If youre too busy to read a picture book to your own child,
or your nephew or your granddaughter or to the little girl next
door, youre just too busy. Stop what youre doing right
now, proceed to the childrens department of any of the eight
branches or bookmobile of the Springfield-Greene County Library
District and check out holiday books to read to the kids.
Start with a brand new one called Stan
Lees Superhero Christmas by the co-creator of Spider-Man,
X-Men and the Incredible Hulk. This is definitely a modern tale
of the season and the illustrations by Tim Jessell reflect his advertising
graphics roots. His realistic drawings in pastels and mixed media
are perfect for a story about how a superhero familyparents
and two kidssave Santa from his old nemesis, the evil Ice
Santa! by Julie Sykes, Santa gets off to a bad start by
oversleeping on Christmas Eve. This throws off his schedule, he
trips over his pants, loses the reindeer in the woods and then crashes
in the snow. This lovable, hapless Santa is illustrated by Tim Warnes
in cartoon-like drawings that just make you smile.
Santa is in trouble again, this time in a book called Little
Reds Christmas Story by Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess
of York. As Little Red and her friends hop and skip through beautiful
illustrations of snowy scenes, they spot Santa whose reindeer Percy
has a bad cold. Ill never be able to get all these presents
delivered with only seven reindeer. But, of course, theres
a solution to save Christmas Day.
Froggy usually hibernates in the winter, but this year his best
friend, Max the beaver, wakes him up to experience the holiday season.
Its all new to him, but in Froggys
Best Christmas by Jonathan London, it doesnt take
him long to learn all the traditions. Frank Remkiewicz, the artist
who designed the Animal Crackers box, created the vibrantly colored
Kate Klise, who lives and writes on a 40-acre farm near Norwood,
Missouri, has penned Shall
I Knit You a Hat?, cleverly subtitled A Christmas
Yarn. Her sister, M. Sarah Klise, from her studio in California,
illustrates the book with delightful drawings showing a whole family
of rabbits busily knitting creative hats for all their friends.
Christmas Eve at Marias house is going well until she discovers
she dropped her moms diamond ring in the tamales made for
the holiday dinner. In Too
Many Tamales by Gary Soto, Maria realizes theres
only one thing to do: she and her cousins must eat all the tamales
until they find the ring. It looks grim, but, in true picture book
fashion, it all works out in the end.