Welcome to YABC’s 8th Annual Holiday Giveaway! We’re featuring books perfect for the book lover on your holiday list!–with exciting prize packs every day for the first five days of December. Giveaways are US only due to publishers’ rights restrictions in other territories.
Today’s Theme for our Second Day of The Festival of Lights Giveaway is Christmas brought to you by Candlewick, Publisher’s Spotlight, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, Blue Slip Media, and MMpublicity!
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Title: Santa’s Secret Society
Author: Amber Stewart
Illustrator: Sònia Albert
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: 12/6/2022
Less than a week before Christmas, Herbert Henry’s father has lost his job, and worse, his Christmas cheer. Herbert needs the kind of help only Santa can provide. But as he journeys north to hand-deliver his letter to Santa, Herbert discovers that his power to help others―from busy Elves to a stranded Snow Bear―could be the key to everyone’s merry Christmas.
The delight and drama of the journey is nothing compared to the surprise awaiting Herbert Henry upon reaching the House of Claus. Chaos abounds, Christmas is in jeopardy, and it is down
to one industrious little boy, and only slightly helpful dog and the cast of characters Herbert has helped and befriended on the way to save Christmas . . . but can Herbert also save his father and
Title: Evie’s Christmas Wishes
Author: Siobhán Parkinson
Illustrator: Shannon Bergin
Publisher: Little Island Books
Release Date: 10/11/2022
Christmas is coming and Evie is wishing, wishing …
Evie can hardly wait for Christmas to arrive. There is lots of festive fun to be had, from rehearsing for the school play, to decorating the tree, to wrapping presents. As she prepares for the big day with her parents and classmates, she is wishing, wishing, wishing. Suddenly, her wishes begin to come true! Just not in the way she expects. A wish for a reindeer results in a reindeer decoration being found in the attic, a wish for a singing part in her school play sees the whole class (Evie included) all singing along together, and her wish for a white Christmas sees a brief sprinkle of snowfall on Christmas Eve. Her biggest wish of all is fora baby siste, which also partially comes true, in a very surprising way.
Title: THE MAGIC OF A SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS
Author: Megan Alexander
From Inside Edition’s national correspondent Megan Alexander comes a sweet picture book celebrating the joys, wonders, and traditions of a small-town Christmas in the spirit of her show, Small Town Christmas.
In the town of Heartbeat Falls, where skies are crystal clear, the magic of Christmas is celebrated in many different ways: from picking the perfect tree to decorating it with glittering ornaments; from ice skating to eating yummy gingerbread cookies; from hanging handmade stockings to sharing a homecooked meal. Here, the residents know the beauty of a small town doesn’t come from its size, but from the love shared by its people, shining brightly in their eyes.
Title: WHEN SANTA CAME TO STAY
Author Billy Sharff
Illustrator: Eda Kaban
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 18. 2022
The Grinch meets Snowmen at Christmas in this rollicking, rhyming picture book that answers the question, Why can’t Christmas last all year?
What happens when your Christmas cookies are too good? Santa comes . . . to stay! At first, it’s fantastic: treats and toys and reindeer flights every day. Then Mrs. Claus arrives. And Baby Claus. And before long, the Easter Bunny and her babies Chuck and Puck and Luck and Duck and . . . you get the picture. By the time the Fourth of July rolls around, everyone’s had a bit too much eggnog in their cereal and confetti in their hair. As one family discovers, maybe the true meaning of Christmas is about more than presents and sweets. And maybe there’s a reason it comes but once a year.
Title: A PARTRIDGE IN THE WE TREE
Author: Ashley Belote
Release Date: October 11, 2022
Publisher: Penguin Workshop
ABOUT A PARTRIDGE IN THE WE TREE
From author-illustrator Ashley Belote comes a hilarious and holiday-themed companion to The Me Tree, the tale of a bear who learned to happily share his space. In this festive follow-up, Christmas visitors quickly put Bear’s patience and hospitality to the test.
Designed to engage early readers, this story combines charming characters with simple text, lively illustrations, and laugh-out-loud humor to help boost kids’ confidence and create lifelong readers!
Bear is back and this time his home, “The We Tree,” is full of holiday cheer… for everyone but Bear. With guests like four flocking birds, three French squirrels, two spruced-up cats, and a partridge in the We Tree, will Bear finally find the holiday spirit?
With full-color illustrations on every page, this humorous story is perfect for kids just beginning to read on their own. The early vocabulary and amusing illustrations make reading easy and fun! Exciting, easy-to-read books are the stepping stone a young reader needs to bridge the gap between being a beginner and being fluent.
Author: Matt Tavares
Illustrator: Matt Tavares
Publication Date: 9/10/2019
From the celebrated creator of Red and Lulu comes the story of a brave little doe who meets Santa and changes Christmas forever.
Dasher is an adventurous young reindeer with a wish in her heart. She spends her days with her family under the hot sun in a traveling circus, but she longs for a different life — one where there is snow beneath her hooves and the North Star above her head. One day, when the opportunity arises, Dasher seizes her destiny and takes off in pursuit of the life she wants to live. It’s not long before she meets a nice man in a red suit with a horse-drawn sleigh — a man named Santa. And soon, with the help of a powerful Christmas wish, nothing will be the same.
Title: A Very Mercy Christmas
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Illustrator: Chris Van Dusen
Publication Date: 9/27/2022
For fans of Mercy Watson, old and new, comes a joyful crescendo of favorite characters in a picture-book celebration of the quiet miracles the holidays bring. Mercy ornament included!
Stella Endicott felt joyful. She felt like something miraculous might happen. She wanted to sing.
When Stella gets the sudden idea to go caroling, she has a little trouble getting someone to join her. Her brother, Frank, is not good at spontaneity. The Watsons are very involved in a precarious fruitcake attempt (but happy to send their pig, Mercy, out for the occasion). Eugenia Lincoln declines, a bit rudely, to accompany on her accordion, and Horace Broom is too busy studying planetary movement. Will Stella need to sing by herself–with enthusiastic contributions from the pig, the cat, and the horse she picks up on the way? Or does the evening hold a miracle Stella hadn’t expected? With tender affection for Mercy Watson and all her Deckawoo Drive friends, Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen offer a picture-book homage to the season that is perfectly suited for family sharing–perhaps with some cups of hot cocoa and a stack of well-buttered toast.
Title: Christmas is Joy
Author: Emma Dodd
Illustrator: Emma Dodd
Publication Date: 9/6/2022
An enchanting celebration of the true meaning of Christmas, featuring two adorable reindeer
Christmas is love that lasts all year.
It’s all of us, together, here.
Christmas is peace, stars twinkling above,
a night of sweet dreams and a heart full of love.
Emma Dodd’s joyful celebration of this wonderful time of year, as seen through the eyes of two reindeer, is a pure delight.
Title: Best Gift For Bear
Author: Jennifer A. Bell
Publisher: Two Lions
Publication Date: September 27, 2022
Just right for the holidays, this charming story about finding a perfect present introduces an endearing hedgehog and bear―and includes a gingerbread-cookie recipe.
Hedgehog has been busy making gifts for all of her friends. But what could possibly be grand enough for her dear friend Bear? Bear had shown Hedgehog the wonders of butterflies and taught her to ice-skate, after all. When Hedgehog finally finds her inspiration and delivers the gift, it doesn’t quite turn out as she expected…
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