The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson

Teachers are famous for visiting the library on the first Monday of December to check out holiday and winter books. The first-grade teachers will check out books about St. Lucia's Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and Hanukkah. I display holiday books and book talk from the holiday displays, but my students tend not to check out holiday books. I'm not sure why. Well, the first teacher or student who looks at the holiday display tomorrow morning will hear about Lauren Thompson's The Christmas Magic. We will take a picture walk. I'll spend most of our time together raving about Caldecott Honor recipient Jon J. Muth's soothing pastel and watercolor illustrations. If I'm talking to a teacher, I will share descriptive passages he could use in a future writing lesson. If the child or teacher is not in a hurry, we will walk over to the nearest computer to watch its short book trailer.

Borrow The Christmas Magic from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops.


  1. This book sounds wonderful! I am doing a read-aloud at a bookstore on Saturday,and I am needing to find some good holiday books. I will look for a copy ASAP. Thanks for sharing! Your blog is SO helpful!

  2. Mrs. Alaniz -- I hope you enjoy The Christmas Magic. :)

  3. I just reserved our school's copy. I can't wait to read it. Thank you for all of your wonderful suggestions!

  4. Wow! I am so excited about reading this book and adding it to my library's collection. Thank you for all the wonderful book recs. and ideas!


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