It’s still a few days before Christmas and the library has plenty of children’s Christmas books for you to borrow. Take a few minutes every day to share some holiday stories with your children or grandchildren. You can borrow as many books from our Christmas shelves as you like since we now have so many. Here are just a few suggestions from the many titles we have.
Santa still has a lot of work to do and it’s Christmas Eve. He’s going to have a lot of friends help him get everything ready in time. Tabbed pages make “Santa’s Christmas Eve” by Salina Yoon a fun book to read.
“Christmas for 10” by Cathryn Falwell finds a family very busy preparing for Christmas. This counting book begins with one and counts to 10 with each number showing the preparations.
Lyle the crocodile loves Christmas and is trying to figure out what he wants. He also enjoys spending time with his friends Bird and Loretta the cat who live nearby. When Loretta disappears, everyone jumps in to help find her so that their Christmas will be complete. “Lyle at Christmas” is by Bernard Waber.
What a Christmas Eve it is in Julie Sykes’ “Hurry Santa!” Santa overslept, he can only find four of the reindeer, and when they finally get ready to deliver the presents, the sleigh gets stuck in a snowdrift. Will he get everything delivered in time?
On Christmas morning, a young boy finds a rocking horse under the tree and his adventures take him all over the world. He plays with that horse every day. As he grows older, the horse becomes forgotten and is stored in the attic. The horse misses his boy and wishes for someone to love him. Will he ever get out of the attic? Find out in “Rocking Horse Christmas” by Mary Pope Osborne.
All of Zachary’s relatives come to his house to visit and there aren’t enough beds. People end up sleeping in some pretty crazy places in “Not Enough Beds!” by Lisa Bullard. This alphabet book finds sleepers in the bathtub, on the stairs, on their heads, and some other pretty crazy places. A fun book to read aloud with the rhyming text.
Oh, no — Santa can’t stop sneezing and it’s almost Christmas Eve! If Santa gets sick, who will deliver the presents? His friends step in, send him to bed, and take over all his chores so he’ll get better quickly. Julie Sykes “Bless You, Santa!” is loads of fun.
Mrs. Santa Claus never gets to go anywhere and Santa travels the world. She decides to take a vacation and have some adventures of her own. As she hitches up the sleigh and reindeer and sleigh she promises Santa she’ll be back by Christmas Eve so he can have the sleigh. Go along on with her in Linas Alsenas story “Mrs. Claus Takes a Vacation.”
No Christmas season is complete without a reading of “The Night Before Christmas.” This well-loved tale has been illustrated by countless artists and the library has many different versions for you to enjoy.
From all of us to all of you, Merry Christmas!
The library will be closed Dece. 24 and 25 for the holidays and reopen Wedneday at 9 a.m.
Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.
Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.