Miss Hickory

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1947

Miss Hickory

by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

illustrated by Ruth Gannett

Age: 8+

Interests: toys, dolls, nature, animals, birds, seasons, Christmas, religion

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Roller Skates

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1937

Roller Skates

by Ruth Sawyer

Age: 8+

Interests: strong girls, history, New York City, city life More

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

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GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1995

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

text by Susan Wojciechowski

illustrations by P. J. Lynch

Candlewick Press: 1995

34 pp.

Age: 5+

Interests: Christmas, art, wood carving, Christian religion

Also by this illustrator: When Jessie Came Across the Sea

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The Jolly Christmas Postman

 

Cover of "The Jolly Christmas Postman"

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1991

The Jolly Christmas Postman

text by Allan Ahlberg

illustrations by Janet Ahlberg

Little, Brown and Company: 1991

32 pages

Age: 4+

Interests: mail, Christmas, nursery rhymes

Also by these author/illustrators: The Jolly Postman (or Other People’s Letters), The Jolly Pocket Postman, Each Peach Pear Plum, Burglar Bill

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Family Christmas Movies – a List

Commonsense Media is my go-to source for checking out the age appropriateness of movies, and here is their list of the most well-known holiday movies, and some not so well known.

Scrooge's third visitor, from Charles Dickens:...

Scrooge’s third visitor, from Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. First edition. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My 6 1/2 yr old and I are definitely going to watch A Christmas Carol, but a different version – I’ve got the Alastair Sim version from 1951 on VHS. I think the Dickens classic is a terrific choice, not just for the Christmas theme but also as an introduction to other Dickens works, and a great period piece drama as well… nice for the young ones to see something from another time period. (Unbeknownst to my daughter, this is early training for watching the 6 vol. version of Pride and Prejudice with me some day!)

NB. Commonsense rates my 1951 version a little older (age 7), and says it’s darker than the 1938 film.

One thing I particularly like about A Christmas Carol is that it’s kind of a conceptual bridge for kids. They see so many black-and-white bad guy-good guy stories that it’s interesting to see what they think about a bad guy who is not only the main character, but becomes a sympathetic figure and eventually turns good. Very good. And the triumphant, warm ending is a great payoff for viewers of any age.

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Father Christmas

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1973

Father Christmas

by Raymond Briggs

Hamish Hamilton, 1973

28 pp.

Age: 5+

Interests: Christmas, Santa Claus, winter, comic books/graphic novels

Also by this author: Father Christmas Goes on Holiday, The Snowman, The Mother Goose Treasury, Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age and his Search for Soft Trousers

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

by Barbara Robinson

HarperCollins, 1972

80 pp., 7 chapters

Ages: 8 +

Interests: Christmas, Christmas pageant, putting on a play, religion, church

Also by this author: sequels featuring the Herdmans – The Best School Year Ever, The Best Hallowe’en Ever

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The Polar Express

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1986

The Polar Express

by Chris van Allsburg

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1985

30 pp.

Age: 3 +

Interests: Christmas, winter, trains, snow

Also by this author: Jumanji

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Good King Wenceslas

Good King Wenceslas

traditional carol lyrics by John Mason Neale

illustrated by John Wallner

New York: Philomel Books, 1990

30 pp.

Age: 4+

Interests: Christmas, Christmas carols, music, history, saints, stories of charity

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Great Joy

Great Joy

by Kate DiCamillo

illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2007

28 pp.

Age: 4+

Interests: Christmas, Christmas pageant

Also by this author: Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux, Mercy Watson early chapter book series

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