Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas Story Book Countdown!


This year we wanted to do something fun with Danagan for the Holiday.  We decided since he LOVES reading right now we could splurge on some books we have been wanting to add to our home library.  Some are Christmas related and others are just plain fun!  He will choose one wrapped book to unwrap each night at bedtime leading up to Christmas night.  If you click on each book name it will take you to the link of where you can see a full description and the price. Here is our list of 24 books:


In this infectious rhyming read-aloud, Baby Llama turns bedtime into an all-out llama drama! Tucked into bed by his mama, Baby Llama immediately starts worrying when she goes downstairs, and his soft whimpers turn to hollers when she doesn't come right back. But just in time, Mama returns to set things right. Children will relate to Baby Llama's need for comfort, as much as parents will appreciate Mama Llama's reassuring message.



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Buckle up, amigos — everyone's favorite kitty boy is about to lift off. You'll want to be there when the brave Skippito gets lost in spice!
That's right, spice. Skippy knows— from his big ears to his toes—that the planet Mars is red because it's covered in spicy red pepper. To prove it, he's off on a space jaunt replete with craters, crazies, and creatures from Mars. His new adventure is packed with witty wordplay, Spanish phrases, and Judy Schachner's trademark hilarity. This rollicking romp is simply out of this world.
4. No Sleep for the sheep by Karen Beaumont

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One tired sheep wants nothing more than a good night's sleep. All is peaceful until—QUACK! Is that a duck at the barn door? And now a goat? A pig? A cow? A horse? Each new unexpected guest is bigger and louder than the last! How will the sheep ever get this barnyard crowd to quiet down before—COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO!




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Imagine a land so dry that every drop of rain is like pure gold. And in the middle of this arid land there is a village filled with people who need more than just a few buckets of rainwater to survive. Fortunately for them, Tobias lives nearby. He owns the only wellspring in the desert, and it pours forth clear, cool water--water he and his son happily give to everyone who asks. He is lovingly called the Watermaster, and he believes that the water should be a free gift to all.
But when the Watermaster goes on an unexpected journey, the people realize in a whole new way the amazing gift he's been giving them. The only gift they really need.



6. Scurry Mouse Judy Hindley   (sorry no description but an awesome board book to have!)

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Santa gives a nameless mouse a special gift for Christmas.











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Shortlisted for Governor General's Award for Children's Literature Now an animated holiday special on Teletoon! Santa didn't make many mistakes. But he made a big one when he asked what Anton Stingley wanted for Christmas. . . . . . Anton's list was sixteen pages long. On Christmas morning, there was one thing under the Stingley's tree. It was an orange. Anton was not pleased. He and his lawyer decided to sue Santa Claus. Everyone came. It was the trial of the century. But Santa Claus, alias Saint Nick, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, Pere Noel - has a surprise up the sleeve of his old blue suit. Anton was stunned. What had he done? With the sparkle and snap of a holiday cracker, Don Gilmor and Marie-Louise Gay deliver The Christmas Orange, a witty, fun filled treat for all.


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Once upon a time, children imagined St. Nicholas as a stern, skinny bishop who was as likely to dole out discipline as Christmas presents. But thanks to the anonymous publication of the poem "Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas" in the TROY SENTINAL in 1823, a plumper, merrier St. Nick was born, transformed into the sleigh-riding, chimney-diving, jolly old elf we now call Santa Claus. Complemented by gorgeous monochrome illustrations that are meticulously true to pre-Victorian times, this definitive volume of 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, honoring the poem's original language, is now available in a compact gift edition.







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Olive is merrily preparing for Christmas when suddenly she realizes "Olive... the other Reindeer... I thought I was a dog. Hmmm, I must be a Reindeer!" So she quickly hops aboard the polar express and heads to the North Pole. And while Santa and the other reindeer are a bit surprised that a dog wants to join the their team, in the end Olive and her unusual reindeer skills are just what Santa and his veteran reindeer team need. Colorful graphic illustrations accompany this zany dog story from the well-known author and artist team, Vivian and J.otto Seibold. Adorable Olive and her hilarious adventures are sure to make anyone's Christmas merry.




Great Christmas CrisisThis book is aimed at children aged between 4 and 7 years old. 'Tis the month before Christmas and things aren't great. The elves are complaining, "We're all running late!" The candy-cane twister needs major repairs; there's not enough cotton to stuff the toy bears. The North Pole's in trouble: Santa MUST find out why. Told in fun rhyme and featuring embossed, spot-glossed pages, this festively bright book takes kids on an undercover mission with Santa himself and gives them an inside peek at what really goes on in the elves' workshop. This fun follow-up to "The Great Reindeer Rebellion" is as over-the-top and entertaining as its forerunner.



