Bestselling Holidays & Celebrations Books for 8 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling holidays & celebrations books for 8 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. The Night Before Christmas

by: Charles Santore
Release date: Oct 11, 2011
Number of Pages: 44
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Wonderful new version of the classic poem every family should own. Lavishly illustrated by renowned artist Charles Santore, the critically acclaimed illustrator of The Wizard of Oz, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, and others. An oversized heirloom edition with a four-page gatefold. Includes embossed and foil cover.

Since it was first published anonymously in 1823, “The Night Before Christmas” has enchanted children with the story of St. Nicholas climbing down the chimney and filling all the stockings before springing back to his sleigh. Many families read the poem every year, and now they have an edition to treasure. The cherished verse, faithfully reproduced here, is accompanied by Charles Santore’s lavish illustrations.

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Children’s Books > Classics

2. Christmas Fun Mad Libs: Deluxe Edition

by: Roger PriceLeonard Stern
Release date: Oct 18, 2016
Number of Pages: 48
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This deluxe edition of Christmas Fun Mad Libs features a festive, full-color interior and bright and shiny red and green foil on the cover. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for kids and adults who can’t get enough Christmas fun!
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

3. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

by: Barbara Robinson
Release date: Apr 12, 2005
Number of Pages: 128
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The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant.

None of the Herdmans has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale — the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating — has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year’s pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever.

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Children’s Books > Classics

4. Gobble Gobble Mad Libs

by: Roger PriceLeonard Stern
Release date: Aug 15, 2013
Number of Pages: 48
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Gobble Gobble Mad Libs features 21 original stories all about the yummiest holiday–Thanksgiving! Featuring hilarious stories about preparing and eating dinner, Thanksgiving traditions, and Black Friday shopping, it’s sure to keep kids laughing for hours. Gobble Gobble Mad Libs is 48 pages of fun.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

5. Jotham’s Journey: A Storybook for Advent

by: Arnold Ytreeide
Release date: Aug 26, 2008
Number of Pages: 168
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In this widely popular, exciting story for the advent season, readers follow ten-year-old Jotham across Israel as he searches for his family. Though he faces thieves, robbers, and kidnappers, Jotham also encounters the wise men, shepherds, and innkeepers until at last he finds his way to the Savior born in Bethlehem.
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

6. The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book: 15 Designs to Spread Holiday Cheer

by: Chris McVeigh
Release date: Sep 04, 2016
Number of Pages: 220
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This Christmas, LEGO is moving from under the tree to on the tree! With The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book as your guide, you’ll make classic globe and barrel ornaments, all out of LEGO, as well as original gingerbread houses, a merry Santa, arcade cabinets, and many more.

Packed with step-by-step instructions for 15 charming builds, The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book is the perfect family activity this holiday season.

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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography

7. The Nightmare Before Christmas: 20th Anniversary Edition

by: Tim BurtonTim Burton
Release date: Aug 06, 2013
Number of Pages: 56
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In this beloved picture book that could only come from the visionary mind of author and illustrator TIM BURTON, we meet Jack Skellington– a well-intentioned inhabitant of Halloweenland. Jack is bored of “the scaring, the terror, the fright….tired of being something that goes bump in the night”. And so, in an effort to bring to joy to his town, Jack kidnaps Santa and takes his place as the jolly old elf. But instead of bringing joy to the world Jack, who is a little more than a grinning skeleton, brings fear by delivering creepy toys and riding a sleigh carried by skeletal reindeer. Only through a number of things going horribly wrong does Jack learn the true meaning of Christmas.
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Children’s Books > Humor

8. The Christmas Story

by: Robert Sabuda
Release date: Sep 27, 2016
Number of Pages: 12
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Hope and joy radiate from the pages of Robert Sabuda’s new pop-up book celebrating the Nativity.

