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Holiday TraditionsAre children missing out today? Are they lost? What are they? Are your children missing out on great holiday traditions of the past?  Holiday traditions in the US are changing.  But so far the trend is still about 86% of all Americans still participate in gift giving during the holidays and even more attend a family gathering during the holiday season.  Many of those family events come filled with family traditions. And if there isn’t one of reading holiday books out loud, this book could be the start of a new one

Kids Holiday Books – What are the favorites? Are your kids missing out on holiday favorites? How many can you name? Why were they the favorites?  Have some come in and out of fashion? What makes a holiday book a good one? 

Reading out loud – Are your children being read to in school? How does it help kids? Are you too busy to read to your kids? When was the last time you read to your kids? Are we doing a disservice to our children by only watching holiday films and not reading them books?  It has been proven again and again that reading aloud to children is one of the most important things we can do to help children learn.  Not only does it help facilitate a love of learning, build vocabulary and literary skills, it is our opportunity to bond with children.  Rather we are in a classroom, in front of the family tree, or snuggled up in bed, Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas is a tool to help ignite that passion for books. 



As a new father, I love reading this story to my daughter! Such a cute and heartwarming story of Christmas. This is sure to become the next generation of Christmas classics to be enjoyed by families for years to come!

David Vincent
Award winning Animation Voice Actor

In my 88 years of loving books, this one is already a favorite.  It is FUN, just like a great book for kids and a great life should be!  Have fun when you read it.  I know I will – again, and again.

George Masia
Lifelong book lover

My boys really enjoyed the book (my youngest actually slept with it for three nights!) and it's already been read over and over. I am anticipating that it will be a favourite in our Christmas Reading Box.

Beth-Anne Jones

Media Coverage and Awards Great holiday read: ‘Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas By Carly Munoz

My toddler loves books! Story time is a part of our nightly routine and as a parent you know reading the same old book over and over is mind-numbing. I love that he has favorites but after reading the same story night after night my husband and I find ourselves tucking away some of those stories that we just can’t take anymore. Every new book to our son’s growing collection is a welcome change! When I received a copy of ‘Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas‘ I was immediately impressed with the cute cover, beautiful illustrations and nice heavy and glossy card stock the pages were printed on.

I set it aside for a few days thinking August is pretty early to break out the Christmas stories, but after reading Easton’s favorite three Sesame Street books for the fifth night in a row, I totally caved and said, “Easton, instead of Burt and Ernie would you like to read a new Santa book?!” He immediately perked right up, tossed the other books aside and agreed. I ran out to the growing stack of “stuff” on the table, un-buried the book and cuddled up with my almost three-year-old to read about ‘Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas‘.

We both LOVED it! What a cute story. We followed Santa’s silly adventure of the Christmas Eve where everything went wrong. From a purple Santa suit, to upside down Christmas trees and wacky reindeer we found ourselves giggling quite a bit. Easton actually made me re-read the “wacky reindeer” names page about seven times. The readers get to follow Santa as he finds a lot of Christmas mix-ups. His sleigh turns into a jet, the elf grow too tall, the reindeer turn blue and instead of cookies and milk every is drinking tea and honey. Oh-no!

This is an an adorable book that I think deserves a spot on every kid’s bookshelf this holiday season. I can see it becoming a holiday favorite for us. Also my husband is a 2nd grade teacher and I think this is a great book for the classroom!

Toddler Feedback: My three–year–old was engaged with the beautiful illustrations, the cute rhyming patterns and the silly Santa scenarios! A great find, we LOVED this book.

The Midwest Book Review, Children's Bookwatch, August 2014, Holiday Shelf

"Santa's (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right) Night Before Christmas" is a funny Christmas story with a new twist: everything is just a little bit off on this particular (dark, stormy) Christmas Eve for Santa. To begin with, Santa had to do his own laundry because Mrs. Claus was sick. Due to a comedy of errors, Santa ended up with a suit of a different color: purple! There follows a tangled trail of hilarious examples of odd changes that ensued because of the unexpected purple hue of Santa's suit. The elves became trolls, growing to 7 feet tall! The Christmas tree became brown and orange instead of green and brown, the milk and cookies became tea and honey! Everything was just a bit off! Even the reindeer turned a sickly blueberry blue and had extremely strange, funny changed names! The snow fell pink and the candy canes were black and white! Everything was just not right! Santa cried, "Christmas is ruined and it's all of my fault! This new purple suit brought it all to a halt! " Just when things seemed most bleak, Santa heard the snowman alarm go off by his bed, and guess what? It was all a very strange dream! How reassuringly normal everything was, from his clean red suit, washed by Mrs. Claus, to the elves, the sleigh and the darling brown reindeer. As Santa prepared to go off with joy to deliver his toys, he kissed Mrs. Claus and whispered, "From now on, dear, you wash the clothes." The moral, of course, is, to keep Christmas merry and dear, Santa should stick to the things that he knows, and should not be allowed to wash his own clothes!" "Santa's (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right) Night Before Christmas" is a delightful children's story about learning to appreciate the usual things properly by experiencing them with strange alterations. Humor abounds in this good natured Christmas tale, which also has a hidden moral: Even making mistakes can have a golden lining. The wacky verse with color highlighted text and silly illustrations will delight and intrigue young readers age 5 and up.


Santa's (Zany Wacky Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas has been awarded the gold medal in the holiday category for the 2014 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. "The cause of promoting childhood literacy knows no boundaries, and the award winners illustrate that point well, coming not only from long-established publishers and university presses, but from small presses, foundations, museums, and self-published entrepreneurs."  We are proud to be recognized in this fashion.Gold