Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Holiday Book Picks from the New Vic

Twas the week before Thanksgiving and all through the subways, not a parent was ready for shopping on Friday…
Here’s a great place to start brainstorming your lists! Books are a great way to encourage imagination and creative thinking, so don't forget about them during the Black Friday shopping frenzy. The New Victory staff shares their favorite holiday books that will make great gifts for anyone.

Cora Cahan's favorite holiday book
Cora Cahan, President of The New 42nd Street, suggests...
The Snowy Day written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats, a Caldecott Medal winner
"I love this book, it is absolutely lovely."

The Snowman written and illustrated by Raymond Briggs
The story about a young boy and his snowman friend who comes to life is told solely through soft, dreamy illustrations. This makes it great for lots of ages since you can tell the story as simply or as detailed as you like. (It's also been made into a beautiful animated film).
-Lilaia Kairis, Digital Services

Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe 
I read this book when I was a starving actor and I loved the incredible descriptions of food and the fall season.  Gave me a great sense of the Thanksgiving season. -Joe Giardina, Education

The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming by Lemony Snicket, Lisa Brown (Illustrator)
Who doesn't love Lemony Snicket? This book tells a hilarious story about the latke and teaches larger lessons about understanding differences between cultures. And the illustrations are great! -Jonathan Shmidt, Education

A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas -Lisa Post, Executive Vice President

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel, Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator), Caledcott Honor book
The story features the well known Yiddish figure, Hershel of Ostropol, outwitting a pack of Hanukkah goblins that are terrorizing a village during the holiday. Beautifully illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. -Shiraz Biggie, Production

Christmastime in New York City written and illustrated by Roxie Munro
-Lauren Fitzgerald, Marketing

Latkahs and Applesauce: A Hannukah Story  by Fran Manushkin, Robin Spowart (Illustrator)
The book is important to me for two reasons:
1. There aren’t too many Hannukah books out there.
2. It’s a story about being a good person, which is what really matters the most during the holidays. With the newest electronics on top of gift lists, people lose sight of what is important. Caring and compassion is the best gift you can give someone - or some animal - especially in a time of need. -Heather Levine, Ticket Services

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Who said ghost stories are only for Halloween? This is one of my favorite Christmas books.
-Katie Carroll, Digital Services 

The Polar Express written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg, Caldecott Medal winner
The first time I read it was in class when I was in first grade. When we got to the part where the kids get hot cocoa on the train our teacher gave each of us a piece of chocolate. Talk about bringing the magic alive; I felt like I was on the train about to meet Santa and the elves! -Beth Baker, Administration

Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
I like the line: “...and it shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly.” I have a small obsession with jams and jellies. -Erin Carroll, New 42 Apprentice

The Mitten written and illustrated by Jan Brett
This story is so simple and sweet. I also love...

Circle of Wonder: A Native American Christmas Story by N. Scott Momaday
He is an amazing Native American author!
-Blake McCarty, Education

and for the staff favorite...

How the Grinch Stole Christmas written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss
I love this book for a million reasons, but most of all it’s just fun to read out loud to children. -Michael Reisman, Information Technology
This book will make your heart grow three sizes! -Alexis Buatti Ramos, Marketing
How The Grinch Stole Christmas!!! -Julia Putnam, New Victory Operations

New York is chock full of welcoming bookshops to wander in, like the Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene, Crawford Doyle Booksellers on the Upper East Side, Books of Wonder near Flatiron and Housing Works Bookshop Cafe in Soho. Of course, there is always the option to shop online and avoid the crowds!

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