Strap yourself in. It’s time for my “new and favorite Christmas/Hanukkah books” post. Christmas and Hanukkah books are my favorite type of holiday books, and every year brings terrific new titles.
When I look for new Hanukkah books, I’m drawn to stories that place Hanukkah within the story, rather than a “this is what we do during Hanukkah” book. We have many excellent books that show families preparing for and enjoying the holiday so I’m more apt to buy a Hanukkah book if it offers something different. (more…)
Fairy tales are no longer just for children. From the Brothers Grimm dark and gruesome plots to Disney movies featuring evil spells, many of these tales also appeal to older readers. Here are some tales from the young adult collection that have gotten a makeover.
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Inspired by the classic fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Crimson Bound” traces the efforts of reckless magical apprentice Rachelle to protect the king’s bastard son and save her world from the threat of eternal darkness.
Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl
Rather than marry a cruel king or a seemingly dim-witted prince, an enchanted goose girl endures imprisonment, capture by several ogresses and other dangers before learning exactly who she is.
Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
The first book in the series is Cinder, a futuristic take on the Cinderella story in which a plague ravages the overcrowded Earth. Observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world.
Dark Shimmer by Donna Jo Napoli
This retelling of Snow White from the evil step mother’s point of view features 15-year-old Dolce, who grows up on islands in a Venetian lagoon where she learns how to make mirrors. When her mother dies she is taken in by a widower and his daughter while she secretly continues making mirrors but slowly goes mad from mercury poisoning.
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
After a werewolf killed their grandmother and almost killed them, Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the beasts that prey on teenaged girls. The sisters learn how to lure the werewolves with red cloaks and occasionally enlist the help of their old friend, Silas, the woodsman’s son.
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
The tale of Sleeping Beauty and the dark tale of the Holocaust are twined together in a story of darkness and redemption.
∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library
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The Fauquier County Public Library will discuss the following books during the month of December. Visit our Reading Page for more information on our adult book programs. Book clubs are a great way to share your love of reading! Please join us; new members are always welcome! (more…)
With the calendar turning to December, we are full-speed ahead for Christmas and Hanukkah. If pies are the quintessential treat for Thanksgiving, then cookies are probably the same for Christmas. To celebrate National Cookie Day (December 4), here are some tasty titles to devour while you’re waiting for the cookies to bake:
One of the universal aspects of Christmas is leaving treats for Santa Claus/Father Christmas/Babbo Natale/Ded Moroz/etc). A World of Cookies for Santa: Follow Santa’s Tasty Trip Around the World is a darling introduction to the various treats left for Santa in many countries. Santa may enjoy milk and cookies in the States, but he won’t turn down pudding in Denmark or mincemeat pie (and Guinness) in Ireland! (more…)
Let’s wrap up Picture Book Month with these fabulous picture books for elementary school students.
I adore Big Red Lollipop. It’s an endearing tale of sibling rivalry in an East Asian (author Rukhsana Khan immigrated to Canada from Pakistan when she was 3) family. (more…)
Veterans Day has passed, but Fauquier County Public Library honors veterans during the entire month of November through a visual tribute of photos posted at all library locations.
If you have family members who served our country, you may be interested in researching their service. Start by asking these questions: (more…)
With just days until we celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s take a look at some top-notch children’s books about the big day.
For a historical take on the festivities, 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving is a fascinating look at the actual events of the first Thanksgiving. At just under 50 pages, this is an accessible read for both independent readers and adults who want a basic (re)introduction to the 1621 observance. (more…)
Each year the library honors local veterans by displaying photographs that have been shared by friends and family. The photo collage gives us a glimpse into their stories and a chance to pay tribute to their service.
If you’d like to read books that touch on military life and the bravery and sacrifice made by veterans, check out these recommendations from the young adult and juvenile collection. (more…)
Fall is the perfect time for snuggling up together and enjoying a great book. If your Thanksgiving plans involve some quiet time for reading, check out these recommend fall/Thanksgiving titles from Warrenton Youth Services staff. (more…)
Although I understand that parents, grandparents and other family members and friends can’t wait to share their beloved novels from childhood (I can’t wait until I can share “Charlotte’s Web” and many, many other chapter books with my three-year-old niece when she is older), don’t be too quick to cast away picture books past the kindergarten stage. There are many hilarious, poignant and gorgeous picture books that preschoolers and kindergarten students would not enjoy and/or understand because the vocabulary in these sophisticated picture books is more advanced than the words you would find in beginning chapter books (and certainly beginning readers, which have controlled vocabulary). (more…)