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I had the opportunity to ask the Author for a Top Ten List.
Since the theme is obviously Christmas, I wanted to know Mr Fisher's Top Ten Christmas Book List.
Here it is!
1 - A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens). Best Christmas book ever. Tiny Tim, Scrooge, and the Spirits of Christmas.
2 - The Night Before Christmas (Clement Clarke Moore). Of course! Not even mice were stirring.
3 - How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Dr. Seuss). From a modern genius of both word and illustration.
4 - Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Robert L. May). For the kids. Old ones, too.
5 - The Little Match Girl (Hans Christian Anderson). Look for the volume illustrated by Rachel Isadora.
6 - Nutcracker (E.T.A. Hoffman). The story that inspired Tchaikovsky's ballet.
7 - The Polar Express (Chris Van Allsburg). Haunting words and illustrations. Modern classic.
8 - Louisa May Alcott's Christmas Treasury. Charming stories from the author of Little Women.
9 - The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Barbara Robinson). A personal favorite and one of the inspirations for FINDING THE BABY JESUS. My wife and I loved this story, which although shorter than many, was always too long to read out loud in a single evening. I wrote FINDING to be read in a single sitting (even with most wiggly children).
10 - The Christmas Box (Richard Paul Evans). A fairly recent feel-good story.
Thank you so much Mr Fisher for sharing your favorite Christmas stories with us, and giving us one more to add to our list!
After being forced to wear lederhosen for the annual holiday card picture, twelve-year-old Chris thinks that the least his parents can do is get him the Tony Hawk skateboard he wants for Christmas. But when he recovers the hand-carved Baby Jesus that everyone thought had been destroyed in a fire the year his Grandma died, Chris realizes that some gifts are even more important than skateboards.
When the author had to discontinue a cherished tradition of reading Christmas stories out loud with his family and holiday guests each week in December, he wrote Finding the Baby Jesus. He had been unable to locate enough meaningful stories that could be read in a single sitting with wiggly children.
Author Kimball Fisher
Kimball Fisher writes novels for young readers. He is also a best-selling business author, professional speaker, and management consultant. Some of his past jobs include: sailboat builder, ghost writer (not as scary as it sounds), illustrator, and factory manager (more scary than it sounds). For fun he builds furniture, stained-glass windows, and writing pens.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities (with minors in English, Asian Studies, and Japanese), and a Master of Organizational Behavior degree from Brigham Young University. He and his amazing wife Reenie live in Portland, Oregon, where they have seen pheasants, coyotes, and a bobcat in their own backyard.
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