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Quail Ridge gears up for holiday events, recommends seasonal books

If books are on your holiday shopping list, check out these recommendations for kids from Quail Ridge Books & Music.

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Sarah Lindenfeld Hall
It's a busy season at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh. They have all kinds of holiday events and concerts in December. And the children's staff, who I often rely on for recommendations for my own kids, also have picked some of their favorite children's books for the season.

Here are just a handful of the events scheduled at Quail Ridge next month. They're all free!

  • 10 a.m., Saturday. Santa and Mrs. Claus make their annual visit to Quail Ridge. Bring your camera for photos.
  • 6 p.m., Dec. 6. Raleigh Boychoir artistic director Robert Unger discusses "The Un-Changed Treble Voice in Boys" The Resident Choir will perform carols, and other favorites
  • 7 p.m., Dec. 10. WRAL-TV's Bill Leslie will play from and talk about his new CD, A Midnight Clear: Christmas in Mitford.
  • 3 p.m., Dec. 11.Raleigh poet Sally Buckner brings "Nineteen Visions of Christmas," an innovative and interactive collection of poems that celebrate the Christmas season. A delight for all ages.
  • 7 p.m., Dec. 13. Carol Crane visits with "The Christmas Tree Ship," a story that draws the reader into another time, almost 100 years ago. The illustrations by Chris Ellison evoke a real sense of nostalgia and also a feeling of what the holidays should be truly about. For ages 4-8.
  • 2:30 p.m., Dec. 18. Mishpacha plays from their CD "Celebrations." It's a free family-friendly Hanukkah concert.

Here are some of their holiday children's book recommendations: 

  • The Christmas Tree Ship by Carol Crane (Sleeping Bear $15.95). Carol Crane has created a modern Christmas legend, based on the true story of an intrepid captain and his schooner. Ages 4 and up.
  • The First Christmas – Jan Pienkowski (Knopf $9.99). Pienkowski's work shows that small packages can still have much elegance. His detailed silhouettes and artful use of color for emphasis enhance the classic Biblical Christmas story. Ages 5 and up.
  • Joy To The World – Saviour Pirotta (Frances Lincoln $8.95). Reading from this collection of five Christmas stories from around the world, from Mexico to Ghana, could begin a new holiday tradition. Malta's 'Baby in the Bread' fills in a missing episode in the Bible. Ages 5 and up.
  • Mary Engelbreit's Nutcracker – Mary Engelbreit (Harper Collins $17.99) The famed illustrator re-imagines the classic holiday story with a 1920s flair. Engelbreit's elaborate, colorful pictures contain many hidden surprises. It's a true Christmas confection. Ages 5 and up.
  • One Starry Night – Thompson (McElderry $16.99). It's bedtime at a certain stable in Bethlehem, even for the animals. All is calm, all is quiet. Ages 2 and up.
  • A Bad Kitty Christmas – Nick Bruel (Roaring Brook $15.99). The wild and (really not) Bad Kitty races through alphabets of holiday greed. But time with a wise new friend, and help from a faithful old one, ensure a happy holiday for all. Bruel's created a colorful, bold, frenetic Christmas keeper. Ages 4 and up.

I'll share more of their non-holiday book picks later this week.

For other holiday events, gift ideas, activities and more, check out Go Ask Mom's Holiday Page.


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