Cozy up with a holiday book or movie from the Bracebridge Library during the chilly winter months. We have a beautiful selection of children’s books celebrating diverse occasions and traditions, and heartwarming holiday movies for the whole family to enjoy. Check out a beloved classic, or ring in the season with a new favourite – best served with hot cocoa and cuddles.
The Christmas Pine
By Julia Donaldson
Follow a Christmas tree from its early days growing in a wood to the moment it stands proudly in the city square. A Christmas classic in the making! Once upon a time I stood. With brothers and sisters in a wood. The old trees told me I had grown. From a tiny seed inside a cone. Follow the journey of a pine tree, from a young sapling to a soaring tree in the forest, before it is cut and transported to London’s Trafalgar Square. Here the pine tree becomes a Christmas Tree, shining in all its glory, surrounded by friendly faces and children singing. Next year a new tree will experience the same magical journey.
My First Kwanzaa
By Karen Katz
A simple way to get acquainted with Kwanzaa.
“Hooray! Hooray! It’s time to get ready for Kwanzaa.”
During the seven days of Kwanzaa, we celebrate the importance of family, friends, and community. This warm and lively introduction to a very special holiday will help even the youngest children join in!
Merry Christmas, Anna Hibiscus!
Anna Hibiscus has never been away from her big white house in Nigeria, where baby brothers, many cousins, parents, aunties, uncles, and grandparents are always nearby. But now she’s flying overseas on her own to visit Granny Canada and see snow for the first time! When she lands at the airport, Anna finds herself amid a sea of white faces in a place that is breathtakingly cold. Canada is very different, but Anna learns how to pull on toasty layers of clothing, warms up to Granny’s large dog (who does not live in a pack and bite people), hones her new talent for sledding, and celebrates cozy Christmas rituals–all while keenly missing her cousins. Told with warmth and humor and illustrated in delightful detail, this tale of finding family and belonging far away from home will resonate with every child who’s had to navigate an unfamiliar place.
Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
By Dr. Seuss
The 1966 classic animated retelling of Dr. Seuss’ beloved story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. For 53 years, the Grinch has lived in a cave on the side of a mountain, looming above the Whos down in Whoville. The noisy holiday preparations and infernal singing of the happy little citizens below annoy him to no end. The Grinch decides this frivolous merriment must stop. His “wonderful, awful” idea is to don a Santa outfit, strap heavy antlers on his poor, quivering dog Max, construct a makeshift sleigh, head down to Whoville, and strip the chafingly cheerful Whos of their Yuletide glee once and for all. Little does the Grinch know his heart may just be two sizes too small.
Piney: The Lonesome Pine
By Timothy Hooten & Todd Edwards
A cheerful and optimistic five-year-old Welsh girl named Georgie gets to grow her very own pine tree, Piney, on her Grandpa Sid’s Christmas tree farm. Four years later, the day has finally arrived for Piney to become what he was planted to be. He’s ready to be dressed up in baubles and bows and has bright shining lights from his head to his toes. Excited to take Piney into her home, Georgie discovers that Piney has accidentally been removed from the farm with a shipment of other trees. Georgie’s best friend, Jackster the dog, leads Piney on a journey across the countryside to try to get back home before Christmas Eve, while Georgie and Grandpa Sid frantically search for them.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
By Brian Henson
In the Muppets’ version of Dickens’s timeless tale, Ebenezer Scrooge (played by Michael Caine), a bitter and mean old man, sees the error of his ways after meeting three strange ghosts—and a whole lot of Muppets—one snowy Christmas Eve. Featuring the entire Muppet cast, this is a hilarious and heartwarming story about the importance of spreading love and kindness throughout the whole year.