Sunday, November 20, 2022

Christmas Holiday House classic secular kiddie books [Review & USA Giveaway]

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Tomie dePaola

My thoughts: 
Small enough for the very young to hold and carry about. Sturdy enough to endure much love and handling. Beautifully illustrated with detailed drawings that echo back to former days.

The beautifully written poem will simply roll off the tongue of readers to entertain young listeners and older ones alike.

A very nice, timeless book for those wee ones. 

About the book: A perfect stocking-stuffer edition of a beloved Christmas classic, from the creator of Strega Nona and Quiet.

With warm colors and cozy art, award-winning artist Tomie dePaola brings the beloved holiday poem to life. Detailed decorations and family portraits hang on the walls of a turn of the 19th century New England home as the family sleeps, snuggled into cozy geometric quilts—until the clatter of little hooves on the roof wakes them.

Rosy-cheeked St. Nicholas appears, filling the stockings with dolls and blocks, toy animals and candy canes, before taking off over the snow-capped hills in his sleigh. Framed by borders inspired by traditional New England quilts, the warm illustrations are full of cheerful details kids will love to pore over.

Called "a shareable Christmas treasure" in a Booklist starred review, The Night Before Christmas was Tomie dePaola's 100th book when it was originally published. A family favorite for more than thirty years, this beautiful rendition of a Christmas favorite is still a perfect read-aloud for snowy nights—and now, a perfect board book stocking stuffer, in just the right size for young readers to enjoy.

Tomie dePaola's Christmas Tree Book by Tomie dePaola

My thoughts: 
This is an "educational" book as it instructs in conversational telling. I discovered things about the history of the Christmas tree I'd never before heard. Interesting.

The setting is a family with grandmama helping to decorate the family Christmas tree. Questions are asked and graciously answered with information that will surprise readers. Directed to a young audience, the information will be learned in a pleasant way.

About the book: Fun facts and holiday cheer from the creator of Strega Nona and Quiet.

While picking out their Christmas tree, a couple of curious kids start to wonder where Christmas trees came from. Who invented the first one? How did they become so popular? And how have they changed over the years?

Celebrated children's author Tomie dePaola is here to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Christmas trees—and everything you never even thought to wonder about. With bright illustrations and kid-friendly text, Tomie dePaola's Christmas Tree Book is full of facts, history, and legends.

Instructions on making your own Christmas tree ornament are included!

2 books for 1 winner
Run dates: Nov.20-Dec. 7
Open to USA addresses only.
DISCLOSURE: I received complimentary copies to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Winner's prize is provided and shipped directly to the winner by publisher or publicist. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes.


  1. I would love the christmas is book and the TOMIE DEPAOLA’S CHRISTMAS TREE BOOK. They all look so interesting.

  2. The Night Before Christmas and The Christmas Tree.


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    Hanukkah Bear and THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

  4. The Night Before Christmas and The Night Before Christmas Deep Under the Sea

  5. I would really like Christmas Is…
    By Gail Gibbons and also The 12 Days of Christmas
    By Jane Cabrera twinkle at optonline dot net

  6. I'm interested in The 12 Days of Christmas and The Night Before Christmas, Deep Under the Sea books.

  7. I brought my neighbor some food and a piece of pie.

  8. A childs christmas in wales the 12 days of christmas


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