Daily Archives: December 23, 2007

SMART LIST #9: Stories for the Season

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Falling asleep under a book next to a lit-up Christmas tree has to be one of the best things about this time of year.

What you need:
1) a quiet house, midafternoon
2) a cat
3) a beverage
4) a small plate of cookies
5) 3-4 books, stacked, within reaching distance

The number of times I manage to do this over Christmas is a pretty good measure of how perfect the holiday was. I think I’d better get started today. Here are some books I revisit each year – some old, some new, just right for this sort of delightful laziness:

Stories for the Season

An Elk Dropped In – Andreas Steinhofel

The Polar Express – Chris Van Allsburg

A Wish for Wings that Work – Berkeley Breathed

The Snowman – Raymond Briggs

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey – Susan Wojciechowski

A Child’s Christmas in Wales – Dylan Thomas

The Box of Delights – John Masefield

The Christmas Orange – Don Gilmour

The Best Christmas Ever – Chih-Yuan Chen

Bear Stays Up For Christmas – Karma Wilson

Merry Christmas, Merry Crow – Kathi Appelt

Snow – Uri Shulevitz

Little Tree – e e cummings

Three French Hens – Margie Palatini

Wenceslas – Geraldine Mccaughrean

Time for cookies and a nap.