Bestselling Classics Books for 4 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling classics books for 4 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. Polar Express 30th anniversary edition

by: Chris Van Allsburg
Release date: Sep 15, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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1986 Caldecott Medal Winner

A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole . . . 

  
Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish. 
 
For millions of readers worldwide, this mysterious journey to the North Pole has become a beloved classic. In this 30th anniversary edition, the inimitable artistry of Chris Van Allsburg is revealed in a never-before-seen fashion, with a new jacket design and expanded interior layout. Includes author’s note, downloadable audio read by Liam Neeson, and golden “All Aboard” ornament. 
 
 
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Children’s Books > Classics

2. Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book

by: Rod CampbellRod Campbell
Release date: May 08, 2007
Number of Pages: 18
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Dear Zoo is twenty-five years old — and still as popular as ever!

And with an updated look, this classic children’s storybook about a youngster loooking for a perfect pet is sure to delight a new generation of readers!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Zoos

3. Goodnight Moon

by: Margaret Wise BrownClement Hurd
Release date: Jan 23, 2007
Number of Pages: 30
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In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. “Goodnight room, goodnight moon.” And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room—to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one—the little bunny says goodnight.

In this classic of children’s literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.

This board book edition is the perfect size for little hands.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Rabbits

4. Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

by: Dr. Seuss
Release date: Jan 22, 1990
Number of Pages: 56
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Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is the perfect send-off for grads—from nursery school, high school, college, and beyond! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within. In a starred review, Booklist notes, “Seuss’s message is simple but never sappy: life may be a ‘Great Balancing Act,’ but through it all ‘There’s fun to be done.’” A perennial favorite and a perfect gift for anyone starting a new phase in their life!

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Dr. Seuss

5. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Board Book)

by: Bill Martin Jr.John ArchambaultLois Ehlert
Release date: Aug 28, 2012
Number of Pages: 36
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The complete edition of the bestselling children’s favorite, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, is now available as a Classic Board Book!

A told B
and B told C,
“I’ll meet you at the top
of the coconut tree.”
     When all the letters of the alphabet race one another up the coconut tree, will there be enough room?
Of course there is always enough room for this rollicking alphabet chant that has been a children’s favorite for more than twenty years! Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault’s rhythmic text keeps the beat with Caldecott Honor illustrator Lois Ehlert’s bold, cheerful art. This winning combination has created a series of enduring Chicka Chicka favorites, and now, for the first time ever, the complete edition of the original Chicka Chicka Boom Boom story is available as a Classic Board Book. With sturdy pages and rounded corners, this portable edition of an irresistible alphabet romp will delight a new generation of young readers.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

6. Love You Forever

by: Robert MunschSheila McGraw
Release date: Sep 01, 1995
Number of Pages: 32
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A young woman holds her newborn son
And looks at him lovingly.

Softly she sings to him:
“I’ll love you forever
I’ll like you for always
As long as I’m living
My baby you’ll be.”

So begins the story that has touched the hearts of millions worldwide. Since publication in l986, Love You Forever has sold more than 15 million copies in paperback and the regular hardcover edition (as well as hundreds of thousands of copies in Spanish and French)

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Children’s Books > Classics

7. Where the Wild Things Are

by: Maurice Sendak
Release date: Dec 26, 2012
Number of Pages: 48
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In the forty years since Max first cried “Let the wild rumpus start,” Maurice Sendak’s classic picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children’s books of all time. Now, in celebration of this special anniversary, introduce a new generation to Max’s imaginative journey to Where the Wild Things Are.

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

8. The Itsy Bitsy Snowman

by: Jeffrey BurtonSanja Rescek
Release date: Sep 22, 2015
Number of Pages: 16
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A fun and playful seasonal twist on “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” makes this favorite nursery rhyme perfect for wintertime!

The itsy bitsy snowman went sledding into town,
looking at the snowflakes softly falling down.
Out came his friends to lend a happy hand.
And everything was perfect in his winter wonderland.

