Surf’s up on Christmas Day

Jane Fagan | 14 December 2015
New lyrics for a beloved Christmas song.

The More the Merrier

Tim Golden | 25 November 2012
More is not neccessarily merrier when it comes to eccentric relatives.

Lost Books and Small Miracles

Jennifer Minicus | 10 February 2011
Have you ever wondered why some books are no longer in print?

Little Star

Leticia Velasquez | 22 December 2010
This picture book tells the story of the birth of Christ from the point of view of the Christmas Star.

The Star of Christmas

Leticia Velasquez | 14 December 2010
This touching picture book reminds us to focus on the most important of all Christmas gifts.

The True Saint Nicholas

Jennifer Minicus | 06 December 2010
Who is the real Santa Claus?

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