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Holiday Books


Gift Books! From the iconic "Guess How Much I Love You" and "Curious George" series to American Girl dolls and endless LEGO fun, there are plenty of gift books available to suit almost any taste.


american girlAmerican Girl: Ultimate Visual Guide
$24.99; DK.com

This guide will be a treasured addition to every American Girl fan's bookshelf. With gorgeous images of every BeForever™ and Girl of the Year™ doll, an expanded section on the TrulyMe™ dolls, a detailed timeline of the company, and tons of exclusive behind-the-scenes information, this book takes readers on a wonderful journey from the start of The Pleasant Company all the way through to present day. Find out all about your favorite characters and their lives, historical eras, outfits, pets, accessories, and more.


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TRAIN: A Journey Through the Pages Book by Mike Vago
$22.95; Workman.com

You’ve never seen a book like this before! It’s the story of a train moving across the American landscape—but with an actual three-dimensional miniature train that loops up and down and across each spread, traveling along an interior track from front to back without ever leaving the pages. Move the red steam engine out of the depot and to the front of the book, where the sun is just coming up over a bay, and then take a journey across wide plains, up mountains and down hills, into a city at night with its beacons of light—and finally, back to the rail yard.


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365 Things to Do With LEGO Bricks
$24.99; DK.com

This interactive book features imaginative play and building ideas, from LEGO projects that take just a few minutes and require a handful of bricks to inspirational build ideas and activities to keep you occupied for hours. Visual tips and advice from LEGO fan builders will encourage you to get creative and have fun while learning new building skills such as building your own LEGO pet, challenging your friends to make the tallest LEGO tower against the clock, and creating a LEGO treasure hunt.


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Megalopolis and the Visitor from Outer Space by Clea Dieudonne
$24.95; ThamesAndHudsonUSA.com

For centuries, the wondrous imaginary city of Megalopolis has attracted visitors from all over the world. Then one day, a strange visitor arrives from another galaxy, and everything changes. Readers will delight in a book which unfolds from thirty-eight pages into one giant page that is over ten feet long. Filled with scenes from the bustling town, featuring the many characters and animals that live there, the intricately detailed illustrations tempt young readers to invent their own stories, even as they follow the adventures of the friendly extraterrestrial.


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Disney Frozen: A Pop-Up Adventure by Matthew Reinhart
$40; DisneyBooks.com

Featuring nearly 20 pop-ups, this breathtaking work of art revisits the enduring story of Frozen. Elsa and Anna's remarkable adventure lives on in a magnificent display of paper engineering and artistic devotion.



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Walk This World at Christmastime by Debbie Powell
$17.99; BigPicturePress.net

A collection of global cultures, this book illustrates the ways people around the world celebrate Christmas. Travel to a new set of countries with every turn of the page. Lift the numbered flaps for all the fun of an Advent calendar in a format to be read again and again.


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Guess How Much I Love You in the Winter
by Sam McBratney
$18.99; Candlewick.com

When Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare go out into the winter snow, they decide to play a game of "I Spy". Seasonally themed and beautifully illustrated throughout, little ones will enjoy joining in with the game in this captivating story while discovering what Big Nutbrown Hare's favorite thing is.



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The Little Boy Who Lost his Name by David Cadji-Newby and Pedro Serapicos
$29.99; LostMy.Name

A totally unique, personalized gift based on the letters of a child’s name. Each child’s adventure is totally unique and based on their name, for example, a child called Charlie would meet a chameleon, hippo, aardvark, robot, lobster, imp and an elephant.


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The Complete Adventures of Curious George: 75th Anniversary by Margret & H.A. Rey
$34.99; hmhbooks.com

Curious George has delighted millions of readers for seventy-five years. Now fans can have all seven of the original Curious George titles in one complete volume. Stories included in this collector’s edition are Curious George, Curious George Takes a Job, Curious George Rides a Bike, Curious George Gets a Medal, Curious George Flies a Kite, Curious George Learns the Alphabet, and Curious George Goes to the Hospital.


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TRAINS: A Pop-up Railroad Book by Robert Crowther
$19.99; Candlewick.com

Loaded with flaps, pull-tabs, 3-D trains, and a spectacular pop-up model of a bustling railroad station, this is a sturdy exploration of trains and how they work is a tour de force of paper engineering and a bonanza for railroad aficionados of all ages. What's more, it's filled to the brim with fun facts and intriguing information lurking behind, around, and even on top of its many marvelous, movable trains.


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My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things
$16.99; DK.com

A charming first encyclopedia bursting with facts, perfect for little learners who want to know everything. Covering a world of discovery, it explores animals, people, planets, and, very importantly, you. Blending adorable, simple illustrations with rich photography and lively text, and formatted with a padded cover and ribbon bookmark, My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things is a very important book for very important people, the perfect first reference book for young readers.


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A Day Full of Ladybug Girl by David Soman
$17.97; LadyBugGirl.com

Play dress-up, make friends, and snuggle in at bedtime with this box set featuring Ladybug Girl and Bingo. With durable pages and simple, entertaining text that's perfect for reading aloud, this set makes an excellent gift for the very littlest of Ladybug Girl fans. This box set of board books includes: Ladybug Girl Dresses Up!, Ladybug Girl Makes Friends and Ladybug Girl Says Good Night


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Brick Animals: 40 Clever and Creative Ideas to Make From Classic LEGO
by Warren Elsmore
$13.99; Barronseduc.com

Anyone with a drawer full of LEGO bricks will be able to build and customize cute animal models, including a cute cat, wild swan, big polar bear, friendly monkey, and more. Each project is a great way to test out unusual building techniques or to mix up pieces from existing kits that have already been broken up. You can follow the instructions to the letter or go off in your own direction. Many of the designs in these books use fewer than 100 bricks.


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Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton
$17.99; Penguin.com/youngreaders

Country music legend Dolly Parton's rural upbringing in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee provides the backdrop for this special picture book. Using lyrics from her classic song "Coat of Many Colors," the book tells the story of a young girl in need of a warm winter coat. When her mother sews her a coat made of rags, the girl is mocked by classmates for being poor. But Parton's trademark positivity carries through to the end as the girl realizes that her coat was made with love "in every stitch." Beautiful illustrations pair with Parton's poetic lyrics in this heartfelt picture book sure to speak to all young readers.


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Guess How Much I Love You: One More Tickle! by Sam McBratney
$17.99; Candlewick.com

Little Nutbrown Hare wants to know if Big Nutbrown Hare is ticklish. "Can I tickle your ears? Is your nose tickly, too?" Tickle, tickle, tickle! Little ones can join in too, tickling the soft and snuggly puppet that pops through each page, or — just maybe — being tickled themselves by Little Nutbrown Hare! A sweet interactive book-and-toy combination makes storytime even more fun — and tickly.


Published: December 2016