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January Books!


Any book can be read at any time. But some books are particularly suited for a certain time of year. Here are my recommendations, both picturebooks (P) and novels (N), for January. For my selections I focused on the weather, on new beginnings and just books that felt like… well, January books:

  • I Stood Upon A Mountain, Aileen Fisher (P)
      • The Boy Who Walked Bacwards by Ben Sures (P)  (http://www.bensures.com/book-publication/)
  • January’s Sparrow by Patricia Polacco (P)
  • No Fixed Address by Nielsen, Susin (N)
  • The Lost Words by Macfarlane, Robert (P)
  • The Mitten by Jan Brett (P)
  • One Year in Coal Harbor, Horvath, Polly (N)
  • An Orange in January by Dianna Hutts Aston (P)
  • Today Is the Day by Walters, Eric (P)
  • If Kids Ruled the World by Bailey, Linda  (P)
  • Something Else by Cave, Kathryn (P)
  • Countdown by Mikaelson, Ben (N)
  • Something From Nothing by Gilman, Phoebe (P)
  • It’s Raining Pigs and Noodles by Prelutsky, Jack (poetry)
  • Northern Lights: The Soccer Trails by Kusugak, Michael Arvaarluk (P)
  • Nightjohn by Paulsen, Gary (N)
  • The Wednesday Surprise by Bunting, Eve (P)
  • Sleepy Bears by Fox, Mem (P)
  • Selina and the Bear Paw Quilt by Barbara Smucker (P)

Stay tuned for lists for each month as well as for global and nonfiction themes.

Book to Read (Aloud) during December

Books are wonderful to share aloud any time. But these books are especially fun to read in December. In this list, I didn’t include well known classics like The Polar Express or The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by tried to give you some of my favourite titles that you might not know yet:

  • The Teachers’ Night Before Christmas by Layne, Steven L.
  • You Are Stardust, Kelsey, Elin
  • Yetsa’s Sweater, Olsen, Sylvia
  • The True Story of Santa Claus, Walters, Christina
  • How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen
  • My Name Is Blessing, Walters, Eric
  • Emma’s Cold Day, Ruurs, Margriet 
  • When Santa Was a Baby, Bailey, Linda
  • Christmas, From Solstice to Santa by Nikki Tate & Dani Tate-Stratton
  • Island Santa by Sheryl McFarlane
  • Amos’s Sweater by Lunn, Janet
  • Little Crooked Christmas Tree by Michael Cutting 
  • Stone Fox by Gardiner, John Reynolds
  • Angel Mae: A Tale Of Trotter Street by Shirley Hughes
  • Christmas, Dick Bruna
  • Children of the Yukon by Harrison, Ted
  • Owl Moon by Yolen, Jane 
  • Thomas’ Snowsuit by Munsch, Robert
  • Baseball Bats for Christmas by Kusugak, Michael Arvaarluk
  • Peter Spier’s Christmas! by Spier, Peter
  • Gifts by Bogart, Jo Ellen
  • Wombat Divine by Fox, Mem
  • Letters from Father Christmas, J. R.R. Tolkien
  • The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski
  • Thank You, Santa by Margaret Wild
  • The Baker’s Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale by Aaron Shepard

And finally a novel: Alphabet of Dreams by Susan Fletcher.  One of the novels I most admire for writing style and research. This is the incredible tale of two children who travel along with the three kings on their way to Bethlehem. A book that adults will enjoy as much as older teens.