Bestselling Holidays & Celebrations Books for 3 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling holidays & celebrations books for 3 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. Little Blue Truck’s Christmas

by: Alice SchertleJill McElmurry
Release date: Sep 23, 2014
Number of Pages: 24
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Little Blue Truck is spreading cheer by delivering Christmas trees to his animal friends. Can you help count each green tree from one to five and back again? Don’t forget to save one for Blue! Beep! Beep!

With the gentle rhythm and signature illustration style that made Little Blue Truck a household name, Blue’s new adventure is full of holiday warmth. Sturdy cardstock pages, a compact and child-friendly text, and flashing colored Christmas lights on the final page come together in a novelty gift book that’s sure to be the favorite treat of the season.
 

 
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

2. Turkey Trouble

by: Wendi SilvanoLee Harper
Release date: Oct 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 32
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Turkey is in trouble. Bad trouble. The kind of trouble where it’s almost Thanksgiving . . . and you’re the main
course. But Turkey has an idea–what if he doesn’t look like a turkey? What if he looks like another animal instead?
After many hilarious attempts, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise to make this Thanksgiving the best ever!

Wendi Silvano’s comical story is perfectly matched by Lee Harper’s watercolors.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

3. Merry Christmas, Daniel Tiger!: A Lift-the-Flap Book (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood)

by: Angela C. SantomeroJason Fruchter
Release date: Sep 22, 2015
Number of Pages: 14
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It’s a very merry Christmas with all your friends from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood in this charming board book with flaps!

It’s Christmastime in the Neighborhood of Make Believe, and Daniel Tiger and his family can’t wait to celebrate! Join Daniel as he makes cookies for Santa with Baker Aker, decorates the Christmas tree with Mom Tiger, unwraps presents with Baby Margaret, and much more! This board book features lift-and-reveal flaps on each spread.

© 2015 The Fred Rogers Company

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Children’s Books > Animals > Lions, Tigers & Leopards

4. Llama Llama Jingle Bells

by: Anna DewdneyAnna Dewdney
Release date: Oct 21, 2014
Number of Pages: 14
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With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama board books introduce Llama Llama to babies and toddlers before they’re ready for longer full-length stories. And their small size and durable pages are perfect for little hands.
 
In Llama Llama Jingle Bells, little llama and his friends give gifts, sing songs, and decorate cookies. It’s a very merry holiday indeed!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Mammals

5. The Christmas Wish

by: Lori EvertPer Breiehagen
Release date: Sep 10, 2013
Number of Pages: 48
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In the tradition of The Snowman, The Polar Express, and the many books of Jan Brett this cozy Nordic tale filled with extraordinary photographs 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, and foiled title make this a special book for the holiday season.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Mammals

6. God Gave Us Christmas

by: Lisa Tawn BergrenDavid Hohn
Release date: Oct 10, 2006
Number of Pages: 40
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As Little Cub and her family prepare to celebrate the most special day of the year, the curious young polar bear begins to wonder…

“Who invented Christmas?”
Mama’s answer only leads to more questions like “Is God more important than Santa?” So she and Little Cub head off on a polar expedition to find God and to see how he gave them Christmas. Along the way, they find signs that God is at work all around them. Through Mama’s gentle guidance, Little Cub learns about the very first Christmas and discovers that…

Jesus is the best present of all.
This enchanting tale provides the perfect opportunity to help young children celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and to discover how very much God loves them.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

7. Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks! (Reading Railroad)

by: Margaret SutherlandSonja Lamut
Release date: Sep 11, 2000
Number of Pages: 24
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Sure, Thanksgiving is about pilgrims and history–and turkey, of course!–but most importantly, it’s a holiday all about everything that we are thankful for. Cheerful, colorful illustrations accompany the simple text in this celebration of family, friends, and the holiday that brings them all together.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

8. Merry Christmas, Stinky Face

by: Lisa McCourtCyd Moore
Release date: Sep 27, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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Fans of I Love You, Stinky Face, will love this Christmas story! Stinky Face loves Christmastime…but he still has plenty of questions. What if a big, wintry wind blows his Christmas tree away? What if one of the reindeer gets his antlers stuck in the branches that hang over the roof? Luckily, his imaginative Mama knows how to reassure him that Christmas will be magical!

Now for the first time in 8×8I Love You, Stinky Face has sold over 1 million copies and still counting!

