Giveaway #5 of the 14 Colossal Holiday Children’s Book Giveaways: Stories for Christmas Eve

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

Today’s giveaway is so much fun! I present you with two clever and really cute Christmas picture books perfect for reading on Christmas Eve, and one spectacular Christmas activity book. All three titles will go to one lucky winner! Be sure to check out my Sock Snowman Craft Project below both you and your children will love to do.

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Giveaway #1 – Happy Hanukkah!

Giveaway #2 – Adopt Me! Books

Giveaway #3 -Loveable Characters

Giveaway #4 – Comic Strips

Book #1


The Great Reindeer Rebellion

•    Targeted Audience:  Preschool, Lower Elementary (Ages 4-8)
•    Genre: Fiction Picture Book
•    Author: Lisa Trumbauer
•    Illustrator: Jannie Ho
•    Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
•    Publication Date: October 7, 2014
•    Binding: Paperback
•    Dimensions: 10 x  10
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 32 Pages
•    Retail: $6.95
•    ISBN:978-1454913566

Disclaimer: I am watching Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer as I write this review…

“Twas the night before Christmas
and somewhere up north,
dear Santa was frantic –
he paced back and forth.

He had just heard some news
that he sure didn’t like:
It seemed that the reindeer
were going on strike.”

Santa’s Reindeer on Strike? How Can It Be?

GreatReinRebIt’s the week before Christmas and Santa’s reindeer are going on strike. They’re fed up with pulling the heavy, heavy sleigh and they demand some respect. What is Santa to do without reindeer? How will he get all those toys to all those good girls and boys? Well, he does the next best thing, of course. He sets out to find some other animals who’ll do the job. First he auditions some dogs, but they get too caught up in sniffing and smelling. The cats didn’t work out either, that is once they saw a mouse passing by. Then there were flamingos, kangaroos and elephants, and you can just imagine how those worked out. In the end, will the reindeer come to Santa’s rescue or will there be no Christmas at all?

Humor in Rhyming Verse with Lively Illustrations

Just the silly premise of the The Great Reindeer Rebellion is humorous on its own, but the clever rhyming verse with catchy dialog really does the trick. Can you just imagine reindeer making demands on Santa Claus? Those defiant reindeer want a sauna and real beds to sleep in rather than grass. Colorful, lovely and  humorous illustrations bring this tale to life.  The absurdity of the story is truly what makes it original, and it is one that must be read out loud.  This picture book makes a wonderful bedtime story on Christmas Eve.

About the Author

Lisa Trumbauer authored more than 50 children’s books, including The Haunted Ghoul Bus (Sterling), the New York Times bestseller A Practical Guide to Dragons (Mirrorstone), and The Body in Motion (Chelsea Clubhouse).

About the Illustrator

1437Jannie Ho worked as a designer at Scholastic and Nickelodeon, and as an associate art director at Time Magazine for Kids, before becoming a full-time illustrator of books for young readers.

Book #2


When, When, When Will it Be Christmas?

•    Targeted Audience:  Preschool, Lower Elementary (Ages 2-5)
•    Genre: Fiction Picture Book
•    Author/Illustrator: Cathy McLennan
•    Publisher: Boxer Books
•    Publication Date: October 7, 2014
•    Binding: Hard Cover
•    Dimensions: 113 x 9.5
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 32 Pages
•    Retail: $16.95
•    ISBN:978-1907152276

In Anticipation of Christmas

The presents are wrapped, the snow is falling the Christmas cake has been baked, the tree has been decorated and gifts have been wrapped, but when, when, when will it be Christmas? Songs have been sung, the show is done, and finally it is Christmas Eve! But when, when, when will it be Christmas?


