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December Book Talk Videos!

The weather outside isn’t frightful just yet, but there are plenty of reminders that the holidays (and the winter break) are right around the corner. Before writing up my holiday shopping list, I turned to Alison’s December Video Book Talks to see what I might need to pick up for the kids and families in my life.

Make a Wish Bear has the cozy feel I associate with winter—and I can imagine sitting down with my nephew and his teddy bear to try out our own special tricks to make a wish come true. One thing I don’t think I’ll ever grow out of is the appeal of a snow day. Snow Day for Mouse gave me some ideas for celebrating my own snow day (if one comes this year!). I’ve always been drawn to fairy tale retellings and I can think of a few kids who would love the idea of a Sleeping Beauty story starring a kitten. Sleeping Bootsie will enchant them and make for some wonderful conversations about the original fairy tale.

For the older kids on my list, Alison has some great ideas. Finding Zasha and Saving Zasha provide an intriguing look at little-known World War II history—and the fact that they’re also suspenseful animal novels means I can hand them to both the nonfiction readers and the animal lovers on my list! Finally, her talk about Wonder not only brought a tear to my eye but also made me think this is the book to give to every family and teacher I know. (If you missed our blog post about the book, take a moment to read it here.)

Thanks for making my holiday gift list a little bit easier to pull together, Alison!

If you’ve read any of the books that Alison has done Video Book Talks for, let us know what you think! You can reach us at: videobooktalks@scholastic.com


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December 3, 2012