A Hanna’s Christmas surprise for Santa Lucia Day

December 12, 2013 @ 9:25 pm | Filed under: Author stuff, Books

Hanna's Christmas book cover

No, it’s not back in print—as I wrote that subject title I suddenly realized I might be setting some of you up for disappointment. But I hope you’ll find this almost as good a surprise. This time of year, I get a lot of email from readers looking for copies of Hanna’s Christmas, which has been out of print for, I don’t know, a decade at least. Sometimes the letters sound pretty frustrated: as the holidays approach, used copies of the book jump to astronomical rates in the resale market. I don’t have any available for sale myself—I didn’t even hold on to enough copies for my own children. (I didn’t have quite as many kids when I wrote the book.)

But a couple of days ago, I got a lovely email from a teacher who said her class really wanted to hear the story, and would I consider reading it aloud in a video. Would you believe that has never occurred to me? It was a great idea, and that’s what I’ve done. I made a short video intro below and then comes a second video with the reading of the book. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

(Direct link here.)

(Direct link to read-aloud.)


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  1. Love it! Our local library (in SW Ontario) has a copy, but it’s near impossible to get a chance to read it every year, it’s so popular!

  2. No words to say how much I LOVE this!

  3. I dearly wish you could get the rights back to all of your out of print books. Perhaps legions of Lissa fans could storm the publisher’s office with “release imprisoned books” signs! I’d be the one with the bullhorn, leading angry readers in chants.

  4. this is so wonderful, Lissa!! thank you!! (but i still hope you get it reprinted somehow :) )

  5. Yay! What a great and fun idea :)

  6. Oh, happy day! Thank you thank you thank you! Hooray!
    Santa Lucia blessings on you and yours!

  7. […] special treat from dear Melissa Wiley. She recorded a video of her reading her book, Hanna’s Christmas, a sweet story about a little Swedish girl who is homesick for Sweden on Santa Lucia […]

  8. That’s great! My kids loved it. My Anna wants a copy now because “Hanna’s Christmas is a REALLY good book!”

  9. We love Santa Lucia day and celebrate it every year. I am so glad I found a link to you reading your book. I’ve seen people blog about it but could never afford the price tag. It was very generous of you to take the time to film the pictures and read it aloud for us. My children and I truly appreciate it!

  10. Thank you for this! I hope this gets reprinted, but this is such a blessing until that day.

  11. […] You can read more about how the recording came into being on Melissa’s blog. […]

  12. Happy Birthday Lissa! I hope you spend it in the ways you like best, and that it holds unexpected happy surprises! xo

  13. Laura was so excited to “meet”you, finally. She says thank you for the wonderful Christmas gift ! Loved it!