I received these books for review, all opinions are my own.
My girls have been counting down the days to Christmas and are so excited. We have been watching Christmas movies and curling up with Hot Chocolate and good books. One of our new favorite books is “The Night the Lights Went Out on Christmas” by by award-winning singer-songwriter Ellis Paul (published by Albert Whitman & Company, ages 4-7). My girls absolutely love this book! They love the pretty illustrations and Leah loves to sit down and read it on her own. I love that they are taking a moment to reflect that Christmas isn’t all about the glitz, glam, lights, presents etc. We need to stop and be thankful for the little things.
“Paul’s second children’s book tells the story of Christmas Block, a neighborhood renowned for its cacophony of decorations as families compete to have the biggest and brightest display each season. One year, however, they take it one Christmas light too far and blow out the power for the neighborhood, then the country, and then the entire world! What could be a disaster turns into a blessing in disguise as the neighbors realize the universe has been putting on a light show of its own, and are reminded that it’s the simple joys that truly make the holidays magical. Richly colored illustrations grow brighter and brighter as more lights join the fray with every turn of the page and young readers will delight in spotting new decorations in each vibrant image. Based upon Paul’s song of the same name, this read aloud is a funny, sweet, modern fable about seeing beyond the sparkle and finding the true joy of the season.