Little ones will love this fresh winter spin on a classic nursery rhyme, as one little snowman sleds through a winter wonderland.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Nursery Rhymes

9. The Little Blue Box of Bright and Early Board Books by Dr. Seuss (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))

by: Dr. Seuss
Release date: Aug 07, 2012
Number of Pages: 24
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Hit the road reading with Dr. Seuss! Tucked inside this cute little blue box topped with a plastic handle and secured by a tuck closure are board book editions of the classic Dr. Seuss titles Hop on Pop; Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!; Ten Apples Up On Top!; and The Shape of Me and Other Stuff. Ideal for the holidays, new mothers, and happy occasions of all kinds, this is a literacy-nurturing gift that babies can literally sink their teeth into!
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Dr. Seuss

10. The Night Gardener

by: Terry FanEric FanTerry FanEric Fan
Release date: Feb 16, 2016
Number of Pages: 48
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In the spirit of Goodnight Moon and The Curious Garden comes a stunning debut picture book filled with whimsy and creativity from brothers Terry and Eric Fan.

One day, William discovers that the tree outside his window has been sculpted into a wise owl. In the following days, more topiaries appear, and each one is more beautiful than the last. Soon, William’s gray little town is full of color and life. And though the mysterious night gardener disappears as suddenly as he appeared, William—and his town—are changed forever.

With breathtaking illustrations and spare, sweet text, this masterpiece about enjoying the beauty of nature is sure to become an instant classic.

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Children’s Books > Classics

11. Where the Wild Things Are

by: Maurice SendakMaurice Sendak
Release date: Dec 26, 2012
Number of Pages: 48
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Where the Wild Things Are is fifty years old! Let the wild rumpus with Max and all the wild things continue as this classic comes to life as never before with new reproductions of Maurice Sendak’s artwork. Astonishing state-of-the-art technology faithfully captures the color and detail of the original illustrations. Sendak himself enthusiastically endorsed this impressive new interpretation of his art before his death in May 2012. Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year, Where the Wild Things Are became an iconic book that has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations. It continues to be one of the best loved books of all time the world over, by the one and only Maurice Sendak.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

12. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey!

by: Lucille ColandroJared D. Lee
Release date: Aug 30, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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The old lady is at it again, and this time she’s swallowing a Turkey . . . she’s always been quirky!

You won’t believe why this old lady swallowed
a turkey, a ball, a hat, a balloon, a boat, some wheels, and
a horn of plenty!

Read this book and find out why!

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Children’s Books > Humor

13. Dear Santa

by: Rod CampbellRod Campbell
Release date: Sep 20, 2016
Number of Pages: 16
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From Rod Campbell, the bestselling creator of the beloved classic Dear Zoo, Dear Santa is a lift-the-flap novelty book being reissued in time for Christmas!

In this delightful tale, Santa is looking for the perfect present to send to a special child. Lift the flaps to reveal a big kite, a bouncy ball, and a mask! But nothing seems quite right…until Christmas Eve, when Santa finds the perfect gift to leave under the tree.

With lift-the-flaps throughout and a touch and feel element on the last page, this holiday tale is perfect for parents to read with their little ones.

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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

14. Curious George Goes Camping

by: Margret ReyH. A. Rey
Release date: Oct 25, 1999
Number of Pages: 24
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Curious George Goes Camping is an entertaining story of the Great Outdoors based on H. A. and Margret Rey’s popular primate and painted in the original watercolor and charcoal style. George tries to be helpful, but he of course just ends up upsetting a nearby camper. As he’s hiding in the woods, he meets a forest creature who catapults the mischievous monkey into a chain of even more outrageous events!
For more monkey fun, investigate http://www.curiousgeorge.com and discover all the latest on Curious George books, promotions, games, activities, and more!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Apes & Monkeys

15. Inside Your Outside: All About the Human Body (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)

by: Tish RabeAristides Ruiz
Release date: Aug 26, 2003
Number of Pages: 48
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The Cat in the Hat takes Sally and Dick for a ride through the human body where they visit the right and left sides of the brain, meet the Feletons from far off Fadin (when they stand in the sun you can see through their skin), scuba dive through the blood system, follow food and water through the digestive tract, and a whole lot more!
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

16. Harold and the Purple Crayon (Purple Crayon Books)

by: Crockett JohnsonCrockett Johnson
Release date: Sep 29, 2015
Number of Pages: 64
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Share this timeless classic with a new generation of readers!

