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Best Christmas Books For Kids

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Christmas Books! Check out these holiday books to get your little elves excited for Christmas!


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Penguin’s Christmas Wish by Salina Yoon
$14.99; Bloomsbury.com

Penguin can't wait to celebrate Christmas with his family and friends. But when things don't go exactly as planned, Penguin learns to find holiday magic in the most unexpected places. Author Salina lives in San Diego with her family.


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Gingerbread Christmas by Jan Brett
$18.99; Penguin.com/youngreaders

Gingerbread Baby takes his gingerbread band to the Christmas festival where they are a hit until their yummy aroma reaches the children. Suddenly, it is time to make an escape or get devoured. The gingerbread instruments are cleverly disguised while Gingerbread Baby leads the audience on a chase through a Swiss village to the smartest hiding place ever.


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Elena of Avalor: Feliz Navidad
$12.99; Disney.com

Elena decides to host one big Navidad celebration in the park so everyone can celebrate together. But each community is trying to prove that their traditions are the best. Can Elena help her subjects see what the holidays are really about?



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The LEGO Christmas Ornament Book
$19.95; NoStarch.com

The 15 designs in the book include holiday classics like a wreath, snowflake, poinsettia, Christmas tree, and gingerbread house; fun stuff like a computer, arcade machine, and cheeseburger; and even simple geometric designs like a bow, barrel, and lantern. Each chapter opens with a project overview that features the finished ornament and then walks readers through detailed, step-by-step building instructions.


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North Pole Ninjas: Mission Christmas!
$29.99; Penguin.com/youngreaders

You may not know that Santa has a team of special elves, selected for their ability to help carry out top-secret missions that are all about helping, giving, caring, and listening. The gorgeously illustrated picture book retells the ancient legend the North Pole Ninjas use for new recruits. After reading the book, readers are given their own Ninja missions to carry out: 50 special tasks packed in a special envelope. Complete with a plush and huggable "sensei" to guide Ninjas on their journey, this is the perfect antidote to worrying about whether you've been naughty or nice.


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Paper Holiday
$14.95; ItsPaperMade.com

Each page has a unique design that's pre-cut, scored, and beautifully illustrated. Ornaments simply punch out and fold up into 3D shapes with easy-to-follow instructions right on the page. Each design has paper hooks in different sizes and colors, that hang on a tree, mantle, cubicle, dorm room or any place that needs holiday cheer.


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Color Your Own Christmas Ornaments: Features 50 3D Punch-Out Designs
$14.99; AdamsMedia.com

You can color, punch out, and hang dozens of wonderful decorations. Make your tree your very own by creating these personalized three-dimensional ornaments. All you have to do is color and punch out the two complementary designs then slide the first piece into the second. No folding, no cutting, no mess.


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Very Christmas by Simone Mets
$18.95; VeryChristmasBook.com

When Santa's workshop is destroyed by a ferocious storm, even the richest man in the world is stumped for a way to save Christmas. Just when everyone seems to give up all hope, the unstumpable Ava Buttons, together with her friends, discovers a way to make Christmas wishes come true. Motivated by a desire to help others, Ava converts even her naughtiest friend, Rowdy Meyers, from an enthusiastic getter to a champion giver.


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The Hat by Jan Brett
$15.99; JanBrett.com

When Lisa's woolen stocking flies off the clothesline, Hedgie finds it and pokes his nose in. He tries to pull it out, but the stocking gets stuck on his prickles -- and the fun begins. A mother hen comes by, then a noisy goose, a talkative barn cat, a playful farm dog, a mama pig and her piglets, and a pony. They all laugh at Hedgie, especially when he pretends he's wearing a new hat. But in the end, it is clever Hedgie who has the last laugh.


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The Christmas Story by Robert Sabuda
$35; Candlewick.com

Long ago in the town of Bethlehem, on a bright and starry night, a baby was born, a child who was called the son of God. Announced by an angel, born in a humble manger, laid in a bed of straw, visited by shepherds and wise men—the age-old, awe-inspiring story of the birth of Jesus is lovingly brought to life in six gorgeously imagined scenes, culminating in a 3-D manger sheltering humans and beasts, guarded by an angel above.


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An Otis Christmas by Loren Long
$8.99; OtisTheTractor.com

It's Christmas eve on the farm where Otis and all of his friends live. The farmer has given Otis his first real Christmas present--a shiny new horn! A tree has been decorated, a big snowstorm is on its way, and all of the animals are excited. Best of all, one of the horses on the farm is about to give birth to a foal! Yet in the middle of the night the horse begins neighing in pain and when the farmer says, "We'd better get Doc Baker out here or we'll lose 'em both," Otis knows the horse is in trouble. Snow has been falling hard for hours and the roads are unpassable. How will they got Doc? Otis to the rescue! He knows a shortcut through the woods and he arrives at the doc's house flashing his headlights and revving his engine. When Doc fails to awake, Otis uses his new horn. Then, with Doc in tow, he races back to the farm just in time for a Christmas miracle . . . and the arrival of a new friend to play with.

