Book Review: Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O’Connor

Today’s holiday book review is Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O’Connor. Here’s what it’s about: Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles—and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to … Read more

Book Review: Merry Christmas, Curious George by Margret Rey

Today’s holiday book review is Merry Christmas, Curious George by Margret Rey. Here’s what it’s about: It’s Christmastime! And irrepressible, excitable Curious George has just the spirit for it. He can’t wait to help his best friend, The Man with the Yellow Hat, pick out their holiday tree. At the tree farm, however, amid all the excitement of finding the perfect specimen, George gets carried away, as usual—atop his favorite tree! Hiding in the tree’s … Read more

Book Review: Harold at the North Pole by Crockett Johnson

Today’s holiday book review is Harold at the North Pole by Crockett Johnson. Here’s what it’s about: It’s Christmas Eve, and Harold needs a Christmas tree. So, with purple crayon in hand, he sets off to get one. Before long he finds himself at the North Pole, where a snowbound Santa Claus needs his help. It’s up to the ever-resourceful Harold to draw up a plan and save Christmas! Yes, Harold to the rescue in … Read more

Book Review: Christmas In Mouseland by Katharine Holabird

Today’s holiday book review is Christmas In Mouseland by Katharine Holabird. Here’s what it’s about: Angelina auditions for the role of Cinderella Mouse for a special Christmas dance performance, but she gets the part of the Wicked Stepmouse instead. Angelina tries her best to convince Miss Lilly and the show’s director that she deserves the part of Cinderella, but she has no luck. Will Angelina stay with the show? Loved this story and the illustrations. … Read more

Book Review: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

Today’s holiday book review is How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss. Here’s what it’s about: “The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! / Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.” Dr. Seuss’s small-hearted Grinch ranks right up there with Scrooge when it comes to the crankiest, scowling holiday grumps of all time. For 53 years, the Grinch has lived in a cave on the side of a mountain, … Read more

A Very Special Ugly Christmas Sweater

My son was on the lookout for an ugly Christmas sweater to wear to work today. Unfortunately, it’s been another year of not finding them plentiful in stores. This surprises me considering a report I watched on the news about how popular they’ve become along with the ugly Christmas sweater parties. So I told him I’d make him a sweater if he drew up the design. Since it was a bit too late to knit … Read more

Book Review: Holly Jolly Jimmy by Adam Beechen

Today’s holiday book review is Holly Jolly Jimmy by Adam Beechen. Here’s what it’s about: It’s Christmas Eve in Retroville, but Jimmy Neutron is not in a jolly mood. The boy genius is on a mission — to convince his friends Carl and Sheen that there is no Santa Claus. To do that, however, they have to take a trip to the North Pole. when they get there, Jimmy and his friends discover a winter … Read more

Book Review: Ernest’s Special Christmas by Laura T. Barnes

Today’s holiday book review is Ernest’s Special Christmas by Laura T. Barnes. Here’s what it’s about: In this charming barnyard tale, Ernest, a tiny, loveable donkey, and his farmyard friends demonstrate the power of love and selflessness–the true gifts of the holiday season. When Ernest discovers his friend Chester is missing on Christmas Eve, he must enlist his friends, large and small, to work together in order to rescue their friend. Through love and determination, … Read more

Book Review: The Worst Twelve Days of Christmas by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Today’s holiday book review is The Worst Twelve Days of Christmas by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. Here’s what it’s about: In this spirited reworking of the classic song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” Joy has to deal with her first Christmas with a new baby brother—and nothing could be worse. He drools on the ornaments and ruins the presents, he eats all the cookies and smashes the snowmen, and he’s on the verge of taking over the … Read more

Book Review: Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

Today’s holiday book review is Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R Tolkien. Here’s what it’s about: Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in a strange, spidery handwriting and a beautiful colored drawing or some sketches. The letters were from Father Christmas. They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how the reindeer got loose and scattered presents … Read more

