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Festive Tales for the Holiday Season

last modified on 10/23/2008

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From ReadingRockets.org, warm your hearts with these holiday stories, from old favorites to new delights. These recommended books for kids ages 0-9 are about generosity, love, and friendship, and are perfect for the season, no matter what traditions you celebrate!

Total: 10
Status: Public
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The Festival of Lights, or Hanukkah, celebrates the rededication of the Jewish temple after a group of ancient heroes defended their right to worship as they wished. This handsome little counting book honors the most joyful of Jewish holidays, and teaches readers how to count from one to eight in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.6

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Classics, Comedy and Humor

Resources: Yes

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The classic tale of the Grinch is now 50 years old. But that's just why it's a classic: Seuss' grumpy stealer of Christmas is as fresh today as it was when first published in the mid 20th century.

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Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

by Robert Barry, illustrated by Robert Barry

Interest Level: Grades K - 3

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz

Genre: General Fiction

Resources: Yes

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Mr. Willowby, the unwitting hero of this Christmas classic, looks quite a bit like the little mustachioed mascot from Monopoly. But as befits a Yuletide tale, this diminutive millionaire turns out to be a good bit more generous.

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Seven Candles for Kwanzaa

by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.9

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Informational, Multicultural

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Although Kwanzaa commemorates an ancient African harvest ritual, it is a relatively new holiday in North America. Seven Candles for Kwanzaa comfortably explains the origins, language, and daily themes of this warm and festive seven-day holiday.

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The Gifts of Kwanzaa

Interest Level: Grades PreK - 2

Genre: General Nonfiction

Resources: Yes

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"Habari gani? What news?" Synthia Saint James presents the language and origins of Kwanzaa with enticing writing and bold pictures that honor the people and colors of Africa.

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The Night Before Christmas: A Victorian Vision of the Christmas Classic

Interest Level: Grades PreK - 3

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Classics, Poetry and Rhymes

Resources: Yes

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In 1822 Clement Clarke Moore wrote The Night before Christmas for his own children. Now, of course, his poem is read aloud to children around the world who are anticipating Santa's arrival.

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The Polar Express

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.9

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Adventure, Classics, Fables, Folk Tales and Myths

Resources: Yes

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A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus. This holiday classic earned a Caldecott Medal.

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The Tomten

Interest Level: Grades PreK - 3

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.9

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz

Genre: Classics, Fables, Folk Tales and Myths

Resources: Yes

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From Swedish folklore comes the story of the tomten, a little gnome who watches over us while we sleep. Read this heartwarming version, from the author of Pippi Longstocking, and celebrate a time-honored tradition for the Winter Solstice.

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The Trees of the Dancing Goats

by Patricia Polacco, illustrated by Patricia Polacco

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.8

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Resources: Yes

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Polacco has a warm, colorful illustrative style she applies to what at first seems the simple story of a Jewish girl, Trisha, and her Christian neighbors, whose bout with scarlet fever at Christmas threatens to ruin Trisha's Hanukkah. Trisha and her family respond with a loving gesture that is rewarded in kind.

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Zigazak!: A Magical Hanukkah Night

by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Jon Goodell

Interest Level: Grades PreK - 3

Genre: Fables, Folk Tales and Myths

Resources: Yes

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Is Hanukkah really all about dancing dreidels and high-flying latkes? Maybe not, but Eric Kimmel and Jon Goodell have put these devilish phenomena to good use in a lighthearted story that teaches Hanukkah traditions--from kazatzkas to gelt--along with a wise, timeless moral.

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