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

9. The Littlest Elf

by: Brandi DoughertyKirsten Richards
Release date: Sep 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 24
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A sweet holiday story from a New York Times bestselling duo!

From the New York Times bestselling team that brought us The Littlest Pilgrim comes a sweet new holiday follow-up filled with Christmas cheer and adorable stickers!

Oliver may be the littlest elf in the North Pole, but he has a big desire to discover his very special job in Santa’s workshop! But after getting lost in the toy shop, making a mess at the book shop, and falling in the mixing machine at the bakery, is the littlest elf just too little?

Perhaps he just needs the littlest reindeer to remind him what Christmas is all about!

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

10. The Sweet Smell of Christmas (Scented Storybook)

by: Patricia M. Scarry
Release date: Sep 23, 2003
Number of Pages: 36
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It’s time to celebrate the sights and smells of Christmas in this classic scratch-and sniff book. Join Little Bear as he prepares for the holidays, all the while giving readers a chance to smell six wonderful scents including apple pie, christmas tree, hot chocolate, and more! This delectable treat is a perfect way for families to spend the yuletide season.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

11. How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday?

by: Jane YolenMark Teague
Release date: Sep 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 12
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Surprise! Our bestselling little dinosaurs are back for a BIG birthday celebration!

Everyone has a birthday, and from riotous birthday parties to the excitement of being one year older, having a birthday is the highlight of a young child’s year.
All little dinosaurs love to get presents, and this new board book will be an immediate favorite. From birthday hats to Ceratosaurus-sized cakes, America’s young readers will laugh out loud as the celebration moves from “bad” birthday behavior to just the right amount of silliness and sharing. Bestselling duo Jane Yolen and Mark Teague have created the perfect introduction to birthday parties, with the same beloved humor and warmth of all their previous bestselling “How Do Dinosaurs” books.
Here’s a wonderful way to say “Happy Birthday!” to any dinosaur…young or old!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

12. Dream Snow

by: Eric CarleEric Carle
Release date: Oct 13, 2015
Number of Pages: 22
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Eric Carle’s classic Christmas book is now available as a board book!

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! In his dream he imagines a snowstorm 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 suit, he goes outside and places gifts under the tree for his animals, bringing holiday cheer to all.

Clever lift-the-flaps reveal the animals hidden under the snow in the farmer’s dream, making this board book edition a treat for all ages.

Praise for Dream Snow:

“Few in number are the parents who have made it through their toddler’s years on just one copy of Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Dream Snow has similar ingredients: a simple story, lively collage-like illustrations and a fun gimmick for little hands . . .” —Time

“This is a simple, well-told story about a simple farmer. . . . Viewers. . . will want to get their hands on it.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Carle fans and toddlers learning the basics will . . . enjoy the gentle text and creative design features.” —Booklist

“The pictures are in Carle’s trademark richly colored and textured collages that capture the snowy magic of Christmas.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

13. The Pups Save Christmas! (Paw Patrol) (Big Golden Book)

by: Golden BooksHarry Moore
Release date: Sep 08, 2015
Number of Pages: 48
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It’s up to the pups of Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol to save Christmas in Adventure Bay! Boys and girls ages 3 to 7 will get into the spirit with this hardcover storybook featuring full-color illustrations.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

14. Merry Christmas Mom and Dad (A Golden Look-Look Book)

by: Mercer Mayer
Release date: Sep 10, 1999
Number of Pages: 24
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Mercer Mayer’s very popular character stars in a getting-ready-for-Christmas picture book. Little Critter approaches Christmas with the intention of being a good helper. When he makes a mistake, he has a logical explanation. He couldn’t wrap the Christmas package because the tape got too sticky. He couldn’t buy his parents a present because there were too many toys to look at. He couldn’t put up the tree lights because they were just too tangled. Little Critter means well, but every funny illustration shows him as tangled up as the Christmas lights.
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Children’s Books > Animals

15. Mickey Saves Santa (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse)

by: Disney Book GroupDisney Storybook Art Team
Release date: Sep 15, 2009
Number of Pages: 24
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Super Cheers! This delightful Christmas story with two punch-out ornaments and foil stickers to decorate them will make the holidays Super Cheerful!

