Elves on the Library Shelves
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!
Santa and his elves go together like milk and cookies. These merry little helpers can often be found in children's Christmas stories.
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.
Fifty Famous Fairy Tales (ages 6-12)
Land of Stories: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales by Chris Colfer (ages 8-12)
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.
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...
Who's your favourite elf on the bookshelf? Let us know in the comments!