The Definitive Guide to

The Night Before Christmas

Written by Clement C. Moore & illustrated by Loren Long
6.38 / 7.0
- Bookroo Rating
Goodreads Rating - 4.4 / 5.0
Add to list
Prices as of Aug 16
Retail Price
used $1.36
Sep 15, 2020
Publication Date
Target Age

What Does Bookroo Think of This Book

“An innovative and heartwarming take on a classic that evokes the Christmas spirit and a feeling of universal belonging—a must own!”

Clement C. Moore’s classic poem is given an infusion of modern warmth in this new, spectacularly-illustrated edition. Featuring four families and one miniature Santa Claus, Long cyclically transports the reader and familiar text to display each family’s Christmas Eve preparations with illustrations that are a beautiful blend of nostalgia and modernism. The diversity of the four families picture extends beyond racial diversity to also showcase religious diversity, socio-economic diversity and— most prevalently—home and location diversity in a masterstroke that provides children around the world an opportunity to see an aspect of their own holiday celebrations as they read rather than requiring them to compare their own traditions to the traditional ideal. From a country home to a city apartment to a trailer park to the tropics, there are a host of details to delight and inspire investigation—different treats (key lime pie), decorations (a drawn paper fireplace), ornaments, creches (and a dog menorah!), tree sizes, and colors, etc.

What's This Book About

Publisher Summary

#1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long presents a fresh, modern take on the classic Christmas poem about a visit from Santa Claus in this gorgeous new edition.

Cozy up with the timeless tale that’s been reimagined for the twenty-first century by acclaimed artist Loren Long. Featuring four different homes that reflect the diverse world we live in, Long’s lush landscapes and charming scenes capture the wonder and magic of Christmas.

This gorgeous, modern edition of The Night Before Christmas will delight readers old and new and is a must-have for every family library.

An illustrator’s note is included that gives further context to Long’s approach for retelling this classic.

What Kind of Book is The Night Before Christmas

Where Does This Book Stand Out

Storytelling Illustrations

The “Storytelling Illustrations” badge is awarded to books with illustrations that exceptionally enrich the story.

Classic Status

The “Classic” badge is awarded to books that are bound to become classics because of their enduring messages, story, and illustrations.

Book Lists That Include The Night Before Christmas

Book Topics › Christmas
Choice Christmas Children's Books
Book Topics › Santa Claus
Children's Books About Santa Claus
Book Topics › new experiences
Children's Books About New Experiences
Book Topics › fiction
Children's Books About Fiction
Kids Book Club
Monthly. Curated. Delivered.
Get Started
As low as $16.95 / mo

Who Wrote The Night Before Christmas

Who Illustrated The Night Before Christmas

Loren Long

Loren Long grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He pursued graduate-level studies at the American Academy of Art in Chicago after graduating with a BA in Graphic Design/Art Studio from the University of Kentucky. After graduation Long worked as an illustrator for a greeting card company in Cincinnati before beginning his career as a freelance illustrator.Since then, Long has received numerous accolades for his fluid WPA painting style. He has been awarded two gold medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York, and has been frequently selected for their annual exhibition and book. His work has also appeared in many other major annual exhibitions such as American Illustration, Communication Arts, Step By Step Graphics and Print.

View Illustrator

What Has Clement C. Moore Said About This Book

Nothing yet! 🤷 You should let Clement know that you want more details about The Night Before Christmas!

What Has Loren Long Said About This Book

Nothing yet! 🤷 You should let Loren know that you want more details about The Night Before Christmas!

More Books From These Creatives

Clement C. Moore, Antonio Javier Caparo
Picture book
Add to list
Julie Fogliano, Loren Long
Picture book
Add to list
Clement C. Moore, David A Cutting
Board book
Add to list
Clement C. Moore, Tomie dePaola
Board book
Add to list
Lisa Wheeler, Loren Long
Picture book
Add to list
Margaret Wise Brown, Loren Long
Board book
Add to list

Book Details

Publication Date:
September 15, 2020
Lexile® Level:

Contribute to this page

Core Score - 51%
More than halfway there—keep going!
Depth Score - 21%
Just the barebones.
Improve this page
Are you the author or illustrator? Claim this page.