Mickey and his friends are all ready for a Christmas Eve sleepover at the Clubhouse. They’ve written their lists and can’t wait for Santa Claus to arrive. But there’s a big problem at the North Pole and Santa won’t be coming unless he gets some help. Join your favorite Clubhouse friends as they set out to save the day and rescue Christmas.

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Children’s Books > Animals

16. Merry Christmas (Bright Baby Touch and Feel)

by: Roger Priddy
Release date: Sep 15, 2009
Number of Pages: 12
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With exciting textures to touch and feel this interactive first book is the perfect Christmas gift for your baby.
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

17. Little Blue Truck’s Halloween

by: Alice SchertleJill McElmurry
Release date: Jul 05, 2016
Number of Pages: 16
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Beep! Beep! It’s Halloween! Little Blue Truck is picking up his animal friends for a costume party. Lift the flaps in this large, sturdy board book to find out who’s dressed up in each costume! Will Blue wear a costume too? 
     With the delightful rhymes and signature illustration style that made Little Blue Truck a household name, Blue’s new adventure is full of festive costumes, fall colors, and plenty of Halloween fun! 
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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

18. North Pole Ninjas: MISSION: Christmas!

by: Tyler Knott GregsonSarah LindenPiper Thibodeau
Release date: Oct 18, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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East meets North in North Pole Ninjas, a yuletide call-to-arms to save the spirit of Christmas.

You may not know that Santa has a team of special elves, selected for their ability to help carry out top-secret missions that are all about helping, giving, caring, and listening. Anyone who receives this box is called upon to help carry out those top secret missions with a bit of stealth and an open heart. The gorgeously illustrated picture book retells the ancient legend the North Pole Ninjas use for new recruits. After reading the book, readers are given their own Ninja missions to carry out: 50 special tasks packed in a special envelope. Complete with a plush and huggable “sensei” to guide Ninjas on their journey, this is the perfect antidote to worrying about whether you’ve been naughty or nice.

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

19. Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

by: Robert Barry
Release date: Oct 17, 2000
Number of Pages: 32
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Mr. Willowby’s Christmas tree
Came by special delivery.
Full and fresh and glistening green–
The biggest tree he’d ever seen.

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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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

20. Gingerbread Christmas

by: Jan BrettJan Brett
Release date: Oct 18, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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Jan Brett’s beloved character the Gingerbread Baby returns in a fun-filled Christmas caper!
 
Gingerbread Baby and his friend, Matti, take his gingerbread band to the Christmas Festival where they are a hit until the aroma of gingerbread reaches the children, signaling that it is time to run away. Clever Matti uses snow to disguise the gingerbread instruments while Gingerbread Baby leads the audience on a merry chase to the smartest hiding place ever–a giant Christmas tree.
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Children’s Books > Animals

21. Room on the Broom

by: Julia DonaldsonAxel Scheffler
Release date: Aug 25, 2003
Number of Pages: 32
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The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch’s hat, then her bow, and then her wand!  Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom.  But is there room on the broom for so many friends?  And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?
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Children’s Books > Animals

22. Bear Says Thanks (The Bear Books)

by: Karma WilsonJane Chapman
Release date: Sep 04, 2012
Number of Pages: 40
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What better way for Bear to say thanks, than to have a big dinner with all his friends!

Bear has come up with the perfect way to say thanks—a nice big dinner! When Bear decides to throw a feast, his friends show up one by one with different platters of delicious food to share. There’s just one problem: Bear’s cupboards are bare! What is he to do?
     Karma Wilson’s playful text and Jane Chapman’s charming illustrations bring to life this celebration of family and friendship. Young readers will delight in discovering the special gift Bear has to share.

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Children’s Books > Animals

23. How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?

by: Jane YolenMark Teague
Release date: Sep 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 40
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From decorating the tree to wrapping presents, little dinosaurs love to celebrate Christmas-and everything about it. With ornaments on the branches and carolers singing at the door, the spirit of Christmas is finally here and filling the hearts of families everywhere. But when the stockings are hung on the chimney, and the cookies are left out for Santa, how can little dinosaurs go to sleep? It’s so exciting! How can they possibly calm down and behave?

Children will laugh out loud as dinosaurs secretly lick candy canes, take sneaky peeks at gifts, and disrupt the traditional family feast.

