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December 1, 2017

The 12 Books of Christmas

By Brian Smith
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    The holidays are here and the spirit is living,
    The spirit of caring and good gift-giving.
    I've searched my town and all over the net,
    But gifts better than books, I haven’t found yet.
    Scholastic’s site is my first stop for a book,
    I always give Book Clubs a good, thorough look.
    So, I scoured the flyers and here’s what I found:
    Books that all ages would love to have 'round.
    I hope that you'll like my fun, little take
    On an old Christmas tune — it was such fun to make.

    The 12 Books of Christmas

    On the first day of Christmas someone gave to me: Fish in a Tree

    On the second day of Christmas someone gave to me: A Bad Case of Stripes and Fish in a Tree

    On the third day of Christmas someone gave to me: Auggie & Me, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Fish in a Tree

    On the fourth day of Christmas someone gave to me: Rosie Revere, Engineer, Auggie & Me, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Fish in a Tree

    On the fifth day of Christmas someone gave to me: I Love Cake!, Rosie Revere, Auggie & Me, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Fish in a Tree

    On the sixth day of Christmas someone gave to me: Who Would Win?, I Love Cake!, Rosie Revere, Auggie & Me, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Fish in a Tree

    On the seventh day of Christmas someone gave to me: Goodnight Little Monster, Who Would Win Six Pack, I Love Cake!, Rosie Revere, Auggie & Me, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Fish in a Tree

    On the eighth day of Christmas someone gave to me: Poe Graphic Novels, Goodnight Little Monster, Who Would Win Six Pack, I Love Cake!, Rosie Revere, Auggie & Me, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Fish in a Tree

    On the ninth day of Christmas someone gave to me: Fire Engine No. 9, Poe Graphic Novels, Goodnight Little Monster, Who Would Win Six Pack, I Love Cake!, Rosie Revere, Auggie & Me, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Fish in a Tree

    On the tenth day of Christmas someone gave to me: Pig the Pug, Fire Engine No. 9, Poe Graphic Novels, Goodnight Little Monster, Who Would Win Six Pack, I Love Cake!, Rosie Revere, Auggie & Me, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Fish in a Tree

    On the eleventh day of Christmas someone gave to me: I Survived True Stories, Pig the Pug, Fire Engine No. 9, Poe Graphic Novels, Goodnight Little Monster, Who Would Win Six Pack, I Love Cake!, Rosie Revere, Auggie & Me, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Fish in a Tree

    On the twelfth day of Christmas someone gave to me: 12 Trucks of Christmas, I Survived True Stories, Pig the Pug, Fire Engine No. 9, Poe Graphic Novels, Goodnight Little Monster, Who Would Win Six Pack, I Love Cake!, Rosie Revere, Auggie & Me, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Fish in a Tree

    See something you like, but you just don’t know?
    To find out more just keep reading below!

     

    12 Trucks of Christmas by Chrissy Bozik with illustrations by Joe Bucco

    Seeing the world through a child’s eyes is something that I try to do at least once a day. Everything looks less jaded and joy is found in the simplest of ways. I remember being the kid who could play for hours with my Matchbox cars and trucks and signaling to the drivers of tractor trailers we passed on the interstate to blow their horns. This book brought back all that childhood joy for me. It is great for any child under 6 years old — unless your child loves trucks. Then it’s a must for any age! Guided Reading level I

     

    I Survived True Stories: Tornado Terror by Lauren Tarshis

    The I Survived series is one of my go-to recommendations when teachers or parents want to know which books hook boys. My All Boys’ Book Club always includes an I Survived title. I Survived True Stories: Tornado Terror is one of the lesser-known titles in the series, but kids love it just the same. How brilliant is Tarshis to take a series of books that are already historical fiction and then create nonfiction books to pair with the fictional stories? Guided Reading level S

     

    Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

    Pig the Pug is greedy and selfish and a cheater and yet I love him, and every 5-year-old that I know loves him too. The rhymes are catchy and fun, and Pig the Pug always gets what's coming to him, even though he doesn’t want to change. My great-nephew, who is in kindergarten this year, recently discovered Pig the Pug when he was at our house and he’s got a couple more Pig the Pug books coming his way this Christmas. Pig the Winner and Pig the Elf are currently available, and more Pig the Pug adventures are on the way. Kids ages 3–7 will fall in love with Pig the Pug and his selfish hijinks. Guided Reading level K

