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By: Gale Wiersum
Publisher: Golden Inspirational

In the barn on Christmas Eve,After all the people leave,The animals, in voices low,Remember Christmas long ago . . .So begins a sweet rhyming story in which a group of animals recounts the events surrounding Jesus’ birth in the manger, and the parts some of their ancestors played in it. This is also a counting book.

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By: Susan Jeffers
Publisher: HarperCollins

New York Times bestselling artist Susan Jeffers has created a Nutcracker unlike any that has gone before, with a lovely spare text based on the ballet.This is the perfect gift to share with children before they see The Nutcracker. Everyone who has seen the ballet will cherish it—as will anyone who enjoys stories where love triumphs.Come, take a front-row seat. The world’s most beloved holiday fairy tale is about to begin.

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By: Lonely Planet
Publisher: Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet: The world’s leading travel guide publisher*This is not a guidebook. And it is definitely ‘not-for-parents’. It is the real, inside story about one of the world’s most famous cities – Paris. In this book you’ll hear fascinating tales about creepy stone gargoyles, ghostly railway stations, huge castles and amazingly pampered pets.Check out cool stories about stuffed animals, caves filled with bones and the deadly guillotine. You’ll find cyclists, junk collectors and musicians, and snails on the menu for dinner. Where can you pretend you’re at the beach in …

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By: Jeffrey Brown
Publisher: Chronicle Books

It’s bedtime in the Star Wars galaxy, and Darth Vader’s parenting skills are tested anew in this delightful follow-up to the breakout New York Times bestsellers Darth Vader™ and Son and Vader’s™ Little Princess. In this Episode, the Sith Lord must soothe his rambunctious twins, Luke and Leia—who are not ready to sleep and who insist on a story. As Vader reads, the book looks in on favorite creatures, droids, and characters, such as Yoda, R2-D2, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Maul, Admiral Ackbar, Boba Fett, and many others as they …

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Publisher: PUBNI

It’s no wonder why kids love Little Sound Books. They include amusing stories, favorite characters, colorful pictures, and ten sound buttons. Character voices and story sounds make these already exciting stories even more fun to read.

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By: George E. Stanley
Publisher: Aladdin

The Third-Grade Detectives are looking forward to their field trip to a local art museum, where a priceless fifteenth-century statue of Joan of Arc is on loan from a Paris museum. But when they arrive, they discover that the statue has been stolen! The police quickly find the statue — smashed into pieces and thrown in a Dumpster. Why would someone steal the statue only to destroy it? It looks like a new case for the Third-Grade Detectives — even if the museum director doesn’t seem to want their …

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By: Jean Reagan
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

A New York Times bestselling picture book about a child spending time with his grandpa. Written in a how-to style, the narrator gives important tips for “babysitting” a grandpa, including what to eat for snack (anything dipped in ketchup, ice cream topped with cookies, cookies topped with ice cream) what to do on a walk (find lizards and dandelion puffs, be on the lookout for puddles and sprinklers), and how to play with a grandpa (build a pirate cave, put on a scary play). Filled with humor, energy, and warmth, …

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By: RH Disney
Publisher: Golden/Disney

Walt Disney Animation Studios presents an epic tale of adventure and comedy with Frozen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a young dreamer, must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, and his reindeer on the grandest of journeys to find Anna’s sister, the Snow Queen Elsa, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction. …

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By: H. A. Rey
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

It’s Christmastime! And irrepressible, excitable Curious George has just the spirit for it. He can’t wait to help his best friend, The Man with the Yellow Hat, pick out their holiday tree. At the tree farm, however, amid all the excitement of finding the perfect specimen, George gets carried away, as usual—atop his favorite tree! Hiding in the tree’s branches, George finds himself delivered to the local children’s hospital, where his tree trimming antics cheer the children and he gets to meet a jolly man in a bright red suit. …

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By: Walter Wick
Publisher: Scholastic

Scenes from Clement Moore’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas inspire twelve elegant and fascinating compositions where readers search for dozens of intriguing hidden objects.The first photograph, “The Night Before Christmas,” features a gingerbread house, Christmas cookies, candles, bulbs, and more. “Visions of Sugarplums” is an abstract composition of Christmas confections; and “Such a Clatter!” is a dynamic explosion of objects. In “It Must Be Saint Nick,” Santa is shown in shadow; and in “A Bundle of Toys,” the presents in Santa’s sack are revealed as a magnificent jumble. …

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