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The Christmas Quiet Book

Written by Deborah Underwood; illustrated by Renata Liwska


Every year, we go to our favorite book place, Quail Ridge Books and Music, in search of one new picture book to add to our holiday collection.

This year – especially the past few months, with LitKid thrown into the much more demanding world of middle school – has felt nonstop, so when I spotted the title of this book, it had instant appeal.

Both of us loved what we found when we looked at each page of this simple but lovely book, which doesn’t tell a story in the traditional sense. Instead, it celebrates the many kinds of quiet you can enjoy in the midst of the holidays … the kinds of joys full-speed-ahead human beings often don’t take time to experience.

“Searching for presents quiet.”

“Getting caught quiet.”

“Hoping for a snow day quiet.”

And many more.

This was a shoe-in for our 2012 holiday picture book and will be kept in a prominent spot between now and New Year’s so we’ll be reminded to slow down and have those quiet moments.

We wish you and yours many quiet joys (including reading, of course) over the holidays and in the year to come!



We got exciting news just before Thanksgiving, and today it became”official” ~ my stupendous co-blogger has been selected as a Scholastic News Kids Press reporter for 2012-13!


It’s a very cool program – you can read about it here and here.

‘LitKid’ put a lot of time and thought into her application, which included doing an interview and writing an article about her community. She interviewed an amazing local activist and advocate who helped create a organization that supports responsible growth – including policies supporting clean water, quality public education, mass transit, etc. – in our area, which is growing by leaps and bounds.

I’m convinced that the cheerleading and encouraging feedback from her faithful and enthusiastic “Lost in a Book” readers gave LitKid the enthusiasm and confidence that will help her be a great Scholastic Kid Reporter – thanks so much for your support!


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