If you crave a few moments away from the hub-bub of the holidays, perhaps The Family Read-Aloud Christmas, a collection of Christmas tales and songs wrapped up with the sweet, pastel illustrations of Marc Brown is just what Santa’s elves would deliver. Now in paperback, the book is a 25 year old volume of delights for the season. Alice Low, author of children’s books and poetry and former reviewer for the New York Times Book Review gathers poetry old and new, short stories and song lyrics to warm the heart of even the scroogiest among us.
Chosen for their read-aloud qualities, stories include “Emmett Otter’s Jugband Christmas” by Russell Hoban, the classic “Christmas Every Day”, and Beverly Cleary’s “Ramona and the Three Wise Persons”. You’ll find poetry by e. e.cummings, A .A .Milne, Eleanor Farejon, John Updike and Edgar Allen Poe which tie the longer pieces together like strands of soft ribbon. Books like these sometimes go unnoticed, so give yourself a gift and check it out! This kind of book may become a favorite for your wee ones, and later for children who have learned to read.
You may also enjoy a shorter volume of holiday merriment: A Joyful Christmas. a treasury of new and old Christmas poems, songs and stories for the holidays edited by James Ransome.