    Fire Engine No. 9 by Mike Austin

    Ride with the team on Engine No. 9 while they hear the alarm and head out to fight a fire. The illustrations are beautifully imperfect. It reminds me of an aged photograph where some of the color has faded to show some of the original canvas. I love the sparse text that, for the most part, is just the awesome sounds that happen around the fire truck. Kids age 5 and under will love this book, especially all those kids who are asking for Imaginex or Legos! Guided Reading level D

    Poe: Stories and Poems by Gareth Hinds

    I am continually impressed with the graphic novels that are coming out. If your child is anything like mine, graphic novels have been a lifesaver in getting her to stay engaged with books. Hinds especially is doing the literary world a huge favor by taking the classics, such as tales from Poe, and making them accessible to all students (or adults who just missed them). Any high schooler will appreciate this version of Poe’s work. Guided Reading level X

     

    Goodnight Little Monster by Helen Ketteman and illustrated by Bonnie Leick

    Just look at this cover — what an adorable little monster! And any artist who can take one of my nightmares — slugs — and make them cute should be certified as a genius! Putting my child to bed when she was little will always be one of my favorite memories of her growing up, and this book is such a sweet reminder of the routines that occur at bedtime. If you are in the midst of making those wonderful memories, what a great book to have be a part of that beautiful time. Any child age 6 or under will truly love this sweet, sweet book. Guided Reading level L

     

    Who Would Win? Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Velociraptor by Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by Rob Bolster

    I love the Who Would Win series. The slim volumes make everyone feel like they can conquer whatever is doing battle within the pages. Some of the battles I think, “Yeah, who would win?” I have found the most success with these books when I’ve given them to boys between 8 and 11 years old. Guided Reading level O

    This series is available in packs of multiple titles from Scholastic Book Clubs.

     

    I Love Cake! by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Angie Rozelaar

    I feel sure that Sauer spied on me, and then wrote a book about my love of cake — but disguised me as a moose. I consider eating cake one of my favorite hobbies, but being with friends is also very important to me — just like Moose! I love a book that has very direct text but then adds all the fun details through character voice. This book has three great voices. I always use a little higher pitch for Rabbit, a lower register for Porcupine, and a slow, “aw-shucks” drawl for Moose. Kids ages 2–10 will find this book fun to read or listen to over and over again. Guided Reading level K

     

    Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts

    This book is a great book for all kids over the age of 4 because it embodies the idea of curiosity and perseverance. This is the perfect book to introduce anyone to the idea of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). So far, there are three books in this series. And while I love Ada Twist, Scientist, it's Rosie Revere, Engineer that is my personal favorite, just because of the amazing focus on imagination and the idea that one should never give up. Guided Reading level M

    Auggie & Me by R. J. Palacio

    Sometimes I get little sad that it takes a movie to turn so many people onto a great story when it existed as a book for years. Then I remind myself that as long as the story gets found, that is most important. With the new movie Wonder coming out, lots of new readers have found this treasure of a book. Although Auggie & Me is not a sequel in any way, just the chance of revisiting the world of Auggie was enough for me to pick it up. Palacio does not disappoint. In three shorter stories told from three different points of view at three different times in Auggie’s life, this book completely reinforced the idea that we should all “choose kindness.” This book is great for anyone between 11 and 15 years old.

    A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

    My undying love of Shannon’s work has outlasted many of my possessions. I have donated all of my blue jean shorts, but I still can’t part with any of my Shannon books. This is a classic and made lima beans cool (OK, he’s good but he’s not that good!). Anybody under the age of 7 needs to hear this book multiple times so they know that being themselves is the only way to be. And it should be on their bookshelf so they can pull it down when they need that gentle reminder. Guided Reading level P

    Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

    I cannot tell Mullaly Hunt "thank you" enough for putting this story of Ally Nickerson out into the world and making the world a better place for students with dyslexia. This book also reminds me to strive to be as close to Mr. Daniels as possible, as he is as inspirational a teacher as they come. This book truly holds a special place in my life. After reading this book, if you want to know more about dyslexia, check out the International Dyslexia Association. Anyone between 9 and 13 will really enjoy this book. Guided Reading level X

    The age ranges that I mentioned above are my personal, humble opinions.