A Charming Picture Book That Sums it All Up

Anyone who celebrated Christmas as a child recalls just how anxious they felt in the days leading up to Christmas. Forget about sleeping on Christmas Eve! There’s just nothing more exciting than waking up Christmas morning to see what Santa has brought. When, When, When Will it Be Christmas? captures that excitement a child feels in anticipation of the big day and the pure joy that ensues once Christmas day arrives. The beautiful book jacket is printed with shimmering metallic silver, and the 13-inch wide trim size makes a big, bold statement when you open the cover to see the wide two-page spreads inside. The illustrations, with their vibrant holiday colors are darling and have a touch of whimsy, and the sizable font is indicative of a child’s handwriting. This is the ideal book to read on Christmas Eve just as your children are going to sleep – or at least, trying to go to sleep.


About the Author/Illustrator

mature-cathyBorn in Zimbabwe, Cathy MacLennan is inspired by African art and culture. She painted her first picture at the age of six on the wall outside her home, and has been painting murals ever since. Cathy’s commissions include corporate lobbies and private homes, with children’s bedrooms a specialty. Bold colors, movement and unusual surfaces are hallmarks of her work. Cathy lives in England with her husband and two sons.

Book #3

christmas-8Christmas: Creative Sticker Play: Over 1000 Reusable Stickers!

 •    Targeted Audience:  Preschool, Lower Elementary (Ages 4-7)
•    Genre: Children’s Activity Book
•    Author: Steph Clarkson
•    Illustrator: Martina Hogan
•    Publisher: Barron’s Educational
•    Publication Date: October 1, 2014
•    Binding: Paper Back
•    Dimensions: 9.5 x 12
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 64 Pages
•    Retail: $9.99
•    ISBN:978-1438005348

Making Christmas Bright

Barron’s educational books have surely outdone themselves this year with their Christmas activity books. They are all incredibly artistic, original and fun, and I can’t imagine any young child who wouldn’t want to receive them as gifts. With this title, readers are treated to a big beautiful book chock full of fun Christmas activities, including over 1,000 reusable stickers that are meant to be placed and replaced all over the colorful activity pages. Complete an advent calendar, decorate a tree, put the finishing touches on a snowman and decorate a gingerbread house. There are so many pages of different activities, I just can’t name them all. The illustrations are so bright and cheerful, and the satiny paper they are printed on is sturdy – ideal for putting stickers on them and taking them off repeatedly.  It’s hard to believe this book’s low price! There’s endless fun in the pages of this wonderful Christmas title, and I highly recommend it for children ages four to seven. There can’t be a nicer Christmas activity book out there.

Christmas Craft: Make a Sock Snowman

Supplies needed for this project:

  • Child size clean, white sports sock
  • Child size colored sock
  • Polyester batting
  • 2 rubber bands
  • 2 thin sticks for arms
  • Fuzzy craft balls for eyes
  • Small accessories for decorations
  • Ribbon for tying on to tree
  • Hot Glue Gun and sticks (Help your kids with the hot glue gun. It REALLY hurts if you get burned!!!)
  • Scissors
  • Craft paint pens for mouth


Take the child size white sock and stuff it with enough polyester batting to form the bottom oblong ball. Tie the sock above the bottom ball with a rubber band. Stuff enough polyester batting to form the head. Tie the top with a rubber band. You can trim off any excess sock at the top if need be. Cut off the toe of a colored sock, roll the open side into a cuff. Hot glue the sock onto head, covering top rubber band. Cut a band of the sock off and cut the side to open it into a strip. Stretch it out a bit and then tie it around the neck as a scarf. Poke a hole in each side with the tip of the scissors. Hot glue a stick into the holes on each side to form arms. Now decorate your snowman with accessories like we did here. Poke a hole through the top of the hat and string a ribbon through to tie as a hanger for the tree. No 2 snowmen should be identical. Use your imagination! We have at east 25 of these guys on our tree and we tie them to gifts. They are so much fun to make!

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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 Christmas Eve 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.
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  6. There will be one winner for this three-book giveaway selected at random, residing in the USA. No books will be mailed outside the USA.
  7. This giveaway starts on Wednesday, December 10, 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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