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Seasonal Stories for Early Elementary Schoolers

Whether capturing meaningful moments or taking a laugh-out-loud look at holiday icons, these books inspire sugar-plum dreams.
 
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Bear Stays Up for Christmas
by Karma Wilson Illustrated by Jane Chapman

"The day before Christmas,

snuggled on his floor,

Bear sleeps soundly

with a great big snore...."

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A Child's Christmas in Wales
by Dylan Thomas

This gem of lyric prose has enchanted both young and old and is now a modern classic.

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Dragon's Merry Christmas
by Dav Pilkey Illustrated by Dav Pilkey
Award-winning author/illustrator of the Captain Underpants series, Dav Pilkey's gentle blue Dragon (from the hit TV series) will charm beginning readers with his delightful Christmas adventures!

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Paperback Picturebooks : $5.99

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Merry Christmas, Geronimo!
Series: Geronimo Stilton, Book #12
by Geronimo Stilton

Enter the world of Geronimo Stilton, where another funny adventure is always right around the corner. Each book is a fast-paced adventure with lively art and a unique format kids 7-10 will love.

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Hold Christmas in Your Heart: African-American Songs, Poems, and Stories for the Holidays
by Cheryl Willis Hudson Illustrated by Cheryl Willis Hudson

Christmas means special family times are here — times of merriment, good cheer, and love. Cheryl Willis Hudson has compiled a wonderful book that celebrates this special time through a collecton of traditional African American songs, stories, and poems.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
by Dr. Seuss
The Grinch plots to ruin the Christmas of every Who in Who-ville. Imagine his shock when he discovers that Christmas just comes, no matter what!
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Hardcover Picturebooks : $13.50

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How Santa Got His Job
by Stephen Krensky Illustrated by S. D. Schindler

Have you ever wondered what Santa did before he was Santa?

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K Is for Kwanzaa: A Kwanzaa Alphabet Book
by Juwanda G. Ford , Juwanda Ford Illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max

Celebrate Kwanzaa from A to Z! Each letter of the alphabet represents an important word or fascinating fact about Kwanzaa. Explore all that is central to Kwanzaa: cultural heritage, family, and community.

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The Last Straw
by Frederick H. Thury Illustrated by Vlasta Van Kampen

Hoshmakaka, a proud, old camel, is chosen to perform a very special task — he is to carry the wise men's gifts to the new baby king in Bethlehem. At first Hoshmakaka is reluctant. He has other commitments, after all: the water drinking competition in Rangal and the cud-chewing convention in Beemish.

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Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story
by Fran Manushkin Illustrated by Robin Spowart
The beloved story of a joyous Hanukkah celebration--reissued in Scholastic Bookshelf paperback!

The Menasche family enjoys a joyous holiday celebration despite a scarcity of food. Includes notes on Hanukkah, a bibliography, a recipe for making latkes, and rules for playing dreidel.
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Light the Lights!: A Story about Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas
by Margaret Moorman Illustrated by Margaret Moorman

In a heartwarming holiday story, an interfaith family celebrates two special traditions.

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Paperback Picturebooks : $5.59

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Milly and the Macy's Parade
by Shana Corey Illustrated by Brett Helquist

Treat your child to a festive story of how one small person makes a big difference. It's Thanksgiving, and spirited Milly sees that the whole town is in need of some cheer, so she comes up with a way to blend her family's old country traditions with their new American heritage, and thus the Macy's Day Parade is born.

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The Night of Las Posadas
by Tomie dePaola Illustrated by Tomie dePaola
The annual celebration of Las Posadas in Santa Fe, New Mexico is delayed when the lead characters are stranded in the snow. Who will play the parts now?
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Olive, the Other Reindeer
by J. Otto Seibold , Vivian Walsh Illustrated by J. Otto Seibold

"Olive the other reindeer?" thinks Olive. "I always thought I was a dog — but I must be a reindeer!" And while Santa and his reindeer are a bit surprised that a dog wants to join the reindeer team, in the end, Olive and her unusual skills are just what Santa needs. Full color.

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On the First Night of Chanukah
by Cecily Kaiser Illustrated by Brian Schatell

In this Chanukah twist on a favorite song, young readers can count down the eight nights of Chanukah with special gifts on every page!

On the first night of Chanukah, my mother gave to me
A menorah burning bright for all to see!

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Paperback Picturebooks : $3.19

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One Yellow Daffodil: A Hanukkah Story
by David A. Adler Illustrated by Lloyd Bloom
A Holocaust survivor shares Hanukkah with a loving family that gives him the courage to remember.
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The Polar Express
by Chris Van Allsburg Illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg

Late one Christmas Eve, a boy boards a mysterious train: The Polar Express bound for the North Pole. Once there, Santa offers the boy any gift he desires. The boy asks for one bell from the harness of a reindeer. The bell is lost. On Christmas morning, the boy finds the bell under the tree.

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Santa Claustrophobia
by Mike Reiss Illustrated by David Catrow

From Simpsons writer Mike Reiss and two-time New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year-winner David Catrow comes a hilarious follow-up to their best-selling How Murray Saved Christmas.

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Seven Candles for Kwanzaa
by Andrea Davis Pinkney Illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Come celebrate Kwanzaa!

Every year, for seven days beginning December 26, African Americans celebrate their heritage during the Kwanzaa holiday. In this book, you can find out about that special time so you can celebrate the seven days of Kwanzaa, too.

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The Story of Holly and Ivy
by Rumer Godden Illustrated by Barbara Cooney

Ivy, Holly, and Mr. and Mrs. Jones all have one Christmas wish. Ivy, an orphan, wishes for a real home and sets out in search of the grandmother she's sure she can find. Holly, a doll, wishes for a child to bring her to life. And the Joneses wish more than anything for a son or daughter to share their holiday.

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The Trees of the Dancing Goats
by Patricia Polacco Illustrated by Patricia Polacco
Trisha loves the eight days of Hanukkah, when her mother stays home from work, her Babushka makes delicious potato "latkes," and her Grampa carves wonderful animals out of wood as gifts for Trisha and her brother.
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