52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol by Bob Welch

Stars: ***** Thomas Nelson (2015) Religion/Christian Life/Inspirational 181 pages Summary: 52 Little Lessons From A Christmas Carol is a street-level tour through this much-loved tale of bitterness-turned-benevolence. Bob Welch pauses along the way to examine the wisdom and people Scrooge spent much of his life disregarding in favor of his own selfish pursuits. Welch throws… Read More »

Winter and Christmas with Chicken Soup for the Soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Christmas! 101 Joyful Stories About the Love, Fun, and Wonder of the Holidays Self-Help/Motivational & Inspirational/Holiday 416 pages Once again Chicken Soup for the Soul (CSS) brings us wonderful Christmas stories to read during the season. They made sure to keep all the stories “kid-safe” and full of “Christmas… Read More »

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Gift of Christmas

Stars: ★★★★☆ Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing (2012)443 pagesSelf-Help/Motivational & Inspirational Summary: Share the magic and joy of Christmas. You’ll love these entertaining an inspirational stories of Christmas miracles, family reunions, charity, the wonder of children, the joy of giving, and heart-warming family and religious traditions.  – back of book Another great compilation of… Read More »

Hanukkah Stories: Thoughts on Family, Celebration and Joy by Nancy Rips (Hanukkah Gift Guide 2011)

This review is linked in my Hanukkah Gift Guide 2011 Stars: ***** My family celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah but since we aren’t actively Jewish I feel we miss part of the real celebration. The first part of the book made me feel like I was part of a Jewish household that solely celebrates Hanukkah and goes… Read More »

You Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs

Stars: **** St. Martin’s Press (2009)224 pages Summary: You’ve eaten too much candy at Christmas…but have you ever eaten the face off a six-foot-stuffed Santa? You’ve seen gingerbread houses…but have you ever made your own gingerbread tenement? You’ve woken up with a hangover…but have you ever woken up next to Kris Kringle himself? Augusten Burroughs… Read More »

The 13 Days of Halloween by Carol Greene

Stars: **** Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (September 2009) 978-1402230967 Ages 4-8 32 pages Everyone loves the 12 Days of Christmas well here is the 13 Days of Halloween. For each of the first 12 days the male creature gives the female creature a “gift” such as hissing cats, cooked worms, spiders, goblins and more. Now you can… Read More »

Boo! by Robert Munsch

Stars: ****1/2 I love Robert Munsch but had no idea he had a Halloween book! Did you? Boo is the story of a boy named Lance who paints his face for Halloween and makes is so scary that people fall right over when they see it (faint.) When that happens he can take all their… Read More »