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Jon Agee Lands Three Book Deal

Children’s book author and illustrator Jon Agee has landed a three picture book deal at Penguin Group (USA)’s Dial Books for Young Readers.  Agee (pictured) wrote The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau and many other books for kids.

The first title is Little Santa, a fictional biography starring young Santa Claus. It will be released in fall 2013. Publisher Laura Hornik negotiated the deal with Pippin Properties founder Holly M. McGhee. Hornik secured world rights and will edit.

Hornik had this statement in the release: ”Jon Agee is one of my very favorite picture book creators, and I’m rather giddy about the chance to work with him. I’ve long admired his unique and sly sense of humor, and his spare but exhilaratingly expressive illustrations. I’m full of wonder at his ability to bring brand-new glee to a story as age-old as Santa’s.”

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Santa Fights Dracula in Kickstarter Project

Artist Melissa DeJesus and writer Ed Power hope to raise $9,500 on Kickstarter to finish a graphic novel that pits Santa against Dracula (video introduction embedded above).

The funds would give DeJesus enough time to pencil, ink, letter and color their 175-page comics project. They would also print and ship “a self published, unique, one time, special printing.”

Here’s more about the project: “Santa vs Dracula is full color graphic novel about Count Dracula invading Santa Claus‘s workshop with an army of monsters (Frankenstein’s Monster, Mr. Hyde, Invisible Man, the Wicked Witch of the West, etc.) in order to gain Santa’s ability to enter people’s homes at will. Of course, Santa has his own allies and they aren’t about to give the big-guy up without a fight!”

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Santa Claus Reads Free Personalized Story for Kids

Would your child like a little personal time with St. Nicholas? During a special “Santa Summit,” the people behind the Story Before Bed reading app are giving away personalized recordings of Santa Claus reading the holiday story, For Christmas Day.

The story is free, but the limited supply will be shared on a first come, first serve basis. Parents should sign-up here to participate in the holiday event.

Last summer, the organization hosted a giveaway for parents in the military, helping overseas troops read free stories to their children. In the video embedded above, a young toddler reads The Three Little Pigs aloud using  A Story Before Bed‘s regular services.