You can't escape children's writers this time of year. Schultz' A Charlie Brown Christmas
and Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
are TV staples and every year, a new child-themed holiday movie appears. This year, DiMarco's War Horse
and Hugo (
adapted from Brian Selznick's book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret
) are also playing on the big screen. Then there's the hot books, print and digital, perfect gifts for young readers. If you haven't found the right picture book, a good place to start is the 2011 Caldecott winner: A Sick Day for Amos McGee
by Erin and Philip Stead; for middle graders, the 2011 Newberry winner: Moon Over Manifest
by Clare Vanderpool; or for young adults, the 2011 Printz winner: Ship Breaker
by Paolo Bacigalupi.
By Saturday, no matter what holiday you celebrate, I hope the gifts are nestled under the tree or around the menorah and you're sipping a warm drink and laughing with loved ones. We're visiting family and friends through Christmas eve and starting Christmas day in a small town church where we'll seek the spirit of the season.
Here are pics my husband snapped this week.