Librarian shares Christmas book ideas

Published 3:03 pm Tuesday, December 12, 2017

By JOYANNA LOVE/Senior Staff Writer

Christmas is a time of tradition for many families.

Among with decorating and baking, some families have traditions of reading Christmas books.

Chilton/Clanton Public Library director Savannah Kitchens has suggestions for both children and adults to read this holiday season.

One of her favorites for children is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss.

“I think a lot of people focus on the movie, but the book is really delightful,” Kitchens said. “It’s such a great read-aloud. It has a great rhythm. The rhyme structure is really good.”

Kitchens said the book also holds a child’s attention span, no matter what age.

A new favorite for her is “Just right for Christmas” by Birdie Black and Rosalind Beardshaw.

She said the book was a good choice for parents to read aloud to their children.

“It’s a picture book and it’s really cute … By the end of the book, everyone has made their gift,” Kitchens said. “Everyone is happy and it is just really lovely.”

The library director said it is also important for parents to make time for themselves at Christmas. Kitchens said she enjoys books that take her to a different, happy place.

“Mr. Miracle” by Debbie Macomber has become a Christmas favorite.

“It’s kind of fluffy, but it’s fun,” Kitchens said. “It’s Christmas. I want to feel warm and fuzzy. I want to feel happy.”

She said the book is about “a romantic stranger who lives next store and goes around fixing all of the towns problems.”

Kitchens read the book for the first time this year.

Each of these titles are available at the Chilton Clanton Public Library and other local libraries through inter-library loan.