Christmas Picture Books- Continued

IMG_6994Santa Clauses

Short Poems from the North Pole

by Bob Raczka illustrated by Chuck Groenink

published by CarolRhoda Books in 2014


This is a stunning poetry picture book advent calendar- containing 25 short poems with accompanying illustrations.

Now you can peek at Santa’s haiku, one for each day from December 1 to December 25, and catch a glimpse of life at the North Pole.  Hear the snow crunch.  Smell the gingerbread. And see a side of Santa you’ve never seen before.


Sprinkling sand on my snow-covered steps, thinking of nutmeg on eggnog.

This book begs to be read in one sitting….it demands to be gobbled up whole.  It is a sensory feast.


Replacing bad bulbs with good ones, moving naught names to the nice list.

I love seeing the industrious elves working alongside santa at his cozy home in the North Pole.  Mrs. Claus and Santa seem to glow with happiness- full of delight and anticipation of the joyous reception of their intricately carved gifts.


Navigating by the stars, Comet and I drag this year’s tree homeward.

Simple text reminds me to focus on the wonder of the beauty of the natural elements used to celebrate Christmas-  the bushy evergreen tree, the sparkling white and pure snow, the twinkling of tiny yet brilliant December stars- a poignant counterpoint to the glitter and overglam techy Christmas displays present in our urban dwellings- which tend to over stimulate and frankly sometimes leave me feeling depleted and on the verge of a migraine.


Clouds of reindeer breath in the barn, steam rising from my hot chocolate.

Highly recommend this unique picture book- would make a lovely gift for the hard to buy for person on your list…..

Christmas is Here

with words from the King James Bible

illustrated by Lauren Castillo

published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers  in 2010


For those who prefer something more traditional-  this is a superb choice to share with children.


Directly quoting the story of Jesus Birth taken from the Gospel of Luke 2:8-14 –  a young family is drawn to watch a “live” nativity scene taking place in their village square.


For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

Utterly charming-  this will make a welcome addition to any family christmas library.


Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

More books coming soon.



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