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Santa’s Night Before Christmas and his purple santa suit bring Christmas feelings

Christmas is a feelingSanta’s Night Before Christmas and his purple santa suit bring Christmas feelings we can remember all year.  I started back in September anticipating the release of this book, and reminding everyone that Christmas isn’t a season or a day, it is a feeling. (Post from September)  It has definitely been a fun season.  It has been fun sharing our book with everyone.  I’ve been privileged to see a child read the book out loud for the very first time (I’ve read it so many times to so many people that this was especially fun for me!). I listened to him read it just as I had imagined the cadence to be.  I watched him stop and point out the illustrations and ask questions and giggle along the way.  I’ve had the joy of seeing a little girl wake up the next morning after hearing the story for the first time and be so inspired from the beautiful artwork that she was drawing her own creations trying to match the pages.   I’ve finally had the wonderful privilege of meeting the illustrator in person whom I’ve been working with for years.  Brad Cornelius is a delightful being.  Pardon the pun, but it was like watching a Christmas tree light up as we talked about what other adventures Santa might need to take in the future.  What a pleasure.  We’ve received awards and wonderful reviews.  We’ve had people who were inspired to create wonderful videos (see reference) because they loved the book so much.  We even had a wonderful lady super inspired to create her very own Santa’s Just Not Right cookie recipe. (see reference).  We’ve had dozens and dozens of beautiful reviews all in appreciation of all of the work that went into creating this great work.  Teachers have been inspired to have tea and honey parties make purple santas and use the book in the classroom. (see reference) . It is a book that sparks the happiness in people.  It sparks imagination and thinking. (see reference) Santa’s Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) has been a fun, joyful, zany, wacky ride. It has caused me to personally stop and appreciate how the work of a few individuals can really touch others.  And that work can be from something like a fun story like ours, a plate of cookies, or even just a simple hello to a stranger in the street.  It is a great joy to connect with others in whatever way we can. I hope that after this holiday season we all can try to reflect back at all of the things we try to make so special during the season, capture that feeling, and live it all year long. Thanks to all who have participated in creating and enjoying our book.  We wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope that your Christmas isn’t just a season, but a feeling that will last you all year long.

100 Purple Santas need a home! Giveaways for Santa and We’re Having A Tuesday

100 Purple Santas need a home in 100 hours!100 Purple Santas need a home this holiday season! We are in the home stretch of the holiday season.  Many of us are in the hustle and bustle of it all.  So we have lots of last minute goodies to share to help you finish up your holiday shopping. And we have at least 100 purple Santas that need a home!

First– We are issuing a challenge. We would like to find 100 purple Santas a home this holiday season. We have set a goal to sell 100 Santa books in 100 hours directly from our website here. We are still including FREE priority shipping, and books are just $16.95 each.  The first 100 people in this 100 hours will get their Santa book, AND in addition a free copy of DK Simoneau’s first book, We’re Having A Tuesday.  Countdown starts NOW!  (Expires at 9 p.m. MST, December 14, 2014) 100 purple Santas need a home!  Books must be ordered from this site to qualify for free bonus book! Order towards the bottom of the page HERE.

Holidays pink divorce free kindle

Second– The holiday season can be a tough time for divorced families, a subject many of us can relate to.  So in honor of that, and bringing “We’re Having A Tuesday” up to date with its own Kindle version, it will be available for FREE December 11-15 through Amazon Kindle.  Get it for your own Kindle HERE.Purple Santa? Great kids book app online or through ITunes- Santa's Zany Wacky Night Before Christmas

 

Third-Limited Opportunity: Post a new review of either the hardback or Kindle version of Santa’s Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) on Amazon or Goodreads, send the link to us at info@acpublicationsgroup.com, and we will gift you a copy of the interactive Santa’s Night Before Christmas app through Interactive Touch Books for free.

Reading Santa’s Night Before Christmas for classroom enrichment activities

Choose your own color santa suit- Milk Carton Santas. One of many ways to tie Santa's Zany Wacky Just Not Right Night Before Christmas into classroom activities.

Reading Santa’s Night Before Christmas for classroom enrichment activities is so much fun! We have lots of ways to spark the imagination with this book by encouraging creativity in art, writing, and oral expression! –At home, or in a read aloud classroom or library setting!  Please see our classroom page here for a growing list of ideas of how to enrich your classrooms with our book.

