‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
Illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith
Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Series: Holiday Classics
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Everyone knows the famous beginning to this beloved holiday poem: “’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house . . .” Clement Moore’s poem was written in 1822 and has been a holiday classic ever since. This edition, with gorgeous illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith, was first published in 1912 and is considered by many to be the definitive version of the story.
This lovely tale is now a part of the Folk Tale Classics series, with gold foil stamping on the cover and full-color illustrations throughout. A beautiful and affordable edition of a classic, this book deserves a place in every child’s library!
I remember one of my parent or one of my sisters reading this book to me every Christmas when I was young. I still can recite it from memory. To me, it just didn’t seem like Christmas without this book and a few movies that we watched every year like Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and A Charlie Brown Christmas.
This is a short book that can be read in just a few minutes, and even though it’s geared toward children 4-7 years old, I’m sure many adults would love it. I love the cover and illustrations.
For me, this is a must read for Christmastime.
Counts toward the following challenge:
2018 Christmas Spirit Challenge