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Our Italian Christmas Eve

Our Italian Christmas Eve

Current price: $18.99
Publication Date: October 10th, 2023
Viking Books for Young Readers
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Deck the halls and mix up the eggnog! It's Christmas Eve for little Danielle and Francesco—a time for family, presents, music, and most importantly . . . food!

    The siblings are very excited to celebrate at Aunt Babe's house, where there are too many aunties, uncles, and cousins to count. And all is peaceful and bright—until they realize that someone forgot to bring the dessert! Francesco and Danielle know they can save Christmas, but only if they can remember their mother's cheesecake recipe before it's too late.
    This festive tribute to food and family will get young readers in the holiday spirit and make them very hungry for a Christmas feast—Italian style!

About the Author

Danielle Sedita and Francesco Sedita were both born in Manhattan’s Little Italy and later moved with their parents to New Jersey. They have enjoyed years together in the kitchen with their family and are often on the phone discussing their latest favorite recipes. Danielle still lives in New Jersey, and Francesco lives in Manhattan. This is their first book together.

To learn more about Francesco's other books, please visit

Luciano Lozano is the illustrator of Boys Dance!, Mayhem at the Museum, The Sun Shines Everywhere, and Diana Dances, which he also authored. His art is regularly seen in newspapers and magazines worldwide. He lives in Barcelona. Please visit him at and follow him on Instagram @Ilustrista.

Praise for Our Italian Christmas Eve

"Foodies will enjoy this entertaining expansion to the holiday shelf." —Kirkus Reviews

"The siblings Sedita set a place for readers at the table of their extended Italian family’s holiday Feast of the Seven Fishes in this picture book look at a cherished tradition. . . . The authors sustain a warm, bubbly tone, a mood matched by Lozano’s scribbly depictions of a loving family exhibiting countless distinct and often-humorous facial expressions." Publishers Weekly

"Bright illustrations sketched with care accompany the text nicely in this fun take on a traditional Italian Christmas Eve. . . . An excellent addition to any elementary library, this would also pair well with a classroom lesson on holiday cultures around the world." —School Library Journal