Meanwhile here are a few thoughts:

  • After reading the book and finding out that there is no longer Milk and Cookies, but instead Tea and Honey, introduce a Tea and Honey Party. It can be as formal or as informal as you like. Bring a variety of teas, maybe some more traditional and a couple of holiday blends, along with some honey. Then expose kids to traditions and tastes of other cultures of which they may be unfamiliar.
  • Initiate a Christmas Caroling activity. After reading the book and talking about funny sounding carolers, discuss the practice of Christmas Caroling. Choose some songs. Make them funny if you wish. Go around to other classrooms and sing carols.
  • In a group setting following a read aloud there are many topics of discussion that could be focused upon in verbal format and then flowed into a writing assignment if desired. (Most of these could also be presented in front of the class as well.)
    • What details are in the drawings that that aren’t mentioned in the story? (Hint- hunt for Matches the Mouse!!)
      What other zany and wacky things that could go wrong with Christmas if Santa’s suit were purple?
      What other things could have happened instead? Like could the milk and cookies be turned into carrots and celery? Why or why not? Could the candy canes be chocolate or sour instead of burnt? Would it have been a problem to change the story because of the rhyming?
      Launch for a theme of show and tell – bringing in their favorite holiday book, other books with Santa, or anything else related.
      Talk about cause and effect – consequences; how things relate, how this one change morphed Christmas, and how doing one thing differently day to day might have different effects in our own lives.
      Read the original The Night Before Christmas story (or any other version) and have a compare and contrast discussion
  • Art Projects galore! Have them do an art project of any kind to illustrate any idea of a zany, wacky Christmas. Use your own zany imagination-this book can spark all kinds of artistic expression and creativty.
    • Santas with suits of a different color. Almost any normal Santa project you do can be converted into a purple  Or better yet, you could let the kids express themselves and let them choose what color they want their Santa to be.
    • Similarly, blueberry blue reindeer might be fun! Or let them choose their own fun color.
    • Upside down snowmen and trees of all kinds. Any project you might normally do with snowmen or trees could be done upside down. One I like is the Name Snowmen. Just put the face and hat one on the bottom upside down.
    • Art and Writing worksheets, like “If I were a Zany Wacky Reindeer, I would…” Download: Zany wacky reindeer worksheet.  Please see the classroom page for more ideas; as well as that is where we will be posting new ones.Worksheet to go with Santa's Zany Wacky Just Not Right Night Before Christmas available hardback, kindle or via Interactive Touchbooks app.

Black Friday starts early with Santa’s Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right Night Before Christmas

Fun holiday book! 3 ways to enjoy our purple Santa through cyber Monday!

Starting today……through cyber Monday, December 1, 2014, you can get $5.00 off every copy ordered plus FREE shipping, while quantities last!  That is just $13.95 per copy.

Kindle version also available through Amazon at $3.99.

Or……try our new interactive app by downloading the Interactive Touch Books app through iTunes, and then downloading the Santa’s Zany Wacky app for just $1.99.  There you can find Matches the mouse on every page, listen to carolers sing funny, turn Santa’s suit from purple to red to purple, make trees and snowmen turn upside down and much more!

We are starting early and have 3 different ways you can enjoy our purple Santa!

 

 

2nd award for Santa’s (Zany Wacky Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas announced today

Check out Santa's purple suit and funny elves in our book! Finalist USA Book Awards Children's Picture Book - www.purplesantasuit.com

USA Best Book Awards! Another award for Santa’s Zany Wacky Just Not Right Night Before Christmas………..just announced today. Award-Winning Finalist in the “Children’s Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction” category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards.
http://www.usabooknews.com/2014awardannouncement.html

 Celebrate with us!!  Get your copies now………free shipping!

In case you were wondering what the first award was, it was the Gold Medal in the Holiday category for Moonbeam Children’s book awards last month. http://www.moonbeamawards.com/51/winners/winners-2014

Gold Medal Winner Holiday Category- www.purplesantasuit.com "Santa's Zany Wacky Just Not Right Night Before Christmas

Using Books Like Santa’s Zany Wacky to Expand Our Imagination and Thinking

The following article regarding using children’s books to promote imagination and thinking was posted at Kidzedge.com

Books. Many of us love them. We love the feel of snuggling up and turning the page to see what awaits on the very next page. They are like an adventure unraveling right between our fingertips, sometimes telling us a magical story. Sometimes teaching us about something we might long to know. But what we don’t realize is how important they are to helping our minds think and grow, so that we are more productive in our world.

