The Twelve Hours of Christmas (Hardcover)

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The Twelve Hours of Christmas (Hardcover)

By Jenn Bailey, Bea Jackson (Illustrator)


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In this reinvention of the classic holiday carol "The 12 Days of Christmas," five golden rings become five Nana hugs, eight maids a-milking become eight mugs of cocoa, and much more, as a family comes together to celebrate the holidays.

In the first hour of Christmas Santa left for me…a kitten underneath the Christmas tree!
It’s December 25th, and one big family isn’t wasting a minute of this special day! Grandparents arrive, cousins build snowmen, Uncle Lee tells jokes, Auntie takes pictures, and the whole family shares a holiday feast before it’s finally time to say goodbye and good night. This fun-filled, modern take on the classic song celebrates the most important part of Christmas Day: being together.
Jenn Bailey is the author of the Schneider Family Honor Book A Friend for Henry. She is also an editor, a documentarian, a blue-ribbon pie baker, and an eager traveler. She lives in Kansas with her husband Kevin (he makes the best tea) and invites you to visit her online at
Brittany Jackson is the New York Times bestselling illustrator Parker Looks Up and Parker Shines On, among others. She has also worked as a character and outfit designer for social networking and gaming platforms. She lives in Michigan and invites you to visit her online at or on Instagram @bea.gifted.
Product Details ISBN: 9780316330978
ISBN-10: 0316330973
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 10th, 2023
Pages: 32
Language: English
* "Carrying the charm of old-school watercolor paintings and the cinematic appeal of film, Jackson’s light-dappled illustrations further contribute a seek-and-find element via the kitten hiding across the spreads, while Bailey’s rhyming lines bring the holiday’s cozy ups and downs to this view of a bustling family celebration."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "[The illustrations] beautifully capture the joy of a Christmas morning spent with relatives and the cozy fun of a winter day. When little ones realize that the kitten can actually be spotted on each spread, they’ll be eagerly flipping back through the pages to find it peeking out.... An enchanting, family-centered take on 'The Twelve Days of Christmas.'"—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"This cozy Christmas tale centering a Black family feels new and familiar at the same time. A recommended purchase."—School Library Journal