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  • Winner, Libris Awards - Children's Picture Book of the Year, 2014
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2019
  • Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2013

The Night Before Christmas Canadian Title

Illustrated by Barbara Reid   By Clement Clarke Moore   

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443139625 Board book
26 Pages | 6.74" x 6.77" | Ages 0 to 9

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443124713 Hardcover
32 Pages | 10.38" x 10.31" | Ages 3 to 9

Now in board book format!

Barbara Reid's brilliant Plasticine art breathes new life into the classic poem — with a Canadian twist!

'Twas the night before Christmas,
When all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even a mouse.

So begins the traditional Christmas poem, beloved by children for generations. Rediscover this holiday favourite as never before, through the clever, touching, and always surprising illustrations of the incomparable Barbara Reid.

Charming Plasticine animals bring a lively Canadian twist to the classic words, and fans will know to look for hidden treasures within each awe-inspiring spread.

Barbara Reid's The Night Before Christmas is sure to become a new Canadian classic, and it is the must-have book for your Canadian Christmas this year, and every year to come.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for The Night Before Christmas:

*"A fun-filled romp." - Kirkus Reviews

*"With her inimitable style, Barbara Reid has created a Christmas treat to be savoured and shared over and over." - National Reading Campaign

*"Reid has the extraordinary gift of beckoning readers into the special environments she creates with her powers of observation, understanding of personalities and an uncommon sense of humour . . . festive and simply enchanting." - Canadian Children's Book News

Praise for Barbara Reid:

*"Readers will marvel at the amazing details . . . a special book indeed." —Kirkus, starred review (for Picture a Tree)

*"There is much humour and satisfaction to be had in poring over the details of Reid's work." —Quill & Quire, starred review (for Perfect Snow)