Storytime with Karen – Christmas

We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas

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The festive season is upon us once more and it is our job to bring the excitement and magic of Christmas to children. The best way to do this is with a book! Every year dozens of new Christmas themed picture books and board books arrive on our shelves. Whether your preference is traditional, familiar, biblical, Australian, heartwarming, uplifting, humorous, silly or simply fun, we have them all. To quote Dr Seuss in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, “Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.” Share a Christmas story with your children today! And warm Christmas wishes to you and your family.

New Books to Read

Pig the Elf

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Another laugh-out-loud picture book by award-winning author Aaron Blabey. Pig the Pug loves Christmas, just as boys and girls everywhere do! But for Pig, the greedy pug, it’s all about the presents (of course!) Pig would chortle with glee – ‘The presents! The presents! For ME! ME! ME! ME!’ While Pig waits up impatiently for Santa to arrive, Trevor the sausage dog knows that Santa comes when we sleep. Pig is so naughty, that not only does he wait up for Santa, but he also bites Santa on the bottom because he wants more presents! Sharing this story is a fun way to teach children how not to behave!

We’re Going on a Santa Hunt

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Join five animal friends as they go on a hunt for Santa. They are racing to deliver their letters to Santa before it’s too late! But there are lots of obstacles in their way. From chugging trains to running reindeer and busy elves they need to look out! And most importantly, they have to get back to bed before Santa delivers the presents. Will they make it to bed in time? You can also sing along to the bonus CD performed by Jay Laga’aia.

What’s a Christmas?

What's a Christmas

One Christmas Eve, four little penguins find an elf in the snow. Ed the Elf has fallen out of Santa’s sleigh! But the penguins have never heard of elves or sleighs or Santa, and they don’t know what Christmas is. Join Ed the Elf as he teaches the penguins what Christmas is all about.

There are more than eighty new Christmas picture books in our collection, which you can view here. There are also more than twenty new Christmas board books, which you can view here.

A Rhyme For You
Santa’s Elves

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Santa’s elves worked with one hammer,
One hammer, one hammer.
Santa’s elves worked with one hammer,
And then they worked with two!

Santa’s elves worked with two hammers …
Santa’s elves worked with three hammers …
Santa’s elves worked with four hammers …

Santa’s elves worked with five hammers …
And then they went to sleep “Whew!”

Did You Know? Every complex book a child reads creates new neurons in their brains. If we want intelligent adults, we need to give our children books.

Craft Idea
Make a cute penguin card to give to someone special.

Penguin Craft

You will need:

  • White card (A4 size)
  • Red card
  • Orange card
  • Cotton wool
  • Googly eyes
  • Glitter
  • PVA glue

Method:

Print or copy a picture of a penguin onto white card (bottom half of A4 size card). Fold the A4 card in half along the top of the penguin’s head. Cut around the penguin, but do not cut the fold. Colour in penguin. Draw a Santa hat onto the red card, include a tab. Glue the Santa hat onto the penguin using the tab. Glue cotton wool onto the trim and tip of the Santa hat. Fold a small piece of orange card in half. Cut into a triangle shape for the penguin’s beak (don’t cut the fold). Glue beak and googly eyes onto the penguin. Apply glue to the penguin’s belly and sprinkle with glitter.

And Remember: Reading for pleasure is the most important indicator of the future success of a child. Happy reading!

PS If you have a favourite Christmas book or Christmas rhyme you would like to share, I would love to hear from you.

boy-christmas-reading


Karen

Author: Karen

I completed my tertiary qualification in Library and Information Studies in 1991 and began my career as a Librarian at the Supreme Court Law Library in 1992. Later that same year, I took a position as a Reference Librarian at the Perth Public Library and have been working in public libraries ever since. I have become very interested in the importance of early literacy and the significant relationship between reading for pleasure and the future success of a child.

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  1. Beautifully written Karen.

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