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Bizzy Bear Christmas Helper by Benji Davies
$6.99; Candlewick.com

The Christmas rush is on, and Bizzy is making himself useful at the North Pole as one of Santa's elves. Join in the fun as Bizzy makes the toys, packs the sleigh, and then helps Santa deliver the presents.



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Dear Santa by Rod Campbell
$7.99; SimonAndSchuster.com

In this delightful tale, Santa is looking for the perfect present to send to a special child. Lift the flaps to reveal a big kite, a bouncy ball, and a mask. But nothing seems quite right...until Christmas Eve, when Santa finds the perfect gift to leave under the tree. With lift-the-flaps throughout and a touch and feel element on the last page, this holiday tale is perfect for parents to read with their little ones.


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The Twelve days of Christmas Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
$14.99; RandomhouseKids.com

Turn page after page of this innovative picture book based on the classic carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” and watch as twelve days of gifts appear through clever peek-through holes on each page. Young children will especially love anticipating all the presents and seeing them arrive as if by magic.


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The Biggest Smallest Christmas Present by Harriet Muncaster
$16.99; Penguin.com/youngreaders

Clementine is a teeny-tiny girl who lives with her average-sized family. It’s mostly fun being the smallest, but Christmas can be tricky. Santa brings beautiful toys, but they are too big for this little girl. Every year, Clementine tries to tell Santa she’s small. But the cookies she ices with a message to Santa are eaten, and the words she stamps out on the roof are covered by fresh snow. It’ll take a whole lot of Christmas spirit for Clementine to find the right way to reach Santa—and when she does, she just might get the toy of her dreams!


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The Great Spruce by John Duvall
$17.99; Penguin.com/youngreaders

Alec loves to climb trees—the little apple trees, the wide willow trees, even the tall locust trees. But his favorite is the great spruce, with its sturdy trunk and branches that stretch up to the sky. Alec’s grandpa planted it as a sapling years and years before Alec was born, and every Christmas, Alec and his grandpa decorate the tree together, weaving tinsel and lights through its branches, making it shine bright. But one day, a few curious men from the nearby city take notice of Alec’s glistening great spruce, and ask to take it away for their Christmas celebration. Though it’s a huge honor, Alec’s heartbroken at the idea of losing his friend. With great courage and creativity, Alec comes up with a plan to save his favorite tree in this joyful holiday tale.


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Maple & Willow's Christmas Tree by Lori Nichols
$16.99; Penguin.com/youngreaders

Maple and Willow love trees—and now they are getting their first real Christmas tree. It is going to be the best Christmas ever. After a snowy expedition to pick out the perfect tree, it’s time to decorate. But whenever Maple gets near the tree, she starts sniffling and sneezing. Could she really be allergic to the perfect Christmas tree? And if so, how will the girls find a way to make this the best Christmas after all?



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Madeline’s Christmas
$9.99; Penguin.com/madeline

Something is not right with the famous “twelve little girls in two straight lines.” All are sick in bed, except brave Madeline, who must run the school, for even Miss Clavel is not feeling very well. But when Madeline finds help from a magical merchant, the girls embark on a Christmas journey  that will surely make them forget their sniffles and sneezes,



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Disney 5 Minute Christmas Stories
$12.99; DisneyBooks.com

Join in the festivities of the season as Mike and Sully race to light the big Christmas tree, Alice finds the Red Queen 's present, Peter Pan brings Christmas to Never Land, and more. With 12 stories featuring your favorite Disney and Disney Pixar characters, each meant to be read aloud in five minutes, this padded storybook with beautiful illustrations is the perfect fit for bedtime, story time, or anytime.



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The Nutcracker Illustrated by Niroot Puttapipat
$19.99; Candlewick.com

The Nutcracker is one of the world’s most popular ballets, telling the captivating story of Clara and the Nutcracker prince as they journey into a land of fantasy. Inspired by Marius Petipa’s sets for the original production of the ballet, Niroot Puttapipat’s delicate silhouette illustrations dance across pale, watercolor-washed backgrounds in a unique interpretation. Starkly beautiful, this keepsake edition evokes all the magic and anticipation of Christmas Eve as Clara and the prince waltz between worlds—and culminates in a 3-D spread bringing the dreamlike Land of Sweets to life.


Published: December 2016