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Children's Fiction Christmas & Advent

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree

by (author) Vikki VanSickle

illustrated by Miki Sato

Initial publish date
Oct 2023
Christmas & Advent, Diversity & Multicultural, Siblings
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2023
    List Price

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A little girl shares the steps for the perfect tree trimming — a holiday picture book for fans of Pick a Pine Tree and The Little Christmas Tree.

In this charming Christmas tale, readers will follow along with the main character as she shares all the things that go into decorating a tree:

Hot chocolate
Taffy the cat
And, most importantly, family!

With stunning three-dimensional art by Miki Sato and a delightful story by wordsmith Vikki VanSickle, including a twist ending, this book will quickly become a Christmas tree decorating tradition of its own.

About the authors


Vikki VanSickle
écrit des livres et des pièces de théâtre pour les enfants. Elle est
diplômée de théâtre de l'Université de Queens, et de littérature pour
enfants de l'Université de Colombie-Britannique. Elle possède une solide
expérience dans le domaine des camps de vacances : elle travaille dans les
camps organisés par le théâtre local, mais aussi comme conseillère et
directrice d'activités au Camp Rimp Rock de Virginie Occidentale. Elle a
participé à plusieurs comédies musicales, et elle a dirigé, en 2005, la
production de Crazy for You. Ses écrits ont été publiés dans
Chameleon, un magazine pour enfants.


VIKKI VANSICKLE is the author of Words That Start With B, Love Is a Four-Letter Word, Days That End in Y and Summer Days, Starry Nights, which was nominated for a Red Maple Award. She is an active member of the children's literature community, presenting at academic conferences, reviewing books, and managing her popular children's lit blog. Currently, she splits her time between writing and working in marketing and publicity. Vikki lives in Toronto, Ontario. Visit her online at

Vikki VanSickle's profile page

Miki Sato is a Japanese-Canadian illustrator who uses a variety of different textures and materials to create three-dimensional images. Originally from Ottawa, she moved to Toronto to complete her degree in illustration from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her first picture books are Golden Threads written by Suzanne Del Rizzo and Snow Days written by Deborah Kerbel.


Miki Sato's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"This warm tale will brighten spirits with its depiction of a close-knit family happily engaged in a meaningful routine." Kirkus Reviews

"A child’s breathless excitement during the Christmas season resonates in the short, animated sentences." School Library Journal
"A warm celebration of family history and holiday tradition.” The Horn Book
"Whether she makes the ornaments that appear tactile though in only two dimensions or gives us a popcorn strand so real that we can smell its popping in the air, Miki Sato brings us into that living room to open boxes, delicately handle fragile memories, and to enjoy the comfort of family." CanLit for LittleCanadians
“From the textured fabric of the girl’s sweatshirt to the popcorn garlands hanging on the tree, each page contains enough detail to not only keep a child of any age engaged (adults included), but the images are so life-like it feels like you are right there in the living room with them, decorating their tree and thinking about loved ones and the legacy they’ve left behind, symbolized by an ornament that gets displayed only once a year.” —Anne Logan

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