Christmas, Santa Stories

The Great Santa Stakeout By Betsy Bird

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Back of Book:
Oh, is it risky! It’s awfully hard to sneak anything by someone who can see you when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake. That’s why Freddy has been extra good this year . . . at hiding his plans.
Will Freddy get away with his delightfully devious scheme to outwit Santa Claus himself and capture the ultimate selfie?
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Arthur A. Levine Books in exchange for an honest review
Christmas is around the corner, and I love finding fun picture books to share with my students. The Great Santa Stakeout is a perfect book to share as a read-aloud or tie into a writing unit. Children of all ages can relate to the excitement of possibly catching a glimpse of catching Santa. Freddy is the ultimate Santa fan. His goal is to find a way to catch  Santa and get a selfie. To accomplish this he needs a detailed step by step plan. The text is expressive, fun, and will keep readers laughing throughout the story. Betsy did a fantastic job of showcasing Freddy’s dedication to finding Santa.
The illustrations by Dan Santat are corky, creative and fit the text beautifully.
I plan to incorporate this book with a writing assignment on the steps my students would take to catch Santa. I also think this would make a great STEM project where we would create our own Santa trap.
I think this is a fantastic book for the holiday season.
32 Pages
Ages 5 and up

Back of Book:
Oh, is it risky! It’s awfully hard to sneak anything by someone who can see you when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake. That’s why Freddy has been extra good this year . . . at hiding his plans.
Will Freddy get away with his delightfully devious scheme to outwit Santa Claus himself and capture the ultimate selfie?
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Arthur A. Levine Books in exchange for an honest review
Christmas is around the corner, and I love finding fun picture books to share with my students. The Great Santa Stakeout is a perfect book to share as a read-aloud or tie into a writing unit. Children of all ages can relate to the excitement of possibly catching a glimpse of catching Santa. Freddy is the ultimate Santa fan. His goal is to find a way to catch  Santa and get a selfie. To accomplish this he needs a detailed step by step plan. The text is expressive, fun, and will keep readers laughing throughout the story. Betsy did a fantastic job of showcasing Freddy’s dedication to finding Santa.
The illustrations by Dan Santat are corky, creative and fit the text beautifully.
I plan to incorporate this book with a writing assignment on the steps my students would take to catch Santa. I also think this would make a great STEM project where we would create our own Santa trap.
I think this is a fantastic book for the holiday season. 
40 Pages
Ages 5 and up
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Christian, Christmas

Long Ago, On a Silent Night By Julie Berry

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Back of Book:
In this poignant and lyrical story by Printz Honor recipient Julie Berry, the miracle of Christmas and the promise in every new child come together in a luminous celebration of unconditional love and hope. With tender, incandescent illustrations by Annie Won, the wonder of the nativity story and the marvel of every baby come alive in a wholly extraordinary book for families everywhere.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from author Julie Berry in exchange for an honest review.
Long Ago on a Silent Night is a stunning ode to the love that a mother has for her child. Julie has beautifully blended the love of a new baby with the joy of the Christmas spirit. The story switches from the birth of a modern-day child to the birth of the Christ child. The rhyming scheme is well written and allows the story to flow between the two settings. The stories parallel one another and show the similarities of excitement with a new birth. The illustrations by Annie Won are nothing short of stunning. The colors and details take your breath away! This is a perfect book to give as a baby shower gift or for a newborns Christmas story. It is unique and so well executed. I look forward to seeing what Julie writes next.
Ages birth and up
40 Pages

Christmas

Spoinkers Christmas Books

I received copies of both these books from author Cherl Seward in exchange for an honest review
It is never to early to start reading Christmas books. I work with Preschool-aged children over the summer and they enjoyed celebrating Christmas in July with these stories.  They quickly fell in love with the adorable and lovable Spoinkers. In the first story Spoinkers Christmas Wish, they loved the idea of a piglet learning to fly with the reindeer. In Spoinkers Christmas Morning, there favorite part of the story was that he loved eating sprinkles on everything. The illustrations are soft and warm. They bring an almost magical quality to the story.  A beautiful set of stories for the Christmas season.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages
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Christmas

The Tooth Fairy’s Christmas by Peter Bently

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Back of Book:
Tim Tucker has just lost a tooth but the Tooth Fairy is blown off-course in the snow. Luckily, a sleigh comes her way and Santa rescues her. Together, and with the help of a little magic, they deliver their gifts to Tim.
My Review:
This is a light and fun story that is a joy to read aloud to children. I have never seen the Tooth Fairy in a Christmas story before and was thrilled to come across this book. It follows the Tooth Fairy on Christmas as she journeys out on a cold Christmas Eve to collect Timmy’s tooth. When she gets lost in the wind, she runs into a welcome sight Santa. Together they go on a fun adventure to complete both their tasks. The text is written in a fun and upbeat rhyming scheme that will keep readers engaged. The illustrations are detailed and bright. This is a wonderful book to read during the Christmas Season.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Christmas

A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas Philip Yates

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Back of Book:
Come aboard, young mateys, for a humorous, colorful, and thoroughly piratical retelling of “The Night Before Christmas!” On a ship of mischievous brigands—who have visions of treasure chests, not sugar plums, dancing in their heads—you wouldn’t expect a visit from jolly St. Nick. Instead, here comes Sir Peggedy, with his peg leg and hook arm, cracking his whip and driving eight giant seahorses: Salty, Scurvy, Sinbad, Mollie, Cutthroat, Cross-Eyes, Roger, and Jolly. But even buccaneers can catch the holiday spirit …
My Review:
My students are always in love with any kind pirate story and this book is no exception. The text is written in the same rhyme and tone as the traditional Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore. My students loved all the fun pirate verses that were in the story. The illustrations are full of color and details. The back of the book has a pirate glossary with the pirate definitions. This is a fantastic Christmas read aloud that readers are sure to enjoy over and over.
32 Pages
Ages 6 and up

