The Christmas Book Every Child Should Receive This Christmas: Book GIVEAWAY

November 28, 2011

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: The Night Before Christmas

Performed by Peter, Paul and Mary

Written by Clement C. Moore

Paintings by Eric Puybaret

Why we love this book:

There is one word for this book, ENCHANTING! Where do I start? The classic poem? The magical illustrations? Or the absolutely, lovely performance by Peter, Paul and Mary?

Growing-up as a child,  our family had a Little Golden Book version of The Night Before Christmas. I can close my eyes and still see the illustration of, Mama in her kerchief, and Papa in his cap as he sprang from his bed to see what was the matter. This classic poem is one that should be read to all children every Christmas.

While browsing through children’s books, the illustrations on the cover of this book caught my attention. As I thumbed through the pages, I found the illustrations bright and warm and they just seem to twinkle right off the page. The book has a very nostalgic look to it and St. Nicholas reminds me of our traditional German St. Nicholas. I just couldn’t leave the store without this book!

When I got home, I popped in the CD and was mesmerized like a little child. I loooooove this book and CD! The recording was made by Peter, Paul and Mary. This was Mary Travers last recording and her reading of this classic poem is simply enchanting! The back of the book tells the story of Mary recording the reading of The Night Before Christmas, “She whispered, as if telling the child a secret . . . . When she finished, we were breathless . . . .” They did two takes, but the first one was the one.

On December 6th, our German St. Nicholas will make a stop at our house and there beside the children’s stockings will be a copy of The Night Before Christmas! I am giddy with the anticipation of cuddling with the kiddos as Mary reads to us.

This is the one Christmas Book EVERY Child Should Receive This Christmas!

We’re GIVING AWAY one hardcover copy of  The Night Before Christmas

Performed by Peter, Paul and Mary

Written by Clement C. Moore

Paintings by Eric Puybaret

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

What is your favorite Christmas book? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, December 8, 2011

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, December 9, 2011. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Shelley November 28, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I’ll just say hey because how could I chose a favorite amongst all the wonderful Christmas books. It’d be like picking a favorite child.

Brandy November 28, 2011 at 9:41 pm

My favorite Christmas book is The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza by David Shannon.

Robin November 28, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Just a hey from me too, There are a lot of good Christmas books, when I was little I liked the Little Match Girl. I can not wait to check out this book. I saw Peter and Paul on stage in Kerrville at a music festival, they were awesome.

amber November 29, 2011 at 12:06 am

I can’t decide on a favorite. We love so many Christmas books. I guess my favorite would have to be the Christmas story in the Bible. We can’t read that one enough times this time of year.


Jennifer November 29, 2011 at 4:48 am

Just a Hey from me…too many to choose from but I do agree with the Bible!

Amy B. November 29, 2011 at 7:10 am

I have many Christmas Books I like to read with my kids. You Are My Miracle, Mooseltoe, and Twas The Night Before Christmas along with The Christmas Carol are all family favorites.

Stasia November 29, 2011 at 8:43 am

So many to choose from. I love The Night Before Christmas. I finally read Yes, Virginia and I thought it was a cute story. A favorite in our house is How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Tiffany November 29, 2011 at 9:24 am

My favorite Christmas book is Santa Mouse by Michael Brown. I have loved it since childhood.

Tara November 29, 2011 at 10:13 am

Hey! :) We love to read Christmas books, but I do try to make sure that the boys know the real meaning of Christmas.

Merelyn - Real Kid Friendly November 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Polar Express – although I can’t find my copy to read this year; still looking!

maryanne @ mama smiles November 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I love The Polar Express! But this one sounds fantastic. I love Peter, Paul, and Mary!

cathy November 29, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I love “the crippled lamp”

Kayla Arrowood December 1, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Our favorite book for Christmas is The Christmas Story… kevinkaylaarrowood123 at yahoo dot com

Janelle @ Brimful Curiosities December 1, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I’m late replying for the contest but wanted to mention “Christmas is Here” by Lauren Castillo. It’s currently my favorite children’s book version of the account of the birth of Christ. Fabulous illustrations that go along with the KJV Bible text.

Anissa December 2, 2011 at 11:03 am

What a hard question…I guess I will go with “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. I love her illustrations, everytime we read it we find something new. I also have to give “The Night Before Christmas” an honorable mention.

Sarah Bailey December 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm

The Christmas Carol by Dickens

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Cyndi December 5, 2011 at 6:54 pm

We read a lot of Christmas books with the kiddos every year, but, all time fave is The Night Before Christmas. It has always been my favorite. As a child, we also had the Little Golden Books version. Heck I may still have it packed away in my stuff from when I left for the Army; wornout pages and all.

mica December 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Olive the other reindeer is my daughter’s favorite

Alice December 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm

When I was a kid we had a book that was a story from the perspective of a christmas tree. I don’t remember what it was called but I loved it. The night before christmas is also a favorite. And gift of the magi. So many good stories!!

Yvonne December 7, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Luke, chapter 2 – that’s our favorite around here.

Karrie Flanagan December 8, 2011 at 10:17 am

Our new FAV is The Elf on the Shelf! Got one for my son this year…by far the best money spent! Has made everyday sooooo Magical! But my all time favorite is the Bible telling us the true meaning of Christmas!

Roxie December 8, 2011 at 10:20 am

We love reading the The Christmas story in the Bible.

Angie December 8, 2011 at 10:54 am

My favorite Christmas book is all the Gingerbread man, baby, etc…. books.

cathy December 8, 2011 at 10:50 pm

favorite storybook is Moosletoe

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