Elves on the Library Shelves

December 16, 2021 | Katherine McG

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It may be the time of year when little folk dressed in red visit some people's homes to cause mischief or to help Santa to see who has been naughty or nice. But at Toronto Public Library, we have elves on our shelves all year long!

Two stuffed toy elves perched on the edge of a book return slot. The slot is located below a large Toronto Public Library sign and the name of the branch, Bridlewood. There are three posters and flyers on the wall.

Santa's Elves

Santa and his elves go together like milk and cookies. These merry little helpers can often be found in children's Christmas stories.

The 12 Sleighs of Christmas

The 12 Sleighs of Christmas by Sherri Duskey Rinker (ages 4-8)

 

How to Catch an Elf

How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace (ages 4-8)

 

Ten Little Elves

Ten Little Elves by Michael Brownlow (ages 3-6)

 

Top Elf

Top Elf by Caleb Huett (ages 8-12)

 

The Elves and the Shoemaker

The elves play a starring role in this traditional German folktale originally written by the Brothers Grimm. Our collections include retellings in both picture book and video format. The story is also included in a number of folk and fairy tale compilations as well.

The Elves and the Shoemaker Galdone

The Elves and the Shoemaker by Paul Galdone (ages 6-12)

 

The Elves and the Shoemaker Demarche

The Elves and the Shoemaker by Jim LaMarche (ages 5-10)

 

The Elves and the Shoemaker eVideo

The Elves and the Shoemaker: Presented in American Sign Language (ages 5-10)

 

Fifty Famous Fairy Tales

Fifty Famous Fairy Tales (ages 6-12)

 

Michael Hague's Treasured Classics

Michael Hague's Treasured Classics by Michael Hague (ages 6-10)

 

The Land of Stories a Treasury of Classic Tales

Land of Stories: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales by Chris Colfer (ages 8-12)

 

More Elves 

You can find even more elves in picture books, as part of some popular children's fiction series and even in "how to draw" books. Quite often they are joined by other magical creatures, both friend and foe.

The Magical Tale of Ben and Holly

The Magical Tale of Ben and Holly by Neville Astley (ages 3-6)

 

Keeper of the Lost Cities

Keeper of the Lost Cities ("Keeper of the Lost Cities" series) by Shannon Messenger (ages 9-12)

 

Guide to the World of Fairies

Guide to the World of Fairies by Andrew Donkin (ages 9-12) 

(And don't forget to check out the original Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer and the graphic novel version adapted by Michael Moreci too!)

 

How to Draw Magical  Monstrous & Mythological Creatures

How to Draw Magical, Monstrous & Mythological Creatures by Bob Berry (ages 9-12+)

 

So it's plain to see that there are all kinds of elves hidden among our children's collections. There might even be one in the book that you're reading right now...

There's an Elf in Your Book

There's an Elf in Your Book by Tom Fletcher (ages 4-8)

 

Who's your favourite elf on the bookshelf? Let us know in the comments!

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