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Holt BYR Holiday Picks

As the holiday season approaches, our editors have pulled together a list of titles that would make fantastic gifts for children of all ages!

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The Christmas Story

From The King James Bible

The story of the birth of Christ, celebrated around the world at Christmas, is one of the most beautiful in the New Testament. From Mary’s meeting with the...

"...The story of the birth of Christ, celebrated around the world at Christmas, is one of the most beautiful in the New Testament. From Mary’s meeting with the.... The story of the birth of Christ, celebrated around the world at Christmas, is one of the most beautiful in the New Testament. From Mary’s meeting with the angel Gabriel, to the birth of baby Jesus in a stable, to the visit of shepherds and three wise men, the story is rich in imagery and symbolism. Here, in a triumph of glorious art, is..."

Gennady Spirin

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The Abominable Snow Teacher

Miss Irma Birmbaum felt funny. She looked at her hands. They had fur. So did her face. She had grown incredibly hairy. Miss Irma Birmbaum was now an...

"...The story of the birth of Christ, celebrated around the world at Christmas, is one of the most beautiful in the New Testament. From Mary’s meeting with the.... The story of the birth of Christ, celebrated around the world at Christmas, is one of the most beautiful in the New Testament. From Mary’s meeting with the angel Gabriel, to the birth of baby Jesus in a stable, to the visit of shepherds and three wise men, the story is rich in imagery and symbolism. Here, in a triumph of glorious art, is..."

Lisa Passen

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What if it starts to snow? What do you do? Where do you go? What if it starts to snow. What do you do? Where do you go?" So begins this winter story, as...

"...The story of the birth of Christ, celebrated around the world at Christmas, is one of the most beautiful in the New Testament. From Mary’s meeting with the.... The story of the birth of Christ, celebrated around the world at Christmas, is one of the most beautiful in the New Testament. From Mary’s meeting with the angel Gabriel, to the birth of baby Jesus in a stable, to the visit of shepherds and three wise men, the story is rich in imagery and symbolism. Here, in a triumph of glorious art, is..."

By Phillis Gershator and Martin Matje

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In the Snow

A simple introduction to Chinese character writing. It's a wonderful day for a walk in the snow. Using snow as her canvas, Xiao Ming's mother teaches her...

"...The story of the birth of Christ, celebrated around the world at Christmas, is one of the most beautiful in the New Testament. From Mary’s meeting with the.... The story of the birth of Christ, celebrated around the world at Christmas, is one of the most beautiful in the New Testament. From Mary’s meeting with the angel Gabriel, to the birth of baby Jesus in a stable, to the visit of shepherds and three wise men, the story is rich in imagery and symbolism. Here, in a triumph of glorious art, is..."

Huy Voun Lee

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Tracks in the Snow

Tracks in the snow. Tracks in the snow. Who made the tracks? Where do they go? There's a mysterious set of tracks through the snow, but who do they...

"...The story of the birth of Christ, celebrated around the world at Christmas, is one of the most beautiful in the New Testament. From Mary’s meeting with the.... The story of the birth of Christ, celebrated around the world at Christmas, is one of the most beautiful in the New Testament. From Mary’s meeting with the angel Gabriel, to the birth of baby Jesus in a stable, to the visit of shepherds and three wise men, the story is rich in imagery and symbolism. Here, in a triumph of glorious art, is..."

Wong Herbert Yee Wong Herbert Yee

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Snow Ponies

Magical ponies create the first snowfall of winter On a cold, gray day, Old Man Winter leads his snow ponies outside. "Are you ready?" he asks. Yes! Faster...

"...Magical ponies create the first snowfall of winter On a cold, gray day, Old Man Winter leads his snow ponies outside. "Are you ready?" he asks. Yes! Faster.... Magical ponies create the first snowfall of winter On a cold, gray day, Old Man Winter leads his snow ponies outside. "Are you ready?" he asks. Yes! Faster and faster the ponies gallop. Everything they touch turns white with snow as they bring winter to the forest and field. At last the ponies tire, and Old Man Winter settles them down f..."

By Cynthia Cotten and Jason Cockcroft

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Footprints in the Snow

Wolf is feeling offended and indignant: All the wolves he’s ever read about are nasty, scary, and greedy! To set the record straight he decides to write a...

"...Wolf is feeling offended and indignant: All the wolves he’s ever read about are nasty, scary, and greedy! To set the record straight he decides to write a.... Wolf is feeling offended and indignant: All the wolves he’s ever read about are nasty, scary, and greedy! To set the record straight he decides to write a story about a nice wolf. But will his wolfish instincts get the better of him after all?   Author/illustrator Mei Matsuoka's simple yet sophisticated art imbues Wolf's story of searchin..."

