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December 2018

Special Episode #24: 24 Books of Advent Part 4

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Today’s books on the Advent theme of “Love” are:

Christmas in America by Nancy S. Grant. Crescent Books, 1991.

The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: a Christmas Story by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Lisa Brown. McSweeney’s Books, 2007.

Mince Pie and Mistletoe by Phyllis McKinley, illustrated by Harold Berson. J.B. Lippincott Company, 1959.

Come Let Us Adore Him by Robert J. Morgan. Thomas Nelson, 2005.

The Biggest, Most Beautiful Christmas Tree by Amye Rosenberg. Western Publishing Company, Inc., 1985.

The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas: an Austin family story by Madeline L’Engle, illustrated by Joe DeVelasco. Harold Shaw Publishers, 1984.

Happy holidays,


Special Episode #23: 24 Books of Advent Part 3

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Today’s books on the Advent theme “Joy” are: 

It’s Christmas, David! by David Shannon. The Blue Sky Press, 2010.

Merry Christmas Mom and Dad by Mercer Mayer. Western Publishing Company, Inc., 1993.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Janet Samuel. WorthyKids/Ideals, 2011.

The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell, illustrated by Sergio Leone. Watertower Books, 1962.

A Child is Born by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Jump at the Sun Hyperion Books for Children, 2003.

Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear! by Don and Audrey Wood. The Blue Sky Press, 2003.

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Special Episode #22: 24 Books of Advent Part 2

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Today’s books on the Christmas theme of peace are:

Santa Clauses: short poems from the North Pole by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Chuck Groenink. Carolrhoda Books, 2014.

Winter Lights: a season in poems and quilts by Anna Grossnickle Hines. Greenwillow Books, 2005.

Amazing Peace: a Christmas Poem by Maya Angelou. Random House, 2005.

A Different Kind of Christmas by Alex Haley. Doubleday, 1988.

The Christmas Day Kitten by James Herriot, illustrated by Ruth Brown. St. Martins Press, 1986.

Refuge by Anne Booth, illustrated by Sam Usher. Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015.

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Special Episode #21: 24 Books of Advent Part 1

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Today’s books:

The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R. Tolkien. George Allen & Unwin, 1976.

Santa’s Crash-Bang Christmas by Steven Kroll, illustrated by Tomie DePaola. Xerox Education Publications, 1977.

Frosty the Snow Man retold by Annie North Bedford, illustrated by Corinne Malvern. Western Publishing, Inc., 1977 (28th Printing.)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Barbara Shook Hazen, illustrated by Richard Scarry. Western Publishing, Inc., 1976.

Santa’s Toy Shop, adapted by Al Dempster, illustrations by the Walt Disney Studio. Western Publishing, Inc., 1980 (22nd Printing.)

The Polar Express, written and illustrated by Chris van Allsburg. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1985.

Other Notes:

Hay-on-Wye, Wales’s City of Books

Happy listening,


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