Giveaway #9 of the 14 Colossal Holiday Children’s Book Giveaways: Cultural Christmas

Holiday Giveaway Winners Have Been Selected! Congratulations to:

Giveaway 2 Adopt Me-Piper Smith from WI
Giveaway 3 Lovable Characters-Janet Coffield from NC
Giveaway 4 Comic Strips-Debra Hays from LA
Giveaway 5 stories for Christ Eve-Amy Burbol from TX
Giveaway 6 Essentia Classics-Cassandra McCavy from MA
Giveaway 7 Pirates-Kristina Carter from NC
Giveaway 8 Creative Christmas-Nicole Lancasteer from AZ
Giveaway 9 Cultural Xmas-Adrianne Braun from MI
Giveaway 10 Fairy Tales-Silvia Rodriguez from IL
Giveaway 11 Christmas Spirit-Robin Marshall from MD
Giveaway 12 Peace on Earth-Laura Zeigler from IN
Giveaway 13 True Meaning-Nikki Watkins from FL
Giveaway 14 Handicrafted Christmas-Christy Hawkes from UT

Giveaway #9 offers variety, combining the classic with the unusual. One winner will receive two very different picture books, with a focus on culture, plus an amazing Christmas sticker book!

Scroll to the bottom for Giveaway Rules.

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Giveaway #1 – Happy Hanukkah!

Giveaway #2 – Adopt Me! Books

Giveaway #3   -Loveable Characters

Giveaway #4  – Comic Strips

Giveaway #5 –  Stories for Christmas Eve

Giveaways #6 – Essential Classics

Giveaway #7 – Pirate’s Christmas

Giveaway # 8 – Creative Christmas

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Book 1


Katie’s London Christmas

•    Targeted Audience: Preschool, Lower Elementary (Ages 2-5)
•    Genre: Fiction Picture Book
•    Author/Illustrator: James Mayhew
•    Publisher: Orchard Books (imprint of Hodder and Soughton)
•    Publication Date: November 1, 2014
•    Binding: Hard Cover
•    Dimensions: 11 x 10
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 32 Pages
•    Retail: $16.99
•    ISBN: 978-1408326411

Santa’s Little Helpers

Katie’s London Christmas is one of six titles in the celebrated Katie series created by James Mayhew, with its stunning illustrations. On Christmas Eve, Katie and her brother, Jack are awaken at their grandmother’s house by the sound of a sneeze. Lo and behold! It’s Father Christmas, and he has a cold. Katie and Jack offer to help Santa, since he’s not feeling so well, so he brings them to his sleigh. Together they soar above London, seeing all the magnificent lights and sites the city has to offer, and all the while Santa keeps sneezing.  Before they know it, Katie and Jack are going from house to house, down and up the chimneys, delivering gifts for Christmas – even at the royal palace. Will they get home before Grandma finds out?

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© Copyright – Image courtesy of Orchard Books

Every Child’s Dream

Every young child who celebrates Christmas has dreamed about being one of Santa’s helpers, flying high in the sky in the sleigh pulled by reindeer. Now with Katie and Jack, they can imagine that they too are helping Santa deliver gifts on Christmas Eve. Children get a lesson in geography and culture as they learn about all the highlights of London. But the real highlight of reading this book is admiring the beautiful illustrations, with the bird’s eye views of the city and the blustery snow. Katie’s London Christmas is a wonderful way to celebrate this magical time of year.

About the Author/Illustrator

James_Mayhew-detailJames Mayhew studied at Maidstone College of Art, and his first children’s book, Katie’s Picture Show was published in 1989. It’s been firmly in print ever since. Many more titles have followed and the series sells in museums and galleries all over the world, from the Met in New York, to the Uffizi in Florence, the Louvre in Paris and beyond. James has devised and performed in a hugely successful series of concerts for children, combining live classical music, storytelling and live art. In addition, James is in demand internationally as a speaker and educator and  has taught writing courses for the Arvon Foundation and visits many schools. He lives in Hertfordshire, England with his family.

