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Christmas reads for kids and teens


By LINDA YOUMANS Soon, you will hear Santa and his reindeer landing on your rooftop.


However, what happens if he never comes? Unexpected results await Santa Claus, who, tired of delivering


toys, decides to retire to a tropical island in “Santa Retires” by David Biedrzycki.


“The Night before a Canadian Christmas” by Troy Townsin shows readers the Canadian way of celebrating.Can you imagine sleep- ing through Christmas? Well, in “Bear Stays Up” by Karma Wilson, Bear’s friends wake him up the day before Christmas and keep him awake by singing carols and baking fruitcake. In Sandra Boynton’s latest book, “Christmas Parade,” join the loud, long line of musical animals marching down the street. Decorating is fun for a family of mice in “Deck the Halls,” a board book for babies and toddlers illustrated by Veronica Vasylenko. Fans of the Mr. Men series by Roger Hargreaves, should check


out “12 Days of Christmas,” in which Mr. Muddle, who always gets the date of Christmas muddled up, has a foolproof plan to remember this year.


Snuggle up out of the cold with Judy Moody & Stink’s latest com- edy called “The Holly Joliday” by Megan MacDonald. School-aged kids will see the true meaning of Christmas in “The


Twenty-Four Days before Christmas” by Madeleine L’Engle. Vicky shares with readers her angel role in the Christmas pageant and her prayers that her pregnant mother will not be in the hospital for Christmas.


Dreams of candy canes will dance in teen’s heads as they read “Ex-mas: A Love/Hate Story” by Kath Brian. When Cooper, Lila Beckwith’s little brother, takes off on a runaway mission to save Santa and the North Pole from global warming, she has to save him before her parents come back from vacation. Christmas would not be complete without making some won- derful presents for your family.For craft ideas, check out “Christmas Crafts” by Jean Eick.You’ll find directions for making all sorts of delightful stocking stuffers too! Merry Christmas from the staff of the Okanagan Regional Library System! Linda Y


oumans is youth collections/system librarian with Okanagan Regional Library.


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