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Children's Fiction Christmas & Advent

Counting to Christmas: An Advent Calendar Treasury

edited by Cottage Door Press

illustrated by Lindsay Dale-Scott, Borghild Marie Fallberg, Jennifer A. Bell, Yuyi Chen, Abigail Dela Cruz, Sara Gianassi, Jill Howarth, Katy Hudson, Morgan Huff, Katya Longhi, Zoe Persico, Roxanne Rainville, Daniela Sosa, Mei Støyva & Luisa Uribe

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Cottage Door Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2022
Christmas & Advent, Counting & Numbers, Seasons, Holidays & Celebrations
Recommended Age
3 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
    List Price

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The cheerful cover of this Christmas Treasury is a real Advent Calendar! Every day of Advent, open a flap on the cover to reveal an activity, story, craft, or recipe to help countdown the days until December 25. Photos and illustrations help kids of all ages make things, sometimes with an adult to help with scissors or the oven. Fun for the whole family! A treasury of stories to use year after year, this keepsake Advent treasury helps celebrate the wonder of the Christmas season, one day at a time. Are the kids visiting grandma's house? Here's a book full of ideas to share. Make some Christmas memories together!


  • Begin each Christmas season with this book to enjoy stories and songs, learn about celebrations all around the world, create adorable and fun crafts, and savor all the goodness of the season with delicious recipes. Come back to this book year after year to turn new joys into treasured traditions.
  • 25 sturdy, durable Advent flaps on cover make it easy for little hands to open, and for years of repeated use!
  • Open a new door each day to reveal an illustration of the day’s theme. Then turn to that section inside to find recipes for holiday treats, fun activities and crafts, carols to sing, stories to read, and more!
  • Sing classic songs and read classic children's stories with your children. Learn how to bake cookies & cupcakes, create a peppermint tie-dye shirt, make a felt stocking, create a sock snowman, wrap a present, write a letter to Santa, and so many more crafts!
  • Create treasured memories and start new traditions each day of December, leading all the way up to Christmas! Pefect gift for boys and girls to get excited for Christmas!

About the authors

Cottage Door Press is an independent publisher of high-quality children’s books. Our books are designed to spark curiosity in the littlest readers and fan the flames of lifelong learning. We understand children deserve our respect. That's why we always select artwork and stories that encourage caregivers to "read up" to their little ones––exploring interests together, learning together, and giving their young minds room to grow.

We also believe in creating stories that reflect the boundless possibilities of all children. We hope to create books that inspire little ones to connect, encourage them to dream, give them cause to celebrate, and allow them to see themselves beautifully reflected in the stories they read.

To bring these beautiful stories to life, our diverse and talented staff collaborates with authors and illustrators from all backgrounds and nationalities. We have also partnered with multicultural brands and literacy organizations to make sure our books reflect and reach as many little ones as possible. 

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Jennifer A. Bell has illustrated almost a dozen children's books, including Little Dog, Lost, When Dad Says "I Love You", and the Stella Batts series. Her work has also appeared in magazines and on greeting cards. She lives with her husband and son in Toronto, Ontario. Visit her online at

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My name is Yuyi Chen. I've done a little of everything including concept, design, 3D modeling, texturing and animation. Currently, my focus is on children's book illustration.

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My name is Sara Gianassi, and I am from Florence, Italy.
Drawing and painting have always been passions of mine. When I was 15 I started taking some private Drawing, Traditional Painting, and Fresco classes with Master Massimo Callossi, former student of famous painter Pietro Annigoni (1998 - 2005).
Then I Studied "Costume and Scenic Design" at the Department of Architecture of the University of Florence, from which I graduated with honors in 2007.
During college I attended a private course of traditional sculpting with Master Vincenzo Ventimiglia, professor at Academy of Fine Arts of Florence, and I was awarded with an Erasmus Scholarship, which allowed me to study for six months at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (2004 - 2005).
After graduating, I started working (2008) as a textile and graphic designer for fashion clothing brand Pratesi Casatex srl, in Pistoia, Italy; I worked there for three years, and although I was offered a long-term position, I realized that the world of fashion wasn't really my thing. So I undertook a new professional path, taking lessons to improve my skills as a designer and cloth modeler; I attended the Angela Vaggi Tei School for "CLOTH MODELERS" in Prato, Italy (2011 - 2012), and the "ENTERTAINMENT DESIGN" course at the NEMO Academy of Florence (2010 - 2013). While studying at the NEMO Academy I also had the chance to attend several workshops on Character Design, Animation, Illustration, Storyboarding, etc., with great instructors such as Stephen Silver, J.P. Vine, Alex Orelle, Liron Topaz, Lindsay Olivares, Bobby Chiu, Kei Acedera, Yoichi Kotabe, Takashi Namiki, Victor Navone, and Sandro Cleuzo.
Now that I have completed my training I am looking for jobs as freelance or as an employee in a studio.
I did several pubblications as children's books illustrator (Usborne, Hachette Group, Parragon, Penguin Random House, Nuinui, BoriBoricha, Lifeway, Raffaello Editrice, Studio Ad.Es....) and I worked 2 years as texture artist and visual artist for "Neko Productions", an animation Studio based in LA)
I also love travelling, singing, and playing sports - especially capoeira.

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Cheri Love-Byrd is a pen name for the creative team at Cottage Door Press. We use a name like this when we work together on a story. We choose a name that stands for "red bird," which is our cheerful little mascot.

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