Mei Matsuoka

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My First Kwanzaa

A simple way to get acquainted with Kwanzaa "Hooray! Hooray! It's time to get ready for Kwanzaa." During the seven days of Kwanzaa we celebrate the...

"...Wolf is feeling offended and indignant: All the wolves he’s ever read about are nasty, scary, and greedy! To set the record straight he decides to write a.... Wolf is feeling offended and indignant: All the wolves he’s ever read about are nasty, scary, and greedy! To set the record straight he decides to write a story about a nice wolf. But will his wolfish instincts get the better of him after all?   Author/illustrator Mei Matsuoka's simple yet sophisticated art imbues Wolf's story of searchin..."

Karen Katz Karen Katz

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The Perfect Thanksgiving

"Our smoke alarm is wailing. Our turkey, burnt as toast. Dad spills the gravy down his shirt- a less-than-perfect host". Enter two families who couldn't...

"...Wolf is feeling offended and indignant: All the wolves he’s ever read about are nasty, scary, and greedy! To set the record straight he decides to write a.... Wolf is feeling offended and indignant: All the wolves he’s ever read about are nasty, scary, and greedy! To set the record straight he decides to write a story about a nice wolf. But will his wolfish instincts get the better of him after all?   Author/illustrator Mei Matsuoka's simple yet sophisticated art imbues Wolf's story of searchin..."

By Eileen Spinelli and JoAnn Adinolfi

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Thanksgiving

The True Story

Every year on the fourth Thursday of November, Americans celebrate with a Thanksgiving meal. But what is the origin of this tradition? Did it really begin when...

"...Wolf is feeling offended and indignant: All the wolves he’s ever read about are nasty, scary, and greedy! To set the record straight he decides to write a.... Wolf is feeling offended and indignant: All the wolves he’s ever read about are nasty, scary, and greedy! To set the record straight he decides to write a story about a nice wolf. But will his wolfish instincts get the better of him after all?   Author/illustrator Mei Matsuoka's simple yet sophisticated art imbues Wolf's story of searchin..."

Penny Colman Penny Colman

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Shall I Knit You a Hat?

A Christmas Yarn

A delightful tale of holiday giving.

"...Wolf is feeling offended and indignant: All the wolves he’s ever read about are nasty, scary, and greedy! To set the record straight he decides to write a.... Wolf is feeling offended and indignant: All the wolves he’s ever read about are nasty, scary, and greedy! To set the record straight he decides to write a story about a nice wolf. But will his wolfish instincts get the better of him after all?   Author/illustrator Mei Matsuoka's simple yet sophisticated art imbues Wolf's story of searchin..."

By Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise

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My First Ramadan

Look! There is the new moon in the sky. It’s time for Ramadan to begin. Follow along with one young boy as he observes the Muslim holy month with his...

"...Look! There is the new moon in the sky. It’s time for Ramadan to begin. Follow along with one young boy as he observes the Muslim holy month with his.... Look! There is the new moon in the sky. It’s time for Ramadan to begin. Follow along with one young boy as he observes the Muslim holy month with his family. This year, the narrator is finally old enough to fast, and readers of all ages will be interested as he shares his experiences of this special holiday.. ..."

Karen Katz Karen Katz

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Duck Skates

Come play in the snow with these five fun-loving ducks! It’s snowing! Five little ducks can’t wait to go out and play. They pull on their bright new...

"...Come play in the snow with these five fun-loving ducks! It’s snowing! Five little ducks can’t wait to go out and play. They pull on their bright new.... Come play in the snow with these five fun-loving ducks! It’s snowing! Five little ducks can’t wait to go out and play. They pull on their bright new boots and race outside for a day of snowballs and skating. When evening comes, the tired ducklings are happy to find the perfect toasty ending to their busy day. From the first sprinkle of snowflak..."

By Lynne Berry and Hiroe Nakata

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Cat in the Manger

A moving retelling of the Christmas story as seen through the eyes of one little cat "Everything was silent. It was as if all the animals held their breath....

"...A moving retelling of the Christmas story as seen through the eyes of one little cat "Everything was silent. It was as if all the animals held their breath..... A moving retelling of the Christmas story as seen through the eyes of one little cat "Everything was silent. It was as if all the animals held their breath. We looked at the baby, and the baby looked at us." A long time ago in a faraway land, a cat lived in a barn. He had to share it with the other animals: cows and goats, chickens and ..."

Michael Foreman

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The First Day of Winter

A cozy, cumulative book to warm a cold winter day Alive with swirling snow and lots of outdoor fun, the first ten days of winter bring special gifts...

