Christmas, Remembered by Tomie de Paola

Tomorrow: my annual roundup of the best picture books of 2013! TITLE: Christmas Remembered AUTHOR + ILLUSTRATOR: Tomie dePaola PUBLISHED BY: Puffin/Putnam, 2006 In the first of 10 stories about Christmas in Tomie DePaola’s Christmas, Remembered, he tells us of the first Christmas he remembers: the Christmas of the miraculous fireplace. When he was three…


A Small Nativity by Aquiles Nazoa and Ana Palmero Caceres

TITLE: A Small Nativity AUTHOR: Aquiles Nazoa ILLUSTRATOR: Ana Palmero Caceres PUBLISHED BY: Groundwood Books Nazoa, a winner of the Venezuelan National prize for Journalism, created this little poem about the birth of Christ. Embellishing tradition somewhat, he brought the figures of Mary and Joseph into the culture and context of Venezuela. His poem captured…


Mary Mother of Jesus by Mary Joslin and Alison Wisenfeld

TITLE: Mary, Mother of Jesus AUTHOR: Mary Joslin ILLUSTRATOR: Alison Wisenfeld PUBLISHED BY: Loyola Mary Joslin is perhaps the second best (second to Tomie dePaola) children’s book author dealing with religious subjects.  She is a fine writer, and never makes her stories too didactic — rather they are filled with life and character.  In this beautiful book illustrating the life…

Mary The Mother of Jesus

Mary: The Mother of Jesus by Tomie de Paola

TITLE: Mary: The Mother of Jesus AUTHOR + ILLUSTRATOR: Tomie De Paola PUBLISHED BY: Holiday House, 1995 In anticipation of the feast of the Immaculate Conception, let’s focus on Mary.  This is, by far, the most remarkable, beautiful, moving, joyful, present picture book dealing with the life of Mary that I have ever seen.  It breaks my heart…


Saint Nicholas Books

TITLE: Saint Nicholas: The Story of the Real Santa Claus AUTHOR: Mary Joslin ILLUSTRATOR: Helen Cann PUBLISHED BY: Pauline Books Just in time for St. Nick’s Day, here’s a lovely retelling of the legend of Saint Nicholas, who becomes, of course, Santa Claus. This one, I love, because of the vibrant immediacy of the story, and the lovely illustrations….


The Story of Christmas by Barbara Cooney and Loretta Krupinski

 TITLE: The Story of Christmas AUTHOR: Barbara Cooney ILLUSTRATOR: Loretta Krupinski PUBLISHED BY: Harper Collins, 1995 Well, as long as we are talking about Barbara Cooney (who, I am discovering, had quite the Christmas Book repertoire), I thought I’d like to bring to your attention her The Story of Christmas.  Originally, she wrote and illustrated this book (though, I understand, it…


A Christmas Like Helen’s by Natalie Kinsey Warnock and Mary Azarian

TITLE: A Christmas Like Helen’s AUTHOR: Natalie Kinsey Warnock ILLUSTRATOR: Mary Azarian PUBLISHED BY: Houghton Mifflin A Christmas Like Helen’s tells of  the late-1800′s farm Christmas in Vermont of Kinsey-Warnock’s grandmother Helen. Firmly rooted in the tradition of their ancestors, Helen’s family stories by the stove of those who have come before: grandfather’s 6 week journey…