Like so many I grew up reading books, starting with picture books when I was very small. I remember memorizing the stories so that I could “read” them to my parents. Sometimes I read little board books. Sometimes my mom would read long stories from big story books. Other times I just read along with the magical “ding” as the record played along. Whatever the way, for most of us, reading books as a child was the beginning for our love of books and to our path of thinking outside of the box.

Is reading books when we are young just about learning to read? They lead to us sparking our imaginations. They lead us to think even in picture format which helps us think in much bigger thoughts than the specific ramblings of just words on a page. Often what we read on the pages is playing out in our mind. As we see the illustrations in a picture book, our minds begin spinning out its own little movie. When we read words on a page, with or without pictures, our minds begin picturing what it is we are reading. That picturing is what ultimately leads to more creativity. When we imagine things we begin thinking bigger. We aren’t static. And thinking bigger ultimately makes us into better people because we can brainstorm and think in ways beyond what is concrete and in front of us.

Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas was written because of thinking bigger. It was sparked by an innocent conversation with my daughter. She (who has been an avid reader her entire life) asked an innocent question about why Santa’s suit was red? I didn’t really have an answer, but that inquiry made me wonder. Why is it red? What would Christmas look like today if it weren’t? Would changing that one thing change all of Christmas as we know it? My mind began imagining all of the things that might change. And my hope is, as kids read this book today, they ask themselves those same questions. What might change? What might change in their house at Christmas time if one thing were different? What if Santa’s suit stayed the same, but the date changed? I hope they are picturing striped reindeer and polka dotted snowmen. I hope they are imagining the most whimsical Christmas ever, because those thoughts are what will make their minds expand. There can be so many questions and answers that come from just one question. And reading books can and will help expand those ideas by teaching our minds how to think beyond what is on the page.

We operate in a global world. We must learn to think and look at things differently than we’ve always done. Learning to read and imagine stories as we read helps us to do that. Even reading a how-to book with a mind that has learned to imagine can help us improve upon the process we are learning about. Perhaps we follow the basic how to, but we then can improve upon it. When we learn to expand our minds, we aren’t limited to seeing what is, but rather we are able to create beyond that with our minds. It makes us better thinkers, storytellers, writers, and more. It makes us active in a world that is constantly changing. It makes us creative. So do yourself a favor. Go read a book. And let your mind wander. Better yet, read a book to a child, and teach them how to imagine and let their mind wander too.

 

As posted at KidzEdge.com

White elephant gift exchange ideas worth stealing for!

White elephant gift exchange ideas worth stealing for!

White elephant ideas – nice, giggle, homemade, creative cash, or recycled??

Do you need a white elephant gift exchange idea?

Every year it seems we all get invited to at least one White elephant gift exchange, and we all need ideas worth stealing for.  I always like it when I bring the gift that everyone is fighting over.  Sometimes if it works out right, I like to steal it back at the end.  It makes me feel like I won a really great prize!

Nice Gifts: This year of course, I suspect the best gift I can bring to all of the white elephant parties would of course be our book, “Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas”.    Maybe even an autographed version.  Regardless I think anyone who brings this book will see that people will be fighting over it.  You could order a few, and keep them on hand.  They will make great last minute party gifts that you can just have around ready to go (even for those kids you forgot you might see over the holiday!) There are lots of other nice gifts like this that are popular.  Other kids Christmas book classics like Polar Express, or Snowmen at Night.  People always seem to be fighting over holiday decorative items, like cute little Santas or snowmen, wreaths or candles.  Candles….yes everyone seems to love the candles, especially the big jar ones with delicious holiday scents.  My favorite is anything that smells like candycane.  Someone always seems to bring some little dancing character, like  a snowman or a singing reindeer or something.  It is always a hit.  Anything with a holiday theme seems to be nice and very popular.

