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December 18, 2014


My Penguin Osbert

written by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

illustrated by H.B. Lewis

This was new to our collection last year. Aren’t you just in love with the cover?

The inside is just as delightful.

December 18, 2014


The Christmas Kitten

written by Virginia Holt

illustrated by Turi MacCombie


This is another one that I’ve probably had since its original 1988 publication. Super-predictable, no dramatic twists, it is the epitome of a “quiet book.”

And my 5yo loves it.

December 16, 2014


Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve?

written and illustrated by Jan Brett

 Both my children are Jan Brett fans. We have a few of the board book versions for my 3yo. Both kiddos particularly enjoy the extra details in the illustration frames.

December 15, 2014


The Snowman

written and illustrated by Raymond Biggs

December 15, 2014


Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Shines Again

(Little Golden Book)

written by Darrell Baker

illustrated by Robert L. May


The inside cover of this book has my maiden name written in it, in my own 7 or 8yo hand.

December 13, 2014


Frosty The Snowman (Little Golden Book)

written by Annie North Bedford

illustrated by Corinne Malvern


There are a bajillion versions of Frosty the Snowman out there. But for me, this is always the book and illustrator that comes to mind for me.

 The version we have is from my childhood. I also have this version, from my mom’s childhood, hidden away until little hands are a bit more gentler (its binding is so worn that it’s falling off):


December 12, 2014


Santa Mouse Meets Marmaduke

written by Michael Brown

illustrated by Elfrieda De Witt


The final Santa Mouse book. Ours is an original copy. I think the book is out-of-print, though you can still find a copy online.

December 11, 2014


Santa Mouse, Where Are You?

written by Michael Brown

illustrated by Elfrieda De Witt

Book #2 in our Santa Mouse trilogy.

December 10, 2014


Santa Mouse

written by Michael Brown

illustrated by Elfrieda De Witt

Tonight’s pick is the first in a trilogy. We read the books one after the other for three nights every year.

Santa Mouse first appeared in 1966, and he can be harder to find some years, but he’s still around!

Anybody remember him?

December 9, 2014


Snowman’s Story

written and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

 So excited for the kids to unwrap this one tonight! It’s one of our new books this year.

You can read my full thoughts (and get some free goodies!) here.

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