Dec 13, 2017

Media Center Holiday Greetings

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Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year from the Grant Wood AEA Media Center Staff.

Here are some holiday resources that may be helpful to share with educators to support instruction during the holiday season!



GWAEA Media Collections

  • Hannukah/Passover by Michael Keck - Discusses the religious symbolism of Hanukkah and Passover. Uses stories, puppets and songs to present the history of these Jewish celebrations.
  • The Polar Express by Chris VanAllsburg - A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson - The Herman’s were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They have never heard the Christmas story before and their interpretation, which includes beating up Herod and finding some decent gifts for the the Wise men, promise disaster.
  • Winter Holiday Stories by Ming Na Wen - Collection includes The Little Drummer Boy; One Zillion Valentines and Sam and the Lucky Money. In The Little Drummer Boy, Ezra Jack Keats' illustrations are brought to life with joyful music. In One Zillion Valentines, two boys find a unique way of giving valentines to everyone. Based on the book by Frank Modell. In Sam and the Lucky Money, Sam goes with his mother to Chinatown on Chinese New Year's Day to spend his gift of lucky money. Based on the book by Karen Chin.
  • Celebrations: Hanukkah, Christmas, The Chinese New Year by Marlene J. McCracken - Because content is central to language learning, the Themes series incorporates favorite subjects into resource books full of proven interdisciplinary student-centered activities for teachers of grades K-4.
  • Readers’ Theater of Holiday Plays - Plays for Columbus Day, Halloween, Election Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Lincoln's Birthday, Valentine's Day, Washington's Birthday, St. Patrick's Day, April Fools' Day, and Memorial Day.
  • A Christmas Carol by Patricia Hutchinson - A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future.

Online Resources for Christmas

  • The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry - FollettShelf eBook
  • Bear Noel by Olivier Dunrea - FollettShelf eBook
  • The Polar Express by Chris VanAllsburg - FollettShelf eBook
  • The Night Before Christmas - Watch the story and read the book on BookFlix
  • Mia’s Nutcracker Ballet by Robin Farley - Mia the ballerina kitten stars in this whimsical retelling of the Christmas favorite The Nutcracker. - TumbleBooks
  • Papa’s Latkes by Michelle Edwards - For Selma and her little sister, this is their first Chanukah without Mama. Selma learns that she can still celebrate and remember her Mama while making Latkes. - Tumblebooks
  • Merry Christmas, Splat! from Weston Woods - Splat wants a really big Christmas present from Santa, but he worries he hasn't been good enough to get one. - AEA Digital Library
  • How to Catch an Elf from Dreamscape - You've been waiting all year long, and now it's finally Christmas Eve! Is this the year you'll finally catch an elf?
  • Multicultural Christmas: Holiday Facts and Fun by Lucerne Media - The spirit of a favorite holiday's underlying message - love and joy - is enhanced by the unique presentation featuring celebrations of families from Scandinavia, Native America, South Korea, Mexico, and Ethiopia - from Learn360.

Online Resources for New Year’s

Online Resources for Hanukkah

Winter Resources

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