"...A cozy, cumulative book to warm a cold winter day Alive with swirling snow and lots of outdoor fun, the first ten days of winter bring special gifts.... A cozy, cumulative book to warm a cold winter day Alive with swirling snow and lots of outdoor fun, the first ten days of winter bring special gifts for a special friend. This cumulative tale will have children chanting along as they discover all the trimmings needed for the most perfect snowman ever!. “Fleming’s pulp paintings are a celebrati..."

Denise Fleming Denise Fleming

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Even during a blizzard, there’s no place better than Granny’s house for Christmas.

"...A cozy, cumulative book to warm a cold winter day Alive with swirling snow and lots of outdoor fun, the first ten days of winter bring special gifts.... A cozy, cumulative book to warm a cold winter day Alive with swirling snow and lots of outdoor fun, the first ten days of winter bring special gifts for a special friend. This cumulative tale will have children chanting along as they discover all the trimmings needed for the most perfect snowman ever!. “Fleming’s pulp paintings are a celebrati..."

By Barbara Joosse and Betsy Lewin

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Alexandra's Scroll

The Story of the First Hanukkah

A young girl’s account of life in Jerusalem in 165 B.C. When the hated Syrian-Greek king fills ancient Jerusalem with statues of Greek gods and...

"...A cozy, cumulative book to warm a cold winter day Alive with swirling snow and lots of outdoor fun, the first ten days of winter bring special gifts.... A cozy, cumulative book to warm a cold winter day Alive with swirling snow and lots of outdoor fun, the first ten days of winter bring special gifts for a special friend. This cumulative tale will have children chanting along as they discover all the trimmings needed for the most perfect snowman ever!. “Fleming’s pulp paintings are a celebrati..."

By Miriam Chaikin and Stephen Fieser

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The Way Meat Loves Salt

A Cinderella Tale from the Jewish Tradition

Many years ago in Poland, there lived a rabbi who had a wife and three daughters. One day, the rabbi asks his children a powerful question: "How much do you...

"...Many years ago in Poland, there lived a rabbi who had a wife and three daughters. One day, the rabbi asks his children a powerful question: "How much do you.... Many years ago in Poland, there lived a rabbi who had a wife and three daughters. One day, the rabbi asks his children a powerful question: "How much do you love me?" His older daughters profess their love in gold and diamonds, but his youngest daughter, Mireleh, declares she loves her father the way meat loves salt. For this remark, sh..."

By Nina Jaffe and Louise August

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The Doll with the Yellow Star

A tender story about the power of love in the face of loss Nine-year-old Claudine doesn’t want to leave her much-loved home in France to go live in...

"...A tender story about the power of love in the face of loss Nine-year-old Claudine doesn’t want to leave her much-loved home in France to go live in.... A tender story about the power of love in the face of loss Nine-year-old Claudine doesn’t want to leave her much-loved home in France to go live in America, not without her parents. But she knows about the shortages, about the yellow stars Jews must wear, and about Adolf Hitler. And she knows that there are some things she needs to do even when ..."

By Yona Zeldis McDonough and Kimberly Bulcken Root

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Runaway Dreidel!

A magical dreidel adventure.

"...A tender story about the power of love in the face of loss Nine-year-old Claudine doesn’t want to leave her much-loved home in France to go live in.... A tender story about the power of love in the face of loss Nine-year-old Claudine doesn’t want to leave her much-loved home in France to go live in America, not without her parents. But she knows about the shortages, about the yellow stars Jews must wear, and about Adolf Hitler. And she knows that there are some things she needs to do even when ..."

By Lesléa Newman and Kyrsten Brooker

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My First Chinese New Year

Hooray! Hooray! Soon it will be Chinese New Year. A fun and colorful way to introduce the Chinese New Year to young readers Chinese New Year is a...

"...Hooray! Hooray! Soon it will be Chinese New Year. A fun and colorful way to introduce the Chinese New Year to young readers Chinese New Year is a.... Hooray! Hooray! Soon it will be Chinese New Year. A fun and colorful way to introduce the Chinese New Year to young readers Chinese New Year is a time of new beginnings. Follow one little girl as she learns how to welcome the coming year and experience all the festivities surrounding it. This warm and lively introduction to a special holiday will ..."

Karen Katz Karen Katz

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This Is the Stable

A gorgeous, poetic new version of the Nativity story.

"...A gorgeous, poetic new version of the Nativity story.. Wondrous things are happening in the stable. The animals are gathering. Shepherds and wise men and angels are coming from afar. All of them are flocking to see the Christ child, born this night in Bethlehem.. “This lovely picture book combines beautiful artwork and a seamless, thoughtful ‘The house that Jack’ built style to tell the story of the Nativity. The rhyme is sweet but never forced. . . . A gentle, comforting selection.”—School Li..."

By Cynthia Cotten and Delana Bettoli

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