Thursday, December 6, 2012

Picture Book Memories

What takes you back in time? Is there a smell that reminds you of your childhood home? A food that melts away the years? A song that you hear and suddenly your mind goes back to high school or college?

Each of us have a handful of special things that drive those happy memories. One of the things that takes us back more than anything is;

"What did Santa leave for Baby? Let's go in and see."

That is the first page of Baby's Christmas, a classic children's picture book. This book was a favorite at our house when our kids were babies. If you are a parent, or spend time with little ones, you have those certain books that almost always quiet them down. If they are tired and cranky, those are the books you read as you rock, helping them quiet themselves.

This is one of those books. Our kids loved it so much we ended up memorizing the words. We could both read this with our eyes closed, turning the pages as we recited it. There is something about the rhyme, the choice of words, the pictures, and the excitement of Christmas that works together to soothe.

So, every once in awhile something will remind us of this book. If we see a little one around Christmas time that isn't happy, "What did Santa leave for Baby? Let's go in and see," pops into our heads. 

These memories are what make us fans of picture books. When we decided to start writing and illustrating, Baby's Christmas, was one of the books that inspired us.  We aren't in the same league as Esther and Eloise Wilkin, the author and illustrator of Baby's Christmas, but we hope to one day write a book like this. One that a parent memorizes because it becomes a favorite. One that soothes when a little one is having a bad day.

Our latest picture book is, Cars and Trucks Around My Town.  We are on a blog hop that begins Dec. 7 (see details below). As part of this blog hop we will be giving away a Kindle ecopy of our book.  Just leave a comment including your email address and we will draw one lucky winner. There is also a Grand Prize, and your entry here enters you for that prize as well. Good luck, and don't forget to visit the other authors listed below taking part in the blog hop!

Click on the picture below to purchase our new book!

Grand Prize Giveaway!

As part of the Kid's Books Holiday Blog Hop we are giving away a $30 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner. To enter, just leave a comment on this blog along with your email address and you will be in the running to win. You can enter on all of the blogs – that will give you multiple chances to win!
The Giveaway starts 12/7/12 and ends 12/10/12 at midnight. I will notify the winner on 12/11/12 after noon. Good luck!


  1. I'm glad this Kid's Book tour brought me back to your blog--I'd forgotten how delightful your rhymes were! One favorite memory was how how Mom would read "The Night Before Christmas" every Christmas eve, and my sisters and I continued the tradition with our own kids. I've loved rhythm & rhyme for a very long time! :)

    1. Glad you are back! Sounds like a great Christmas tradition.

  2. I haven't heard of Baby's Christmas, but it sounds like a sweet book to rock baby to sleep on Christmas Eve. I love "The Polar Express" and "The Night Before Christmas."


  3. It is a great bedtime story. Thanks for visiting.

  4. I remember reading that book! Darling illustrations. My favourite book to read the kids was "The Night Before Christmas"
    Have a wonderful Christmas!
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

    1. Happy Christmas to you as well! Thanks for visiting.

  5. Oh ,I know how music can bring back some memories, good or bad ,that often happens to me!
    thanks for joining the hop :)

    1. Yes, the 80s were particularly bad :)

  6. Thanks for the opportunity! Just hopping by...
    robertachorn (at) yahoo (dot) com

  7. Thanks so much for being a part of this blog hop. It was a fun time!