The 12 Days of [Children’s Literature before] Christmas is a semester break special borrowing from the traditional 12 Days of Christmas (that occur after December 25th). The point is to get you into the spirit of the season by recommending one book per day leading up to Christmas. The books can be read by children of all ages (when do we really stop being children?) and to children of all ages (who says a newborn doesn’t understand what you read to her/him?).
Comments are always welcomed. May your days and wintry evenings be merry and bright as you cuddle-up with a blanket and book, and maybe in the company of other children. Enjoy!
10 Days before Christmas: The Polar Express
I told you I’d have a title for older children. Thanks for your patience.
Not only does this book have a wonderful story, it was also the Caldecott Medal Winner in 1986. Reading the words and processing the images made me feel like I was on that train ride with the other children. I’m sorry to say that when the movie came out, I was rather disappointed that it failed to capture the essence of the book. Suffice it to say, read the book or just marvel at the illustrations. A cup of hot chocolate and a bell will compliment the experience. Just like the previous recommendations, this one can be read again and again.
High-five to the book worms at Camp Realist who are assisting me with the list.