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Holiday books

We have quite a few children’s picture books and some information books about Hanukah (of Hanukkah or Chanukkah) which takes place from Dec. 19 to 26 this year . It's one of the most important of the Jewish holidays. The holiday goes back almost 2,400 years, and celebrates one of the greatest miracles in Jewish history. It is a celebration of the victory of the Maccabees and the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple. It also commemorates the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days.

Latkes, latkes, good to eat: A Chanukah story by Naomi Nowland

By the Hanukkah Light by Sheldon Oberman

Celebrating Hanukkah by Shelly Nielsen

Elijah's Angel: A story for Chanukah and Christmas by Michael Rosen

Jenny and the Hanukkah queen by Jean Little

Pearl's Eight Days of Chanukah by Jane Breskin Zalben

The Chanukkah Guest illustrated by Eric A. Kimmel

The Runaway Latkes by Leslie Kimmelman

The Story of Hanukkah illustrated by Amy Ehrlich

Here are some of the new children’s picture books about Christmas:

A Kenya Christmas by Tony Johnston

Christmas City by Michael Garland

The Berenstain Bears save Christmas by Stan Berenstain

The Man Who Walked the Earth by Ian Wallace

'Twas the Fright Before Christmas by Judy Sierra

Was That Christmas? By Hilary McKay

Who'll Pull Santa's Sleigh Tonight? By Laura Rader

Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve by Jan Brett

If you enjoy a good adult novel about Christmas here are a few of the titles published this year:

A Christmas Journey by Anne Perry

Christmas, Present by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Giovanni's Light: The story of a town where time stopped for Christmas by Phyllis Theroux

Holly by Jude Deveraux

Shepherds Abiding: a Mitford Christmas Story by Jan Karon

The Christmas Garden Affair: A gardening mystery by Ann Ripley

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

The Queene's Christmas: an Elizabeth 1 mystery by Karen Harper

Visions of Sugar Plums: A Stephanie Plum novella by Janet Evanovich

Holiday Program

Our Children’s Librarian has organized another children’s program for Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the library. There will be stories, rhymes, and songs about Christmas and Hanukah and a special craft for children ages 3-6 and a caregiver. Space is limited so pre-register early by calling 604-932-5564.

Young Adult Writing Contest winners

The winners have been selected. Check this column next week to see who they are!


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