    Connect with me, dad2ella, on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

    I can’t wait to see you next time.

    The holidays are here and the spirit is living,
    The spirit of caring and good gift-giving.
    I've searched my town and all over the net,
    But gifts better than books, I haven’t found yet.
    Scholastic’s site is my first stop for a book,
    I always give Book Clubs a good, thorough look.
    So, I scoured the flyers and here’s what I found:
    Books that all ages would love to have 'round.
    I hope that you'll like my fun, little take
    On an old Christmas tune — it was such fun to make.

    The 12 Books of Christmas

    On the first day of Christmas someone gave to me: Fish in a Tree

    On the second day of Christmas someone gave to me: A Bad Case of Stripes and Fish in a Tree

    On the third day of Christmas someone gave to me: Auggie & Me, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Fish in a Tree

    On the fourth day of Christmas someone gave to me: Rosie Revere, Engineer, Auggie & Me, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Fish in a Tree

    On the fifth day of Christmas someone gave to me: I Love Cake!, Rosie Revere, Auggie & Me, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Fish in a Tree

    On the sixth day of Christmas someone gave to me: Who Would Win?, I Love Cake!, Rosie Revere, Auggie & Me, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Fish in a Tree

    On the seventh day of Christmas someone gave to me: Goodnight Little Monster, Who Would Win Six Pack, I Love Cake!, Rosie Revere, Auggie & Me, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Fish in a Tree

    On the eighth day of Christmas someone gave to me: Poe Graphic Novels, Goodnight Little Monster, Who Would Win Six Pack, I Love Cake!, Rosie Revere, Auggie & Me, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Fish in a Tree

    On the ninth day of Christmas someone gave to me: Fire Engine No. 9, Poe Graphic Novels, Goodnight Little Monster, Who Would Win Six Pack, I Love Cake!, Rosie Revere, Auggie & Me, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Fish in a Tree

    On the tenth day of Christmas someone gave to me: Pig the Pug, Fire Engine No. 9, Poe Graphic Novels, Goodnight Little Monster, Who Would Win Six Pack, I Love Cake!, Rosie Revere, Auggie & Me, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Fish in a Tree

    On the eleventh day of Christmas someone gave to me: I Survived True Stories, Pig the Pug, Fire Engine No. 9, Poe Graphic Novels, Goodnight Little Monster, Who Would Win Six Pack, I Love Cake!, Rosie Revere, Auggie & Me, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Fish in a Tree

    On the twelfth day of Christmas someone gave to me: 12 Trucks of Christmas, I Survived True Stories, Pig the Pug, Fire Engine No. 9, Poe Graphic Novels, Goodnight Little Monster, Who Would Win Six Pack, I Love Cake!, Rosie Revere, Auggie & Me, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Fish in a Tree

    See something you like, but you just don’t know?
    To find out more just keep reading below!

     

    12 Trucks of Christmas by Chrissy Bozik with illustrations by Joe Bucco

    Seeing the world through a child’s eyes is something that I try to do at least once a day. Everything looks less jaded and joy is found in the simplest of ways. I remember being the kid who could play for hours with my Matchbox cars and trucks and signaling to the drivers of tractor trailers we passed on the interstate to blow their horns. This book brought back all that childhood joy for me. It is great for any child under 6 years old — unless your child loves trucks. Then it’s a must for any age! Guided Reading level I

     

    I Survived True Stories: Tornado Terror by Lauren Tarshis

    The I Survived series is one of my go-to recommendations when teachers or parents want to know which books hook boys. My All Boys’ Book Club always includes an I Survived title. I Survived True Stories: Tornado Terror is one of the lesser-known titles in the series, but kids love it just the same. How brilliant is Tarshis to take a series of books that are already historical fiction and then create nonfiction books to pair with the fictional stories? Guided Reading level S

     

    Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

    Pig the Pug is greedy and selfish and a cheater and yet I love him, and every 5-year-old that I know loves him too. The rhymes are catchy and fun, and Pig the Pug always gets what's coming to him, even though he doesn’t want to change. My great-nephew, who is in kindergarten this year, recently discovered Pig the Pug when he was at our house and he’s got a couple more Pig the Pug books coming his way this Christmas. Pig the Winner and Pig the Elf are currently available, and more Pig the Pug adventures are on the way. Kids ages 3–7 will fall in love with Pig the Pug and his selfish hijinks. Guided Reading level K