Long ago in the town of Bethlehem, on a bright and starry night, a baby was born, a child who was called the son of God. Announced by an angel, born in a humble manger, laid in a bed of straw, visited by shepherds and wise men—the age-old, awe-inspiring story of the birth of Jesus is lovingly brought to life by master pop-up artist Robert Sabuda in six gorgeously imagined scenes, culminating in a 3-D manger sheltering humans and beasts, guarded by an angel above. Glinting with touches of gold and pearlescent foil, The Christmas Story is a visual feast, a holiday treasure to be shared with the whole family.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian

9. Disney 5-Minute Christmas Stories (5-Minute Stories)

by: Disney Book GroupDisney Storybook Art Team
Release date: Sep 13, 2016
Number of Pages: 192
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Join in the festivities of the season as Mike and Sully race to light the big Christmas tree, Alice finds the Red Queen ‘s present, Peter Pan brings Christmas to Never Land, and more! With 12 stories featuring your favorite Disney and Disney Pixar characters, each meant to be read aloud in five minutes, this padded storybook with beautiful illustrations is the perfect fit for bedtime, story time, or anytime!
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Short Story Collections

10. The 12 Screams of Christmas (Goosebumps Most Wanted Special Edition #2)

by: R.L. Stine
Release date: Sep 30, 2014
Number of Pages: 192
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The infamous, Most Wanted Goosebumps characters are out on the loose and after you. For the first time ever, it’s a Goosebumps Christmas!

Kate Welles doesn’t want to be special. She just wants to play the lead in her school’s Christmas play. Her annoying “friend” Courtney is constantly getting in the way of that. Can you even call someone a “friend” if all they do is make fun of you and ruin everything all of the time? But Kate has to get along with Courtney or else neither of them will be allowed to take part in The 12 Screams of Christmas.

Kate and Courtney’s teacher decides they need to find a special place to rehearse. A certain house with a special history. The kind of place that Kate would normally be pretty frightened to go into. The kind of place that gives new meaning to the term: Christmas Spirit.

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Children’s Books > Humor

11. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story (Picture Puffin Books)

by: Gloria HoustonBarbara Cooney
Release date: Oct 01, 1996
Number of Pages: 32
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This unforgettable tale, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Barbara Cooney, has become a seasonal classic-a touching and joyful story about courage and the power of family.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

12. The Thanksgiving Story

by: Alice DalglieshHelen Sewell
Release date: Sep 01, 1985
Number of Pages: 32
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In this festive Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, Alice Dalgiesh brings to life the origin of the Thanksgiving holiday for readers of all ages.

Giles, Constance and Damaris Hopkins are all passengers aboard the crowded Mayflower, journeying to the New World to start a new life. Things get a little more cramped when their baby brother Oceanus is born during the passage. However, when they arrive, there are even worse challenges to face as the Pilgrims are subjected to hunger, cold, and sickness that put their small colony in great danger. With the help of the Native Americans though, they might just be able to survive their first year in this strange land—and have a November harvest to celebrate for generations!

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > United States > Colonial

13. Christmas Carol Mad Libs: Very Merry Songs & Stories

by: Roger PriceLeonard Stern
Release date: Sep 13, 2007
Number of Pages: 48
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Christmas Carol Mad Libs helps you parody your favorite Christmas carols?and it also has lots of Christmas-y stories to get you feeling merry and bright! This reissue of our classic, top-selling Mad Libs?updated with 14 new stories?is a surefire hit this holiday season. So from Mad Libs to you and yours, we?d like to wish you a very furry Christmas!
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Reading & Writing

14. Ishtar’s Odyssey: A Family Story for Advent

by: Arnold Ytreeide
Release date: Sep 27, 2015
Number of Pages: 176
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A new Advent family devotional from the author of Jotham’s Journey! Fourth in a set of Advent adventure books for families, Ishtar’s Odyssey follows the ten-year-old son of a Persian wise man as their caravan follows a star across the desert. Ishtar would just as soon stay in the comfort of the palace, but slowly he learns that there’s much to see, do, and learn in this world that can’t be experienced in school. He eventually meets Jotham, Bartholomew, and Tabitha as he follows his father and uncles in their search for a newborn king.
Arnold Ytreeide’s family advent devotionals have become a much-loved Christmas tradition, enjoyed by multiple generations. With over 100,000 in print they include Jotham’s Journey, Bartholomew’s Passage, and Tabitha’s Travels.
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

15. Cranberry Thanksgiving (Cranberryport)

by: Wende DevlinHarry Devlin
Release date: Sep 18, 2012
Number of Pages: 32
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Every year Grandmother invited a guest for Thanksgiving dinner and allowed Maggie to do the same. “Ask someone poor or lonely,” she always said. Thanksgiving was Grandmother’s favorite day of the year. The cooking was done and her famous cranberry bread was cooling on a wooden board. But she wasn’t happy to find out Maggie had invited the unsavory Mr. Whiskers to dinner. Would her secret cranberry bread recipe be safe with him in the house? After a long absence this delightful 1971 classic is back. So is Grandmother’s secret recipe!
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Thanksgiving

