This Christmas, Pick Up Two New Picture Books to Spread Holiday Cheer

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Two new picture books published by Millbrook
Press
and Carolrhoda
Books
—one fact, one fiction—share the
stories of The Nutcracker and its rise to popularity in the
United States, and of Santa’s very fortunate coal man, respectively. The
Nutcracker Comes to America
and The
Christmas Coal Man
are unconventional stories with plenty of
heart that are perfect for holiday reading.

The
Nutcracker Comes to America
, written by Chris Barton and
illustrated by Cathy Gendron, introduces readers to Willam, Harold, and
Lew Christensen, three small-town Utah boys who caught the ballet bug in
the early 1900s. They performed on vaudeville and took part in the New
York City dance scene. Russian immigrants shared the story of The
Nutcracker
with them, and during World War II, they staged their own
Christmastime production in San Francisco. It was America’s first
full-length version and the beginning of a delightful holiday tradition.

The
Christmas Coal Man
, written and illustrated by Joe
Kulka
, tells the story of Santa’s Coal Man, who works hard digging
up the coal Santa Claus gives to naughty boys and girls. But this year,
Santa announces he’s not using coal anymore! What will happen to the
Coal Man without his best customer?

About the Authors

Chris Barton, author of bestseller Shark Vs. Train
and nonfiction books The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch and The
Day-Glo Brothers
, lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, novelist
Jennifer Ziegler, and their family.

Joe
Kulka
has written and illustrated My
Crocodile Does Not Bite
, Vacation’s
Over! Return of the Dinosaurs
, and the award-winning book Wolf’s
Coming!
. Joe lives in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.

About the Illustrator

Cathy Gendron has been an illustrator for more than twenty years.
She is also a teacher at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
She lives and works in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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About the Publisher

Millbrook
Press
and Carolrhoda
Books
, divisions of Lerner
Publishing Group
, create high-quality picture books and illustrated
nonfiction for children.

Carolrhoda
Books
, a division of Lerner
Publishing Group
, creates high-quality fiction and nonfiction for
children and young adults.

PUBLICATION DATE:
September 2015

The Nutcracker Comes to America
$19.99 Hardcover, Jacketed
eBook
Also Available

Ages 7–11
HC: 978-1-4677-2151-6
36
Pages ● 9 1/4 x 11

The Christmas Coal Man
$17.99 Hardcover, Jacketed
eBook
Also Available

Ages 5–9
HC: 978-1-4677-1607-9
32
Pages ● 9 1/4 x 11

To Purchase: Visit your local bookstore, order by phone at
800-328-4929, or visit us online at
www.lernerbooks.com.

Contacts

Lerner Publishing Group
Lindsay Matvick, 800-328-4929, x385
Publicity
and Trade Marketing Manager
lmatvick@lernerbooks.com
or
Katie
O’Neel, 800-328-4929, x209
Publicist
koneel@lernerbooks.com