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

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. Here’s what you need: 1 Old Cardboard Box Holiday Themed Scrapbook Paper (or use gift wrapping) Gift … Read more

Book Review: The Secret of Santa’s Island by Steve Breen

Today’s holiday book review is The Secret of Santa’s Island by Steve Breen. Here’s what it’s about: How do Santa and the elves relax after they’ve delivered all of the Christmas Eve gifts? When Sam McGuffin hears the sound of reindeer hooves on Christmas Eve, he can’t resist sneaking out the window and into the back of Santa’s sleigh. He wants to see what the North Pole is really like. But the sleigh isn’t headed … Read more

Book Review: A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

Today’s holiday book review is A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote. Here’s what it’s about: Taking its place next to Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood on the Modern Library bookshelf is this new and original edition of Capote’s most famous short stories: “A Christmas Memory,” “One Christmas”, and “A Thanksgiving Memory.” All three stories are distinguished by Capote’s delicate interplay of childhood sensibility and recollective vision. This was the first time I read … Read more

Book Review: Nutcracker by E.T.A Hoffmann

Today’s holiday book review is Nutcracker by E.T.A Hoffmann. Here’s what it’s about: For nearly two hundred years, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale of the Nutcracker has enchanted readers, inspired artists and composers, and delighted audiences around the world. In cities and towns everywhere, children thrill to annual performances of Tchaikovsky’s classic Christmas ballet about a girl named Marie who helps a wooden nutcracker defeat an evil army of mice, and is rewarded by a visit to … Read more

Book Review: Arthur’s Christmas by Marc Brown

Today’s holiday book review is Arthur’s Christmas by Marc Brown. Here’s what it’s about: Christmas is only days away and Arthur can’t find the perfect gift to give Santa! Finally, he has an idea and with a little help from his sister, Christmas will be a success! I love that Arthur wants to give Santa a present in this story. Arthur’s sister, on the other hand, is only concerned with what she will get for … Read more

Book Review: Arthur to the Rescue by Annie Auerbach

Today’s holiday book review is Arthur to the Rescue by Annie Auerbach. Here’s what it’s about: Just when Santa and the elves thought they d completed another successful Christmas present delivery drop, a siren goes off at the North Pole s Mission Control. Red alert! A present has been left behind and a child forgotten! It s up to Arthur, Santa s clumsy, technologically-challenged son, and his slightly batty grandpa, Grandsanta, to deliver the gift … Read more

Book Review: A Pussycat’s Christmas by Margaret Wise Brown

Today’s Holiday book is A Pussycat’s Christmas by Margaret Wise Brown. Here’s what it’s about: But how can you tell?Does the air smell of tangerines?And Christmas greens?Can you feel it in the wind? Or hear it in the sound of a song? I found this story to be mellow, and the illustrations by Anne Mortimer are absolutely beautiful. My only complaints, the pussycat is not mischievous enough. I’d say read it before bed to help … Read more

Book Review: Snowed Under and Other Christmas Confusions by Serge Bloch

Today’s Holiday book review is Snowed Under and Other Christmas Confusions by Serge Bloch. Here’s what it’s about: When I woke up on the day before Christmas, the snow had just started to fall. “Out of bed, sleepyhead!” called my mother. “We’re going to have to work our tails off to get ready for Christmas tomorrow.” This story takes the events of the holiday season and mixes them with cliche after cliche. I found it … Read more

Book Review: Christmas Parade by Sandra Boynton

Today’s holiday book review is Christmas Parade by Sandra Boynton. Here’s what it’s about: A delightful Christmas picture book filled with hilarious characters and dynamic art from the one and only Sandra Boynton! This is a bright and colorful rhyming book for very young ones. The book has animals and instruments to teach kids about music. I found it very cute! My Grade: C+

Book Review: Angelina’s Christmas by Katharine Holabird

Today’s Christmas book review is Angelina’s Christmas. Here’s what it’s about: When Angelina Ballerina sees old Mr. Bell all alone at Christmastime, she decides to bring him some holiday cheer. Cousin Henry doesn’t want to help—until he finds that there’s a real Santa Claus living in their town! With festive sparkly foil on the jacket and a heartwarming story, this book is perfect for holiday giving. AUTHORBIO: Katharine Holabird’s first Angelina Ballerina book was published … Read more

Book Review: The Twelve Days of Christmas in Colorado by Linda Ashman

Today’s Christmas book review is The Twelve Days of Christmas in Colorado by Linda Ashman. Here’s what it’s about. Come spend Christmas in Colorado with Sophie, where she’ll see bustling cities, sprawling ranches, ancient ruins, ghost towns, and even giant sand dunes. Oh, and lots of mountains–big ones! From a bunting in a spruce tree to 5 golden nuggets to 12 skiers swooshing, it’s a mile-high spirited visit. This book mixes the familiar Christmas carol … Read more

Book Review: Merry Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing

Today’s Thanksgiving book review is Merry Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing. Here’s what it’s about: A child’s Christmas list brings Santa to a family’s Thanksgiving celebration. Santa comes early in this Thanksgiving tale. In fact he saves the dinner by accident after Joey gets his list to Santa mixed up with his mom’s Thanksgiving grocery list. This is a cute tale that will get you in the mood for Christmas. My Rating: 4 out of 5

Book Review: The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing

Today’s Thanksgiving book review is The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing. Here’s what it’s about: A creative spin on the Christmas classic, this whimsical celebration follows the family as they greet friends and relatives, prepare the feast and give thanks. This is a cute story that takes you from Thanksgiving preparation through to the family feast. Written in rhyme, it’s catchy too. My Rating: 4 out of 5

Book Review: A Comfy, Cozy Thanksgiving by Kiki Thorpe

Today’s Thanksgiving book review is A Comfy, Cozy Thanksgiving by Kiki Thorpe. Here’s what it’s about: Treelo tries to help his friends prepare for Thanksgiving, but he just seems to get in their way. Feeling unwanted, he goes out in search of a new home. But soon a whiff of Bear’s delicious cooking leads him back to the Big Blue House — where Treelo finds he’s wanted after all A warm, cozy tale about friendship … Read more

Book Review: Fat Chance Thanksgiving by Patricia Lakin

Today’s Thanksgiving book review is Fat Chance Thanksgiving by Patricia Lakin. Here’s what it’s about: After the fire burned through Carla and Mama’s apartment, all Carla had left was her beloved book, A Pilgrim Thanksgiving. Carla read the book over and over. She pretended to be the smiling Pilgrim girl sitting at the feast table, surrounded by family and friends.A year later, when they were finally in a tiny apartment of their own, Carla asked … Read more