Being a Friend at Christmas by Carol Thomas

Something a little different this week as regular blog visitor and Apricot Plotter, Carol Thomas joins me to talk about her new Christmas Book for children, Being a Friend at Christmas, which sounds absolutely delightful.

Thank you for having me back on your blog Morton to talk about the release of my latest children’s book, Being a Friend at Christmas, and how it connects to another charity close to my heart.

Recently, I stopped by to talk about volunteering with Cancer Research UK, but I am also a keen supporter of animal charities. And it will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me to learn I have a particular soft spot for dog-related charities.

I am a regular supporter of The Dogs Trust, and I am very proud of the fact that my first children’s book, Finding a Friend, was picked up and used to raise awareness of dogs in shelters by PAWS dog shelter in Paphos, Cyprus. As the story is about a little pup hoping to find his forever home, the charity put copies in schools and libraries, as well as selling them in their shop. They hoped that in raising awareness and educating children, they might make a positive change for the future.

And so when it came to writing my second book in the Little Pup series, I was mindful of continuing that theme of awareness. In this newly released book, Little Pup is looking forward to his first Christmas in his new home. But he also remembers the dogs he left behind in the shelter and wants them to have a happy Christmas too. Little Pup has an idea, but he needs Father Christmas’ help to make his wish come true.

It was a lot of fun to write and illustrate – a job not always made easy by my Labrador, Hubble, who thinks he’s a lap dog. Aimed at under 7s, the text is written in rhyme and has bright, colourful pictures to engage its young audience. Having a love of dogs, I enjoyed capturing the Little Pup’s thoughts and feelings in his posture and expressions as I brought the story to life on the page.

While Being a Friend at Christmas is shared and enjoyed this festive season, I hope it will also inspire a conversation and continue to spread awareness, too. As Little Pup says, “All dogs deserve a happy Christmas” and, like Santa in the story, I just have to agree!

Carol’s heartwarming Little Pup books will make ideal gifts for all young dog lovers.

About Being a Friend at Christmas (Little Pup book #2):

Little Pup’s looking forward to Christmas

and he knows just how lucky he’s been

because some dogs are still in shelters,

a warm home and best friend yet a dream.

Hoping a small gift of kindness,

will help them feel loved, not alone,

Little Pup has a wish that might come true,

when Father Christmas visits his home!

“A lovingly illustrated, and beautifully written, Christmas story you’ll want to share again and again!”

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Also, by Carol Thomas:

Finding a Friend (Little Pup book #1).

When Little Pup finds himself at the shelter,

he doesn’t know quite what to do.

Big dogs all around, feeling lost and alone,

Little Pup needs a friend… but who?

“A delightfully written and wonderfully illustrated picture book, with a heart warming’ tail’ of friendship.”

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Purchase link:

About the author:

Carol Thomas lives on the south coast of England with her husband, four children, guinea pig, two hamsters and lively Labrador. She has been a playgroup supervisor and has taught in primary schools for just over twenty years – but we don’t mention that as it makes her feel old!

Carol writes for both adults and children. Her children’s books have irresistibly cute, generally furry characters young children can relate to.

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Bestseller Sunny Days at the Beach is now available as an eBook and audio download – Amazon KindleApple iBooksKoboNook BooksGoogle Play and at Choc Lit.

Christmas at Borteen Bay is available as both an eBook and audio download – Amazon KindleAudioApple iBooksKobo and Choc Lit for other buying options.

The Truth Lies Buried is available from all eBook platforms – Choc LitAmazon KindleKoboApple iBooks and also as a paperback and audiobook.

The Girl on the Beach published by Choc Lit is available as a paperback and from all eBook platforms –Amazon KindleApple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and Google Play.

By Morton S. Gray

Author of romantic suspense novels.


    1. It will be a very different Christmas if we can’t see our grandbabies won’t it Angela. Thank you so much for reading the ARC of Being a Friend at Christmas – and I haven’t forgotten your copies. Let’s hope we get those Christmas cuddles. xx

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