Kids: Enjoy these holiday reads, available at the Abington Community Library:
• “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson
In this chapter book, the six mean Herdman kids lie and steal before becoming involved in the community Christmas pageant.
• “Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift” written and illustrated by Dara Goldman
Boris and Stella have no money. How can they get each other the perfect Hanukkah gift? Find out in this read-aloud.
• “Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa” written by Donna L. Washington and illustrated by Shane W. Evans
L’il Rabbit searches for a gift for his grandmother when she is sick during Kwanzaa, and surprises her with the best gift of all.
• “Seven Spools of Thread: a Kwanzaa Story” written by Angela Shelf Medearis and illustrated by Daniel Minter
When they are given the seemingly impossible task of turning thread into gold, the seven Ashanti brothers put aside their differences, learn to get along and embody the principles of Kwanzaa.
• “The Smallest Gift of Christmas” written and illustrated by Peter Reynolds
Disappointed when a gift he wished for all year seems quite puny on Christmas morning, young Roland wishes for bigger and bigger gifts.
• “The Stone Lamp: Eight Stories of Hanukkah Through History” written by Karen Hesse and illustrated by Brian Pinkney
A collection of eight poems that follow stories of Hanukkah through the years.
• “The Thirteen Days of Christmas” by Jenny Overton
In this short humorous novel, learn the origin of “The 12 Days of Christmas,” when a love-struck young man sends a girl different and unusual presents every day of the Christmas season.
Laura Gardoski is the Head of Youth Services at the Abington Community Library.