On the First day of Christmas I would love to see…

a book under every tree

What’s even better than a partridge in a pear tree? Books. Especially children’s books. At Early Shirts, we agree that every child deserves books. When kids own books, they are more likely to succeed in school and in life. So this Christmas, make sure there’s a book under the tree for the children in your life.

Guest author JEN Garrett offers twelve golden suggestions. Why not get them all?

On the Second day of Christmas I would love to see…

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen (2016)

        When two turtles find a hat, they decide it’s best to leave it alone… until one turtle changes his mind.

Turtles and a hat, and a book under every tree.

On the Third day of Christmas I would love to see…

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein (2016)

        When Papa tries to read a bedtime story, his little red chicken keeps interrupting! Will Papa ever finish a story?

Interrupting Chick, Turtles and a hat, and a book under every tree.

On the Fourth day of Christmas I would love to see…

Telephone by Mac Barnett and Jen Corace (2014)

        Mama bird sends a message for little Peter along the line of birds perched on the telephone wire. But each bird passes on a slightly different message. How will Peter know what Mama wants?

Telephoning Birds, Interrupting Chick, Turtles and a hat, and a book under every tree.

On the Fifth day of Christmas I would love to see…

This Golden Title!

Of all the wonderful picture books published in last five years, my favorite is still The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak. From the title to the end, this book shines with absolutely no pictures needed!

Telephoning Birds, Interrupting Chick, Turtles and a hat, and a book under every tree.

On the Sixth day of Christmas I would love to see…

Hotel Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins (2016)

        Bruce the bear gets home from his southern migration trip with his goslings to find his den has been turned into a hotel. The situation goes from difficult to unbearable when his goslings join the staff.

Goslings in a hotel, This Golden Title! Telephoning Birds, Interrupting Chick, Turtles and a hat, and a book under every tree.

On the Seventh day of Christmas I would love to see…

Dino-Swimming by Lisa Wheeler and Barry Gott (2015)

        The Land Sharks compete with the Algae Eaters in an epic Dino Swimming match. Similar to the colorful illustrations and amazing rhyme in Bang! Boom! Roar! A Busy Crew of Dinosaurs by Nate Evans, Stephanie Gwyn Brown, and Christopher Santoro, this is the perfect gift for your dino-loving reader this year.

Dinosaurs a-Swimming, Goslings in a hotel, This Golden Title! Telephoning Birds, Interrupting Chick, Turtles and a hat, and a book under every tree.

On the Eighth day of Christmas I would love to see…

The Cow Who Clucked by Denise Fleming (e-print 2013)

        When Cow loses her moo, her friends help search the barnyard. They travel across the wheat field and into the starry night, but no one seems to have it. With illustrations inspired by the pallet of Vincent Van Gogh, Denise Fleming weaves a picture book for both Preschoolers and their read-aloud partners.  

Silly Clucking Cow, Dinosaurs a-Swimming, Goslings in a hotel, This Golden Title! Telephoning Birds, Interrupting Chick, Turtles and a hat, and a book under every tree.

On the Ninth day of Christmas I would love to see…

Lola’s Fandango by Anna Witte and Micha Archer (2011)

        Lola finds Mama’s dancing shoes and secretly learns the Flamenco as a special surprise for her mama’s birthday.

Found Lady’s Dance Shoes, Silly Clucking Cow, Dinosaurs a-Swimming, Goslings in a hotel, This Golden Title! Telephoning Birds, Interrupting Chick, Turtles and a hat, and a book under every tree.

On the Tenth day of Christmas I would love to see…

I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty and Mike Boldt (2015)

        A feisty young frog tries to convince his father he should be a different kind of animal. Anything would be better than being a wet, slimy frog… until a hungry wolf arrives.

A Frog Who isn’t Happy, Found Lady’s Dance Shoes, Silly Clucking Cow, Dinosaurs a-Swimming, Goslings in a hotel, This Golden Title! Telephoning Birds, Interrupting Chick, Turtles and a hat, and a book under every tree.

On the Eleventh day of Christmas I would love to see…

11 Experiments that Failed by Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter (2011)

        Can a person live on snow and ketchup? Is a washing machine versatile? These useful questions and many others are answered in Jenny Offill’s hilarious book.

Experiments that Failed, A Frog Who isn’t Happy, Found Lady’s Dance Shoes, Silly Clucking Cow, Dinosaurs a-Swimming, Goslings in a hotel, This Golden Title! Telephoning Birds, Interrupting Chick, Turtles and a hat, and a book under every tree.

On the Twelfth day of Christmas I would love to see…

Drum City by Thea Guidone and Vanessa Newton (reprint 2015)

        A young boy fills the whole city with music as he invites his friends and neighbors to join along.

A City Full of Drumming, Experiments that Failed, A Frog Who isn’t Happy, Found Lady’s Dance Shoes, Silly Clucking Cow, Dinosaurs a-Swimming, Goslings in a hotel, This Golden Title! Telephoning Birds, Interrupting Chick, Turtles and a hat,

And a book under ev-ery tree!

JEN Garrett

JEN Garrett

http://lexicalcreations.weebly.com

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