Saturday, December 5, 2009

Readathon: More Christmas Picture Books

I'm hours and hours into the Readathon. Here are a few more Christmas picture books I've read and reviewed.

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry

Mr. Willowby's Christmas tree is too tall for his house, so the tiptop must be cut off. And it's just right for the upstairs maid, but it's just a wee bit too tall. So the tiptop must be cut off and that's just right for...and so on, and so on. Ages 4-10. 9/10.

Wombat Divine by Mem Fox and illustrated by Kerry Argent

Wombat really wanted to be in the Christmas pageant, but what part could he play? Ages 4-8. 9/10.

Henry and Mudge in the Sparkle Days by Cynthia Rylant with pictures by Sucie Stevenson

Three little stories about Henry and his dog and his parents. Ages 5-8. 8/10.

Make a Joyful Noise: A Pop-Up Book of Christmas Carols by Francesca Crespi

Beautiful pop-ups for four Christmas carols. Ages 4-12. 9/10.

Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto and illustrated by Ed Martinez

Oh dear. Maria just wanted to try on Mama's ring while they were making tamales. Trouble. Ages 5-10. 9/10.

The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

The jolly postman delivers delightful Christmas mail to fairy tale characters. Ages 5-10. 8.5/10

Where Did They Hide My Presents? Silly Dilly Christmas Songs by Alan Katz and David Catrow

Little songs set to the tune of Christmas carols. Ages 6-10. 8/10.

Froggy's Best Christmas by Jonathan London and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

Froggy wakes up and experiences his first Christmas. Ages 4-8. 8/10.

The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell and illustrated by Sergio Leone

A four-year-old boy enters heaven and turns everything upside down. But he atones for it all and bestows a treasured box up on the infant King. Ages 5-10. 8.5/10.

Yoon and the Christmas Mitten written by Helen Recorvits and illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska

Yoon tries to find a way to have Santa visit her, but her father insists that her family is Korean and not a Christmas family. Ages 5-10. 8.5/10.

Merry Christmas, Merry Crow by Kathi Appelt and illustrated by Jon Goodell

A crow gathers this and that. Best part: the ending. Ages: 4-10. 8.5/10.

Amahl and the Night Visitors written by Gian Carlo Menotti and illustrated by Michele Lemieux

Amahl must walk with a crutch and he and his mother struggle to survive in the desert. One night they are visited by three kings and three shepherds who are following a star in search of the King. Best part: Amahl and his mother talk back and forth. Ages 8-12. 8.5/10.

Careful, Santa by Julie Sykes illustrated by Tim Warnes

Santa has lots of troubles delivering presents. Ages 4-8. 8/10.

The Twelve Days of Christmas Dogs by Carolyn ConahanA friend keeps giving dogs as gifts. Best part: the show at the end. Ages 5-10. 8/10.

The Christmas Train by Ivan Gantschev

A boulder falls on the train tracks and a girl must save the train using her Christmas tree. Best part: the lamb the girl’s father had for her. Ages 5-10. 7/10.


  1. Henry and Mudge - who could resist a duo like that? Great list of Christmas books. Thanks for this stop on the Advent Blog Tour.

  2. What a wonderful way to celebrate a read-athon but with Christmas picture books! I will have to remember that for next year.

  3. Halfway through with the read-a-thon! Way to multitask with a Blog Tour and the Read-A-Thon =D


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