A reminder that the best part of the holiday season isn’t getting, but giving.


Baby Santa and the Gift of Giving

A philanthropic family visits New York City and helps many local residents in DeLand’s (Baby Santa and the Missing Reindeer, 2013, etc.) latest children’s-book installment.

What place is more exciting for a family than the Big Apple at Christmastime? When the Bond family decides to visit the city for the holiday, they have more in mind than just seeing the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and taking in a show at Radio City Music Hall (although they do those things, too). Accompanied by Baby Santa, a young version of Santa Claus, the Bonds visit a local soup kitchen to help feed those who are short on food, and “everyone is thankful of this good deed.” They go to a children’s hospital to pass out toys to children, bring treats and puppy food to a local animal rescue, and sing Christmas carols at a senior center. However, there’s also room for a little fun, and the family and Baby Santa have a few classic New York moments—marveling at a museum’s exhibits, remarking on the supreme architecture of Grand Central Station, and staying at the St. Regis Hotel. At the end, the family is satisfied, body and soul, by their memorable journey. DeLand’s work is, in a word, charming. In this book, which is sure to become a seasonal favorite, the author perfectly outlines what the holiday season is all about in a way that even young children will understand. After all, what good is receiving nice things if one doesn’t know what it feels like to give them? DeLand also makes clear that life doesn’t have to be all fun or all work: the Bonds “make a family happy” by helping to build a Habitat for Humanity–style home for them, but they also take in a ballet, watching “dancers twirl and soldiers march.” Illustrator Wilson’s images are bright and engaging, driving the plot forward while also providing a glimpse of how magical New York is during the holidays. This book is the perfect antidote to the commercial frenzy of Christmas, and children and adults will enjoy reading it together.

A reminder that the best part of the holiday season isn’t getting, but giving.

Pub Date: Sept. 30, 2014

ISBN: 978-1626340862

Page Count: 36

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press

Review Posted Online: March 16, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2015

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A friendly celebration of love for the youngest of readers.


A yellow chick is showered with love.

“You’re my little chickadee. / You mean everything in the world to me.” So begins this ode to a caregiver’s love for their little ones, a message emphasized by the “made with love” logo on the cover. The soft, pastel palette and simple, quick pace make this ideal for the smallest readers. The figure of the chick spreads so large across the page that its topknot is actually made of a stuffed, felt orange poof that rests atop the book, held in place by the back cover. Babies still teething will adore nibbling on it. Readers just beginning to learn how to hold books in their tiny hands will find much to enjoy here, but the window for use is a relatively small one. Caregivers with any familiarity with North American birds will be irked at the use of “chickadee” to describe this generic yellow bird, as it looks nothing like an actual chickadee, either juvenile or adult.

A friendly celebration of love for the youngest of readers. (Board book. 6 mos.-1)

Pub Date: Dec. 26, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-338-11089-0

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Nov. 22, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2018

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This brisk read is a solid accompaniment to Easter preparations.


Little bunnies prepare for the definitive bunny holiday.

Bunnies prepare for Easter in this board book. In verse set to the cadence of “This Little Piggy,” bunnies go to market, bake a cake, paint eggs, weave a basket, and do all sorts of other things to get ready for Easter. Rescek’s illustrations take full advantage of spring’s color palette, employing purples, pinks, oranges, and blues and incorporating striped and spotted ovals evoking Easter eggs. Little readers learning about the Easter Bunny for the first time will be delighted to get a peek at the process bunnies may go through to prepare for Easter and how it mirrors activities they perform with their parents.

This brisk read is a solid accompaniment to Easter preparations. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4998-0105-7

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Little Bee

Review Posted Online: April 13, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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