Holiday Book Recordings

Our book recording project is designed to give young people who are in confined settings an opportunity to share, give thanks, and combat their feelings of loneliness and isolation during the holiday season.

2018 Holiday Recordings

Llama Llama Jingle Bells

 Performed by a student at Pace Center for Girls

Jacksonville, FL

Sneezy the Snowman 

The Itsy Bitsy Snowman

 Performed by a student at Christa McAuliffe High School

Los Angeles, CA

Just a Snowman

These Recordings were made by students at the Charles Britt Academy and Pinellas County Juvenile Detention Center in Florida.

"Our students LOVED reading the holiday/winter books.  Many were intimidated initially, but once they viewed their individual videos, they were extremely proud."

- Gayle Palmer, Educator at Pinellas County School Board, FL

2017 Holiday Recordings

“Whoever You Are”

Read by E. Rodriguez and J. Gonzalez-Mas 

"This book is read in English and Spanish.  [The students] thought it would be a great idea to share this story with children of different cultures.  The students also requested that I send the recording and book to a school in Puerto Rico (if possible) to inform children affected by the hurricane that we are thinking of them this holiday season."

- Charnetta Starr,  Teacher at Orange Youth Academy (FL)

Bear Snores On

"Sleep brings peace.  May you find peace with this reading."

- Ernest (student), Phoenix Academy, Los Angeles 

How to Catch An Elf-

 “I think my nieces and nephews will like this.”  - Ernest (Student), Youth Correctional Center (ND)

"This student is in our Read Right program. He was excited to read." -- Laurie Larson, Teacher

Llama Llama Jingle Bells

"I love that I can make those who are younger than me very happy even though I am facing my own challenges right now."

- Student, Phoenix Academy, Los Angeles

Books and recordings ready to be mailed from Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center School Program in Wauwatosa, WI

2016 Holiday Recordings

Pete Saves Christmas -
00:00 / 00:00

2015 Holiday Recordings

The Mitten - Theo
00:00 / 00:00
Snowballs - Mikey
00:00 / 00:00
Shall I Knit You A Hat - Gabe
00:00 / 00:00
Santa is Coming to Kentucky - Abraham
00:00 / 00:00

Sending Some Love:

Holiday Book-Recording Project Overview

Sending Some Love provides an opportunity for scholars to send a recording of themselves reading a holiday book aloud to a young child--maybe their own child, a younger sibling at home, or a child at a nearby daycare center.


The Holiday Book Recording Project provides an opportunity for scholars to send a recording of themselves reading a book aloud to a young child.


  • Provide guidance in the form of a how-to guide.

  • Purchase up to 2 bundles of 10 books for the first 50 sites to register, below.

  • Provide technical assistance tailored to the resources at individual schools.


  • Support scholars in choosing a children's book to read and record as a gift for a young child (and purchase those books if not provided by CEEAS, per above).

  • Record the scholar reading the book of choice aloud and provide CD's to burn the recordings on.

  • Mail the CD of the recording and the book to whom the book is dedicated.

View the 

How-To Guide