Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The holiday of a thousand spellings is back!

Hanukah, Chanukkah, and everything in between begins the night of December 20th. Looking for a book to help explain all the candle-counting and potato-frying to the young people in your life? Your holiday wish is our command.

A standout this year is Chanukah Lights, with popups by King of Popup Robert Sabuda and text by poet-even-when-he-writes-prose Michael Rosen. Each of the eight nights gets a winter-white popup spread and a sentence or two about the holiday's significance.

Little hands not quite ready for delicate three-dimensional paper art? Priddy's Bright Baby Touch and Feel has the perfect offering. Hanukkah introduces one word per page with tactile illustrations. Warning: 3D frosting may cause cookie cravings.

Slightly older readers may enjoy bopping to the beat of Erica Silverman's The Hanukkah Hop! And anyone who likes good stories and likes getting mail should enjoy the Send-a-Story edition of Naomi Howland's Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat. If you've read Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona, you'll recognize elements of the abundantly delicious plot (and if you haven't read Strega Nona, I know what's going on your gift list this year).

We've got coloring books. We've got activity books. We've got candles and gelt, and we're full of gift advice. Come on in!

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