Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Top Ten Books To Read During The Holidays

10. Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto

9. Yoon and the Christmas Mitten

8. The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy by Jane Thayer

7. Mr. Willoughby's Christmas Tree

6. A New, Improved Santa

5. Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo

4. Robert Sabuda's popup book, The Night Before Christmas

3. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

2. The Polar Express

1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

I could have made this a Top 50 Books to Read During the Holidays!
 I also love A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote,
A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas,
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, and
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen.
For more wonderful children's picture book holiday choices,
see the lists I made in 2009.

And here's a bonus book trailer for
a new edition of A Christmas Carol,
published by HarperCollins Children's Books.

There is still time to enter my contest for the Gratitude Giveaway.

Each week The Broke and the Bookish will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of our blogger's answers. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND sign Mister Linky at the bottom to share with us and all those who are participating. If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Don't worry if you can't come up with ten every time..just post what you can!

Future Top Ten Tuesdays:
November 30- Top Ten Characters I Wish I Could BFF's with!
December 7- Coziest Places to Read/Favorite Places to Read

December 14- Top Ten Books I'm Anticipating For 2011.

December 21- Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings
December 28- Top Ten Books I've Read in 2010--a look back into your favorite reads of 2010!

January 4:- Top Ten Books I Resolve To Read in 2011--books you've put off reading but will vow to get to in 2010!


  1. Ah...The Polar Express. I love that story! And one day I'm going to be able to watch the movie too.

  2. Deb...these childrens book look great: Yoon and the Christmas Mitten caught my eye. I like peppering my adult reads with some kids books, so thanks for this list.

  3. Yoon is a book I ran across when I was a librarian in a school near the multiethnic Houston Medical Center. Yoon has just come to live in the US but is told by her father that their family is not a Christmas family.

  4. Other than the Dickens the other books are all new to me. Thanks for this post.

  5. Great list! I was confused having not seen The Grinch or a Christmas Carol there but then I realized you were counting down. I obviously need more coffee! Stop by and check out my Top Ten Tuesday if you get a chance.

  6. The Little Match Girl!! I love that book :D

    Your lists are always full of books I've never heard of, time for me to get reading!

  7. Awww, I never knew of the Kate Dimillo story! Fabulous list!!

    -Linds, bibliophile brouhaha

  8. Great list! I love Kate DiCamillo's Great Joy and Christmas at my house isn't complete without a read aloud of The Polar Express, complete with a bell ringing at the end to see who still 'believes'.

  9. Several people have mentioned The Polar Express on their lists - I think it's time I read. Great list!

  10. Awww the puppy who wanted a boy. I remember that book! It's so sweet.

  11. I always enjoy your lists. I will check out your Kate DiCarmello suggestion. I always enjoy her books. I'd better get out a piece of paper to help me remember the books I want to check out.

  12. The first time I read The Polar Express (or, it was read to me) was in first grade. After the story our teacher gave us all bells that we believed only those who believed in Santa could hear (as the story goes). It might be one of my favorite Christmas memories from school ever. The story seemed so magical at that age. I still love it today.

  13. Oh my goodness! I just realized that I forgot The Tale of the Three Trees! What was I thinking!

  14. Wow, you thought of so many holiday books! This week's topic stumped me for some reason. Thanks for dropping by my blog :)

  15. You would think that I would have at least read How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but I can only say I've seen the cartoon movie. I think I'll add that to my holiday to read list this year.

    Looking at all of the wonderful picture books on your list reminds me of a book my dad read to me as a child. I don't remember it's name, though. I only remember that it was about Santa Claus and a bear called T (or something like that). I might have to see if I can find it and add it to my list. Thanks for bringing back a wonderful memory.

  16. I remember seeing the commercials for Polar Express -- they were pretty persistent!

  17. I can't believe I forgot about The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy. Great list!

  18. Oh, yay, you've got a bunch I haven't read. We have a new Christmas book each year as a tradition for my daughter, so I'm always looking for good ones. I'm sure I'll refer back to this. Thanks!

  19. Most of these books are new to me! I'll have to hunt some of them down

  20. Thanks for visiting my blog and following. We have a public library in Colombo (in answer to your question)but its mainly for students and thebooks available are mainly for reference and study. Fiction which is available are only the classics. There is no money to buy modern fiction. Money will have to be kept for students!

  21. Wonderful list! I'm going to look some of those books up.

  22. Great post as always Debbie. I love your list.Rather typically for me, the only two I've read are Great Joy and the Polar Express. I'm going to get How The Grinch Stole Christmas from my library, I do so love Dr Seuss, I can't believe I haven't read this yet. And I'll be starting A Christmas Carol soon.

  23. I would have definitely put How the Grinch Stole Christmas on my list of 1001 Children's Books You Must Read.

  24. Thanks for visiting my blog. I remember reading "Too Many Tamales" to my kids when they were little. There's a couple on this list I haven't heard of. I'll have to check those out. Children's picture books are the BEST reads for Christmas!

    I'm a new follower!

  25. Very interesting list! Looks like there are some great picks here.

  26. Deb I love this list. I don't really have ANY goto books for the holiday but I do movie wise. :) I can't get enough of Elf, Love Actually, and A Christmas Story. :


  27. I forgot about the Robert Sabuda Books. He's a talented artist. I have a number of his books, but not that particular one

  28. What a good list , Im an old follower

  29. I just love The Polar Express (book and movie)! You've made a great list of suggestions for books to read before the holidays are over!


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