Here's an imaginary story of a kid who lives in the White House. His name is Archie Roosevelt, and his dad is President Teddy Roosevelt. He and his siblings find a treasure map that takes them on an adventure through the White House to a treasure they will never forget!
This is a short book (only 96 pages) where the two sons of Abraham Lincoln (Willie and Tad) tell stories of their experiences with their dad. Well, really, Rosemary Wells is the author, who pretends that she is those boys telling their stories, with some history thrown in.
Here is another short one, but this has an interesting twist. Lindsey goes on a trip with her family to a Civil War reenactment. She is bored and starts to talk to a kid dressed up in the clothes they would have worn back then. she doesn't know that she is talking to the ghost of Willie Lincoln, who takes her on a trip back in time to when he lived.
Oh, no, it's another ghost story! This one is about KayKay Granger, who finds out that there are ghosts in the White House. She plays a trick on her mother, the president of the United States! And that means big trouble!
The Time Warp Trio are whisked away from home on Christmas Eve and end up with the future President of the United States - George Washington. It is the night before the famous crossing of the Delaware River. If it weren't for Fred, Joe, and Samantha (and her cat), George Washington and his men might never have crossed the river and history would not be the same. If you haven't read any of the Time Warp Trio, try this short, illustrated and funny "fractured" history book!
You know the saying about how “it takes a village to raise a child”? Well, that is exactly this story. When a large baby in a large basket is left on the steps of the St. Valentine village hall, the villagers decide that she will belong to all of them and they name her Valentine.
New Year’s is a time to celebrate in the United States and in other places around the world too! On New Year’s Eve in the U.S., many people stay up until midnight to ring in the first day of the New Year with noisemakers and fireworks. Many watch the Times Square Ball drop down the flagpole in New York at exactly midnight. The ball drop is a tradition that has been around since 1907!
A popular song sung on New Year’s in many English speaking countries is Auld Lang Syne. Read on to see how other countries around the globe celebrate this special holiday.
New Year’s is the biggest celebration in Japan. Here people clean their homes, send postcards to friends and family members, prepare huge dinners, and visit local shrines on New Year's. On these occasions, Buddhist temples ring their bells 108 times to drive away evil spirits.
Greenlanders celebrate New Year’s twice. At 8pm they shoot off fireworks and eat a big meal because at this time it is midnight in Denmark. They repeat these festivities four hours later when it is actually midnight in Greenland. They observe the holiday twice to honor the two countries’ shared history and relationship.
In Ukraine, New Year’s Eve is like Christmas in the United States. On this night, children receive presents from Grandpa Frost, who leaves them under their trees, just like Santa Claus!
New Years' festivities often take place in April in Sri Lanka. At this time people participate in all kinds of activities ranging from pillow fights to cycle races. At the end of the old year all fires are extinguished. These are then relit when the new year begins.
In France it is a tradition to give flowers to family members older than you on New Year’s Day.
What would a list of Christmas books be without How the Grinch Stole Christmas? In this story the Grinch, a real grumpy creature, sets his mind to ruining Christmas for all the Whos in Whoville. He makes a plan to steal every bit of Christmas from their village from their ornaments and presents to their roast beast to their holiday feast, down to the very last crumb. He is surprised to find that their spirits are still high on Christmas morning and has to ask himself what the holiday is really all about.
In this wordless story, a girl asks Santa for some new friends for Christmas and is delighted with what she finds under the tree. Her gifts include a cat, a dog, and a pony. The girl and her three friends have a wonderful time sledding, having a snowball fight, making cookies, and snuggling and she realizes they are the best Christmas gifts ever.
Told in funny rhymes, Stick Man is the story of a stick who becomes separated from his stick family by a series of events. First he is stolen by a dog playing fetch, then a swan uses Stick Man to build her nest, then a kid uses Stick Man as an arm for his snowman. Stick Man feels hopelessly lost until a certain man in a red suit with a bunch of reindeer rescues him and helps him to find his family again.
Have you ever wondered what Mrs. Claus does while Santa is busy delivering presents? This story has some good ideas. She might host a Jingle Bell Ball or develop new products like broccoli candy canes and supersized stockings. Or maybe she works on Christmas tree farms on the moon! You’ll have to read it to see.
This book is about a tree in the forest that wants to become a Christmas tree more than anything. When he isn’t chosen to be taken home by any family, his animal friends from the woods decide to decorate him instead, showing him how much they appreciate the shelter, food, and warmth he provides for them. This story has some beautiful pictures so check it out!
This is the story of a stranger who arrives at a house one cold night, asking for shelter and warmth. He is welcomed in by a mother and her five children, who barely have enough to eat for themselves. The stranger compliments their beautiful menorah but the children disagree , saying it is not splendid since it is made only from potatoes. In the morning there are special surprises waiting for them, though the stranger is nowhere in sight.
Once in a faraway village there was nearly a year without Hanukkah because the earth was too dry, and the trees could grow no olives to make olive oil to light their menorahs. Hayim, the poorest man in the village, decided to write a letter to the Almighty, though many of the other villagers called him foolish for this idea. The letter is carried by the wind to a merchant far away who delivers oil to the village. After a terrible misunderstanding is straightened out, Hanukkah is celebrated and there is never another year without olives or oil.
In this story two devils are flying over the town of Brisk one night when they spot some menorahs in the house windows. They decide to play some pranks on the villagers, causing their dreidels to sprout arms and legs, their latkes to rise out of the pan and sail around the room, and candles to explode like fireworks. The townspeople all go to visit the Rabbi who surprises the villagers with his reaction. Instead of cursing the devils he tricks them into giving them coins and then into transforming into cockroaches, saving Hanukkah from their evil.
Do you have a favorite holiday story not on this list? Please share it in the comments!
Tonight, December 4th, marks the annual Lagniappe (lahn-yap) celebration in Olde Town Arvada. A lagniappe is a small gift that is given to a customer at the time of purchase. Head down to Olde Town and join in as local business owners thank patrons with small gifts of appreciation such as hot chocolate and cookies.
The Mayor will begin the festivities by lighting the Tree in Town Square. Olde Town will glow with holiday lights, carolers will sing traditional holiday songs, and Santa will be waiting to meet young children and listen to the Holiday wishes! To get more information visit the Historic Olde Town Arvada website.
And what happens right after we eat way too much on this happy, family holiday? Hmm, perhaps we need to take a look at different ways to work off that big meal. Besides driving immediately to the nearest park to kick the soccer ball around, here are some suggestions from the library: