The Night Before Christmas is a poem written by Clement Clarke Moore and was first published in 1823, and is still remembered today. The poem writes about what happens the night before Christmas. The whole house was asleep but the owner was awoken by the visit of Santa Claus to his home. This poem painted Santa Claus as a jolly old man on a sleigh pulled by 8 reindeer, dressed in red and jumping down through the chimney to leave gifts. In a way Clement Moore painted the modern image of Santa Claus. The illustrations in this book were by Mary Engelbreit and are rich in detail. Enjoy the Christmas Eve!
Have you imagined what if animals lived as humans? If Animals Celebrated Christmas picturebook imagines exactly that. If Animals Celebrated Christmas, then a penguin would write a letter to Santa, a tortoise would make a secret holiday wish, and baby Koala and mama would make their tree a Christmas tree by decking it with berries. I loved the cute animal illustrations. This book sparks interest in little ones, they can identify all the animals and read about how animals celebrated Christmas.
What if Santa’s sleigh is under repair and there is a chance that it might not be ready on Christmas Eve? Will the elves build a new sleigh or repair the old one? In 12 Sleighs of Christmas, the elves decide to build a new modern sleigh for Santa, because his old sleigh is broken. The elves divide into 12 teams and come up with 12 modern designs. Will Santa choose one of the designs or stick with his trusty old sleigh? Find out more in this picturebook. The geekiness is set to the max in this book. The designs that the elves come up with are innovative and bring a smile on your face. This is the most techie Christmas book I read this year.
In Samurai Santa, Yukio wants an epic snowball fight. Big flakes of snow fell on Christmas Eve and are perfect for a snowball fight. But all the ninjas want to be good and practice their skills so that they don’t miss the presents from Santa. Will Samurai Santa fulfill Yukio’s wish? This culturally diverse book has illustrations which reminded me of comic books. A fun book for the family!
I love Bruce picture book series by Ryan Higgins. Bruce is a grumpy Bear. He is also a mama to four geese (Mama Bruce book has more details). Bruce wants to spend the winter in hibernation. He does not want to indulge in the Christmas cheer, but his kids and friends want to celebrate Christmas and force him to participate. Grumpy Bruce goes outside to shovel snow and gets mistaken for Santa. What happens next is hilarious. He has to do all the ‘Santa’ things despite his reluctance. I read this book multiple times since I got it from library. The kids will surely giggle while reading this book.
The Last Stop on the Reindeer Express was the most creative Christmas book I read this year. The ethnic and colorful illustrations give a unique feel to this book. Mia is disappointed because she cannot meet her grandfather for Christmas. She discovers a mailbox at the Christmas market and goes inside. She makes a new friend and is whisked away on a magical journey. A lovely book that teaches importance of family.
What is the best Christmas book that you read this year? The Little Reindeer is one of the best children’s Christmas picture books I read this year. What I loved about this book were the illustrations, which were dominated by black, white, red and other soft colors. This book stands apart from all the other Christmas picturebooks. Unlike other books which had big, bold colors, this book creates its own identity with the mellow colors. Ollie was just about to sleep on Christmas Eve, when she hears a jingling sound. The sound catches Ollie’s curiosity and she goes outside to investigate it. She makes a new magical friend but her friend has an important errand to do that night. Ollie has an adventure with her friend and gets back to bed. This book will be a Christmas classic so remember to read it.