Candlewick Books Make Great Holiday Gifts

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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I love to read. I love to see kids reading. Here are three books that would be great gifts for kids.

And Then Comes Christmas

And Then Comes Christmas

  • Author: Tom Brenner, Illustrator: Jana Christy
  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (September 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076365342X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763653422
  • Cover price $15.99

From icicles clinging to roofs and houses strung with colorful lights to visiting Santa and hunting for the perfect tree, this classic-in-the-making celebrates all of the holiday’s excitement. Evoking both winter’s changes to the world outside and well-loved traditions taking place within, here is a story to encourage readers to curl up with their loved ones and bask in the magic of the Christmas season.
A lyrical invitation to watch for signs of the approaching season — and revel in the homespun rituals that warm a family celebration.

Tom Brenner is the author of the picture book And Then Comes Halloween, illustrated by Holly Meade. He lives on Vashon Island in Washington State, where in mid-December the island’s residents gather to light a giant fir tree, sing, and welcome Santa.

Jana Christy is the illustrator of numerous books for children and young readers, including the New York Times best-selling Never Girls series, written by Kiki Thorpe. Jana Christy lives in Western Massachusetts.

The FairyTale Handbook

The Fairy Tale Handbook

  • Author: Libby Hamilton, Illustrator: Tomislav Tomic
  • Age Range: 5 – 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 4
  • Hardcover: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Templar; Ltf edition (September 23, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763671304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763671303
  • Cover price $22.99

Explore the amazing world of favorite fairy tales in this novelty-packed guide. Includes lift-the-flap maps, miniature books, insider information on famous characters like Cinderella and the Gingerbread Man, and a closer look at more troublesome folk, including the Big Bad Wolf! With a wealth of amazing detail to pore over, fairy-tale fans will love to explore this guide again and again.
Go on an adventure to meet all the legendary fairy-tale characters!

Libby Hamilton has written a variety of books for children, including The Monstrous Book of Monsters, which was a finalist for the Children’s Choice Book Award.

Tomislav Tomic has been a children’s book illustrator for many years. His books include the international bestseller Wizardology.

Up & Down

Up & Down

  • Age Range: 2 – 5 years
  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Templar; Ina Ltf edition (October 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763671290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763671297
  • Cover price $17.99

Little Penguin misses his friend and decides it’s time to visit. Leaping off his iceberg, he embarks on a journey, facing ups and downs and ins and outs until the pair are finally reunited. Young readers will have fun getting hands-on with this interactive book of lift-the-flap opposites, presented in an upmarket format that perfectly showcases Britta Teckentrup’s color-rich artwork.

Britta Teckentrup is a fine artist, writer, and illustrator of many well-loved books for children. Born in Hamburg, Germany, she studied at St. Martin’s College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London.


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pat. marsden December 15, 2014 - 5:54 am

That fairy tale handbook sounds precious.

Crystal December 15, 2014 - 7:20 pm

We always make sure there are books underneath our Christmas tree & these sounds like great choices. I have been trying to focus on traditions so And Then Comes Christmas would be a great fit for us.

Scott December 15, 2014 - 8:41 pm

Although my girls are now well past the age level of these books, I do love the art style. Will recommend them to my neighbor who has a pre-schooler.

Kelly Hutchinson December 16, 2014 - 12:00 pm

My kids are above this reading level but I can see them enjoying the books had they had them when they were a bit younger.

Lena December 16, 2014 - 1:38 pm

Those are some exciting books – great stocking stuffers too!

paula schuck December 16, 2014 - 2:55 pm

These are super cute and who can resist giving kids books? I haven’t read any of these actually which surprises me. But maybe I could still read them if I gift them to my niece and nephew this year!!


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