Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Great Books You Should Really Read!

One of my all time favorite Christmas books is, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson. It is a short little chapter book that is great to read aloud to children. This book makes me laugh hysterically as well as wonder at it's deep meaning each time I read it.

The story is told from the point of view of a little girl who is participating in her church's annual Christmas pageant. However, this year there is a twist. The Herdmans, who were "absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world" showed up because they heard there was free food. This is an extremely heart warming story that is well worth taking the time to read.

Another great book I would highly recommend you read is, The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo (Because of Winn Dixie). This book is being released as a movie this holiday season, and I always recommend that children read the book before they see the movie.

Despereaux Tilling is a mouse who is different. He loves music, stories and a princess named Pea. He encounters Roscuro, a rat who lives in the darkness, but longs for a life in the light. It is also the story of Miggery Sow, a serving girl with a simple, impossible wish. The three paths cross in a dungeon, a castle and in each other's lives. As always, Kate DiCamillo writes in a style of her own and grabs your heart. It's a delightlful read for adults as well as children. My whole family (from school age to teenager and even dad) enjoyed listening to this book on a family vacation. I may have to pick it up and read it again!

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