The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
Every Christmas Eve my family and I raced to a spot on our biggest couch. Me and my four brothers and sisters all wanted the best spot next to my father. My father read the BIG book of The Night Before Christmas right after we finished decorating Christmas cookies. He read each page with so much emotion–a true storyteller. Even though I am married and on my own, I still remember the story word for word as if my father was reading to us. This tradition is something I will definitely pass on to my children.
The link above takes you to a smaller version of the big book Miss Ashley’s father would read. Of course, the library has lots of versions of “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Some of the more unusual ones are listed below:
The Night Before Christmas with illustrations by James Marshall
In this version, the familiar words are plopped into a more modern setting.
John Speir’s The Night Before Christmas: A Look-and-Find Book
This version is good for fans of the I Spy books, because there are things to search for on every page.
The Night Before Christmas: A Goblin Tale illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
Readers who love monsters will enjoy this version in which Santa visits a family of goblins.
The Night Before Christmas, retold and illustrated by Rachel Isadora
Rachel Isadora reimagines the story in an African setting, as she has done with familiar fairy tales (and one other Christmas favorite).
The Night Before Christmas: The Ultimate Illustrated Edition
If all of these different versions have made you curious about how people have illustrated Clement Clarke Moore’s poem over the years, this book brings together illustrations from 25 classic editions.