Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas Giveaway - Day 5

A few days ago, in our review of some Hanukkah books, we told you to keep an eye out for this one:
Carter's Christmas
Title: Carter's Christmas
Author: Lisa Bullard
Illustrator: Katie Saunders
Publisher: Millbrook Press (division of Lerner)
ISBN: 978-076-135-0743
HC Price: $23.95
We have several of Bullard's books in our Junior Reader collection, most notably the color-food-fun and the "Mighty Movers" series, and they are very popular. As I said in my earlier post, I plan to order this entire series for the library, so I have no qualms about giving it away to one of you! First, though, I may use it for next week's field trip - a group of second graders are coming from the local German school. This strikes me as the perfect read-aloud, with its description of traditions and preparations for Christmas, and side notes about the historical significance or cultural origin of each. What better way to spark some conversations about the ways we each celebrate this season?! I promise we'll take good care of the book, though, so you will still be getting it in brand-new condition.
In this storyline, Carter is trying to find the opportunity to make a special ornament for his grandmother, without her seeing it. If I were giving this book as a gift, I think I would give it now, and follow it up by making ornaments or some other gifts together. We may hypothetically be working on that right now at home, but I can't give you details or pictures without spoiling someone's surprise! If your mother doesn't read this blog, though, you are perfectly safe in posting your ideas in the comments section, for your chance to win Carter's Christmas.


  1. This one I am seriously entering, b/c our library's christmas books section is horribly outdated and everything is for older kids with no sense of humor.

    We do several different ornament-making projects at our library but the two most popular are 3-D paper ornaments and glitter pinecones. For 3-D, you'll either need die cuts of symmetrical christmas shapes (stars, trees, etc.) or cut them by hand. Fold them in half and glue the halves together. You need a minimum of three, but the more you add the more fancy it looks. For glitter pine cones, tie a festive string to the pine cones, coat it in glue, and dip it into glitter (I use big plastic tubs for this)

  2. Everything is better with glitter!!! Obviously, you won the book, and the field trip is over - so, send me your address ( and I'll send it on its way. Do you want the Charlotte's Web one, too?