National Children's Book Authors Recommend Their Favorite Holiday Stories to America's Families on Verizon

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DALLAS - Looking for some great books to bring your family into the holiday spirit? Award-winning children's author Mary Brigid Barrett and Verizon asked famous authors on the Board of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance which books they suggest for the holiday season.

"The winter holiday season provides families with a rare opportunity to establish their own meaningful traditions. When adults take the time to read cherished holiday stories aloud to the children they love, lifelong memories are created," said Barrett, president of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance.

Favorite Books For Holiday Enjoyment

While the Candles Burned, Eight Stories for Hanukkah
Mary Brigid Barrett, author of the award-winning picture book, Day Care Days, suggests While the Candles Burned, Eight Stories for Hanukkah. This short story collection draws from Jewish folklore, the Talmud and the Bible, celebrating religious freedom, faith and love.

Christmas Gif and Kwanzaa
Christmas Gif by Charlemae Rollins is a favorite of Patricia and Fred McKissack. The book contains stories, songs, games and recipes from the African American tradition. They also recommend Debbie Chocolate's Kwanzaa. The McKissacks write picture and non-fiction books on Afro-American history, such as Black Hands; White Sails -The Story of Black Whalemen; Goin' Somplace Special.

A Christmas Carol
Natalie Babbitt, author of the contemporary classic, Tuck Everlasting, recommends Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol as a traditional favorite that portrays the true spirit of Christmas.

A Christmas Memory and A Child's Christmas in Wales.
The acclaimed creator of the famous "Pinkerton the Dog" books, Steven Kellogg, reads aloud A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote every year. His family also enjoys listening to an audiotape of Dylan Thomas reading aloud A Child's Christmas in Wales.

The Nativity
Multiple Newbery Award winner Katherine Paterson loves The Nativity, illustrated by Julie Vivas. Paterson is the author of award-winning novels Bridge to Terabithia and The Great Gilly Hopkins.

Other Holiday Favorites

  • Baby's First Christmas by Tomie dePaola
  • Morris's Disappearing Bag by Rosemary Wells
  • Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
  • Tree of Cranes by Allen Say
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
  • In Hanukkah! by Roni Schotter
  • Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel
  • Latkes and Applesauce by Fran Manushkin
  • Seven Candles for Kwanzaa by Andrea Davis
  • Have a Happy... by Mildred Pitts Walter

For more holiday reading suggestions, visit the "HomePages for the Holidays" section at

National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance

The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance is a not-for-profit literacy organization founded by children's book authors and illustrators. It is dedicated to getting and keeping all of our nation's children reading by making issues related to young people's literacy a priority on our national agenda. Children's author Mary Brigid Barrett serves as president of the organization.

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