The Classroom Bookshelf
December 3, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Eid, the Cherokee National Holiday, Chinese New Year, Nowruz, and more are front and center in this round-up of the best holiday books of 2021.
January 19, 2021 by Betsy Bird
"I'm proud that we dealt with the darkness of the Depression head-on in this book; I just wish it felt less timely." A frank discussion of Passover, a beautiful children's book, and the state of the world today.
December 3, 2020 by Betsy Bird
This year I found a nice array of titles that I'd say are a cut above the rest. These are books that you'd be honored to pull out year after year for your holiday displays.
December 3, 2019 by Betsy Bird
An array of holidays! We've got some Thanksgiving, some Valentine's Day, some Halloween, and even a collection of different Jewish holidays all together. Some are books that were intended for a certain holiday. Others will simply fit in well when you do your holiday displays.
December 25, 2018 by Betsy Bird
Merry Christmas! And what a lovely day it is. But why should we designate today's list to only a single, solitary holiday when there are so many that had such lovely books out this year? This is one of my favorite lists of the month, so it only seems fitting to post it today. Here are the books based on different holidays that I'd feel perfectly happy reading all year long, they're so good.
November 20, 2018 by Betsy Bird
Every year in December I do this 31 Days, 31 Books series. On each day I present a different list full of the best of the year. Board Books one day. Funny picture books another. And somewhere in there I put out a list I like to call Transcendent Holiday Books. These are the books […]
October 15, 2018 by Betsy Bird
Older holiday books for kids have a tendency to be a bit on the white side. So I was thinking I was pretty slick when I came up with A Tiger Called Thomas for today’s discussion. But here’s the thing; I thought the version illustrated by Diana Cain Bluthenthal was the only one out there. […]
December 25, 2017 by Betsy Bird
The holiday picture book is a fascinating object in terms of artistic quality. Most public libraries, due to space issues, will create separate “Holiday” book sections where these books are sequestered away for all time. They are pigeonholed to a particular time of the year, sometimes to the good and sometimes to their detriment. And […]
December 25, 2016 by Betsy Bird
Note that I didn’t specify which holidays, of course. These are just the books I think did a slam bang job of lauding their respective days of celebration. Enjoy one and all! 2016 Transcendent Holiday Titles Babushka: A Christmas Tale by Dawn Casey, ill. Amanda Hall Oh, certainly this isn’t the first Babushka title you’ve […]
June 12, 2013 by Betsy Bird
Welcome to mid-June. That stellar time of year where librarians everywhere try to decide whether or not it’s too early in the season to put on display their five Fourth of July-related picture books (admit it – it’s true). The way my mind works it logically follows that there’s not better time to start lamenting […]
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