Happy Holidays from the Cold Spring School Library! This week we’ve gotten into the holiday spirit by reading a variety of our favorite holiday books. The Library is decorated, there are stockings hung by our cozy fireplace, and we’ve enjoyed many just gathering together and reading. Sixth graders (for the last time) enjoyed hearing once again The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza by David Shannon. The story of a man who gets just a little carried away when decorating his house for the holidays has a lovely message about the true meaning of Christmas and the funny little twist at the end always gets a laugh.
Kindergarten–Poor Santa. His red suits are dirty, torn, covered with soot, or too small (maybe too many Christmas cookies this year?) and he decides it’s time for a new one. After going to several different stores he settles on a purple plaid number with a matching cap, much to the displeasure of the elves, Mrs. Claus, the children at the mall, and the reindeer. When Mrs. Santa gently reminds him of all the nice times he’s had in his red suit, he decides to go with tradition (with the help of the elves and their sewing skills). Laura Raber’s Santa’s New Suit is a nice story to spur a discussion about what a tradition is and how many different holiday traditions we have. Great little plug for recycling, too, as the elves turn the purple plaid suit into bathing suits for the island getaway that Santa and Mrs. Claus take after the holidays!
First Grade–What happens to hibernating bears during the holidays? In Karma Wilson’s Bear Stays Up for Christmas all of bear’s friends don’t want him to miss out on the fun so they wake him up (gently, of course) and make a Christmas celebration in his lair. After all their hard work, they fall asleep and Bear makes presents for all of them. First Graders love this charming story and love to guess the month they think Bear will finally wake up again.
Second Grade–Second graders loved the story of Dewey, the library cat, and were delighted with Dewey’s antics in Dewey’s Christmas in the Library by Vicki Myron.
Third Grade–Third graders had check-out time only this week due to the fantastic assembly featuring the vocal group, House Jacks.
Fourth Grade–Elise Primavera’s series about Auntie Claus has become one of our all time favorites and this year fourth graders heard a new one, Auntie Claus: The Key to Christmas. As in her other books, the story is exciting, the illustrations riveting, and the gentle message that “all the best things are invisible” make this book a real winner.
Fifth Grade–One of our traditions is to read Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel. Fifth Grade students are delighted with the slightly spooky tale of a man who saves Hanukkah for a small village by outwitting the King of the Goblins who haunts an old synagogue and keeps the villagers from celebrating. Not only is the story suspenseful and at times funny, the illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman are fantastic. This is a wonderful read aloud for the holiday season.