The Night Before the Night Before Christmas by Natasha Wing

Book Description:

Published: September 23, 2002

It’s December 23, and Christmas is just around the corner. But one family is having trouble getting its act together. Once again, Natasha Wing follows the rhythms and meter of Clement Moore’s classic Christmas poem, yet gives it her own entirely original twist.
Review –
This is the cutest book that young children will enjoy but adults will love  too.
In the story the it’s the 23rd  of December and Mom has the flu and the tree isn’t up, the cookies are burnt,the stockings have holes so socks are hung up instead. The tree they finally buy makes the Peanuts Christmas Tree the prize winner. It has few branches and fewer needles. The lights burn out so the family has to go shopping for replacements and none can be found so they decide to  wait in line for hours for the kids to see Santa and the baby pees on Santa’s lap. They finally get home and Dad puts Mom to bed and reads the Night Before Christmas to the kids.
A great and fun story.2FED61D33FBEDE862055F09805BBCB8C


There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bell! by Lucille Colandro

Book Description:

Published: January 1, 2008

It all started when the old lady swallowed a bell, one that jingled and jangled and tickled as well. Soon she’s swallowing velvety bows, gifts to go with the bows, sacks to hold the gifts and so on, right up until she swallows Santa’s sleigh and reindeer! Then she hears a jolly “Ho! Ho! Ho!” — Santa Claus is waiting for a ride! How will she get everything back to Santa in time for Christmas?

Kids will be calling out with excitement, guessing what’s coming next — and, as with the original, the rollicking, repeating rhymes ensure that they will read along! The rhyming text and funny illustrations are sure to appeal to young readers.

Review –


I enjoyed this book even more than There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat, partly, because this  is a Christmas book and also because I love the rhyming in this story. Kids of all ages will enjoy this book but especially the younger ones that enjoy being read to and love to look at the quirky illustrations by Jared Lee.

I will be mailing a couple of these to my niece and her cousin the first week in December and I know they are going to love them. I know this because I loved it too.



The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings by Mike Berenstain

Book Description:

Published: August 25, 2013

Ride along with the Bear family on Thanksgiving Day as Brother and Sister learn about all the things they- and YOU-can be thankful for…including faith, family, and the huge feast waiting for them at the end of their journey to Gramp’s and Gran’s.

Review –


This book went out in the mail yesterday to my niece, Kate, and another one to her cousin, Camille, because besides being a great young children’s book about the Thanksgiving holiday it also teaches about the things we need to be thankful for, not just at this time of year but everyday. Those things are faith and family.

Great book.



No Dragon For Tea: Fire Safety for Kids by Jean E. Pendziwol

Book Description:

Published: December 15, 1998

While out for a walk with her mom, a little girl has the surprise of her life — she meets a real, live, fire-breathing dragon! Now this dragon is nothing to be afraid of — in fact, he’s so friendly that she invites him home for tea. But their afternoon snack is suddenly interrupted when the dragon sneezes and sets the table ablaze. Luckily, the girl knows just what to do, and she teaches her new friend to be fire smart, too. With its funny, rhyming verse and spunky illustrations, No Dragons for Tea shows kids that learning about fire safety doesn’t have to be scary. The story ends with “The Dragon’s Fire Safety Rhyme” — a fun and easy way to remember what to do in case of fire.

Review –


This is such a cute story while  being very informative about fire safety and the illustrations are wonderfully done with eye pleasing colors. I highly recommend this little book if you have young children. I’m planning to order one for my niece, Kate, even though her Dad is a fireman (excuse me-fire fighter) and has probably taught her about fire safety.




Olivia Helps With Christmas by Ian Falconer

Book Description:

Published: October 2, 2007

Christmas is coming, and Olivia is incredibly busy. She has to wait for Santa, make sure dad sets up the tree, wait for Santa, watch mom make the Christmas dinner, wait for Santa, oversee the care with which the stockings are hung and, of course, OPEN HER PRESENTS! Do you see how hard it is to be so helpful during the holidays? A lovingly-told and lavishly-illustrated Olivia Helps With Christmas is the perfect stuffing for any stocking, and a bright star atop the Olivia series.

Review –


Olivia is such a cute character and very inventive.  She tells her Mom that she will set the table for Christmas Dinner and when her Mother sees it her mouth falls open because for the centerpiece Olivia has cut off the tip-top part of the family Christmas tree and used it. That is just one of the cute things Olivia does in this book.

I’ll be sending this to me niece, Kate, next month to add to her ever-growing Olivia collection.

Fantastic  read!




The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown

Book  Description:

Published: 2004

Once there was a little bunny. He was all alone. One day he found an egg. He could hear something moving inside the egg. What was it?

So begins the Golden Easter classic about a bunny—and a little duck that is about to hatch!

Review –

I wanted an Easter Book to send to my niece and her cousin (ages almost 2 and 15 months) and although this isn’t an Easter Book per se  it has a bunny and a duckling which was good enough for me.

The bunny finds an egg and tries to find out what’s inside by throwing small pebbles at it and rolling it down a hill among other things. All of this exertion wears him out and he falls asleep and while he’s resting the egg breaks open and there is a yellow downed duckling .

He sees the sleeping bunny and uses the same methods as the bunny to wake him up but to no avail. When the bunny does wake up and see the little duckling they are both happy because now they are not alone.

Cute book and nice illustrations




The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and illustrations by Oliver Jeffers

Book Description

Published: June 27, 2013

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!

Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other.

What is Duncan to do? Debut author Drew Daywalt and New York Timesbestseller Oliver Jeffers create a colorful solution in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughing and playing with their crayons in a whole new way.

Review –

Although this is a fun book and little children won’t really know the difference but the ending left a lot hanging. What was their response to Duncan’s answer to their letters and what about Beige-he had no clothes and Blue was a mere stump of his former self. Were they happy with Duncan’s answer to the problem. Cute for the young child. illustrations were great.