Christmas books: for the 16th installment, Mary Shaw sends Brady, Brady to find Santa Claus

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As the calendar turns to December, plans for the holiday season will intensify and kids will be eagerly awaiting Santa’s visit to their homes on Christmas Eve.

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And, this year , Brady, Brady and Santa Claus Search will go skating during the holiday season.

Mary Shaw, co-creator of the Brady series, Brady with illustrator Chuck Temple, is proud of the work she has been able to do with the children’s book series since the first was released in 2001, but as the 16th cover l shelf this holiday season, this one is special.

Shaw, the wife of former Senators captain and Vancouver Canucks assistant Brad Shaw, always wanted to give Brady, Brady something to celebrate this holiday season, so this one looked perfect.

“I’ve always wanted to make a Christmas book. Every time I walk into a store at Christmas, I always think to myself, ‘We’ve got to have a Christmas book Brady, Brady,’ Shaw said from his Vancouver home as the Canucks take on the Senators on Wednesday at the Canadian Tire Center. . .

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Shaw and Temple published Brady’s first book, Brady in 2001, and they’ve done great work ever since. Shaw started the show because all his son Brady wanted to do at the time was play, watch, and talk hockey, which was good, except he also needed an education to learn from. cast off.

You know, in reading, writing, and arithmetic, Shaw relied heavily on his experiences as a hockey parent.

The first published was Brady, Brady and the big ice rink .

“I wrote the first book because I wanted to remind parents that this is a game,” Shaw said. “I wanted them to play it for fun, to enjoy their teammates, to enjoy going out on the ice. It was a huge message for parents more than for children.

“I couldn’t get him to read. All he cared about was hockey. I just felt like there weren’t many hockey books at the time, so I thought I was going to write books for my son, who only thinks about hockey and to sports, ”she added.

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Since then, it has become a labor of love for Shaw and Temple. They signed a deal with Toronto publisher Scholastic Canada a few years ago and their books have become an important part of that country’s education system.

Book cover for Brady, Brady and Santa Search
Book cover for Brady, Brady and Santa Search Photo by Scholastic Canada /Postmedia

Teachers are always looking for something interesting and fun for their classrooms and Brady, Brady brings in several things. He’s cute, he’s smart, he always has a smile on his face, he’s a kid who loves adventures, and at the end of the day he always does whatever it takes to teach kids to learn to treat people.

Shaw used his experiences along a busy hockey course to keep Brady away from the arena. During the eight years she spent in St. Louis while Brad was with the Blues, Shaw wrote a few baseball books due to the Cardinals’ emergence from Major-League Baseball.

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When the family of five _ including daughters Taylore and Caroline _ arrived in Columbus, the home of the Ohio State Buckeyes of college football, it seemed fair to take the pen. Brady, Brady and Cranky Kicker.

This is the thing about Brady, Brady he is a child for all seasons who loves all sports.

It was three boys playing hockey across the street in Columbus who helped Shaw create the title for Brady , Brady and the search for Santa Claus . The premise is that Brady, Brady forgot to write Santa Claus in a rush before Christmas, thinks he sees him in the stands at his game and then goes hunting to find him with his teammates.

“It was supposed to come out last Christmas, but because of COVID-19 it has been postponed. I was upset because I always wanted to put out a Christmas book, but it worked better for it to come out this year, ”Shaw said.

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The good news is you can’t find Brady, Brady on a Kindle or download it to the iPad as the books are printed in hard and soft covers. It keeps kids away from electronics, even if only for a few moments.

“You go to restaurants and you see kids playing on their iPhones,” Shaw said. “The three little guys across the street, every Christmas and birthday, I gave them books. I said, ‘No, I’m not giving you any computer games or toys, you’ve had enough, here’s a book’.

The real Brady has grown up, but at 29 he enjoys the game and plays abroad in Austria this season. Hockey has allowed the University of Vermont graduate to see the world and he will continue to play as long as there is a chance.

And, yes, he’s had a lot of teammates on his travels who read the books and said, “Are you Brady, Brady? “

The great thing about Brady, Brady is that he never gets old and that’s why kids like him.

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