MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!
(If you celebrate it, that is. If you don’t and don’t feel like reading this post, I still have something to share with you! It’s an adorable cat video. You’re welcome.)
SO. I’ve written somewhat-bookishly-inspired Christmas posts before, but I’ve never written a post specifically about Christmas-themed books! And I should fix that. Without further ado, here is a quick list, assembled by yours truly.
+ The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsberg. This one is listed first because it’s the best! The film version is actually pretty good for an adaptation of a kid’s story and is actually my favorite Christmas movie, but… there’s just no way it could ever surpass the original. This is one of my very favorite picture books, with its understated-yet-sweet plot and gorgeous illustrations. (It won the Caldecott Medal for “most distinguished American picture book” in 1986.) Since I first read it I’ve dreamed of riding the Polar Express myself…
+ A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I love short classics, don’t you? Reading
them makes you look so highbrow (especially in public!), and they’re not as daunting as those six-hundred-page classics. And people reference “A Christmas Carol” a LOT, too – Scrooge, and Tiny Tim, and the Ghost of Christmas past. Everyone should know this story.
+ How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. And this is basically the humorous, picture book equivalent of “A Christmas Carol!” I LOVE this story, what with the Whos of Whoville and the Grinch (whose heart was “two sizes too small”) and… gah. This is one of my favorite Seuss books!
+ My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins. Now this is a recent find – I reviewed it on the first of this month! My True Love Gave to Me is a YA collection of twelve short stories about holiday-themed romance. It’s adorable!
+ Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert E. Barry. If its number of Goodreads ratings are anything to go by, this picture book isn’t very well-known – but I adore it. Mr. Willowby’s Christmas tree is too tall, so he cuts off the top of it. Then a cute animal wants that bit for their tree, but it’s too tall so they chop off the top again… and the cycle repeats several more times. It’s a really fun story!
Now it’s your turn: Tell me about the Christmas-themed stories that YOU love!
P.S. Hmmm, I just now noticed that all my choices were secular (versus religious). Well, that’s not very surprising, considering how I was raised. It’s interesting to see how differently people celebrate the same holiday, isn’t it?