Today is September 11th… a date that we all hold close in our hearts and minds. A date that we will never forget.
16 years ago, the world was changed, as terrorists attacked the United States of America. What I will always remember from that tragic day, is how we all banded together and helped one another.
9 years ago, I was hospitalized with ITP. Throughout all the years of testing, and still unanswered questions, I have learned that life happens. No matter what you plan, life has a way of changing things. You learn to continue to move forward each day.
Today, Hurricane Irma’s winds are wreaking havoc outside. Places that are still rebuilding from Hurricane Matthew are being destroyed again. Memories of Hurricane Hugo from 28 years ago, are flashing in people’s minds. Again, what I try to focus on is the fact that everyone is coming together to help one another. Whether it is from Hurricane Harvey or Irma, we are all trying to keep each other safe. (I also learned that the high school where I graduated from was vandalized. Things were stolen and windows were destroyed. However, let’s remain focused on the positive side of things.)
So book wise, what does this day mean? I have read a few adult fiction novels that reflect on the meaning of September 11th, but this year, this year I chose to read a children’s book.
Bear Stays Up for Christmas
By: Karma Wilson
Illustrated by: Jane Chapman
Bear tends to hibernate all through the winter season, which means he is sound asleep during Christmas! His forest friends are determined to make sure Bear stays awake this year, so they find several holiday themed tasks for Bear to do. Will he be able to stay awake with his friends, or will he fall into a deep slumber?
Cat as a Hat
By: Richard Lake
Illustrated by: Petrina Ong
A young girl experiences everyday life, while her precious cat, Audacious, stays curled on top of her head. The people in her town express their concern and disapproval of this girl and her cat. However, the girl explains to readers all the wonderful things that happen, when you wear a cat as a hat.
How to Be a Baby by Me The Big Sister
By: Sally Lloyd-Jones and Sue Heap
The big sister is old enough to do many things and in this book, she points out all the things a baby just cannot do. Even as the baby ages, he or she will still be “little” so the entire family will still be by their side. And the big sister is looking forward to being friends and sharing memories with the baby.
Santa’s Favorite Story
By: Hisako Aoki
Illustrated by: Ivan Gantschev
Recommneded for ages: Pre-K
Santa grew tired during a walk in the woods and stopped to take a nap. The woodland creatures saw him and thought Christmas was arriving early. As word spread through the forest, they excitedly gathered around sleeping Santa, waiting for him to wake up. When he did, he told them the story of the birth of Christ on the very first Christmas. After the story, the animals accompany Santa to the North Pole to help him get ready for Christmas. Santa teaches everyone about the best present of all.
By: Kate DiCamillo
Illustrated by: Bagram Ibatoulline
Recommended for ages: K-2nd
Frances is an angel in the church’s Christmas play with a very important line to say. The days leading up to the play, she sees an older man with a monkey on the street corner. When Frances soon discovers that they are homeless, she tries to get her Mom to invite them to dinner. However, her Mom declines to allow strangers to enter her home, which leads Frances to invite him to her church play.
Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas by Elise Primavera (Age Range: 4-7)
This is a book from the Auntie Claus series. This is the story about young Christopher Kringle who is starting to doubt Christmas. He deliberately acts bad in order to get on the Bad Boys and Girls list to prove it doesn’t exist. However, his actions get him locked out of Christmas and must go on a journey to learn that he must believe in order to see the family’s secret. The majestic pictures are stunning and will be loved by the children while the adults read. This story is sure to be a favorite for the entire family.
This review was written for Sasee Magazine and My Sister’s Books. To learn more about the Magazine and Bookstore, please visit their websites by clicking on their names.