The Christmas Book Flood (Hardcover)

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The Christmas Book Flood (Hardcover)

By Emily Kilgore, Kitty Moss (Illustrator)
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This book, bringing the Icelandic tradition of the Christmas Book Flood to life, is a sheer delight with its charming illustrations and resonant text. Sharing this book with your loved one is literally to celebrate in the Book Flood yourselves.

— From The Holiday Twenty

This lovely and lyrical picture book, based on a real Icelandic tradition, brings all the sparkle and anticipation of Christmas—and of the joys of reading—to the page.

The northern lights dance,
snow blankets the ground,
it’s the Christmas season—so the Book Flood begins!

People plan and they dream,
and they visit the shops
for books to give loved ones, and families, and friends.

And when Christmas Eve comes,
they’ll share magical stories,
curl up by the fire, and read, read, read, read…

With gorgeous artwork and a diverse cast of characters, Emily Kilgore and Kitty Moss's The Christmas Book Flood is a surefire holiday classic.

Emily Kilgore is a teacher and the author of the picture book The Whatifs. She wrote The Christmas Book Flood by candlelight while in Sweden. She lives in Minnesota. Visit her website to learn more.

Kitty Moss is an artist, and the author and illustrator of Where Bone? She lives in Ireland. Visit her website to learn more.
Product Details ISBN: 9780374388997
ISBN-10: 0374388997
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: November 1st, 2022
Pages: 40
Language: English

“The art adds old-world charm while leading the narrative through blue-tinted winter nights and warm, homey interiors. Moss’ lovely . . . captivating illustrations depict a family of four . . . as the story’s focus among a racially diverse country town . . . Marvelously enchanting.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Expressive and poetic . . . Bibliophiles will revel in this stunning celebration of the written word. The Christmas Book Flood sparkles with bookish excitement on every page.” —BookPage

“An atmospheric celebration of Christmas as a time to celebrate the written word.” —Publishers Weekly

“The warm illustrations depict a wonderfully diverse town and the renderings exude book love for all . . . A must-have for library collections and displays during the holiday season.” —School Library Journal

“[Kilgore’s] free-verse text sets the mood, a mix of awe and excitement as it describes the build-up to December 24 . . . Moss’s gorgeous full-bleed collage illustrations appropriately feature printed paper, and their rich hues perfectly capture the beauty of the northern lights.” —Horn Book