New Books in the MERIT Children’s Collection

Get a Jump on the Holidays!

The Mayflower, by Mark Greenwood; illustrated by Frané Lessac.
First edition.
Holiday House, 2014
Summary: “The three-thousand-mile trip was crowded and dangerous, and there was trouble when the passengers settled in Plymouth for a bitter, cold winter. However, their determination was ultimately rewarded; the Pilgrims adjusted to the New England climate thanks to help from local Native Americans and soon celebrated their first harvest in the New World.”—Amazon
PreK-12 F 68 .G795 2014

Frankenstein’s Fright Before Christmas, story & pictures by Ludworst Bemonster.
1st ed.
Feiwel and Friends, 2014
Summary: This parody of “The Night before Christmas” sees Santa visiting the castle of Miss Devel where a very excited Frankenstein and his monster friends live.
PreK-12 PZ 3 .B4239 Fr 2014

And Then Comes Christmas, by Tom Brenner; illustrated by Jana Christy.
First edition.
Candlewick Press, 2014
Summary: A story to celebrate the signs of the approaching season–from icicles clinging to roofs and houses strung with colorful lights to visiting Santa and hunting for the perfect tree.
PreK-12 PZ 3 .B75626 And 2014

The Animals’ Santa, by Jan Brett, author and illustrator.
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group, 2014
Summary: In northern Canada a rabbit named Little Snow is celebrating his first Christmas, and after all the forest animals tell him about the animals’ Santa, he is excited to wake up on Christmas morning to find his own surprise.
PreK-12 PZ 3 .B7567 Ani 2014

A Christmas Wish for Corduroy, story by B. G. Hennessy ; pictures by Jody Wheeler ; based on the characters created by Don Freeman.
Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group, 2014
Summary: A teddy bear in the toy department of a big store receives a new name and a new home from Santa.
PreK-12 PZ 3 .H391 Chr 2014

The Last Christmas Tree, by Stephen Krensky; illustrated by Pascal Campion.
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2014
Summary: An eager little Christmas tree, not very tall or well-shaped, is the last on the lot but when it seems all hope of being covered with lights and ornaments is lost, a special person comes to take him home.
PreK-12 PZ 3 .K876 Las 2014

Star Bright: A Christmas Story, by Alison McGhee and Peter H. Reynolds.
First edition.
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014
Summary: What can a small angel give a most important baby? A Christmas story about the greatest gift of all.
PreK-12 PZ 3 .M47852 St 2014

Beautiful Yetta’s Hanukkah Kitten, by Daniel Pinkwater; illustrated by Jill Pinkwater.
First edition.
Feiwel and Friends, 2014
Summary: Huddling with her parrot friends in a warm nest atop a street light as the winter begins, Yetta the Yiddish chicken discovers a stray kitten and must find it a safe home when her parrot friends are reluctant to adopt it.
PreK-12 PZ 3 .P6335 Beu 2014

‘Twas Nochebuena, by Roseanne Greenfield Thong; illustrated by Sara Palacios.
Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group, 2014
Summary: Explores Latin American traditions for celebrating Christmas Eve in a text that combines English and Spanish words and follows the rhythm of Clement Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas”.
PreK-12 PZ 3 .T388 Tw 2014

Here Comes Santa Cat, by Deborah Underwood; pictures by Claudia Rueda.
Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group, 2014
Summary: Cat wants off Santa’s naughty list and makes several valiant attempts, but this ‘being nice’ business is trickier than he thought.
PreK-12 PZ 3 .U4193 Her 2014

Honeyky Hanukah, by Woody Guthrie; pictures by Dave Horowitz.
With compact disc
First edition.
Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 2014
Summary: A family celebrates Hanukkah with latkes, hugs, kisses, and dancing.
PreK-12 PZ8. 3 .G97 Ho 2014