Book 2

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Cajun Night Before Christmas

•    Targeted Audience: Preschool, Lower Elementary (Ages 5-8)
•    Genre: Fiction Picture Book
•    Author/Illustrator/
•    Publisher: Pelican Publishing
•    Publication Date: September 30, 1993
•    Binding: Hard Cover
•    Dimensions: 8.5 x 11
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 48 Pages
•    Retail: $16.99
•    ISBN: 978-978-0882899404

“De chirren been nezzle
Good snug on the flo’
An’ Mama pass de pepper
T’ru de crack on de do.”

Hilarious Twist on a Old Classic

Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 8.51.14 PMOver 25 years have passed since this book was first published, and since that time it has sold close to half a million copies. The classic story of The Night Before Christmas is transformed into a southern tale, down on the bayou, and it speaks to your terrific sense of humor.  Everything that happens in Cajun Night Before Christmas couldn’t possibly happen anywhere else but on the bayou, where gators run wild. Santa is dressed in muskrat from head to toe and gators rather than reindeer pull his skiff, rather than a sleigh.

Why You’ll Love This Book

Cajun Night Before Christmas is a whole lot of fun to read aloud, but you’ve got to do it with a Cajun accent. It will get both children and adults roaring with laughter. Even if you cherish the original story – and who doesn’t? – you’ll love this creative take on the classic. Along with the hilarious text written with in Cajun dialect, are gorgeous illustrations, detailed with fantastic ink details. Illustrator James Rice took the Green-Nosed Alligator, Gaston fro the book and gave him his own series. If you’ve got a good sense of humor, this special book will put a new, hilarious spin on your Christmas.

About the  Author/Illustrator

Rice,J-bwJames Rice, in his long, distinguished career as an author and illustrator, has produced nearly fifty children’s books, among them the first of this series for Pelican, Cajun Night Before Christmas, in 1973. With more than one million copies of his books in print, he ranks among the nation’s best-selling creators of children’s books. James passed away in May, 2014.

Book 3


Eyelike Christmas: 400 Reusable Stickers

•    Targeted Audience: Preschool, Lower Elementary (Ages 5-8)
•    Genre: Sticker Book
•    Publisher: Playbac by Workman Publishing
•    Publication Date: October 15, 2011
•    Binding: paperback
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 12 Pages
•    Retail: $6.95

The Best Stickers Ever!

Eyelike  Reusable Sticker Books are amazing! 400 high quality photographed stickers fill every book, and the inside covers can be used to place and replace the stickers over and over again. Eyelike Christmas stickers include trees, ornaments, wreaths, ice skates, candy canes, Christmas cookies, snowmen, gingerbread houses, reindeer and much more.  These are the most beautifully photographed stickers you’ll ever see. You can put them on windows, in scrapbooks, on lunch boxes and notebooks too, and they’ll come off easily to be used again.

Enter for a Chance to Win All Three Titles on this Post and Be on the Lookout for Many More Holiday Children’s Book Giveaways All Week Long

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  1. Enter the giveaway by Liking our Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and sending us an email to smartbooks (at) with your name and mailing address. In the subject line of the email write Cultural Christmas Giveaway.  We will not share your email or address or use it for any other purpose than this giveaway. PLEASE NOTE: If you do not include your mailing address in your email your entry will be discarded.  (We only require addresses so books can be mailed quickly and in the past we have found it difficult to contact winners to obtain their mailing addresses.)
  2. You may enter any or all of our 14 Colossal Holiday Children’s Book Giveaways but no person will be eligible to win more than one giveaway this week – we’d like to spread the cheer to as many readers as possible.
  3. Optional: You will receive one extra entry for leaving a valid comment on this post on this website. Tell me about your favorite Christmas traditions.
  4. Optional: You will receive two extra entries for following me on Twitter.
  5. Optional: You will receive FIVE extra entries for sharing this giveaway from our Facebook Page. Go to the Facebook page and from there, click share on the link to this giveaway. If you share it from your own Facebook status and not from the Smart Book Facebook Page, I will not know about it, so it will not count.
  6. There will be one winner for three-book giveaway selected at random, residing in the USA. No books will be mailed outside the USA.
  7. This giveaway starts on Friday, December 12, 2014 and ends on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 5 pm.
  8. The winner will be notified via email on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
  9. Books will be mailed by Thursday, December 18,, 2014.
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