16. Frozen Olaf’s Night Before Christmas Book & CD

by: Disney Book GroupDisney Storybook Art Team
Release date: Sep 15, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring . . . until a sound awakens Olaf. Read along as Olaf has the adventure of a lifetime with a mysterious stranger in red. This beautifully illustrated 32-page paper-over-board picture book comes with a read-along CD featuring audio narration by Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf! Fans of all generations will delight in Olaf’s innocent and humorous account of “The Night Before Christmas.”
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Children’s Books > Humor

17. Bartholomew’s Passage: A Family Story for Advent

by: Arnold Ytreeide
Release date: Aug 25, 2009
Number of Pages: 176
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The highly anticipated follow-up to Jotham’s Journey!

Bartholomew’s Passage is an engaging story that guides families through the Advent season. Young Bartholomew’s adventures start when Roman soldiers destroy his village and disperse his family, continue through his enslavement to a tyrannical master and his escape with his new friend Nathan, and end with a reunion with his family in Bethlehem. Along the way Bartholomew makes a new friend, a young boy named Jotham!

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Christian Books & Bibles > Christian Living > Holidays > Christmas

18. Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving

by: Laurie Halse AndersonMatt Faulkner
Release date: Oct 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 40
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From the author of Speak and Fever, 1793, comes the never-before-told tale of Sarah Josepha Hale, the extraordinary “lady editor” who made Thanksgiving a national holiday!

Thanksgiving might have started with a jubilant feast on Plymouth’s shore. But by the 1800s America’s observance was waning. None of the presidents nor Congress sought to revive the holiday. And so one invincible “lady editor” name Sarah Hale took it upon herself to rewrite the recipe for Thanksgiving as we know it today. This is an inspirational, historical, all-out boisterous tale about perseverance and belief: In 1863 Hale’s thirty-five years of petitioning and orations got Abraham Lincoln thinking. He signed the Thanksgiving Proclamation that very year, declaring it a national holiday. This story is a tribute to Hale, her fellow campaigners, and to the amendable government that affords citizens the power to make the world a better place!

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Children’s Books > History > United States > 1800s

19. Cajun Night Before Christmas® (The Night Before Christmas Series)

by: “Trosclair”Howard JacobsJames Rice
Release date: Sep 30, 1992
Number of Pages: 48
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St. Nicholas piles his skiff high with toys and hitches it to eight flying alligators on the bayou.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > United States

20. A Plump And Perky Turkey

by: Teresa BatemanJeff Shelly
Release date: Sep 06, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Turkeys around Squawk Valley just don’t jump into pots anymore—they are way too smart for that. So the townspeople hatch a clever plan. They host a turkey-themed arts and crafts fair and lure a vain bird into town by advertising for an artist’s model. Peter the Turkey, proud of his well-stuffed form, takes the bait but doesn’t fall for the trap.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

21. The Story of Holly and Ivy

by: Rumer GoddenBarbara Cooney
Release date: Sep 14, 2006
Number of Pages: 32
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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. Can all three wishes come true? This festive tale is perfectly complemented by beloved Barbara Cooney’s luminous illustrations, filled with the warm glow of the Christmas spirit.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Orphans & Foster Homes

22. A Boy Called Christmas

by: Matt HaigChris Mould
Release date: Nov 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 240
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Before there was Santa Claus, there was a young boy who believed in the impossible. . . . Lemony Snicket meets Elf in this warmhearted Christmas caper.
 
Eleven-year-old Nikolas—nicknamed “Christmas”—has received only one toy in his life: a doll carved out of a turnip. But he’s happy with his turnip doll, because it came from his parents, who love him. Then one day his father goes missing, and Nikolas must travel to the North Pole to save him. 
 
Along the way, Nikolas befriends a surly reindeer, bests a troublesome troll, and discovers a hidden world of enchantment in the frozen village of Elfhelm. But the elves of Elfhelm have troubles of their own: Christmas spirit and goodwill are at an all-time low, and Nikolas may be the only person who can fix things—if only he can reach his father before it’s too late. . . .
 
Sparkling with wit and warmth, A Boy Called Christmas is a cheeky new Christmas classic-in-the-making from acclaimed author Matt Haig and illustrator Chris Mould.