Homemade Gifts:  I’ve been known to fight over some homemade goodies before.  I love cookies, bananna bread, brownies anything.  It is especially nice when people include the recipe.  There are lots of ideas out there about things to make in a jar.   Things like cake mixes where one only has to add in the wet ingreedients.  You could make up a batch of these and use them at all of your white elephant parties or even as host gifts for regular parties.  I’ve had friends that have made homemade batches of wine, beer, kaluha, vinegars, oils. and more! There is lots of information too about how to make nice gift baskets.  I’ve seen Italian food baskets with wine and cheese, pasta, and olive oil.  I’ve seen movie baskets with a Christmas movie, popcorn, and cool popcorn bowls etc.  I’m thinking that one could make a really cool gift basket filled with holiday classic books or even a “Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas basket that could include some hot cocoa cups, marshmallows, hot cocoa mix (homemade or not), of course the book, and even a blanket throw or some kind of sleep shirt.  People love to get something that people make or assemble themselves.

Creative Cold Hard Cash and Gift Cards: There is nothing wrong with stopping on your way to the party and getting a gift card or even just putting some cash in an envelope.  We’ve all been that person.  And nobody will complain if that is the gift they receive in the end.  But one could be a little creative with it.  My Dad once gave me money for Christmas and it was all in $2 bills.  It would take a little planning and maybe a phone call to the bank, but it could be done.  Of course hiding a gift card or cash inside of a really big wrapped box taped inside the bottom throws people off.  To get a little more creative with that you could include a brick or a big lump of coal and tape the card to the bottom of it in the box.  There are lots of jar ideas that you could hide it inside of too.  Maybe a jar of holiday candy like candy canes or holiday M&Ms, gumballs, or holiday Hershey kisses.  Just load up the jar, put the money or card inside of a plastic baggie or something and then wedge it in.  It might be fun to not say a word…..and see how long it takes before the lucky present winner finds their bonus!  Gift cards are really fun. It is fun to see what people will fight for.  I’ve seen of course Starbucks cards, those are very popular.  I’ve seen gas cards, ice cream cards, and even Home Depot cards be fought over.  So next time you are at one of those stores, buy a few to keep around for your holiday parties, and you will be set.

Gifts that will cause a Giggle: These are always fun at a White Elephant Exchange party.  Sometimes they get a big groan.  Sometimes they are worth stealing!  I’ve seen all kinds of things from bacon flavored toothpaste, soap and bubblegum, to hairy pantyhose, and clown glasses.  I’ve seen silly putty to “Flarp” noise putty and whoopie cushions.  Even photo props like Santa hats and mustasches on sticks can be fun. Boxes of kids bandaids, big mama underwear, wasabi lip balm, and giant, and I mean giant candycanes are fun.  I’ve seen rubber duckies, even decorate your own rubber duckie kits, reindeer antlers, halloween wigs, and I even once saw one of those beta fish that come in a cup!  Just wander around, there are so many things that might cause a laugh, even a purple santa hat might do it! 😉 There are lots of places to look for ideas, one I still like is Spencers at the mall or online.

Recycled Items: This can be interpreted in two ways.  It could mean something like “regifting” something you got last year at another gift exchange or from your Mother-in-law.  Or it could mean giving some item that might be destined for the trash a “recycled” life. I’ve been known to bring the dud gift when I’ve forgotten to prepare ahead of time.   That could mean that I run around my house finding anything……..could be something sitting on the shelf that who knows how I’ve obtained.  I once had what I thought was a hideous figurine that someone at the party thought was marvelous and was a collector of.  I’ve brought a six pack of beer that was sitting in the fridge that I would never get around to drinking.  I’ve seen big 3 wick candles that were already burnt.  There is always the fun of bringing the “dud” gift from last year to the same party and listen to the giggles when it is pulled out once again.  It is fun to see those show up again and again year after year.  It could be that you fill up an empty cereal box with lemons or a small mint box with old nuts and bolts that don’t go to anything.  There are endless possiblities.

Lots of ideas….I can hardly wait for White Elephant Party season to start this year.  So which white elephant gift exchange idea worth stealing for are you going to bring?!  If you have some good ideas we’d love to hear them!

Photo Contest Christmas 2014- Santa’s Zany, Wacky!