“One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight.”

Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement.

Full of funny twists and surprises, this joyful story shows just how far your imagination can take you. Harold and the Purple Crayon has delighted readers of all ages since 1955.

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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

17. A First Book of Christmas Songs for the Beginning Pianist: with Downloadable MP3s

by: BergeracDavid Dutkanicz
Release date: Jan 23, 2014
Number of Pages: 48
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Beginning pianists will love playing the music of Christmas with this new volume of holiday songs in musically attractive, pedagogically sound, and fun-to-play arrangements. These expert settings explore a full and satisfying piano sound within the natural capabilities of the novice performer. Twenty holiday favorites include Silent Night; O, Come All Ye Faithful; O Little Town of Bethlehem; Jingle Bells; Deck the Hall; O Christmas Tree; and more.
Each of the melodies features a free MP3 download that will assist students with practice. Delightful illustrations add a festive note to this modestly priced collection, which will be welcomed by beginning pianists of all ages.
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Arts & Photography > Music > Songbooks > Piano

18. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: A Pop-up Adaptation

by: Lewis CarrollRobert Sabuda
Release date: Oct 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 12
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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is Robert Sabuda’s most amazing creation ever, featuring stunning pop-ups illustrated in John Tenniel’s classic style. The text is faithful to Lewis Carroll’s original story, and special effects like a Victorian peep show, multifaceted foil, and tactile elements make this a pop-up to read and admire again and again.
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

19. The Christmas Baby (Classic Board Books)

by: Marion Dane BauerRichard Cowdrey
Release date: Sep 22, 2015
Number of Pages: 34
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This beautiful retelling of the Nativity story that celebrates the timeless joy of Christmas and of welcoming a new baby into the world is now available as a Classic Board Book!

Have you heard? A baby is coming! Our baby is here?

When Mary and Joseph’s child was born, the good tidings spread from the animals in the manger, to the shepherds in the fields, to the kings in distant lands, and even to the angels in the heavens! Now every time a baby is born, we celebrate and people travel from far and wide to greet the new baby—because every new baby is a small miracle.

Filled with lyrical text and lush illustrations, this Classic Board Book is the perfect gift for baby’s first Christmas!

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > New Baby

20. A Baby’s Gift

by: Margaret Wise BrownClement Hurd
Release date: Sep 25, 2007
Number of Pages: 70
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For generations, Margaret Wise Brown’s classic children’s books Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, with timeless illustrations by Clement Hurd, have touched the lives of readers young and old. Now they are packaged together in a must-have board-book gift box, perfect for the newest generation of readers.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Rabbits

21. The Complete Adventures of Curious George: 75th Anniversary Edition

by: H. A. ReyMargret Rey
Release date: Oct 04, 2016
Number of Pages: 432
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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. This edition also includes an original illustrated map of Curious George’s world, as well as a new scrapbook biography of H. A. and Margret Rey’s creative journey written by the historian Louise Borden. Includes bonus downloadable audio read by the actor, producer, and director John Krasinski. Access code can be found inside the book on page 2.

 

 
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Children’s Books > Animals > Apes & Monkeys

22. James and the Giant Peach

by: Roald DahlQuentin Blake
Release date: Aug 16, 2007
Number of Pages: 176
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From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG!

After James Henry Trotter’s parents are tragically eaten by a rhinoceros, he goes to live with his two horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Life there is no fun, until James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree and strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it’s as big as a house. Inside, James meets a bunch of oversized friends—Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, and more. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the great adventure begins!

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

23. Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business

by: Esphyr Slobodkina
Release date: Sep 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 48
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Caps for Sale is a timeless classic beloved by generations of readers—now celebrating its 75th anniversary!

