The Chang family's only rice cake runs away, leaving them with nothing to eat for the Chinese New Year. As they run through town trying to catch the quick little cake, they bump into a frail, hungry woman. Seeing that she needs food, they offer her the rice cake. Soon the whole town hears about their generosity and repays their kindness with a feast.
When Santa's knocked out cold by a Jack-in-the-Boxer's walloping punch, deli owner Murray Kleiner reluctantly agrees to take his place. Authored by a writer for The Simpsons, this one has lots of irreverent wit to keep tired parents chuckling throughout the joyous season.
A young boy awakens during the night on Christmas Eve to find a mysterious train waiting to take him to the North Pole. When he arrives, his only request for Santa is to take home one silver bell from the reindeer's sleigh. Sadly, he loses the twinkling bell. Beautiful illustrations and a surprising turn of events in the end make this book a classic. Caldecott Medal, 1986
Thinking that "all of the other reindeer" she hears people singing about include her, Olive the dog reports to the North Pole to help Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. J. Otto Seibold's whimsical illustrations make this a modern classic.
This simple but visually enchanting tale (with trademark collage illustrations by the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear and other favorites) features a drowsy farmer who dreams of being covered in a blanket of new snow. When he wakes up, he finds that real snow--not dream snow--has fallen. Preschoolers will immediately recognize the white-bearded farmer when he bundles up in a suspiciously familiar red suit and black boots.
This favorite features the Herdmans, an unruly family of six who teach a whole church about the true meaning of the birth of Christ. None of the Herdmans has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale -- the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating -- has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year's pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever.
Life is usually easy for popular sixth grader Hart Evans, but when his music teacher puts him in charge of the holiday concert, Hart must use all of his leadership skills to unite the other students. By the author of Frindle, this book features a quick pace and accessible language that will appeal to even reluctant readers.
In this selection from the popular Sammy series, Sammy watches longingly as Josh Shapiro lights another candle and receives a brightly-colored dreidel each night of Hanukkah. "Spiders don't spin dreidels, spiders spin webs!" Sammy's mother reminds him. Then on the last night, Sammy gets his own spinning surprise.
In this humorous story, Hershel helps a village outwit the goblins who are preventing the townsfolk from celebrating Hanukkah. Your family is bound to enjoy this creative and clever twist on the traditional story of Hanukkah. Caldecott Honor, 1990