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Fairytales

A new variation of an old tale works only if you’re familiar with the original story. Before you open the pages of any of the delightful tales that follow, read the originals and discuss them with your students. After they’ve enjoyed the classics, a new kind of fun can begin: discussing similarities and discovering the twists.

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Wolves of the Beyond

By: Kathryn Lasky
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Level: 10-11

The latest in Kathryn Lasky’s hit series – a stunning spin-off set among the wolves of Ga’hoole.

A great cold has seized the Beyond. The warmth of summer, the smell of sweet grass and the great caribou migrations are distant memories. Now the wolves know only ice, dark, snow and endless cold. The order that kept the wolf clans strong for thousands of years has broken down completely.

The wolves have only one chance for survival. They must find their way to a new land, a land of warmth and summer. But …

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The Hobbit

By: J. R. R. Tolkien
Publisher: Mariner Books
Level: 14+

Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit has sold many millions of copies worldwide and established itself as a modern classic.

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Breadcrumbs

By: Anne Ursu, Erin McGuire
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
Level: 10-11

Hazel and Jack are best friends until an accident with a magical mirror and a run-in with a villainous queen find Hazel on her own, entering an enchanted wood in the hope of saving Jack’s life. 25,000 first printing.

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Nightmare Before Christmas Storybook

Nightmare Before Christmas Storybook

By: Tim Burton
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Level: 6-7

Meet Jack Skellington. He’s in charge of making Halloweenland the coolest creepy place around. But when Jack suddenly grows bored with tricks and treats, he goes searching for new ways to celebrate…and he finds them in Christmas Town! Christmas, Jack decides, is just what Halloweenland — and the world — needs! He sets out to take over the role of Santa. But can anything good come of a tall and lanky skeleton dressed up as everyone’s favorite jolly old elf?

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Sofia the First

By: Cathy Hapka
Publisher: Disney Press
Level: 10-11

Meet Sofia, a little girl who lives a rather ordinary life. But everything changes when her mother, Miranda, marries the king. Overnight, Sofia becomes a princess, moves into the castle, gains a step-brother, a step-sister… and the ability to talk to her new animal friends thanks to a magical amulet! Now, life is anything but ordinary for Sofia the First!

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Dream Snow

Dream Snow

By: Eric Carle
Publisher: Penguin Group
Level: 6-7

A simple story, lively collage-like illustrations and a fun gimmick for little hands…”

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A Christmas Memory

A Christmas Memory

By: Truman Capote
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 12-13

Seven-year-old Buddy inaugurates the Christmas season by crying out to his cousin, Miss Sook Falk: “It’s fruitcake weather!” Thus begins an unforgettable portrait of an odd but enduring friendship between two innocent souls–one young and one old–and the memories they share of beloved holiday rituals.

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The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book

The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book

By: Glenn Beck
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Level: 6-7

Just in time for the holidays, a picture book adapation of the #1 New York Times bestselling book from author and popular radio/tv host Glenn Beck.

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Christmas

Christmas

Publisher: DK Publishing.
Level: 0-5

With padded covers, simple images, and an amazing range of novelty textures, Baby Touch and Feel books capture the attention of the very youngest children, and create an experience they’ll want to repeat again and again.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Baby Touch and Feel: Christmas is a festive treat that will get your baby excited about the holidays while learning about new shapes, colors, and objects.

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Magic Tree House Boxed Set: Books 1 – 4 (Magic Tree House Series)

Magic Tree House Boxed Set: Books 1 – 4 (Magic Tree House Series)

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 8-9

Get ready for a world of adventure with the first four titles in the beloved Magic Tree House series!
Jack and his little sister Annie are just two regular kids from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania. Then they discover a mysterious tree house packed with all sorts of books…and their lives are never the same! Soon they are traveling through time and space in the magic tree house and having amazing adventures. Whether it’s watching baby dinosaurs hatch, finding a secret passage in a castle, helping a ghost queen in an Egyptian pyramid, …

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