Snowy Nap by Jan Brett

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, here come posts about seasonal titles. You remember I am a Christmas freak, right?

When winter comes, Hedgie tries to stay awake so he doesn’t miss out on all the fun his friends are having.

Snow is on the way, and as Hedgie trundles around the farm all his friends tell him of the winter-time fun he will miss as he hibernates–Icicles decorating the chicken coop! Lisa making snowmen! The pond turned to slippery ice! It sounds so amazing, Hedgie decides to stay awake instead of going to his burrow. But then a snowstorm starts. Luckily, Lisa finds him and brings him inside so Hedgie gets to see the wonders of winter from inside the cozy house.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Lexile Measure: 0660
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers; 1st Edition edition (October 16, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0399170731
ISBN-13: 978-0399170737

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Oops! by Leo Timmers

A little pig takes a thrilling sled ride down a snowy hill in Oops! by author and illustrator Leo Timmers.

Come take a magical ride down a snowy hill with Piggy as he tries to get safely to the bottom where Mommy and Daddy are standing. This is a fun, wintertime book for preschoolers that teaches them about over, around, under, and between. Piggy is acting a bit naughty,  but he can’t resist going down the hill by himself. He soon discovers however, that as he’s going downhill, others are coming uphill. “Oops!” and “Phew!” are words repeated throughout this simple story, whose quirky characters and silly illustrations will have youngsters asking to read it over and again.

I’ve said this about Clavis Publishing before, but I really appreciate that they “get” children. Their books are perfect for little ones. I’m thrilled to add Oops! to our collection.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Clavis Publishing
  • ISBN-10:160537105X
  • ISBN-13:978-1605371054
  • SRP:  $15.95

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation for this review.


The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge 2011

The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge is hosted by Michelle,  The True Book Addict, over at her The Christmas Spirit blog. I don’t usually participate in reading challenges because my review schedule is so busy. I can’t however, pass this one up.  It’s about Christmas after all–something I love as much as the kids.

I’m choosing the Mistletoe level – 2 to 4 books. I think I can manage that along with everything else I have to read on my other blogs. The four books I plan to read are:

  • Deck the Halls by Veronica Vasylenko (Padded Board Book)
  • Jingle Bells by Veronica Vasylenko (Padded Board Book)
  • Kevin’s Christmas by Liesbet Slegers (picture book)
  • Ricky’s Christmas Tree by Guido Van Genechten (Picture book)

Since these are short books, I am going to toss in ‘Tis the Season (Main St. #3) by Ann M. Martin. I bought it at a book fair a couple of years ago and would love to get to it.

UPDATE–Added these books that I’ll be reviewing in December:

Humbug A Christmas Carol by Lee Baker

Holy Stable: Celebrate the Miracle by Heidi Hanseen

Also, for the moms that might be checking in here, I just finished reading The Nine Lives of Christmas by Sheila Roberts. I love unique stories set during Christmas, and this one definitely fits the bill.

Hope you enjoy the upcoming holiday season!

Christmas Children’s Books

I love reading books set around Christmas. Children’s books are some of the most fun. I’m proud to say that Little Shepherd is among the many possible choices you have when selecting a Christmas children’s book for the young person in your life. There are, however, many other great books around this time of year. This video trailer mentions just a few.

Here are some lists of titles you can check out that others have suggested:

G. Powell’s list on Amazon can be found at:

Elizabeth Kinney put together this list a few years back that includes slides of book covers:

Apples 4 the Teacher suggests these ones:

They also suggested this list of Christian Christmas children’s books:

This is another list from Amazon. This one comes to you from Cassandra W.:

And last but not least, here are some of my personal favorites:

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Kat Whelan. This lovely book from tiger tales has a cute Santa Mouse who visits the Mouse family on Christmas Eve. The pages are cardstock and have glitter accents.

A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas by Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills, illustrated by Wilson Swain. This book came out in 2009 from Chronicle Books. It takes the traditional nutcracker story and turns it on its ear.

Fritz is left home on Christmas Eve with his neighbor. All he wants to do is play his video game, but it’s been locked in the closet because he broke his sister’s doll. Fritz sneaks the game out of the closet and begins playing, sending him on a magical journey to Christmas Wood where he must help the Nutcracker defeat the Mouse King’s evil plan.