Book Review: Clifford’s Christmas by Norman Bridwell

Today’s holiday book review is Clifford’s Christmas by Norman Bridwell. Here’s what it’s about: Join the big, red dog as he and Emily Elizabeth celebrate the season together. Clifford loves making snowmen, playing ice hockey, and helping out with the tree. But on Christmas Eve, when Santa accidentally drops his bag of toys into Clifford’s water bowl, the dog’s good heart and Santa’s magic make it the best Christmas ever! This is a funny story … Read more

Book Review: Madeline’s Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans

Today’s holiday book review is Madeline’s Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans. Here’s what it’s about: Children can celebrate a Parisian Christmas with Madeline, Pepito and all their friends. Not much of a description. In this Madeline tale she meets a magician and buys rugs for everyone. The rugs become magical and get all the girls home for Christmas. This tale is rated high, but I didn’t care for it as much. Some of the sentences were … Read more

Book Review: Little Santa by Jon Agee

Today’s holiday book review is Little Santa by Jon Agee. Here’s what it’s about: Ever wonder what Santa was like as a child? Award-winning author/illustrator Jon Agee brings us the funny, playful answer in this Christmas picture book destined to become a classic. Little Santa loves the North Pole. The rest of his family? Not so much. So, when they decide to move to Florida, Santa is miserable. Lucky for him, a blizzard foils their … Read more

Book Review: What’s Coming for Christmas? by Kate Banks

Today’s holiday book review is What’s Coming for Christmas? by Kate Banks. Here’s what it’s about: You can see it in the way the snowman’s eyes sparkle. Hear it in the voices of carolers echoing in the streets, and in the sounds of children trimming the tree. You can feel it in the warm fire dancing in the hearth. Meanwhile, the mother hen hushes her chicks, the pigs’ little tails curl in excitement, and the … Read more

How to: Christmas Present Wall Hanging

I’ve had the idea for this Christmas wall hanging on my mind for three years now. I even cut the cardboard to make it a couple years ago. Well, it finally got made this year and now hangs in our living room. So incredibly easy to make and you probably even have the supplies laying around your house. Kids, make sure you do this one with a parent. Cutting the cardboard can be a little … Read more

Book Review: Mrs. Claus Takes A Vacation by Linas Alsenas

Today’s holiday book review is Mrs. Claus Takes A Vacation by Linas Alsenas. Here’s what it’s about: Mrs. Claus needs to get out of the house. The endless snow at the North Pole is getting her down. And she doesn’t see why her husband should get all the travel time in the family. So she hitches up the reindeer and takes a world tour — leaving Santa to take care of himself (and the remaining … Read more

Book Review: Babar and Father Christmas by Jean de Brunhoff

Today’s holiday book review is Babar and Father Christmas by Jean de Brunhoff. Here’s what it’s about: Babar returns in this unusual and heartwarming Christmas story by Jean de Brunhoff. Babar’s children have caught wind of a fellow in Man’s country named Father Christmas who brings joy and toys to little children. “If only we could bring him here,” they wish. So they write the Christmas saint a letter inviting him to visit them. When … Read more

Book Review: My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz

Today’s holiday book review is My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz. Here’s what it’s about: During the seven days of Kwanzaa we celebrate the importance of family, friends, and community. This warm and lively introduction to a very special holiday will help even the youngest children join in! Author and illustrator Karen Katz kicks off a wonderful new series of picture books for the very young with My First Kwanzaa. The series will offer a … Read more

Book Review: Deck the Walls: A Wacky Christmas Carol by Erin Dealey

Today’s holiday book review is Deck the Walls: A Wacky Christmas Carol by Erin Dealey. Here’s what it’s about: Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la la la la la. How wonderful the old carol sounds. A vision of warm family gatherings peacefully celebrating the holiday season comes to mind. But wait, this doesn t sound like a peaceful family get-together. What is happening here? Deck the walls with mashed … Read more