Major Linda Lopez & Julie Budden, The Salvation Army (12/17-23)

Major Linda Lopez, The Salvation Army and Julie Budden, The Salvation Army. The 2023 Red Kettle Campaign is up and running and ready to accept donations. Our guests also spoke about the many programs and services offered through the Salvation Army.

Dr. Jonathan Brown, President, City Gospel Mission (12/17/23)

According to Dr. Brown, City Gospel Mission started in 1924 to help homeless and hurting break the cycle of poverty and despair. The organization focuses on four areas—food and shelter, addiction recovery, job training/placement, at-risk youth.

Will Hillenbrand_Christmas Literacy Show2023_Segment #7

About the Books:
THE VOICE IN THE HOLLOW: When a blizzard closes the library early, Hubert decides to take a shortcut home through the spooky Hollow. Just as Hubert is gathering his nerve to press on, another mouse appears and offers to take his hand. Together they journey through the snow, an ominous forest, over fallen trees traversing ravines, and over the mountains. Hidden in the terrain are scenes that evoke myths of the origins of Earth’s mysterious features and nature’s erratic behavior. In a stunning double gatefold sleeping bears spring to life, setting off a landslide and sending Hubert and his guardian running. Just as Hubert is reaching his destination, he turns to find his guide gone. Hubert races home to tell his family about his wild adventure through the Hollow.

LITTLE RED: The annual tree-lighting is one of the most beloved nights of the year. But a snowstorm has blanketed the streets and made it difficult for the community to get around. Enter Little Red! A cute-as-a-button pickup truck with a mighty spirit and a heart of gold. Little Red will stop at nothing to help his neighbors—the show must go on!

Patricia Hegarty_Christmas Literacy Show_Segment #6

About the Books:
THE ABC’s OF KINDNESS AT CHRISTMAS: Give the gift of kindness this Christmas with this sweet ABC’s board book that fosters social emotional development while celebrating the holiday season! Little ones can learn their ABCs with this festive board book that’s part of the bestselling Books of Kindness series. With shiny foil on the cover, it’s a wonderful gift that’s sure to spread holiday cheer!

Featuring an adorable cast of animal characters and showcasing moments of Christmas kindness and generosity, this rhyming board book is a great tool for fostering social emotional development.

Caralyn and Mark Buehner_Christmas Literacy_Segment #5

About the Book:
SNOWMEN’S TWELVE NIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS: The Twelve Days of Christmas has never been funnier or more chaotic as an energetic dog chases an elf, peeking penguins, scolding squirrels, and many more snowmen and creatures up a tree.

With a pitch-perfect and jaunty rhyme and illustrations chockful of fun details, this cumulative book from New York Times bestselling husband-and-wife team Caralyn and Mark Buehner begs to be read (and sung!) aloud over and over again.

Derrick Barnes_Christmas Literacy Show_Segment #4

About the Book:
SANTA’S GOTTA GO!: The number one thing on Monte and Mabel’s Christmas wish list is the chance to hang out with Santa Claus. So, when his sleigh breaks down in their yard as he’s finishing up his last delivery, they couldn’t be more delighted–Santa’s gonna stay with them while he waits for spare parts to be delivered! It’s a dream come true . . . or is it? It turns out Santa doesn’t have a lot of experience being a houseguest, and likes to rock out late at night and swigs spaghetti sauce from the jar. But when he messes with Dad’s motorcycle and Mabel’s computer tablet, he’s gone a step too far and the whole family agrees–Santa’s gotta go! But how on earth do you kick out Santa Claus?

Mac Barnett_Christmas Literacy Show_Segment #3

About the Book:
HOW DOES SANTA GO DOWN THE CHIMNEY?: When Santa arrives at a child’s house on Christmas Eve, does he go down the chimney feetfirst or headfirst? What if he gets stuck? What if there’s no chimney? Maybe he slides under the door, as thin as a piece of paper? Or is it possible he pours himself through the faucet? What happens once he’s inside? Whether it’s shape-shifting or impromptu laundry use, Mac Barnett’s iconic talent for earnest deadpan humor and Jon Klassen’s irresistibly funny art honor the timeless question with answers both ridiculous and plausible, mounting in hilarity as the night continues. Channeling a child’s fanciful explanations (and begging for further speculation), this latest collaboration by a New York Times best-selling team will find a secure spot among family holiday traditions.

Raúl Colón_Christmas Literacy Show_Segment #2

·        About the Book:
PASS THE BABY: What does it take to make a perfect family meal? Is it the forks, spoons, plates, and napkins? Maybe it’s sister’s lemonade, Papi’s guacamole, or delicious meatballs and ravioli eyed by a hungry pup. When it’s time to sit down and dig in, there’s one thing everybody agrees they need to do, “Baby, baby, pass the baby!”

This rollicking, rhyming picture book about one (rather large) diverse family dinner table captures the buzz and hum of a shared meal, with one adorably excitable baby at its center, eager to join the fun. With Pass the Baby, author Susanna Reich imbues her text with an undercurrent of harmony, warmth and inclusivity, complimented by ebullient illustrations by Raúl Colón.

Jan Brett_Christmas Literacy Show2023_Segment #1

Jan Brett’s Winter Collection includes her bestselling wintry picture books The Snowy Nap, The Hat, Cozy, and The Three Snow Bears, all perfect for cuddling together for a snowy storytime. 

Gabby Blauert, Hamilton County Tourism

·        Gabby Blauert, Hamilton County Tourism Inc., Hamilton County Indiana. Gabby joins us to talk about all the exciting things to do in Hamilton County Indiana this holiday season.
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