A special book cart will be set aside in the Children's Room at the Abington Community Library during December to hold the picture book collection of Christmas and holiday books for easy browsing by parents and children. Look for old favorites and classics as well as some new titles just purchased, such as the following:
Fa La La by Leslie Patricelli. The star of this book for toddlers is an exuberant baby excited that Christmas is on its way. He/she narrates a host of holiday activities: picking out a tree, caroling, and awaiting Santa's arrival, while the illustrations add personality and humor to the text.
Christmas Parade by Sandra Boynton. Boynton's menagerie of cows, mice, ducks, chickens, pigs and hippos march across the pages and her rhyming text brims with holiday cheer.
The Christmas Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood. Furred animal-children explore quiet times of the season, such as snow angel quiet, knocking with mittens quiet, mistletoe quiet, listening for sleigh bells quiet and finally, Christmas morning quiet.
Just Right for Christmas by Birdie Black. Scraps of red cloth, first from a cloak sewn for a princess, find their way into a jacket for the kitchen maid's mother, a hat for badger's pa, gloves for squirrel's wife, and finally, a scarf for mouse's son create gifts that felt just right on Christmas morning.
Christmastime by Alison Jay. Secret clues, plus hidden allusions to classic Christmas carols, turn this picture book into an interactive holiday treasure hunt, as each page tells a story of a Yuletide adventure in Santa's sleigh, ending at home in time for a comfy Christmas morning.
The Christmas Tugboat: How the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Came to New York City by George Matteson and Adele Ursone. The daughter of a tugboat captain narrates an account of the long-ago year she helped her father deliver the enormous tree to New York City by way of the Hudson River. Paintings by illustrator James Ransome capture life on the tugboat but also depict wider views of the city, the river, and the towed barge's unusual festive cargo.
Christmas Wombat by Jackie French. Wombat embarks on an eventful Christmas Eve journey that transforms him from homebody to world traveler overnight. He stumbles across plentiful supplies of carrots, his favorite snack, stares down some reindeer, and curls up to catch naps on the back of Santa's sleigh.
The Abington Community Library is located at 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Visit our website, www.lclshome.org/abington to register online for events or call the library at (570) 587-3440. Don't have a library card? Register for one at http://www.lclshome.org/libraryinfo/library_card_reg.asp.