Thursday, December 11, 2008

Books: The best Christmas/winter author ...

.... at least around here, is Jan Brett. Jan Brett Books are PERFECT for Christmas and Winter cozy reading times.

Her stories are a wonderful blend of Nordic folk tales, traditional Christmas stories/songs or other folk tales. The illustrations always really get me going, though: every picture has hand-knitted items that just get me itching to pull out needles and yarn. The pictures are so detailed and fun to look at, even for non-knitters – the colors and amazing artistry are classic!

Today, since it was an “ooky-mooky day” (as the kids say), we read some of her best. Jan Brett’s Christmas Treasury contains what I think are her best Christmas stories. The Treasury includes: The Mitten, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, Trouble with Trolls, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Hat, Christmas Trolls and The Night Before Christmas. We also read a newer story that has become a favorite around here: Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve?

She has many other books … but these are our favorite Christmas/winter reads. Her website is a treasure trove of great activities and fun things to do (4698 pages!). Go check it out and let me know what you think.

So, who is your favorite Christmas/wintertime author of picture books?

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Tomie dePaola. My father's family is from Calabria so Merry Christmas Strega Nona has some particularly sweet elements for me.