Winner of the 2016 Gold eLit Award for Best Holiday Story! When Santa’s workshop is destroyed by a ferocious storm, even the richest man in the world is stumped for a way to save Christmas. Just when everyone seems to give up all hope, the unstumpable Ava Buttons, together with her friends, discover a way to make Christmas wishes come true. Motivated by a desire to help others, Ava converts even her naughtiest friend, Rowdy Meyers, from an enthusiastic getter to a champion giver.
This heartwarming, family-friendly story celebrates perseverance, taking initiative and the pure joy of selfless giving. Very Christmas is a refreshing departure from the typical holiday picture book. Featuring a unique design without pagination or chapter numbers, children are encouraged to remember pages based on a memorable font, word, or page color. The characters throughout the book are purposefully not illustrated so readers have the freedom to dream them up and see themselves reflected in the story. There’s no evil character and, in fact, the story is all-inclusive: the lessons throughout apply to every gender, class, race, and age. This book creates opportunities for families and classrooms to talk about diversity, inclusivity, responsibility, activism, generosity, selflessness, and compassion. These are critical universal lessons for the holiday season and beyond. Colorful and captivating, Very Christmas is the perfect addition to an existing holiday tradition or an excellent way to begin a new one that will last all year long.