The Christmas Pumpkin by Debbie Reese, illustrated by Ron Head. This award-winning book from BeeBop Books tells the story of a young boy whose father gives him a green pumpkin at the end of the harvest season. The boy decides to decorate it for Christmas, but everyone he tells this it’s idea. That is until he meets up with a kind old man with a long white beard who offers him some help.

Baby Jesus is Missing by Dixie Phillips, illustrated by K.C. Snider. This book is from my publisher, Guardian Angel Publishing. When I read books like this one, it makes me realize all over again why I wanted them to be the ones to bring Little Shepherd to readers.

In this book, Mommy and Daddy are all tied up with winning the neighborhood Christmas decorating contest, but young Josiah is worried about something else–Baby Jesus is missing from their wooden manager scene, and you can’t have Christmas without Jesus. Baby Jesus is Missing features some of artist K.C. Snider’s wonderful winter scene illustrations that I love so much.

One Family’s Christmas by Mary Jean Kelso, illustrated by K.C. Snider. Another book from Guardian Angel Publishing, find young Derrick going up to the dreaded attic with his father to find the Christmas decorations. When they discover the Christmas angel that once traveled the Oregon Trail, Derrick and his older sister vow to protect the angel just as those who brought along the trail did many years before them.

All the books on my list and many of the others mentioned are available at

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A Winter Solstice Celebration by Didi LeMay

One day, Miya travels out to the forest with a bag of old bread and stale biscuits to feed the animals so they don’t go hungry during the winter. An angry squirrel insists upon knowing why this human is in the forest. But when Miya tries to leave, she realizes she has gone very deep into the forest and is now lost.

She meets up with the other animals, who are having a meeting to discuss what the humans are doing to the forest. Miya is on a mission to save the forest. With the animals’ help, she makes it back to her village determined to do what she can to convince the people they must change their ways.

A Winter Solstice Celebration by DiDi LeMay is a small book with a big message.  Young readers are treated to an enjoyable story of talking animals who interact with humans–at least one human anyway. Miya has been taught to respect the animals and the environment, so she is the perfect person to deliver the animals’ message back to her village.

LeMay is obviously passionate about protecting the environment. The book is printed on acid-free post consumer waste paper. Perhaps at some point it will be available in electronic format.

The author tells an engaging story, one I feel will do well if read aloud. The different personalities of the animals are well done. I have to admit, however, that I wish the reader met Miya sooner. One whole page and three-quarters of the next page are spent describing the village before Miya appears. There are also other areas where so much is described that it slows down the pace of the story.  It’s a tiny nitpick, but I felt it made the story longer than necessary, which may have something to do with the high selling price.

Other than that, this is an excellent way to share the important message of protecting the environment with young people. It’s a delightful story that is nicely complemented by the illustrations from Jacquie Campbell.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: AuthorHouse 
  • ISBN-10: 1438909985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438909981
  • SRP:  $23.99

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    ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

    The timeless classic poem by Clement C. Moore comes alive again in ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, illustrated by Kat Whelan.

    Santa Mouse lands on the Mouse family’s roof in this delightful sharing of Moore’s beloved poem. With his “eight tiny reindeer” Santa Mouse arrives at the Mouse family’s house dressed “all in fur, from his head to his foot”, and leaves presents for the family as Mr. Mouse looks on.

    Kat Whelan’s artwork is absolutely beautiful. The attention to detail and the stunning colors make this a book you’ll want to display on the top of your bookshelf or a coffee table all season long. The pages are highlighted with a glitter varnish, which little hands will love to touch and feel.

    This poetic tale is always a great read-aloud story, but when you couple it with Whelan’s lovely artwork, it becomes a not-to-be-missed Christmas reading experience.

    Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Tiger Tales
  • ISBN-10: 1589258584
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589258587
  • SRP:  $12.95

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    One Snowy Day by Tammi Salzano

    Counting from one to ten has never been so much fun!

    Penguin loves snowy days. That’s because snowy days mean…one woolly hat, two warm mittens, three happy friends–and so much more!

    One Snowy Day by Tammi Salzano will have your preschooler counting from one to ten before you know it. This beautiful padded board book with foil-stamped snowflakes on the cover and inside pages, will delight your child while helping him learn to count. Artist Hannah Wood has created some darling illustrations for this one, using soft wintry colors to bring penguin’s story to life.

    A wonderful seasonal read is what you’ll find in One Snowy Day.

    Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Tiger Tales; Padded Board Book edition 
  • ISBN-10: 1589258576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589258570
  • SRP:  $8.95

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