Do you have a favorite children’s Christmas book? Mine isn’t a typical one. I just read it to my kids two nights ago. The book is Jingle the Christmas Clown by Tomie dePaola. When I was in second grade, my grandmother gave me this book for Christmas. She had gone to a book signing with Tomie dePaola and had him autograph the story for me. She also trimmed an article out of her local paper about Tomie and the book signing and laminated it. The article is still in the book like a bookmark.
I believe this is the first autographed book I received, and it meant so much to me that my grandma would go to the book signing and purchase a copy of this little book for me. It means so much more to me now! It was a perfect story choice because the book has lots of baby animals, and I was obsessed with animals when I was young. It’s about a little clown who wants to make Christmas special for a town of people who are having a tough Christmas. It’s a very sweet story and Jingle is a very caring little clown.
I love Tomie dePaola’s illustrations! Even though the book is cute, it means so much to me because my grandmother gave it to me. She has passed away now, and it’s nice to remember her when I read this story with my children.
This year, my daughter is in second grade, and her class did an author study on Tomie DePaola last week. She was able to share the autographed copy of the book with her class on Zoom and I was able to share with my daughter how I got the book from her great-grandma.
I hope you all have a Christmas full of warm memories and lots of love!