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NPBM Blog-Along: Holiday

Did you know that November is Picture Book Month?

Trick question, because it never was before… but now it is!  Picture Book Month is an international initiative to celebrate children’s books and debunk the rumor that printed books will cease to exist because of new technology.  Go read more at founder Dianne de Las Casas’ website, and tune in for the blog posts by famous authors and illustrators.  There’s even a calendar with different themes for each day of November, so you can play along.

You know I can’t resist a good picture book, so this is right up my alley!  Instead of NaNoWriMo or any of the other 30-Day-Blog-Challenges, I’ve decided to take on Picture Book Month as my own personal blogging challenge–I will highlight one book a day that goes along with the theme for that day, in addition to my regular blogging.  Join me for Picture Book Month and share your favorite picture books!

November 24, 2011
Theme: Holiday

A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, and The Thanksgiving Visitor, by Truman Capote

This was a toughie–I’m a huge fan of holiday picture books, to be packed with the Christmas decorations and brought out once a year, so I have a whole box of favorites to choose.  This collection by Truman Capote is one of my all-time favorites–each of the three short stories is expertly crafted and so poignant.  I can’t read any of the three without crying.  But the copy I have is not actually a picture book.  Way back in my memory, I can recall reading A Christmas Memory as a picture book on the floor of our church in AL.  I can’t remember the cover, but maybe some watercolor illustrations; so I can’t name an illustrator today, but I cherish these stories as part of my holiday collection (including Thanksgiving!).

What’s your favorite Holiday picture book?

Tune in tomorrow for the next picture book, and check out Picture Book Month’s website too!

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