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Have you ever wondered what Santa did before he was Santa? When Santa was young and needed a job, no one was looking for a man in a red suit to deliver gifts on Christmas. So Santa tried just about everything -- from a chimney sweep to a postman to a circus.performer. But none of these worked out. It wasn't until he met a group of elves who helped him use all his special talents, that Santa was able to find his dream job.





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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. With Karma Wilson's memorable text and Jane Chapman's glowing illustrations, Bear Stays Up for Christmas is a book to cherish throughout the year.




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Christmas is coming but someone is playing tricks! Torn stockings and broken candy canes reveal that The Christmas Humbugs have arrived at this holiday home. But do not fear, lively rhymes and merry illustrations lift spirits and let readers know 

that not even the Humbugs can dampen Christmas cheer.








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That was the trouble. The tree was so tall, it couldn't stand up straight in his parlor. Mr. Willowby asked his butler to chop off the top of the tree. What happens to the treetop? Where will it be for Christmas? Snuggle up with this story and follow along through a forest full of friendly creatures who get to share in a bit of Christmas joy.




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Six-year-old Ollie is given his first pair of real skis. As soon as the snow begins to fall, he sets off on an adventure by himself to the palace of King Winter.

Along the way, he meets Jack Frost, who makes everything sparkle, and Mrs. Thaw, who makes everything melt. At the palace, Ollie meets children helping to make Christmas presents—that is, until breaktime, when they rush outside for a big snowball fight.

Finally, Mrs. Thaw gets her way, and the lovely snow starts to disappear. Ollie is very upset and wishes it could be winter forever—until Spring arrives one lovely day when in her carriage, pulled by butterflies.


17. Tacky's Christmas by Helen Lester

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Deck the iceberg wrap a gifty Fa la la la la la la la la... Tacky, Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect are celebrating the holiday with good cheer, singing, and lots of presents. Tacky's present is a little bit different, and not exactly what his friends had in mind, but when the Christmas merrymaking is interrupted by hunters in search of pretty penguins, it's Tacky's gift that helps to save the day…. A bonus CD of original carols includes: Deck the Iceberg, Sandy Clawz is Coming to Town, The Six Days of Christmas, I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas, and Oh Tackytree!







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It's December 24th, and the old farmer settles down for a winter's nap, wondering how Christmas can come when there is no snow! It is in his dream that he imagines a snowstorm coming and covering him and his animals?named One, Two, Three, Four and Five?in a snowy blanket.
But when the farmer awakens, he finds that it has really snowed outside, and now he remembers something! Putting on his red 



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These three-dimensional Christmas Bible storybooks are not only fun to read -- kids can play with them, too! Each book is shaped to fit into little hands. Plus the pages have die-cuts for lots of peek-inside fun. The simple text and beautiful illustrations help children appreciate the story of the First Christmas and the wise men's journey to the new baby Jesus.





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Nine bears have made it back home, but one bear is left all alone. One bear lost! Will all ten bears get back together again?












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It's Christmas Eve. It's getting late. A snowstorm is blowing, and a cold, hungry homeless child wanders through the streets begging. He knocks at many doors but is turned away. The true Christmas message is disclosed when he is finally welcomed by a poor family, who take him in and are rewarded in a mystical way





While enjoying a full day of their favorite activities, a group of young penguins helps a baby seal that has been separated from her mother.



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Because Joshua the Lamb was different, he often felt left out-like on the wintry night when he was left behind in a Bethlehem stable. This touching tale helps kids see that even if they're different, God has a unique plan for their lives.








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The Night Before Christmas is the most enduring and memorable of all holiday poems. Celebrated artist Gyo Fujikawa brings new levels of excitement and joy to the verse, concocting a variety of goodies to feed sugarplum visions. From the first lovable image of a pink-eared mouse to the final spread of Papa waving goodbye as Santa and his reindeer fly away into the sky, Fujikawa provides pure enchantment. Kittens and dogs curl up everywhere in the old-fashioned home; stockings hang by the fireplace; and a group of irresistibly adorable children nestle next to cakes, cookies, and candy canes on a bed of soft dreamy clouds

1 comment:

The Palmer's said...

What a great idea - I might steal this!