a wonderful holiday gift.

Where Do Diggers Celebrate Christmas?

Where Do Diggers Celebrate Christmas? By Brianna Caplan Sayres; illustrated by Christian Slade

If you love Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? and its things-that-go sequels, now you can join your favorite trucks as they celebrate Christmas!

What do diggers and tractors and forklifts and tankers do to get ready for the holidays? The same things that your family does! From trimming the tree and singing carols to gathering gifts and putting out milk and cookies for Santa, Christmastime for the beloved vehicles of Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? looks a lot like yours. Even Zambonis celebrate . . . on ice! Enjoy the rollicking rhymes as you watch the truck families prepare for Santa and even help pull his sleigh! Children who can't get enough of trucks will love Brianna Caplan Sayres's things-that-go holiday story.