These are holiday books (mostly undiscovered gems) that we at the library particularly enjoy pointing out to readers to share with their families.
"Night Tree," by Eve Bunting is a quiet picture book about one family's generous pre-Christmas tradition (one your family might want to take up!).
"Seven Spools of Thread," by Angela Shelf Medearis is a Kwanzaa story about seven brothers who learn to cooperate in order to keep their good names and their father's inheritance.
"The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes," by Linda Glaser, is the story of a Hanukkah with too many guests, too few chairs, and two very stubborn people.
"Red Ranger Came Calling," by Berke Breathed (yes, the creator of the Bloom County comic strip), merges Breathed's wacky sense of humor and wild pictures with a wonderful message about Santa and the power of belief.
"Zigazak!" by Eric Kimmel Goblins upset the peace of the first night of Hanukkah in the town of Brisk by making latkes fly and menorah candles into fireworks. The rabbi shows the townsfolk that the right attitude can make everything right.
"Star Mother's Youngest Child," by Louise Moeri, is the story of an isolated and grumpy old woman, a star child without a name, and what celebration is all about.
"Elijah's Angel," by Michael Rosen, tells the true story of a young Jewish boy, an old Christian barber, and how they found a way to honor each other's holidays.
"The Ugly Menorah," by Marissa Moss, tells how a young girl comes to appreciate the menorah made by her grandfather during the Depression, even though it is not beautiful.
"The Mousehole Cat," by Antonia Barber, pairs delightful pictures with the wonderful story (based on a Cornish legend) of Tom Bawcock and his cat.
Check here next week for new non-fiction!
If you'd like to place a hold on any of these titles, call the Juneau Public Library at 586-5249. If you have internet access, your library card, and a PIN, you may place your own holds by going to our Web site (www.juneau.lib.ak.us/library) and looking at our catalogue. Past issues of this column are also available on our Web site.