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December 15, 2011

Plenty of books for children at Christmastime

Daily Star

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The countdown is on, with just 10 days to go until Christmas.

If you're looking for craft books to make a last-minute gift, or even cookbooks for special holiday treat, visit the library and look through our large collection.

We also have hundreds of Christmas books for children, some of which are listed below.

The staff at Huntington Memorial Library wish all of you and yours a peaceful holiday season.

Toot & Puddle are well known to children. Puddle is getting ready for Christmas and is going to make paper chains, bake fruitcakes and decorate. Toot though, is stranded far away from home. Will he be able to make it back on time? Find out in "Toot & Puddle: I'll Be Home for Christmas," by Holly Hobbie.

Last year, Santa and his reindeer weren't able to do their Christmas deliveries because they all came down with a mysterious rash. You never knew this because Mrs. Santa Claus invented her own flying machine and made the deliveries herself. You'll be able to follow Mrs. Claus' journey in Penny Ives' "Mrs. Santa Claus."

Christmas Tree receives some cookies from his friends Angel and Elf. They smell so good someone else wants to eat them. Not only that, but this other someone accidentally takes Christmas Tree's star. Angel and Elf need to help find the star so Tree will have it in time for Christmas in "Angel's Christmas Cookies," by Sam Williams.

Have you ever wondered what Santa Claus was like as a baby, then a boy? "Young Santa," by Dan Greenburg, will let you learn about Santa from the time he was a baby until he was a teenager. You'll find out why red is his favorite color, how he got his sleigh, and even how the reindeer got their names. You'll also learn how he got started delivering presents to kids. Get the inside scoop on Santa.

In "Blue's 12 Days of Christmas," by Catherine Lukas, you'll find out all the gifts Blue receives from his friends for Christmas. It starts with a star for the top of the tree, continues with two purple doves, and continues until the 12th day. There are lots of interesting gifts and this different take on the traditional song will have you singing the new lyrics.

"The Little Drummer Mouse," by Mercer Mayer, features a shy little drummer mouse and tells how he finds his way to the manger. He has a gift for the baby Jesus and he is as welcome as everyone else. This beautifully illustrated book will have you looking at the pictures over and over to see all the sumptuous details.

Ivan Gantschev tells a true story from his childhood in "The Christmas Train." When his aunt was a little girl, she was at home decorating the tree when she heard a loud crash outdoors. She ran outside, only to find that a huge rock had fallen on the tracks. The station master was not available and she had to think quickly before the express train came through and had a crash. Read what happened in this exciting story.

The library owns many copies of Clement C. Moore's traditional "The Night Before Christmas." Each of the books is illustrated by a different person. It's fun to see how each artist interprets the tale for children. Many of us know this rhyme by heart, and it wouldn't be Christmas without reading this aloud to our families. Choose from one of the many versions we have available.

The library will be closed Dec. 24 to 26.

Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 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