With holiday surprises around every corner, the award-winning team of Jane Yolen and Mark Teague create an engaging, fun gift sure to be read again and again, year after year. How do dinosaurs say Merry Christmas? The same way they say Happy Chanukah: With an abundance of love, joy, memory, and gratitude.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

24. Who is Coming to Our House?

by: Joseph SlateAshley Wolff
Release date: Sep 24, 2001
Number of Pages: 24
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A modern Christmas classic about how the animals prepare a cozy welcome for the baby Jesus.

“Who is coming to our house?

Someone, someone,” says Mouse.

As Pig makes room, Lamb cleans up, Goose stacks the hay, and Duck lines the crib with eiderdown, Mary and Joseph are on their way by donkey. All the animals are eager to welcome the baby Jesus to their home.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

25. Dr. Seuss’s Happy Birthday, Baby! (Dr. Seuss Nursery Collection)

by: Dr. SeussJan Gerardi
Release date: Jan 27, 2009
Number of Pages: 12
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Based on Happy Birthday to You!, this fun-filled interactive book has elements to touch, spin, pull, and smell—perfect for inquisitive readers. With a dazzling blue foil cover, it makes a great birthday gift—allowing babies and toddlers to celebrate the arrival of the Great Birthday Bird and their Day of Days every day of the year!
 
The Dr. Seuss Nursery Collection introduces the most beloved Dr. Seuss characters to the littlest of listeners. Based on Dr. Seuss’s signature art and rollicking rhymes, each book introduces the most popular characters of the title on which it’s based in a bold and simple format, which will engage babies and toddlers at each stage of development.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Dr. Seuss

26. Llama Llama I Love You

by: Anna Dewdney
Release date: Dec 26, 2014
Number of Pages: 14
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With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama board books introduce Llama Llama to babies and toddlers before they’re ready for longer full-length stories. And their small size and durable pages are perfect for little hands.

In Llama Llama I Love You, little llama shows his friends and family how much he loves them with heart-shaped cards and lots of hugs. What could be sweeter than Llama Llama on Valentine’s Day?

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Children’s Books > Animals

27. Clifford’s Christmas

by: Norman Bridwell
Release date: Sep 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 32
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Read all about Clifford’s BIG ideas! Classic Clifford reissued!

It only takes a little to BE BIG!

It’s Christmas time for Emily Elizabeth and Clifford! While they count down the days to their favorite holiday, Clifford makes a snowman, gets a tree, and finds a surprise in his stocking.

The BE BIG campaign invites everyone, big and small, to take action and raise awareness for how CLIFFORD’S BIG IDEAS can make the world a better place.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

28. Madeline’s Christmas

by: Ludwig Bemelmans
Release date: Oct 01, 1985
Number of Pages: 32
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Everyone gets her Christmas wish when Madeline’s in charge!
 
Something is not right with the famous “twelve little girls in two straight lines.” All are sick in bed except brave Madeline, who must run the school, for even Miss Clavel is not feeling very well. But when Madeline finds help from a magical merchant, the girls embark on a Christmas journey that will surely make them forget their sniffles and sneezes.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

29. 10 Fat Turkeys

by: Tony JohnstonRich Deas
Release date: Oct 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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This silly rhyming story about ten turkeys teaches children how to count backwards.

“Looky!” says a silly turkey swinging from a vine.
Gobble gobble wibble wobble.
Whoops! Now there are nine.

Girls and boys will gobble up this hilarious story about ten goofy turkeys and their silly antics: swinging from a vine, strutting on a boar, doing a noodle dance, and more. Veteran author Tony Johnston has written a joyful text, which first-time illustrator Richard Deas brings to life as wild and wacky fun!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Ducks & Other Waterfowl

30. ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving (Bookshelf)

by: Dav Pilkey
Release date: Oct 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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Let the Scholastic Bookshelf be your guide through the whole range of your child’s experience–laugh with them, learn with them, read with them! Twelve classic, best-selling titles are available now.

Category: Holiday
The incomparable Dav Pilkey adapts Clement Moore’s classic Christmas poem to tell his wacky Thanksgiving tale. The day before Thanksgiving, eight boys and girls take a field trip to a turkey farm. They have fun playing with eight exuberant turkeys but are shocked to learn that Farmer Mack Nuggett plans to kill all the turkeys for Thanksgiving dinners. So the children decide to smuggle all the turkeys home, and all their Thanksgiving dinners become vegetarian this year. The turkeys’ lives are saved!

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

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Last updated: Monday, December 5, 2016 3:03 AM

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