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Merry Christmas to all!

Merry Christmas!  Or whatever holiday you choose to celebrate.  My week here’s a bit off thanks to the holidays and travels to Kalamazoo (which is to say, Bookbug).  Still, we can’t help but do a happy little holiday post once in a while.  And with that in mind . . . .

First off, Rudolph!  Or, rather, the book of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  Last year NPR told the true story behind the manuscript.  But even sweeter, the answer to a well known Rudolph urban legend . . . and it’s true!

And now, as per our Christmas Revels, Susan Cooper.

Over at Seven Impossible Things, Jules highlights a self-published book that causes me a lot of guilt.  I had every intention of reviewing it last year but the end of the year is always incredibly hectic for me in terms of posts.  So for Christmas Jules gave me the perfect gift: assuaged guilt.  Along the way she tips her hat to one of the most beautiful Christmas children’s books I’ve ever seen.

Finally, last year Neil Gaiman came to NYPL to step into the shoes of Charles Dickens to do a reading of Dickens’ own performance copy of A Christmas Carol.  The results:

And to all a good night!

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Thanks so much, Betsy, for featuring my book and your kind words. Happy Holidays!