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Holiday spirit with books

December 7, 2015
Amy Phelps , MOV Parent

It's time for the holidays, so grab a seasonal book and read with your kids!

Younger kids can enjoy a seasonal touch and feel book with "Splat the Cat Christmas Countdown" (HarperFestival, $6.99, ages newborn to 4.)

Splat wants to put up a new tree so Santa will have plenty of room for gifts. He stays up late putting a star on the tree and wraps gifts before falling asleep. Will Santa deliver? There's a variety of textures for young kids to feel on the pages with a simple, cute story.

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In the North Pole everyone gets ready for the big day in "Little Elfie One" by Pamela Jane with illustrations by Jane Madding (HarperCollins, $17.99, ages 4-8.)

The elf mother calls to her child that tomorrow Santa comes. Meanwhile, the mice nibble, the gingerbread men jump from the tree, polar bears swim and dive, snowmen shiver and stars shine. And everyone prepares for Santa's big night. This lyrical story makes a fun addition to Christmas books out there.

New York Times bestselling author Garth Stein takes Enzo on a search for the perfrect tree in "Enzo and the Christmas Tree Hunt" with illustrations by R.W. Alley (HarperCollins, $17.99, ages 4-8.)

Enzo doesn't know why as soon as Thanksgiving is over, Zoe starts talking about Christmas and th tree they're going to put in the house. Why exactly? Enzo and Zoe goe with her dad to the Christmas tree farm to hunt for the perfect tree. They meet Newfoundlands who carry the tree for you and are much bigger than Enzo. But during the search, they get separated from Zoe's dad. Will they all be reunited in time to find a tree? This is a cute holiday story with a sweet family pet and plenty of heart.

Mariah Carey writes a children's book based on her holiday song, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" with illustrations by Colleen Madden (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, $17.99, ages 3-7.)

Using the lyrics of the song, readers follow Mariah as she dreams of the dog she'd like to have as a pet. She walks by a pet store, makes dog gingerbread cookies, makes a paper cutout dog, makes a snowdog, reads about dogs, all awaiting the big night when Santa appears - with the boy of her dreams! The cute illustrations go along with the familiar song in a sweet story that celebrates kids and pets.

Follow the familiar bear in "Paddington and the Christmas Surprise" by Michael Bond with illustrations by R.W.?Alley (HarperCollins, $17.99, ages 4-8.)

Paddington takes the Brown family to the store to see Santa, where there is a sleigh ride and a workshop. The store manager doesn't seem to want a bear around. But the family climb aboard the sleigh to go for a ride. The ride seems to have bored Paddington and he disappears. Or did he go to try to fix something? One thing is for sure, he certainly has a lot of people's attention! This is a funny holiday story starring the michevious bear.

Toys get to experience the winter weather in "Toys Meet Snow" by Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky (Schwartz & Wade, $17.99, ages 3-7.)

Lumpy, a stuffed buffalo, StingRay, a plush stingray and Plastic, a rubber ball belong to Little Girl, who is away on a winter vacation. They enjoy watching the snow come down from the window and discuss why it happens. They decide to go out and explore. Lumpy makes a hat out of a mitten. StingRay gets in a plastic baggie because she is dry-clean only and Plastic is fine as is. They taste the flakes, build a snowman and make snow angels. They enjoy a fun and full day outside. The lovely illustrations make this book a pure delight to read.

For older readers is a funny story about a sister's trip to the North Pole to try to get her brother off the infamous list in "The Naughty List"?by Michael Fry and Bradley Jackson (HarperCollins, $12.99, ages 8 to 12.)

Bobbie wants to ignore Christmas after an incident with a decoration. Her little brother Tad wants to know if Santa is real and is upset that she's trying to ignore it. He asks for a super expensive game system and says if he doesn't get it, he knows Santa isn't real. Bobbie is determined to get it for him so she won't ruin his Christmas. Even if it means taking it. And that's when she encounters two elves name Gumdrop and Phil who inform her that Tad's been put on the naughty list for taking the game. Can Bobbie set everything right? This is a very funny story with plenty of humor and Christmas spirit.



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