Beyond the Book


“When nearly every branch was decorated, he placed a glimmering star on my top-most branch.”  ~the little Christmas tree


The Story the Little Christmas Tree ToldBeyond the Book Presentations

Valerie is available for library, school, and community presentations that go “beyond the book.” Topics include writing, illustrating, and publishing a children’s book, family traditions, and historical events. All presentations are tailored to age group and interest of the audience.  Click here for detailed information and presentation topics.

Contact her here to “save a date!”

“Our students and staff loved Mrs. Woebkenberg’s visit with us. We all enjoyed her lovely Christmas book and hearing the story behind the story. It was a treat to see the beautiful original artwork. The children delighted in finding the special pictures within the pages of the book. As a former teacher herself, Mrs. Woebkenberg aptly draws her audience in and holds their attention as she shares her story. The Story the Little Christmas Tree Told is a beautiful Christmas story and it was a pleasure to have Mrs. Woebkenberg here to share it with us.”
Sue Greeson
Library assistant, Monre Elementary School

Beyond the Book Activities

Click on each for a printable document.

Between the Covers 

“Our coats of red, and merry song,  
         Bring wintery cheer all season long.”                                   

Between the Covers is a Christmas Seek and Find of rhymes that invites you to search the illustrations for pictures.  Click here for a printable copy.

Christmas Stories

How about an Advent book calendar?  Choose 25 books and wrap them.  Each night of Advent, one book is chosen to be read.  Click here for a printable list of some of our favorite Christmas stories.

Birdseed Treats and Pine Cone Trees

Birdseed Treat


How about a Christmas treat for your backyard feathered and fluffy-tailed friends?  Click here for directions and recipe for this fun and easy activity.DSCN5910

Pine cones decorated with snowy white glitter make sparkly old-fashioned Christmas ornaments.



Book Club Discussion Topics and Questions

The little tree tells the reader he wants to bring happiness.  In what ways does the little tree accomplish this?  How does his giving change throughout the book?

Click here for a printable list of more questions suitable for families, classrooms, book clubs or small groups, scout troops, or organizations  desiring to go beyond the book and discuss traditions, memories, and meaning of Christmas.


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