This story about a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys is filled with warmth, humor, and simplicity and teaches children about problem and resolution. Children will delight in following the peddler’s efforts to outwit the monkeys and will ask to read it again and again. Caps for Sale is an excellent easy-to-read book that includes repetition, patterns, and colors, perfect for early readers.

Supports the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts

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Children’s Books > Animals > Apes & Monkeys

24. The Night Before Christmas Pop-up

by: Clement Clarke MooreRobert Sabuda
Release date: Oct 01, 2002
Number of Pages: 12
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Award winner Robert Sabuda brings Clement Clarke Moore’s classic tale of The Night Before Christmas to life in this festive pop-up edition, sure to become a perennial family favorite.
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Children’s Books > Classics

25. Gingerbread Baby

by: Jan Brett
Release date: Oct 04, 1999
Number of Pages: 32
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Remember how the Gingerbread Boy is eaten by the fox? Well, not this Gingerbread Baby in a delicious twist to a favorite old tale.

It all begins when Matti opens the oven too soon and out jumps a cheeky little Gingerbread Bay. He leads Matti’s mother and father, the dog and the cat. And a whole colorful cast of characters on a rollicking chase through the village and into the forest, staying just out of reach, daring them to catch him along the way.

But Matti’s not with them. He’s at home in the borders making what turns out to be a gingerbread house into which the Gingerbread Baby runs. Only Matti knows he is safely inside. And readers will too when they look under the lift-the-flap gingerbread house at the end of the story, and there he is!

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

26. Little Critter: Just a Snowman

by: Mercer MayerMercer Mayer
Release date: Sep 21, 2004
Number of Pages: 24
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Hooray! It is a snow day! And what a perfect time to make a snowman. But Little Sister needs help putting on her boots, Dad needs a hand with the shoveling, and Gator wants to build a fort. Will Little Critter ever get to build a snowman?
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Children’s Books > Animals

27. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

by: Dan Santat
Release date: Apr 08, 2014
Number of Pages: 40
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Winner of the 2015 Caldecott Medal
This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match and-at long last-is given his special name: Beekle.

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Dan Santat combines classic storytelling with breathtaking art, creating an unforgettable tale about friendship, imagination, and the courage to find one’s place in the world.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Friendship

28. The Real Mother Goose

by: Blanche Fisher WrightBlanche Fish Wright
Release date: Oct 01, 1994
Number of Pages: 128
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For nearly a century, The Real Mother Goose® has delighted young children!

For more than seventy-five years THE REAL MOTHER GOOSE has been delighting millions of children, and today the magic is as strong as ever. Heralded as the “standard” Mother Goose by parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians, this wonderful book with Blanche Fisher Wright’s lively, colorful pictures makes an enchanting introduction for the very young.

Mother Goose rhymes are a vital part of childhood. And this collection of essential rhymes have been reproduced exactly as they have been repeated from generation to generation.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Nursery Rhymes

29. Peter Pan (A Classic Collectible Pop-Up)

by: Robert Sabuda
Release date: Nov 04, 2008
Number of Pages: 16
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Readers will delight in this retelling of the classic story of Neverland, pirates, and flying. Robert Sabuda’s elegant text and paper engineering give new life to favorite charcters like Tinkerbell, Wendy, Michael, and John, and, of course, Peter Pan. Sabuda’s beautiful pop-ups are further complemented by full color illustrations that pull readers even deeper into the magical world that is Neverland.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

30. Home Alone: The Classic Illustrated Storybook

by: Kim Smith
Release date: Oct 06, 2015
Number of Pages: 40
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Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister wished his family would disappear. He never thought his wish would come true! The classic movie you know and love is now an illustrated storybook for the whole family—complete with bumbling burglars, brilliant booby traps, and a little boy named Kevin who’s forced to fend for himself. Can he keep the crooks from entering his house? And will his family return in time for Christmas? With an amusing read-aloud story and enchanting, immersive illustrations, this charming adaptation can be enjoyed year after year alongside The Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and other Christmas storybook classics.
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

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