Award-winning author, L.R.Knost

The Twelve Elves of Christmas~An Advent Storybook

[By L.R.Knost, best-selling author of The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective DisciplineWhispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood and Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages available on Amazon and through other major retailers.]


“If you love all of the Elf on a Shelf ideas floating around the internet, but don’t like the idea of using Santa as a threatening figure who sends elves to spy on children and report back to him, then this new children’s book that will be released next year is for you! With a lyrical cadence and engaging rhymes, The Twelve Elves of Christmas shares the real meaning of Christmas while capturing the fun of playing hide-n-seek with a dozen visiting elves as they help you and your children count down to Christmas with shared acts of kindness, giving, and love. A new Christmas classic, for sure!”

The Parenting Review


Here’s a small excerpt (don’t want to give it all away!) and some of the very early concept art from The Twelve Elves of Christmas which will be released next year. Based on the concept that kindness begets kindness and giving spirits come from hearts that are overflowing with love, the book will include hundreds of creative ideas for using your elves to share the true meaning of Christmas with your children in fun and unexpected ways.  Enjoy the sneak preview!


***The Twelve Elves of Christmas***

It’s Christmastime! It’s on the way!

It’s time for elves to come and play!

Jingle, Merry, and Snowflake, too

Are bringing friends to share with you


elves concept art 2Holly, Jolly, Kringle, and Yule

Twinkle, Happy, and Noel, too

And last but not least are Carol and Frost

Mapping their route so they won’t get lost!


Each will visit, just one a day

Coming to help in some small way

With acts of kindness they will share

Joys of giving from hearts that care



Look for happy, small elf faces

Hiding in all kinds of places

Find them in boxes and on shelves

Look high and low for your friend elves


They’ll make your bed and feed the cat

They’ll clean the spot where your toys sat

They’ll bring small gifts, surprises, too

They’ll write kind notes like, “I like you!”


And when you find your friendly elves

Then you can become elves yourselves!

Go give your elves to someone new

Share some help and a smile or two


These friendly elves come every year

Bringing loads of Christmas cheer

To fill our hearts with love each day

So we have more to give away!

~ L.R.Knost


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Award-winnning author, L.R.Knost, is the founder and director of the children's rights advocacy and family consulting group, Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources, and Editor-in-Chief of Holistic Parenting Magazine. Books by L.R.Knost include Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood ; Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages ; The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline ; and Jesus, the Gentle Parent: Gentle Christian Parenting the first four books in the Little Hearts Handbook gentle parenting series, and children’s picture books Petey’s Listening Ears and the soon-to-be-released Grumpykins series.

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