Weird But True Christmas: 300 Festive Facts to Light Up the Holidays
Even Christmas can be weird -- it's true! Get ready to celebrate the holiday season with wacky facts, stats, tidbits, and traditions about the most wonderful time of the year. Did you know that Santa's reindeer are probably all female? Or that artificial snow can be made from seaweed? Or that "Jingle Bells" was the first Christmas carol sung in space? Every kid will ho ho ho when they unwrap this fun and festive little gift book, perfect for stocking stuffers or under the tree.
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
The tale is unfolded with such mastery, humor, and emotional force that we are entirely within its power. The New York Times Book Review
Jonathan Toomey is the best woodcarver in the valley, but he is always alone and never smiles. No one knows about the mementos of his lost wife and child that he keeps in an unopened drawer. But one early winters day, a widow and her young son approach him with a gentle request that leads to a joyful miracle. The moving, lyrical tale, gloriously illustrated by P.J. Lynch, has been widely hailed as a true Christmas classic. This beautiful anniversary edition includes a new note from the author and an audio narration by James Earl Jones available as a complimentary download.
- Candlewick Press MA
The Christmas Wish (Wish Series)
This New York Times bestselling Nordic tale in the tradition of The Snowman, The Polar Express, and the many books of Jan Brett will have readers of all ages believing in the magic of Christmas. This is one to pull out every year and savor!
Long ago, a brave little girl named Anja wanted to be one of Santa's elves. So she leaves a note for her family and helps her elderly neighbor prepare for the holiday, then she straps on her skis, and heads out into the snowy landscape. From a red bird to a polar bear to a reindeer, a menagerie of winter animals help Anja make her way to Santa. A generous trim-size, matte cover, extraordinary photographs, and foiled title make this a special book for the holiday season.
And don't miss the other "Wish" books:
The Reindeer Wish
The Tiny Wish
The Brave Little Puppy
The Puppy's Wish
The Polar Bear Wish
- The Christmas Wish
The Girl Who Saved Christmas
"If somewhere in the afterlife Roald Dahl met Charles Dickens and they cooked up a new Christmas tale, it couldnt have much on this fleet, verbally rambunctious, heart-stealing follow-up to A Boy Called Christmas."The New York Times
Amelia Wishart was the first child ever to receive a Christmas present. It was her Christmas spirit that gave Santa the extra boost of magic he needed to make his first trip around the world. But now Amelia is in trouble.
When her mother falls ill, she is sent to the workhouse to toil under cruel Mr. Creeper. For a whole year, Amelia scrubs the floors and eats watery gruel, without a whiff of kindness to keep her going. Its not long before her hope begins to drain away.
Meanwhile, up at the North Pole, magic levels dip dangerously low as Christmas approaches, and Santa knows that something is gravely wrong. With the help of his trusty reindeer, a curious cat, and Charles Dickens, he sets out to find Amelia, the only girl who might be able to save Christmas. But first Amelia must learn to believe again. . . .
Matt Haig has an empathy for the human condition, the light and the dark of it, and he uses the full palette to build his excellent stories. Neil Gaiman, Newbery-winning author of The Graveyard Book
"With a little bit of naughty and a lot of nice, this Christmastime yarn is a veritable sugarplum." Kirkus Reviews
Polar Express 30th anniversary edition
A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole . . .
- Harcourt Brace and Company
The Boxcar Children Books 1-4
The paperback editions of The Boxcar Children Mysteries: #1, The Boxcar Children; #2, Surprise Island; #3, The Yellow House Mystery; and #4, Mystery Ranch are offered together in a cardboard case.
- Albert Whitman Company
National Geographic Kids Why?: Over 1,111 Answers to Everything
The concept is simple. Got a question? Well now you have an answer! 1,111 of them, in fact. Want to know why your snot is yellow? Flip to the human body chapter. What's on the inside of a turtle shell? The animal section's got you covered. What's in the deepest part of the ocean? Why doesn't Earth just float off into space? Check, check, and check. With hundreds of topics ranging from silly to serious, we've got the expert information you need in a fun and entertaining format that will keep kids digging for answers. Answers include all kinds of fascinating extra info like top ten lists, weird-but-true facts, explorer profiles, and cool activities. Now, go stump your parents!
- Book full of answers to 1,111 questions about the world around you
- Encourages a passion for learning, strengthens memory
- An ideal resource for all the questions you've ever had
- Features beautiful photographs, diagrams, and illustrations that boost the entertainment factor
- Contains hundreds of homework helpers, riveting responses, hot topics, myths mashed, persons of interest, how-tos, silly questions with serious answers, and so much more
How to Catch an Elf
A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!
"With delightful rhymes, How to Catch an Elf slots itself into place along such classics as "The Night Before Christmas."Foreword Reviews
You've been waiting all year long, and now it's finally Christmas Eve! Is this the year you'll finally catch an elf? Start a new Christmas tradition with this hilarious children's book from the creators of the New York Times best-seller How to Catch a Leprechaun!
"It's Christmas Eve! Hip hip, hooray!
Yes, Santa's coming 'round.
He's bringing toys to girls and boys
in every house in town."
"Some kids have tried to catch him,
but Santa's fast, you see!
So they've set their eyes on a smaller prize,
and now they're after me!"
- Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
The Broken Ornament
When a beloved ornament breaks, will it ruin the holidays or save them? New York Times bestselling author and Caldecott Honorwinning illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi offers a brand-new Christmas story that is sure to be a holiday classic.
Jack wants this to be the best Christmas ever, and he knows just how to make it happen
More! More lights, more presents, more cookies, more treats. More. More. More! So, when Jack breaks a dusty old ornament, hes not sure why his mom is so upset. They can always get more ornaments, so whats the big deal? Turns out the ornament was an heirloom, precious for more reasons than one. And Jack has a lot to learn about the true meaning of Christmas.
A fairy emerges from the shattered ornament. She has the power to make the most magical Christmasy things happen. Suddenly trees are sprouting, reindeer are flying, and snowmen are snowball fighting. All of it is so perfect, or it would be if she could fix Moms ornament. But she cant.
So its up to Jack to make some Christmas magic of his own.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (The Herdmans series Book 1)
Laughs abound in this bestselling Christmas classic by Barbara Robinson! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or the worst kids in the history of the world. The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.
Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys Herdman are an awful bunch. They set fire to Fred Shoemakers toolshed, blackmailed Wanda Pierce to get her charm bracelet, and smacked Alice Wendelken across the head. And thats just the start! When the Herdmans show up at church for the free snacks and suddenly take over the Christmas pageant, the other kids are shocked. Its obvious that theyre up to no good. But Christmas magic is all around and the Herdmans, who have never heard the Christmas story before, start to reimagine it in their own way.
This years pageant is definitely like no other, but maybe thats exactly what makes it so special.
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