Christmas

Turkey Claus By Wendi Silvano

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Back of Book:
Turkey needs Santa’s help so he won’t be eaten for Christmas dinner.
Turkey is in trouble. Again. He made it through Thanksgiving without becoming a turkey dinner, but now it’s almost Christmas, and guess what’s on the menu? Turkey decides the only thing to do is to ask Santa for help. He sets off for the North Pole, but getting in to see Santa at Christmastime isn’t as easy as Turkey expected. It’s going to take all his ideas—and his clever disguises—to find a way into Santa’s house. After many hilarious attempts, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise, and Santa has the perfect solution! In this holiday treat
My Review:
My students loved Turkey Trouble! When I saw that Wendi Silvano wrote a companion story, I knew I had to share it with my class. This story does not disappoint! My students loved trying to guess what the turkey would try to disguise himself as next. The illustrations are fun and will make readers laugh out loud! A great story to share during the holidays.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Christmas

If You Ever Want to Bring a Pirate to Meet Santa, Don’t! (Magnolia Says DON’T!) By Elise Parsley

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Back of Book:
If your dad says you’re going to meet a bearded guy with a red suit and a bag full of treasures…he is not talking about meeting a pirate! But Magnolia has already invited the misbehaving swashbuckler to jump in line to meet Santa. So what if pirates are on the Naughty List? She’ll just teach this one to change his scurvy ways–no plundering or sword-fighting or plank-walking allowed! Plus, Santa is happy to hear everyone’s wish list. Right?
I received a copy of this book from author Elise Parsley in exchange for an honest review.
I was so excited to see that Elise wrote a Christmas addition to her very fun DONT series. The ever-entertaining Magnolia is back to share her experience of meeting Santa with a pirate in tow. As usual, what Magnolia means for good, turns into a complicated and entertaining escapade. Magnolia tries her best to teach the naughty pirate manners and the harder she tries the more problems occur! Readers will laugh out loud with the different things that Magnolia and the pirate get involved in. Adults reading this will be able to relate to the challenge of waiting in line and attempting to get children to smile for a photo with Santa. The illustrations are the familiar whimsical images that are apart of Magnolias story. This is a fantastically fun read aloud and perfect for the Christmas season.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

Biography, Christmas, History

The Queen and the First Christmas Tree: Queen Charlotte’s Gift to England by Nancy Churnin

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Back of Book:
Queen Charlotte brought her family’s festive holiday yule bough from Germany to England. While planning a Christmas Day party in 1800 at Windsor Castle for over 100 children, she realized a single bough isn’t enough. So she brought in the whole tree instead, making it the first known Christmas Tree in England. This story tells a little-known fact about a favorite holiday tradition.
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from author Nancy Churmin in exchange for an honest review.
Nancy has a true talent for writing nonfiction stories that bring history to life. This story shares with readers how Queen Charlotte created the beautiful tradition that we now have. The story follows Charlotte as a young girl in Germany to a grown Queen in England. Nancy highlighted the queen’s compassion and kindness throughout the story. I also loved that Nancy shared with readers that the queen didn’t like fancy balls, and often smudged her dresses. It allowed Queen Charlotte to become a real person in readers eyes and not simply a historical figure. The watercolor illustrations tie in the time period with the story beautifully! The back of the book has a two-page biography that shares more about Queen Charlotte. Nancy and Luisa have weaved together a beautiful story about one of the worlds most recognized Christmas traditions.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Christmas

Mrs. Claus Takes the Reins By Sue Fliess

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Back of Book:
It’s Christmas Eve morning, and Santa Claus is still in bed! He’s feeling stuffy and sneezy and slow as a yeti. Will Christmas have to be canceled? Not this year! Because Mrs. Claus is ready to take the reins in Santa’s place. With a plan in mind, Mrs. Claus assembles the crew, maps out the route, and preps the sleigh. Then, with a snap of the reins, she shoots off into the night. Delivering gifts all over the world without Santa’s magic won’t be easy, but Mrs. Claus proves she has some holiday sparkle of her own
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from author Sue Fliess in exchange for an honest review. I love finding stories about Mrs. Claus taking over for Santa on Christmas Eve. I think it is a fun twist for children to consider what would happen if Santa couldn’t make it to Christmas Eve. This story has a fun rhyming scheme and a laugh out loud storyline. Mrs. Claus saves the day in her own unique and entertaining way. It makes a perfect read-aloud for the classroom, or at home. The illustrations are full of color and life. My students loved hearing this read aloud and want me to read it often. A fantastic picture book for the Christmas season.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Christmas

I Got the Christmas Spirit By Connie Schofield-Morrison

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Back of Book:
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and a mother and daughter are enjoying the sights and sounds of the holiday season. The little girl hears sleigh bells ringing and carolers singing. She smells chestnuts roasting–CRUNCH! CRUNCH! CRUNCH!–and sees the flashing lights of the department store windows–BLING! BLING! BLING! She spreads the spirit of giving wherever she goes. And when she reaches Santa, she tells him her Christmas wish–for peace and love everywhere, all the days of the year.
My Review:
I received a copy a copy of this story from author Connie Schofield-Morrison in exchange for an honest review. I love that this picture book brings out the beauty of the Holiday season to life. One of my favorite aspects of this book is that is written in a first-person narrative. The young girl shares her love of holidays with the readers. Each page has a different description of the sights and sounds of the holidays. I also love the joy that the girl spreads to everyone around her. The illustrations in this book are nothing short of gorgeous! Each detail jumps off the page and draws you in. I cannot wait to share this with my class during Christmas.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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