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 Third Day of The Festival of Lights Giveaway is Winter brought to you by Candlewick, Publisher’s Spotlight, Penguin Random House, and Blue Slip Media!
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Title: Snowmen at Work (Board Book)
Author: Caralyn Buehner
Illustrator: Mark Buehner
Publisher: Dial; Penguin Young Readers
Release Date: 11/1/2022
Ten years ago, on the publication of Snowmen at Night, we discovered the secret lives of snowmen. While we humans sleep, the snowmen go sledding, play baseball, and drink cocoa. But now it’s revealed that snowmen don’t just play all night–they have jobs to do, just like the parents of human kids. Dentists replace missing coal from snowman smiles while pet store owners help pair snowkids with their very own snowpuppy or snowfish to love. The pizza man delivers frozen pizza, and factory workers make the coolest toys in town.
This fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Snowmen series is a gleeful, goofy delight. Kids will love spotting the silly details in each illustration, and the hidden pictures too. (They can look on the back side of the book jacket for a key to all that’s concealed within.)
Title: Cocoa Magic
Author: Sandra Bradley
Illustrator: Gabrielle Grimard
Publisher: Pajama Press
Release Date: 11/8/2022
In a cozy 1920s chocolate shop, the special ingredients
in each perfect treat are empathy, generosity, and thoughtful acts of kindness.
Eight-year-old Daniel cherishes the hour he spends every
morning helping his Great-Uncle Lewis in his chocolate shop. They mix, temper,
pour, and mold. “It’s magic, my boy,” Uncle Lewis says. And Daniel
agrees. When a new girl named Sarah joins his class, Daniel sees how lonely she
is and begins sneaking chocolates into her desk. Seeing Sarah light up after
each treat is wonderful…but then Daniel starts noticing other classmates with
troubles. Soon he is hiding more and more chocolates until the exciting day
when everyone in class receives one, even the teacher! The best part is, no one
knows it’s him.
But then, when Daniel is the one feeling sad and alone, who
will know to comfort him?
In Cocoa Magic, Gabrielle Grimard’s rich and
nostalgic illustrations transport readers to a cozy 1920s chocolate shop and a
stiff brick schoolhouse that somehow learns to be warm as well. In her text and her closing author’s note, clinical
social worker Sandra Bradley celebrates the wonders that happen when someone
meets another person’s need to be seen and understood–even through the smallest
act of kindness.
Title: The Snowman Waltz
Author: Karen Konnerth
Illustrator: Emily Neilson
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Books
Release Date: 8/26/22
On a cold winter’s night under a starry sky, a dozen snowmen swoop down into a woodland glen. With a swing and a glide, they waltz in pairs, moving gracefully along a frozen river to a one?two?three tempo. Wearing top hats and colorful mittens, the snowmen bump, spin, and laugh as they make their way to dance on a frozen pond in a clearing. But wait, who is tramping down the hill and into the very same space? A dozen penguins, with their gleaming eyes and red bowties, march into the clearing, interrupting the dance. It’s a collision on ice. What a disaster! How can both groups share the same space? What will it take to sort out this kerfuffle to the satisfaction of both parties? Told in lyrical text with contrasting rhythms, this fun read-aloud offers a subtle lesson in cooperation for readers of all ages. Back matter includes song and sheet music, as well as a finger dance activity.
Title: The Winter Wolf
Author: Holly Webb
Illustrator: Simon Mendez & Artful Doodlers
Publisher: Tiger Tales
Release Date: 9/20/2022
Amelia is spending Christmas in an old family house when she finds a journal and is magically transported back in time into a wintry world. She finds herself trying save a wolf pup and its mother from hunters–but will she be able to withstand the icy wilderness and make it back home safely?
In this magical time-travel adventure, Amelia and her parents are spending Christmas in an old house that’s been in her family for generations. While exploring the attic, Amelia find a journal written by a long-lost relative around her age. Suddenly, she finds herself magically transported into the wintry world of the journal–and part of a plan to help save a wolf pup and its mother from hunters. Can Amelia help the animals–and find a way to return home safely?
In the Winter Journeys series, readers join the story characters in their exciting time travels to lands of ice and snow!
Title: The Shortest Day
Author: Susan Cooper
Illustrator: Carson Ellis
Publication Date: 10/22/2019
In this seasonal treasure, Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper’s beloved poem heralds the winter solstice, illuminated by Caldecott Honoree Carson Ellis’s strikingly resonant illustrations.
So the shortest day came,
and the year died . . .
As the sun set on the shortest day of the year, early people would gather to prepare for the long night ahead. They built fires and lit candles. They played music, bringing their own light to the darkness, while wondering if the sun would ever rise again. Written for a theatrical production that has become a ritual in itself, Susan Cooper’s poem “The Shortest Day” captures the magic behind the returning of the light, the yearning for traditions that connect us with generations that have gone before — and the hope for peace that we carry into the future. Richly illustrated by Carson Ellis with a universality that spans the centuries, this beautiful book evokes the joy and community found in the ongoing mystery of life when we celebrate light, thankfulness, and festivity at a time of rebirth. Welcome Yule!
Title: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Author: Robert Frost
Illustrator: Vivian Mineker
Publication Date: 11/8/2022
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Whether memorized by schoolchildren or used to eulogize a president, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” written in 1922 and published in 1923, has found a place as one of the best-loved and best-known American poems of the last hundred years. Now, six decades after the passing of its author, Robert Frost, celebrated artist P.J. Lynch brings this classic to new life with exquisitely detailed illustrations, evoking its iconic moments and wintry setting on the outskirts of a small village.
Title: Bright Winter Night
Author: Alli Brydon
Illustrator: Ashling Lindsay
Publisher: Two Lions
Release Date: 12/1/22
The forest calls, and creatures come:
big and small, one by one.
They sense there is a task to do
as night descends, replacing blue.
On one bright winter night, a group of woodland creatures emerges from the forest. Despite their differences, they start to build something together, using items found on the forest floor. What are they making? And how quickly can they build it? Something special is happening tonight, and soon the animals are off―in a race to catch a glimpse of one of nature’s most astounding wonders! With lyrical text and sparkling artwork, Bright Winter Night is a celebration of the joy and beauty of nature and the special gift of friendship and togetherness.
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