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letters from father christmas

Today we’re reading the collection of letters that Tolkien wrote to his children every year—letters that came from Father Christmas at the North Pole.  Can you imagine having one of the best storytellers of all time as your father?

Letters From Father Christmas, written by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Baillie Tolkien and published by Harper Collins.


the reader

“The reader has a small brown dog

and a sturdy suitcase that is brown…

and a long red sled with a long, loopy rope

for pulling through deep snow.”

This sweet, snowy story is an absolute gem and is a tribute to friendship, reading, quiet moments and togetherness.  The Reader was written by Amy Hest, illustrated by Lauren Castillo and published by Amazon Children’s Publishing.


father christmas

"Blooming Christmas here again!"  A grumpy but faithful Father Christmas makes preparations for his yearly worldwide delivery and gets the job done as usual.  Exhausted from flying through endless snow, sleet, hail, rain and fog and squeezing down some impossibly narrow soot-spewing chimneys and other unconventional entrances, he almost falls asleep at the reins on the way home.  After he sits down to a "good drop of ale" and some "lovely grub," he has his own presents to open from relatives—amongst them, "a blooming awful tie from Aunty Elsie" and "horrible socks from cousin Violet!"  Probably one of our favorite new-to-us holiday books acquired this year, previous generations have been enjoying Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas for over forty years.  Published by Puffin Books.


a little house christmas treasury

We’re reading stories from A Little House Christmas Treasury this week.  Does anyone have any favorite Little House moments to share?  Published by HarperCollins.


madeline in america and other holiday tales

A collection of three holiday tales started by Ludwig Bemelmans and finished by his grandson John Bemelmans Marciano when he found the manuscripts and sketches for them amongst his grandfather's work.

In Madeline in America and Other Holiday Tales, a big surprise about Madeline is revealed, we tag along with her and her eleven classmates on a trip to Texas and…we finally learn her last name.  The Count and the Cobbler is about a cobbler who's so poor that he can't afford to make shoes for his own (numerous) children, until his youngest, a brilliant baby, intervenes.  Sunshine tells the tale of a music teacher whose grouchy landlord attempts to evict her on Christmas Eve.  It might have something to do with the fact that she conducts music classes in her apartment.  Also included is a piece on Christmas memories from the Bemelmans family.  Madeline in America and Other Holiday Tales is out of print and is a little hard to find, but there are still a few copies floating around out there if anyone's interested in a cozy addition to their December reads.