Share a story from Candlewick Press

I’ll take any excuse to curl up with a book, but there is something extra inviting about snuggling in on the couch with a good book, a blanket, and maybe a kid or two (or a cat, in our house) when it’s snowy and cold outside. These titles from Candlewick Press are all wrapped up and under our tree, just waiting to be opened and enjoyed!

We have been fans of “The Princess in Black” since we received the first book in 2014 and I know that both of my daughters will enjoy the latest adventure! Princess Magnolia is back in The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation, written by Shannon Hale and illustrated by LeUyen Pham. As always, the story is fun and silly, and Princess Magnolia/the Princess in Black is always ready to help, even when she’d rather be taking a nap. The illustrations are beautiful too!

After battling monsters all night, a sleepy Princess in Black decides that she needs a vacation. After all, the Goat Avenger, a new hero who looks oddly familiar, has offered to protect the goats while she takes a much needed break. The very next day Princess Magnolia rides her bicycle to the seaside, where the air is salty, the sun is shiny, and the sea is as blue as monster fur. But just as Princess Magnolia is about to take a nap on her hammock, she hears a “ROAR!” Seriously? A monster? On the perfect beach? Impossible! Could a sea monster really ruin this vacation for the Princess in Black?


A Child of Books, written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston, is so visually rich and interesting. The different components and materials used to create the illustrations mean that every time you look at a page, you’ll find something new that you hadn’t noticed before. We love Oliver Jeffers previous books (he created the Boy and the Penguin books, and illustrated “The Day the Crayons Quit” which we still read regularly), and I think this will be another huge success for him.

A little girl sails her raft across a sea of words, arriving at the house of a small boy and calling him away on an adventure. Through forests of fairy tales and across mountains of make-believe, the two travel together on a fantastical journey that unlocks the boy’s imagination. Now a lifetime of magic and adventure lies ahead of him . . . but who will be next? Combining elegant images by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston’s typographical landscapes shaped from excerpts of children’s classics and lullabies, A Child of Books is a stunning prose poem on the rewards of reading and sharing stories—an immersive and unforgettable reading experience that readers will want to pass on to others.

I was sent these books to facilitate this post. All opinions are always my own!


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