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Holidays

There is so much to be thankful for–and so much to do–during this busy holiday season. No matter which holidays your class celebrates, the books below are sure to provide fun for the festivities and food for thought.

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My Weird School Special: It’s Halloween, I’m Turning Green!

By: Dan Gutman
Publisher: HarperCollins

In this Weird School Special, It’s Halloween, I’m Turning Green!,  A.J. and the gang from the My Weird School series are ready for one of their favorite holidays! It’s Halloween, and you know what that means! Candy! Costumes! More candy! What would happen if a kid ate a million hundred pounds of chocolate in one night? One thing’s for sure—when A.J. and his friends from Ella Mentry School go trick-or-treating, it will be a Halloween to remember. Bestselling author Dan Gutman brings his wacky, kid-friendly sense of humor …

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Heidi Heckelbeck in Disguise

By: Wanda Coven
Publisher: Little Simon

Heidi Heckelbeck is already a witch—so what will she be for Halloween? Find out in this chapter book that’s perfect for beginning readers.It’s Halloween in Brewster, and everyone is excited—except for Heidi Heckelbeck. Heidi hates seeing people dress up as witches, as if they know what life as a witch is truly like. When Melanie Maplethorpe decides to be a witch for Halloween, Heidi decides to dress up as Melanie to get back at her. But Heidi takes her Melanie act a little too far, saying and doing things …

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Splat the Cat: What Was That?

By: Rob Scotton
Publisher: HarperFestival

Splat the Cat and his friends have a Halloween adventure in Splat the Cat: What Was That?, a  lift-the-flap book by Rob Scotton, creator of the beloved Russell the Sheep.Halloween should be a black cat’s favorite holiday, but Spat the Cat is nervous about visiting a creepy haunted house. He’s worried it will be too scary. Splat’s friend Spike tells Splat not to be a scaredy-cat—the haunted house is just for fun!Splat and Spike’s visit to the haunted house turns into a rescue mission when Splat’s pet mouse, Seymour, gets …

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Pinkalicious: Pink or Treat!

By: Victoria Kann
Publisher: HarperFestival

Kids will have a pinkatastic Halloween with Victoria Kann’s Pinkalicious: Pink or Treat!, an 8×8 illustrated storybook.Pinkalicious can’t believe it: The mayor has canceled Halloween because a storm has knocked out the town’s power. No Halloween means no Halloween candy. No Halloween jack-o’-lanterns. No Halloween trick-or-treating. No Halloween holiday parties. And worst of all, no Halloween costumes. Pinkalicious has the perfect Pinkagirl costume and she absolutely has to wear it.Superhero Pinkagirl would find a way to save Halloween, and Pinkalicious decides she will too. All she needs to do is …

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Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise

By: Kate DiCamillo
Publisher: Candlewick

“Halloween was made for carefree Mercy Watson.”—School Library JournalWhen the Watsons decide to zip their porcine wonder into a formfitting princess dress for Halloween —complete with tiara — they are certain that Mercy will be beautiful beyond compare. Mercy is equally certain she likes the sound of trick-or-treating and can picture piles of buttered toast already. As for the Lincoln sisters next door, how could they know that their cat would lead them all on a Halloween “parade” of hysterical proportions? Kate DiCamillo’s delightful pig is back in a tale …

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Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween: A Safety Guide for Scaredies

By: Melanie Watt
Publisher: Kids Can Press

From costume ideas to trick-or-treating strategies, Scaredy Squirrel helps readers plan for the spookiest night of the year! Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween is the second in a series of nutty safety guides featuring everyone’s favorite worrywart.

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What Dads Can't Do

What Dads Can’t Do

By: Douglas Wood
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Level: 8-9

There are lots of things that regular people can do but dads can’t.  Dads can’t cross the street without holding hands. They can push, but can’t swing.  When dads play hide-and-seek they always get found, but they have a hard time finding you.  Dads really need to be kissed good night at bedtime. It’s a wonder they make it through life at all!

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Splat the Cat: Funny Valentine

By: Rob Scotton
Publisher: HarperFestival
Level: 8-9

It’s Valentine’s Day, and Splat and his friends want to give Mrs. Wimpydimple something special. Lift the flaps to find out what—and reveal hidden holiday surprises!

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A Kiss Like This

By: Mary Murphy
Publisher: Candlewick
Level: 6-7

Using a clever split-page format that makes for charming surprises, author-illustrator Mary Murphy shares a series of animal kisses that are sure to have babies and toddlers gurgling, giggling, smiling, and leaning over for their kisses, …

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I Ruff You

By: Sandra Magsamen
Publisher: LB Kids
Level: 0-5

I ruff you in the morning when the sun is shining brightI ruff you in the evening when the moon lights up the nightI ruff your prescious ears and your sweet little noseI ruff your little fingers and teeny-tiny toes!Mommies and babies will RUFF this delightful new format, featuring poseable plush puppy ears that make each page even more fun. A new novelty board book from beloved author/artist Sandra Magsamen.

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