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Duck & Goose, It’s Time for Christmas

Duck & Goose, It’s Time for Christmas

By: Tad Hills
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 0-5

Celebrate Christmas with Duck and Goose’s new holiday board book! Our feathered friends are getting ready for Christmas. The only problem? Goose is more interested in skating, sledding, and making snow angels than in helping Duck decorate their Christmas tree. While Goose has the time of his life in the snow, it seems poor Duck will be left to do all the work. . . .Tad Hills’s simple text and vivid, expressive illustrations make this sweet, funny little book the perfect stocking stuffer. Preschoolers who loved the bestselling Duck & …

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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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Can’t Wait till Christmas

Can’t Wait till Christmas

By: Mike Huckabee
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA
Level: 8-9

Mike is desperate to get a football for Christmas. Then one day in the middle of December, a box that looks the exact right size appears under his family’s Christmas tree. Mike just can’t handle the temptation! He convinces his sister Pat that they should open their gifts and play with them THIS INSTANT. And that’s what they do.

But on Christmas morning, the muddy football gives them away. After talking about the real meaning of Christmas and how some things are worth waiting for, Mike and Pat learn the benefit …

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Bear Stays Up for Christmas

Bear Stays Up for Christmas

By: Karma Wilson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Level: 6-7

The day before Christmas, snuggled on his floor, Bear sleeps soundly with a great big snore….”

Bear’s friends are determined to keep Bear awake for Christmas! So they wake Bear up and have him help them find a Christmas tree, bake cakes, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas songs. Bear stays up — by discovering that giving is one of the best Christmas presents! How a SURPRISE visit from someone very special gives Bear and his friends a Christmas to remember makes an enchanting holiday story for young readers.

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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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Dog Who Thought He Was Santa

Dog Who Thought He Was Santa

By: Bill Wallace
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Level: 12-13

Don Franklin’s dog, Frank, is a bloodhound, so he can smell when something’s wrong. And a lot seems to be wrong in Don’s family. Mom and Dad are worried about money, especially with Christmas right around the corner and the threat of the mine closing. Don’s worried because he’s just discovered how dangerous Dad’s job in the mine is. And they’re all worried about getting Don’s little sister, Susan, what she wants for Christmas, when she won’t tell anyone but Santa Claus what it is. It looks as if Christmas …

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Leonard Weisgard’s The Night Before Christmas

Leonard Weisgard’s The Night Before Christmas

By: Clement Clarke Moore
Publisher: Sandy Creek
Level: 8-9

That jolly late-night visitor and his magical, toy-filled sleigh are back in a beloved holiday classic to thrill new generations of readers and listeners.

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Merry Christmas Mom and Dad

Merry Christmas Mom and Dad

By: Mercer Mayer
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 8-9

Mercer Mayer’s very popular character stars in a getting-ready-for-Christmas picture book. Little Critter approaches Christmas with the intention of being a good helper. When he makes a mistake, he has a logical explanation. He couldn’t wrap the Christmas package because the tape got too sticky. He couldn’t buy his parents a present because there were too many toys to look at. He couldn’t put up the tree lights because they were just too tangled. Little Critter means well, but every funny illustration shows him as tangled up as the Christmas …

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A Bad Kitty Christmas

By: Nick Bruel
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Level: 6-7

After destroying all of the gifts and decorations at home, Bad Kitty escapes from the car on Christmas Eve and finds a new friend who helps her learn the true meaning of Christmas.

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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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