5 Top New Children’s Books for 2013

An Otis Christmas
by Loren Long

Release Date: October 22, 2013


Otis and his friends are living on the farm. Otis’s Christmas present from the farmer was a brand new, shiny horn! And … A huge big snowstorm is on the way. While the other animals are excited about the snow, one of the horses is about to give birth. But later that night, the horse begins neighing in pain and the farmer needs to get the doctor to come over right away. All the roads are blocked from the snowstorm, many inches now have accumulated, so what are they to do? Otis has the answer. He follows a shortcut through the woods and finally gets to doc’s house, flashing his headlights and revving his engine. But Doc fails to awake. Otis has a great idea; he uses his new horn, and blows it as loud as he can. Doc wakes us, and they race back to the farm just in time for a Christmas miracle, and the arrival of the new foal, for all the animals to play with. Otis saves the day and all is well.
Praise for Otis:

“Long’s gouache and pencil artwork is stunning with a red and cream main character against a sepia-toned monochromatic background. The overall effect is nostalgic and comforting as readers bond with the determined little tractor . . . the satisfying conclusion that speaks of a place for everyone is sure to ring true to children.” —STARRED REVIEW, School Library Journal, on Otis

“Hearkens to the golden age of picture books, with a style and tone that recall the work of Virginia Lee Burton and Munro Leaf.” —Booklist, on Otis and the Tornado

“Children will be delighted with this story about friendship” —School Library Journal, on Otis and the Tornado

“Fans of Otis will not be disappointed with the satisfying ending that results in a creative solution and a most happy reunion. Seek this out—“game on!” —Kirkus Reviews, on Otis and the Puppy


Frosty the Snowman
by Steve Nelson

Publication Date: November 1, 2013


Star Recorder Kenny Loggins is featured in this 3-song CD
One of the most renowned popular of all wintertime songs gets an captivating interpretation–including a special recording by the incomparable Kenny Loggins–in this delightful new picture book.
Initially recorded in 1950, Frosty “became an instant holiday classic, winning children’s hearts and inspiring both an animated film and a long-running television special. Singers such as Gene Autry (the first), the Ronettes, Willie Nelson, and even the Chipmunks have recorded this simple-but-joyful tale of a snowman–with a corncob pipe and a button nose–who comes to life when a magical top hat is put on his head. To everyone’s delight, Frosty laughs, runs, and plays. And even though he melts away once the sun comes out, the song still ends happily, with Frosty waving good-bye and assuring his friends not to cry because “I’ll be back again some day.”


The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit
by Emma Thompson

Release Date: October 22, 2013


A joyful new story by Emma Thompson. Peter Rabbit and his cousin Benjamin Bunny have a new friend, William the Turkey. They are so happy Christmas is coming–until they realize that William the Turkey is destined to be featured at Mr. McGregor’s Christmas supper! In the nick of time, Peter and Benjamin find a way to conceal William, and the three enjoy a wonderful Christmas dinner of pickled radishes and barley cake at the Rabbit family burrow.

This story is inspired by a real turkey named William that Emma Thompson met on Beatrix Potter’s farm in the Lake District.


The Legend of Ranger: The Reindeer Who Couldn’t Fly

by Alan Salisbury

Publication Date: October 24, 2013


Ranger, the Reindeer, couldn’t fly1

He always wanted to be like his big brother and be part of the famous team that guided
Santa and his sleigh on their Christmas eve journey. Even though he was Rudolph’s younger brother, he wasn’t known outside of Santa land. Ranger discloses to his friend Carlanna, the young daughter of a toymaker elf, that this year he has made up his mind, no matter how hard, to learn to fly. His search to learn the secret of flying meets with nothing but frustration. Ranger unfortunately has to remain on important job of hauling newly made toys from the workshop to the warehouse. As Christmas draws near, several reindeer are suddenly taken sick and the Christmas eve trip is in jeopardy. Ranger joins Zarvett, the reindeer keeper elf, on a mission to bring back the needed medicine. But the journey is long and hazardous, with as yet unknown crises ahead. Will they succeed?

The Legend of Ranger contains a heartening and inspirational message about the power of believing in yourself no matter what challenges lie ahead.


Santa’s Magic Bootprints – So MUCH MORE than a book… a magical Christmastime Tradition!

by Dan Beard

Publication Date: October 24, 2012


Your Children will be WIDE-EYED with AMAZEMENT waking up Christmas morning and ACTUALLY SEEING Santa’s Magic Bootprints right there on the floor, coming from the chimney (or door or window) to the place where he leaves his gifts. This Amazing Story Book, and its accompanying 15 MAGIC self-stick BOOTPRINTS, a NORTH POLE RETURN ENVELOPE, a CD (featuring the Story Narrative with Auto Page and Interactive flip), a special Note from Santa for the child and an Instructions and Ideas Sheet, will be embraced by the whole family and will surely become a Christmas-time tradition. There are many wonderful learning experiences shared in the story of how, when Santa returns home from his journey one Christmas Eve, he discovers he has called one of his reindeer by the wrong name. He and Mrs. Claus come up with a novel and Magical solution to make sure Santa NEVER forgets any little girl’s or boy’s homes on future Christmases. All turns out perfect in Santa Land and children can now begin to enjoy an even greater Christmas-time experience….. ACTUALLY seeing and touching Santa’s Magic Bootprints each Christmas morning. They even get to help Santa by PEELING THEM UP and sending them back to the North Pole in the Magic Envelope, as Santa asks them to do in his special note to them, allowing Mrs. Claus and the Elves to convert them back into “Magic Dust” for Santa to reuse next year. Charming, heart-warming and thoughtful, this Magical story is a must for Christmas excitement, anticipation, and a wonderful learning experience for the children and a joy for the entire family.

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