“Irresistibly readable. Destined to become a Christmas and anytime-before-or-after-Christmas classic!” –Chris Grabenstein, New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

“The definitive (and funny) history of ho, ho, ho! My children loved it.” —Yann Martel, bestselling author of Life of Pi
 
The most evergreen, immortal Christmas story to be published for decades.” —Stephen Fry

“Humorous and heartfelt, A Boy Called Christmas will grow your heart three sizes and make you believe in magic.” –Liesl Shurtliff, New York Times bestselling author of Rump

“Matt Haig has an empathy for the human condition, the light and the dark of it, and he uses the full palette to build his excellent stories.”—Neil Gaiman, Newbery-winning author of The Graveyard Book

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Children’s Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy & Magic

23. Tabitha’s Travels: A Family Story for Advent

by: Arnold Ytreeide
Release date: Jul 22, 2010
Number of Pages: 160
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Curious, competent, and courageous Tabitha is the daughter of a shepherd who is taking his family on caravan to his birthplace. Along the way, she meets and becomes friends with Jotham and Bartholomew, watches as Romans take her father prisoner, spends time with Zechariah and Elizabeth, helps Mary and Joseph just before Christ’s birth, and ends her travels at the stable in Bethlehem.
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Christian Books & Bibles > Christian Living > Holidays > Christmas

24. Santa’s Underwear

by: Marty Rhodes FigleyMarty Kelley
Release date: Aug 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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It’s Christmas Eve and Santa is busy getting gussied up for the big night. But when he goes to put on his warm, cozy (holey, ragged) Christmas underwear, they’re nowhere to be found! With undies for every occasion, he tries on the rest of his collection. But nothing is quite right. Just when he’s about to give up he find a surprise from his considerate team of reindeer. Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas!
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Fiction

25. A Merry Christmas Cookbook

by: Disney Book GroupDisney Storybook Art Team
Release date: Sep 16, 2014
Number of Pages: 64
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Treat your taste buds to a feast of traditional holiday delights! With simple step-by-step instructions, helpful cooking tips, color photographs, and charming character art, this book is the perfect way for parents and children to make holiday magic in the kitchen! A rating system lets kids know how difficult the recipes are, and cooking tips are sprinkled throughout. Kids will enjoy making Rolly’s Spotted Cranberry Pancakes, Sugar Rush Popcorn Gumdrop Garland and Anna’s Frozen Ice Candy!
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life

26. Letters From Father Christmas

by: J.R.R. Tolkien
Release date: Nov 15, 2004
Number of Pages: 128
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Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in a strange, spidery handwriting and a beautiful colored drawing or painting. The letters were from Father Christmas.
They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how the reindeer got loose and scattered presents all over the place; how the accident-prone North Polar Bear climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas’s house into the dining room; how he broke the Moon into four pieces and made the Man in it fall into the back garden; how there were wars with the troublesome horde of goblins who lived in the caves beneath the house, and many more.
No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by Tolkien’s inventiveness in this classic holiday treat.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

27. The First Thanksgiving (Step-Into-Reading, Step 3)

by: Linda Hayward
Release date: Sep 12, 1990
Number of Pages: 48
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Illus. in full color. The story of the Pilgrims is vividly retold in simple language for beginning readers.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

28. Hanukkah Mad Libs

by: Roger PriceLeonard Stern
Release date: Sep 27, 2012
Number of Pages: 48
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Our Hanukkah Mad Libs is more fun than playing a game of dreidel!

Celebrate Hanukkah with our newest original Mad Libs all about the Festival of Lights! Our book features a ton of hilarious stories about lighting the menorah, spinning the dreidel, and much, much more! With 21 stories, you’ll have more than enough blanks to fill in to cover the eight nights of Hanukkah!

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

29. Sneezy the Snowman

by: Maureen WrightStephen Gilpin
Release date: Jun 03, 2014
Number of Pages: 34
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B-R-R-R-R! AH-CHOO! Sneezy the Snowman is cold, cold, cold. To warm up, he drinks cocoa, sits in a hot tub, stands near a warm fire–and melts! But the children know just what to do to build him up again–and make him feel “just right”. Hilarity chills the air with playful mixed-media illustrations by Stephen Gilpin as Sneezy attempts to warm himself with some silly results.
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Children’s Books > Humor

30. Disney Princess Christmas Adventures (Sticker Scenes & Coloring Book)

by: Parragon Books Ltd
Release date: Oct 11, 2016
Number of Pages: 44
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Its time for some fun and festive adventures in this amazing book packed with stickers, coloring, and activities! Complete the sticker scenes of your favorite princesses, and then enjoy the Christmas coloring and activities.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

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