Santa Claus

The Polar Express

By Chris Van Allsburg

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A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus. Winner of Caldecott Medal in 1986. JE Fic Van

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My Penguin Osbert

By Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

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Joe finally gets a present from Santa that he really wants: a real, live penguin! But a real penguin needs creamed herring for dinner (yuck….) and is sad and lonely until Joe shares his ice cold baths with him.

Suggested for ages 6 - 9

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The Polar Express

By Chris Van Allsburg

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A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus. Winner of Caldecott Medal in 1986.

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Santa's Short Suit Shrunk and Other Christmas Tongue Twisters

By Nola Buck

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Such Santa silliness! Follow the kids and their dog as they watch "seven snowmen sniffle" and "reindeer run over a red wet roof", all part of a fun and frantic holiday.

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Jan Brett--Especially for Christmas

Bored? Nothing to do? Jump into a cozy picture book on a winter night. Troublesome trolls and a beauty's Beast! Helpful hedgehogs and polite polar bears! Whether you find yourself surrounded by swirling snowflakes or a chilly blue twilight, there are no better companions for winter's frozen brightness than Jan Brett's tales from the European tradition.

The Eerie Worlds of Chris Van Allsburg

Mysteries for the mind and the eye, that's what Chris Van Allsburg creates for his readers. His drawings seem quite still and perhaps a little dull-until you notice the huge snake slithering across the mantelpiece (Jumanji) or the brambles stealthily growing out of a sleeping girl's book in The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.

William Joyce: The Reel Deal

Born December 11, 1957, William (Bill) Joyce's dream is to be remembered for "a significant contribution to the cause of global silliness." (Publisher's Weekly)
His books, TV shows and movies, from George Shrinks to Robots, have amazed and amused audiences for over 20 years.

Bill got an early start writing and illustrating his own stories. "Billy's Booger" was a popular picture book with his elementary school classmates. The plot is simple enough but guaranteed to get yucks: Billy sneezes out a slimy, smart-aleck booger who becomes his friend. The kids did love it, but unlike his later work, all it earned Bill was a trip to the principal's office. But the booger's adventures continue. These days Bill uses those stories and pix to break the ice at his school visits, which they do with cheerful grossness. There's even talk of reincarnating Billy's Booger as a genuine picture book.