A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas
In this festive, Latino twist on "The Twelve Days of Christmas," you’ll find piñatas in place of partridges, plus burritos bailando (dancing donkeys), lunitas cantando (singing moons), and much more, all in vivid colors. There are things to find and count in Spanish on every page, with pronunciations provided right in the pictures.
Ages 4 to 7.
The Christmas Eve Tree
A shopkeeper is about to throw away an ugly little fir tree, when a homeless boy asks if he can have it. Through the boy’s kindness and care, the tree gets a second chance. Be sure to look carefully at the illustrations, or you’ll miss part of the story’s uplifting message.
Ages 5 to 7.
Christmas Makes Me Think
The young narrator is thrilled with the holiday's prospects: the presents he's wishing for, the big tree he's hoping to get, the cake he'll bake with his grandmother. But he begins to wonder... What about the people who don't get presents, or don't even have a place to live? He soon realizes that he can make a difference.
Ages 5 and up.
The Carpenter's Gift
Created in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, this is the story of Henry, who as a child in Depression-Era New York City, gets his wish for a warm home to replace his family’s drafty shack. As an old man, Henry finds a way to help another family in need.
Ages 5 to 9.
The poem that Maya Angelou first read at the 2005 White House tree-lighting ceremony celebrates the promise of peace in the holiday season. A family joins with their community—rich and poor, black and white, Christian, Muslim, and Jew—to celebrate the holidays.
Ages 6 and up.
In this retelling of a traditional Russian folk tale, Babushka is busy tidying her house when three unexpected guests arrive. They tell her that they are looking for a baby, a new born king. When, the next morning, Babushka sets out to follow the men, the snow has already covered their tracks. But she keeps on searching, and as she goes she gives a gift from her basket to every child she passes who is hungry, or cold, or has no toys.
Ages 9 to 12.