Principal's Pick - December
The Polar Express, written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg, is one of my very favorite books of all time. I can remember my dad reading my brother and I this book when we were young children and the sense of magic and wonder that filled me. I loved to imagine how it would be to have a train waiting outside my house to take me on an adventure to the North Pole. The journey that follows is one that is heart-warming and filled with the magic and wonder of the season. Bells at Christmas always remind me of this book and how lovely it is when we can believe in magic. While the book has since been turned into a movie, I truly feel in the holiday spirit once I have read this book. It is a good to the soul book that is a part of my holiday tradition.
You can check this book out of our school library to enjoy. You can find a wonderful version of the book on YouTube read by Liam Neeson—
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss, is another one of my very favorite books—especially around Christmas time! This is another book that I can remember my dad reading to us as kids. He used to make silly voices and I would wonder what it would be like to be a Who.
For me, this story has always highlighted some of the things that are most important at Christmas. It reminds the reader that "maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more" than just presents and feasting. As the Grinch’s heart grows, so does the readers remembering that Christmas is about being with those who make your world a little brighter, forgiveness, acceptance, sharing what you have, unconditional love and spending time with those you love.
You can check this book out of our school library to enjoy. You can also find a read-a-long version on YouTube to enjoy— https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04_gGu3-_1w