Photo Contest Christmas 2014. www.purplesantasuit.com

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Photo Contest Christmas 2014 www.purplesantasuit.com

Boasting our purple Santa hats!

Enter our photo contest Christmas 2014 for Santa’s Zany Wacky ideas. So just how zany and wacky can you get this Christmas?? We want to see your photos! Do you decorate your house in some unusual way? Dress up?  Dress up your pets? Do you have a purple Christmas tree? Do you do something unusual while preparing for Christmas? Do you read holiday stories in an unusual way or place? Do you wear ugly Christmas sweaters? Purple santa hats? Elf outfits? Reindeer antlers on your car? Send us your pics, with our book someplace in it, and you will be entered. Not that wacky? Then take just a picture of you or your kid(s) reading a copy of “Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas, in a normal, cool, or unusual place or way. Whatever it is, we want to see it! Start getting wacky! Or not……..and just show us you love the book. 🙂

Photo Contest Christmas 2014 Rules:

Must be 18 years of age or older to enter (photos of people must be of yourself, or you may send photo of someone younger, but please include your relationship to anyone under 18)

Photo must include a copy of the book Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas somewhere in photograph

Send copy of photo via email to info@purplesantasuit.com

Include your Name, email address so we may contact you for further information should you win.

Photos may be posted on this website, Facebook, or Pinterest, and by submitting photo you acknowledge that we may use that photo on those sites. (Click to see where photos may be posted on sites: Facebook-or- Pinterest)

Limit of 2 photo entries per email address.

Prizes- (Prizes will only be awarded if there are 25 entries or more)

Judged photo Winner $50.00 cash

Random drawing winner – Autographed copy of the book for your collection.

Contest closes December 15, 2014

 

 

 

Kindle version available NOW!

Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas is just one week away from publication.  You can pre-order your copy now and it will probably arrive right on time next Wednesday, October 1.  But if you just can’t wait, we have good news!  The Kindle version of the book is available now.  And Amazon has a deal that if you pre-order the hard copy of the book, you can get the Kindle version delivered right now for just $2.99.  You won’t have to wait to read it! Books are coming………..and so is Christmas!  So be sure to get at least one.  Won’t they make a great Night Before Christmas gift? White elephant gift? Teacher present?  Oh, the list is growing!

Get the children's gift book of this holiday season!

Get the children’s gift book of this holiday season!

Spread the word when you find a great book!  Write about it, Pin about it, tell your friends about it!

Spread the word when you find a great book! Write about it, Pin about it, tell your friends about it!

There is nothing better than a good book.  Except maybe a good review about a good book. Or maybe a good review about a good Christmas book. And it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  As I said earlier there are snowflakes here already today. (In Denver- hmmm, maybe it means a great ski season ahead!)  In any case, the bloggers are beginning to find out about our book, Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas.  It doesn’t seem to matter that Halloween isn’t even here yet.  Christmas is on the minds of little ones all year long.  And some of these reviews prove it! The reviews are beginning to pour in.  And we are excited to hear about kids that can’t put our purple Santa to rest and have to take him to bed!  Let us know what you and your kids think!  Kindle version is available now.  Hardcopy pre-order now for delivery October 1. If you want to write about it, blog about it, pin about it, let us know!

Here are some reviewers that just couldn’t wait.  We don’t blame them.

http://www.midwestbookreview.com/cbw/aug_14.htm#Holiday

http://wotv4women.com/2014/08/21/great-holiday-read-santas-zany-wacky-just-not-right-night-before-christmas/

http://4mothers1blog.com/2014/09/12/what-were-reading-kids/

http://www.naturalbabygoods.com/santas-zany-wacky-just-right-night-christmas-review/

http://www.momof-3boys.com/sanata-book/

http://www.cassandramsplace.com/2014/08/santas-zany-wacky-just-not-right-night.html

http://lovingheartdesigns.blogspot.com/2014/09/holiday-gift-guide-santas-zany-wacky.html

http://www.usabooknews.com/childpicturebookfiction.html

http://www.ramblingsofatattooedmom.com/2014/08/a-new-take-on-classic-night-before.html

http://www.babybookworms.blogspot.ca/2014/08/christmas-in-august-you-bet.html

http://www.ramblingsofatattooedmom.com/search?q=Santa%27s+Zany+Wacky