Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 21, 2018

Book Giveaway: The Night Before Thanksgiving

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I noticed Author Natasha Wing published picture book titled, THE NIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING and thought it would be perfect for today’s post. Natasha has agreed to share a book with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Natasha!


Everyone’s favorite fun-filled, family-filled, food-filled holiday is almost here! Follow along as the feast is prepared, cousins are greeted, and everyone gathers around the table, all with an extra helping of holiday fun.


The Night Before Thanksgiving is the fourth book in The Night Before series. The “series” started off as one book, The Night Before Easter. I thought it was a one-and-done, but thanks to my editor, Jane O’Connor, who saw promise in more holiday books fashioned after The Night Before Christmas, she gave me the go-ahead to write a Thanksgiving one. The series grew organically and now there are 26 (the New Baby one is out of print) with four on the way.

As a child who lived in Connecticut, we’d go to Massachusetts to my grandparents’ farm where relatives would gather. My mom came from a family of seven children so there were a lot of cousins! I pay tribute to them on the page where the main kids call them by name, like Santa does when he calls out the reindeer. For the names I used in the book, three are from real people I know – Danny (my husband), Paula (my mother), Ricky (my cousin).

And because it would often snow around Thanksgiving when we were trying to drive up to grandmother’s house (while my brother, sister and I would sing Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go, over and over again!), I had to put in a part where one relative, Uncle Norm, was stuck in a storm. I’m not sure where the illustrator lived, but I wanted the outside to look more fall and stormy (preferably snow) but she made the grass and trees green.

I also made a nod to one of my favorite holiday shows, A Christmas Story, where the Bumpus hounds come in and eat the turkey. I have the dad trip over a hound and the turkey flies but the kids catch it and save the turkey dinner.

The other nod to my family is the mention of a leftover feast. My family would eat turkey dinner, play football then immediately dive into leftovers!

When I wrote this book, I was also into baking pies so I included the ones that I like – pumpkin, pecan and my mom used to make an awesome apple pie that stacked super high so those were the ones that got top billing.

Typically there is something in each Night Before that I remember as a kid, but this one contains the most childhood memories.


When I was a young girl, I wanted to be a teacher.  I’d line up my stuffed animals – Billy Bear, Boing Boing, Easter Bunny – in front of a board with magnetic letters and numbers and teach them the alphabet and how to count. In high school I wanted to be a tennis player.  I was on the tennis team and played at our neighborhood tennis club in the summers – and even competed in tournaments. Then in college I thought digging dinosaur bones would be a cool job. Or working at a big time advertising agency. It wasn’t until after college, when I was working at my small public relations agency, that I decided I really wanted to write children’s books. I was so inspired by the magic that happens when reading a story that I wanted to see if my active imagination could create magical moments for kids all over the world. So I started writing. Luckily, I sold my first manuscript, Hippity Hop, Frog on Top, in 1992.  I’ve been writing ever since.

I love the freedom of being my own boss, of coming up with ideas on my own, and writing that first draft to see if my idea has any spark. I’m not so crazy about the revising process although there are thrilling moments when I figure out a better way to say something, nail dialog, or work through a complicated plot line. The most exciting moment is when an editor says they want to publish my story.  Then I know all my hard work has paid off, and that soon, children will enter my imaginative world through a book. Check out her website:

Thank you Natasha for sharing your book and journey with us. It was a great fit with today.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. How did I miss this one? Thanks for featuring it today. Shared the link on FB. Happy Thanksgiving!


  2. So clever! 😀


  3. Oh my gosh – so cute! Can’t wait to read the whole thing and then find your others!

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  4. Love learning the backstory! Happy Thanksgiving to all!


  5. Fun concept. Thanksgiving needs more good books!


  6. I hope the winner doesn’t mind getting the book after Thanksgiving – for next year!


  7. What a perfect book for today. I will definitely be checking this one out. Thanks for the post.


  8. I just read this book this week to my kindergartners. Enjoyed the interview and how this series came about!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Thank you for sharing the journey of your Night Before… Books!


  10. What a wonderful series. Good luck to you!


  11. Who won?


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