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Children's Fiction Christmas & Advent

The Night Before Christmas

by (author) Clement Clarke Moore

illustrated by Barbara Reid

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 2013
Christmas & Advent, General
Recommended Age
3 to 9
Recommended Grade
k to 3
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Oct 2018
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2013
    List Price

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Barbara Reid's brilliant Plasticine art breathes new life into the classic poem — with a Canadian twist!

'Twas the night before Christmas,When all through the house,Not a creature was stirring,Not even a mouse.

So begins the traditional Christmas poem, beloved by children for generations. Rediscover this holiday favourite as never before, through the clever, touching, and always surprising illustrations of the incomparable Barbara Reid.

Charming Plasticine animals bring a lively Canadian twist to the classic words, and fans will know to look for hidden treasures within each awe-inspiring spread.

Barbara Reid's The Night Before Christmas is sure to become a new Canadian classic, and it is the must-have book for your Canadian Christmas this year, and every year to come.

About the authors

"The Night Before Christmas" was written by Clement Clarke Moore in 1823, under the original title "A Visit From St. Nicholas."

Clement Clarke Moore's profile page


Barbara Reid réalise des illustrations avec de la pâte à modeler pour ensuite laisser le soin à son conjoint, Ian Chrisler de les photographier. Barbara a signé plusieurs livres à titre d'auteure malgré qu'elle avoue ne pas éprouver autant de plaisir à écrire une histoire qu'à l'illustrer. Elle a gagné plusieurs prix dont le prix du Gouverneur général et en 2014, le prix Libris dans la catégorie album illustré. Elle est aussi membre de l'Ordre de l'Ontario et de l'Ordre du Canada. Barbara vit à Toronto.


BARBARA REID is one of Canada’s most renowned creators of picture books, including Picture the Sky (Imagine le ciel), Picture a Tree, Perfect Snow and The Party. Her vibrant dimensional illustrations make her work a favourite around the world, and she has received many honours and awards, including the Governor General’s Award, the UNICEF Ezra Jack Keats Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award and CBC’s Fan Choice Award. In 2013, Barbara was made a member of the Order of Canada for her contributions to the Canadian children’s literature community. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, photographer Ian Crysler. Visit her at


Barbara Reid's profile page


  • Winner, Libris Award - Picture Book of the Year, Retail Council of Canada

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Night Before Christmas:

"With her inimitable style, Barbara Reid has created a Christmas treat to be savoured and shared over and over." —The National Reading Campaign

"Reid has the extraordinary gift of beckoning readers into the special environments she creates with her powers of bservation, understanding of personalities and an uncommon sense of humour . . . festive and simply enchanting." —Canadian Children's Book News

"Sharing the mouse family's Christmas in this version of Clement Clarke Moore's tale will become a family read-aloud tradition." —City Parent

"The incredible detail will have young readers aged three to eight fascinated by every page." —The Waterloo Record

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