In the library in December I told lots of Christmas stories and we sang some Christmas songs. I really enjoyed selecting my books for this session, my criteria were good storytelling, beautiful artwork and humor. All the children enjoyed the books especially the funny ones which are included below. I will be using these books for inspiration for writing my next children’s play for LOOK OUT! Theatre Company which will be ready for Christmas 2013.
Santa’s Stuck by Rhonda Gowler Greene illustrated by Henry Cole. One snack too many lands Santa in a tight spot—literally. During his appointed gift- giving rounds on Christmas Eve, Santa can’t resist nibbling the numerous treats and sweets the children leave out for him. But the goodies take a toll on his waistline, leaving him wedged, unable to whisk himself back up a chimney. Luckily he receives a helping paw. This was a huge success with the younger members of my storytelling group which had them gasping at all the food and giggling with the consequences.
Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. Father Christmas awoke from his dream of summer in the sun, and there it was on the calendar, December 24th, Christmas Eve, the start of his longest night’s work of the year. This book was awarded The Library Association’s Kate Greenaway Medal. This was popular with my older members who saw what it’s really like to be Father Christmas and gave them lots of down-to-earth detail.
The Nativity Play by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen. The Nativity Play is a celebration of the event and a tribute to all those who perform miracles with wire coathangers and stripy towels! Both groups of children enjoyed seeing familiar scenes from the Nativity Play which in Catalonia is called “Els Pastorets” which follows the shepherds that went to Bethlehem to adore him. As well as telling the story of the birth of Jesus there is a fight between the angels and the devils.
In my next blog I will include my top three Christmas artwork books. After I told all these Christmas stories we still had time to write our letter to Father Christmas and look at some worksheets from British Council.
Here you can some of the activities on line.
A letter to Santa
Christmas find the pairs game.