25 Days – Book 12: Madeline’s Christmas

12.12.12, a memorable day. And our 12th book is a lovely classic, Madeline’s Christmas, created by Ludwig Bemelmans in 1956.

As with all the Madeline books, this Christmas edition is delightful. All the occupants of the school are ill, except for the littlest which was Madeline. As she nursed the sick and cared for the house, a carpet seller—who was also a magician—appears and sells Madeline 12 red rugs to warm the girls’ feet in the cold mornings. Read the full post…

25 Days – Book 11: Harold At The North Pole

 The 11th story of our 25 days is one of the marvelous books in the Harold and the Purple Crayon “series,” Harold at the North Pole. It is by Crockett Johnson and was created in 1957.

You don’t have to be familiar with the original Harold and the Purple Crayon book to appreciate this tale; but if you are, you’ll love it all the more! In this adventure, Harold sets off to find a Christmas tree to decorate before Santa arrives and ends up at the North Pole where Santa is snowed in and needs help. Read the full post…

25 Days – Book 10: The Year Of The Perfect Christmas Tree

Day 10 is a lovely story written in 1988 by Gloria Houston and illustrated by the wonderful Barbara Cooney. It is The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree.

Set in 1918, in the hills of the Appalachian Mountains, the story is about young Ruthie and the Christmas she would never forget. With her papa off in the Great War, Ruthie and her mama must figure out how to honor their family’s promise to provide the perfect Christmas tree for the village church that year. Read the full post…

25 Days – Book 8: Santa Calls

Today’s book is by the spectacular author/illustrator William Joyce. Santa Calls is about the Christmas of 1908 and the adventures of a young boy; his friend, Spaulding; and his little sister, Esther.

It is a high-flying, daredevil adventure with dark elves, an evil queen, licorice weapons, and much more. But the real heart of the story is sibling love. Read the full post…

25 Days – Book 7: The Christmas Quiet Book

Our seventh book of this Christmas journey is a brand new, fresh-off-the-press beauty called The Christmas Quiet Book (2012). This gorgeous book was written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Canadian talent, Renata Liwska.

With all the hustle, bustle and loudness of the Christmas season, this book celebrates the moments of quiet amidst all the chaos. Read the full post…

25 Days – Book 6: Christmas In Noisy Village

Day 6 brings us a delightful vintage book from 1963 called Christmas in Noisy Village. It is written by the wonderful author of the Pippi Longstocking series, Astrid Lindgren; and beautifully illustrated by Ilon Wikland.

This is a story about 7 children who live in a small town of Sweden and the joys that come around the preparation and celebration of Christmas. Read the full post…

25 Days – Book 5: How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Day 5 brings us a sneaky tale from the infamous Dr. Seuss, How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

The tale written and illustrated in 1957 has become a classic about the Scrooge-like creature known as the Grinch who despises the joy and merriment of Christmas and decides to sabotage the poor town of Who-ville’s holiday. Thankfully, the true spirit of the holiday works wonders on the Grinch’s heart and the tale ends delightfully with a carved roast beast! Read the full post…