Joy and Mary Save Christmas by Wayne Harris-Wyrick

Joy and her friend, Mary, are taken on a magical adventure to help Santa and the elves when stolen presents and electrical problems hit the North Pole in Joy and Mary Save Christmas by Wayne Harris-Wyrick.

While playing in Joy’s backyard and lamenting the lack of snow in Oklahoma City at Christmastime, the two girls find themselves transported to the North Pole, where an upset Santa Claus begs for their help. Thanks to Joy’s photographic memory and Mary’s eagerness to help, Christmas might just be saved.

What a fun, magical adventure. Harris-Wyrick has created a seasonal story filled with Christmas magic that will have everyone believing in Santa Claus. Inspired by a dream, this delightful story will charm tweens and teens with inventions only the North Pole might have.

Artist Carrie Salazar provided the cover art and interior illustrations for Joy and Mary Save Christmas. The snowy scenes and glimpses into Santa’s world are so sweet and relay such emotion the reader will feel like they are right there alongside Joy and Mary as they work to save Christmas.

If you enjoy seasonal stories filled with special magic, you need to pick up a copy of Joy and Mary Save Christmas.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ 4RV Tweens & Teens (September 16, 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 60 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1940310512
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1940310510
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 9 – 12 years

I purchased a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

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: http://www.amazon.com/Best-Childrens-Christmas-books/lm/H65O5OCPJUKR

Elizabeth Kinney put together this list a few years back that includes slides of book covers:  http://childrensbooks.about.com/od/holidays/ss/christmas2004.htm

Apples 4 the Teacher suggests these ones: http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/christmas/kids-books/

They also suggested this list of Christian Christmas children’s books: http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/christmas-religious/kids-books/

This is another list from Amazon. This one comes to you from Cassandra W.: http://www.amazon.com/Great-Christmas-Books-for-Kids/lm/F64KKM87CA3H

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 Amazon.com.



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