• “Mouse’s First Christmas” by Lauren Thompson — This 2003 release introduces the eponymous rodent — as well as many young readers — to all the images, smells, and traditions from this time of year.
“It gives you an introduction to the very basic symbols and signs associated with Christmas,” said Sexton. “It’s a very simple story with wonderful illustrations.”
• “Dinosaur vs. Santa” by Bob Shea — Seems like an odd combo, perhaps, but when a young dinosaur roars his way to completing various holiday tasks in this newly-released book, it’s “Jurassic Park” meets the North Pole.
“Dinosaur lovers love this book,” said Sexton, who confirmed a reporter’s suspicion that the story is popular among little boys.
• “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg — The book has been a favorite since the mid-’80s, and in 2004 became a Christmas classic as a film as well. Still, for Sexton, it’s hard to replace the sensation gained from seeing the illustrations and reading the story of a boy whose faith in the magic of the holiday is restored by a nocturnal train journey to the North Pole.
“I get cold chills whenever I read this,” said Sexton. “I never read it without having a bell in my hand — I can still hear that bell ringing. It’s not a new (book), but it’s one of the wonderful old stand-bys that work well every Christmas.”
• Also in demand are informational books about the origins of the holiday season as we know it today — and as others know it.
“We get a lot of people who want books about Christmas in other countries and other traditions,” said Sexton. “A lot of people have been coming in asking about why we have Santa Claus, or St. Nicholas vs. Santa Claus, we’ve been giving out information on that too.