    Fire Engine No. 9 by Mike Austin

    Ride with the team on Engine No. 9 while they hear the alarm and head out to fight a fire. The illustrations are beautifully imperfect. It reminds me of an aged photograph where some of the color has faded to show some of the original canvas. I love the sparse text that, for the most part, is just the awesome sounds that happen around the fire truck. Kids age 5 and under will love this book, especially all those kids who are asking for Imaginex or Legos! Guided Reading level D

    Poe: Stories and Poems by Gareth Hinds

    I am continually impressed with the graphic novels that are coming out. If your child is anything like mine, graphic novels have been a lifesaver in getting her to stay engaged with books. Hinds especially is doing the literary world a huge favor by taking the classics, such as tales from Poe, and making them accessible to all students (or adults who just missed them). Any high schooler will appreciate this version of Poe’s work. Guided Reading level X

     

    Goodnight Little Monster by Helen Ketteman and illustrated by Bonnie Leick

    Just look at this cover — what an adorable little monster! And any artist who can take one of my nightmares — slugs — and make them cute should be certified as a genius! Putting my child to bed when she was little will always be one of my favorite memories of her growing up, and this book is such a sweet reminder of the routines that occur at bedtime. If you are in the midst of making those wonderful memories, what a great book to have be a part of that beautiful time. Any child age 6 or under will truly love this sweet, sweet book. Guided Reading level L

     

    Who Would Win? Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Velociraptor by Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by Rob Bolster

    I love the Who Would Win series. The slim volumes make everyone feel like they can conquer whatever is doing battle within the pages. Some of the battles I think, “Yeah, who would win?” I have found the most success with these books when I’ve given them to boys between 8 and 11 years old. Guided Reading level O

    This series is available in packs of multiple titles from Scholastic Book Clubs.

     

    I Love Cake! by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Angie Rozelaar

    I feel sure that Sauer spied on me, and then wrote a book about my love of cake — but disguised me as a moose. I consider eating cake one of my favorite hobbies, but being with friends is also very important to me — just like Moose! I love a book that has very direct text but then adds all the fun details through character voice. This book has three great voices. I always use a little higher pitch for Rabbit, a lower register for Porcupine, and a slow, “aw-shucks” drawl for Moose. Kids ages 2–10 will find this book fun to read or listen to over and over again. Guided Reading level K

     

    Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts

    This book is a great book for all kids over the age of 4 because it embodies the idea of curiosity and perseverance. This is the perfect book to introduce anyone to the idea of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). So far, there are three books in this series. And while I love Ada Twist, Scientist, it's Rosie Revere, Engineer that is my personal favorite, just because of the amazing focus on imagination and the idea that one should never give up. Guided Reading level M

    Auggie & Me by R. J. Palacio

    Sometimes I get little sad that it takes a movie to turn so many people onto a great story when it existed as a book for years. Then I remind myself that as long as the story gets found, that is most important. With the new movie Wonder coming out, lots of new readers have found this treasure of a book. Although Auggie & Me is not a sequel in any way, just the chance of revisiting the world of Auggie was enough for me to pick it up. Palacio does not disappoint. In three shorter stories told from three different points of view at three different times in Auggie’s life, this book completely reinforced the idea that we should all “choose kindness.” This book is great for anyone between 11 and 15 years old.

    A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

    My undying love of Shannon’s work has outlasted many of my possessions. I have donated all of my blue jean shorts, but I still can’t part with any of my Shannon books. This is a classic and made lima beans cool (OK, he’s good but he’s not that good!). Anybody under the age of 7 needs to hear this book multiple times so they know that being themselves is the only way to be. And it should be on their bookshelf so they can pull it down when they need that gentle reminder. Guided Reading level P

    Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

    I cannot tell Mullaly Hunt "thank you" enough for putting this story of Ally Nickerson out into the world and making the world a better place for students with dyslexia. This book also reminds me to strive to be as close to Mr. Daniels as possible, as he is as inspirational a teacher as they come. This book truly holds a special place in my life. After reading this book, if you want to know more about dyslexia, check out the International Dyslexia Association. Anyone between 9 and 13 will really enjoy this book. Guided Reading level X

    The age ranges that I mentioned above are my personal, humble opinions.

    Connect with me, dad2ella, on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

    I can’t wait to see you next time.

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