Book about Mrs. Claus named Best Published Childrens Book

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Laura Lee Scotts book The Santa Switch, was named the Best Published Childrens Book.

West Linn author Laura Lee Scott recently received word that her children’s book, “The Santa Switch,” won top honors for Best Published Children’s Book at the Oregon Christian Writers’ Cascade Writing Awards.

Scott has more than 20 years of experience as a writer, and though “The Santa Switch” isn’t the first children’s book she has written, it is her first solo project as a children’s author. Published last year by Scott’s Passionflower Press, the Christmas-themed book tells the story of the modern-day Mrs. Claus and sheds light on all the hard work she does to help Santa get ready for his annual toy drop. The storyline is accompanied by detailed illustrations, which deliver a clever, whimsical twist on familiar North Pole characters, as well as a pet mouse that can be found on each page by the book’s young readers.

Scott said her sons’ questions about what Mrs. Claus was doing during the Christmas rush were her inspiration.

“I have to give them credit for coming up with the idea,” she said. “The boys won dered what she was doing during all the preparation.”

In many stories about Christmas, Mrs. Claus is an underutilized character and plays a minor role in the story.

“Mrs. Claus is the only female character in Santa’s world, yet thus far she’s played such a minor, one-dimensional role; most people rarely give her a second thought,” Scott said. “With women making up half of the world’s population, I felt it was time there was stronger female representation in this beloved legend. So far, the concept of a freshly-spun Mrs. Claus has been wonderfully received by Christmas fans of all ages. Jessica Claus is now a multi-faceted character who is fun, lovable and infinitely more relevant.”

“The Santa Switch” has been well received since its release date, so much so that Scott has more books in the works (the second book is being illustrated now), plus ambitious plans for a Jessica Claus product line, including Christmas cards, scarves, ornaments, tea sets, an e-book, cookies, recipes and edutainment materials such as an application, games and more.

“I’m also talking with film agents about the possibility of creating a new Christmas special starring Jessica Claus, which is obviously a very exciting possibility,” she said. “I am working hard to ensure that ‘The Santa Switch’ and this modern, fabulous version of Mrs. Claus meet its full, cross-platform potential as a fun, empowering, edutainment experience that inspires and resonates with Christmas lovers well beyond the holiday season.”

Scott has partnered with the Children’s Center, a private, nonprofit medical assessment center in Portland that supports children and families in cases of suspected physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, drug endangerment and witness to violence. Scott will donate $1 for each book sold through the holiday season 2013 to the Children’s Center.

Scott will be reading from “The Santa Switch” and signing books at the Florence (Ore.) Festival of Books on Sept. 28 at the Florence Events Center. She is also available for free classroom and school library readings in the local area throughout the fall and holiday season.

“There’s nothing I love more than reading the book to a class of wide-eyed kids!” she said. “It’s all about sharing the generosity of the season. A lot of amazing things are coming together and I am feeling very blessed by it all, for sure!”

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