Best Holidays & Celebrations Books for 12 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 holidays & celebrations books for 12 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. Nancy and Plum

by: Betty MacDonaldMary GrandPreJeanne Birdsall
Release date: Oct 26, 2010
Number of Pages: 242
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It was Christmas Eve. Big snowflakes fluttered slowly through the air like white feathers
and made all of Heavenly Valley smooth and white and quiet and beautiful.

So begins the story of two orphaned sisters at Mrs. Monday’s Boarding School. But nothing is heavenly for Nancy and Pamela (aka Plum): their parents died in a tragic accident years ago, they’re constantly punished by the cruel Mrs. Monday, and they’re all alone for the holidays.

Luckily, Nancy and Plum have each other, and though their prospects may be bleak, they’re determined to change their lot for the better. If their plan works, the spirited sisters will never spend Christmas at the cold, dark boarding school again. But what will they find on the other side of Mrs. Monday’s gate?

Adventure, warmth, unforgettable characters, and unexpected kindness abound in this classic story by Betty MacDonald, which was originally published in 1952. With illustrations by the acclaimed Mary GrandPré and an introduction by Jeanne Birdsall, National Book Award–winning author of The Penderwicks, this edition introduces the spunky, beloved heroines to a new generation of fans.

From the Hardcover edition.

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

2. Sunne’s Gift (unillustrated): How Sunne Overcame Bullying to Reclaim God’s Gift

by: Ama Karikari-YawsonRashad Davis
Release date: Dec 09, 2015
Number of Pages: 10
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Sunne is a magical being or “magbee”. God imbues Sunne with the power of the sun. Sunne’s straight-haired siblings, Earth, Watre, and Winde have unique powers of their own. When Sunne is teased and bullied by siblings because of Sunne’s natural, kinky, curly, “nappy” and spirally afro-textured hair, Sunne desperately tries to change. Join Sunne as Sunne learns that there is beauty and power in difference. Sunne’s Gift’s message of self-love and bullying prevention, coupled with its sci-fi imagery, make it hit with people of all ages. The book contains Forest Stewardship Council Certified Paper.
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Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Multicultural

3. Lailah’s Lunchbox

by: Reem FaruqiLea Lyon
Release date: Jun 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Lailah is in a new school in a new country, thousands of miles from her old home, and missing her old friends. When Ramadan begins, she is excited that she is finally old enough to participate in the fasting but worried that her classmates won’t understand why she doesn’t join them in the lunchroom. Lailah solves her problem with help from the school librarian and her teacher and in doing so learns that she can make new friends who respect her beliefs.
This gentle, moving story from first-time author Reem Faruqi comes to life in Lea Lyon’s vibrant illustrations. Lyon uses decorative arabesque borders on intermittent spreads to contrast the ordered patterns of Islamic observances with the unbounded rhythms of American school days.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Moving

4. Starry, Starry Night

by: Lurlene McDaniel
Release date: Sep 13, 2011
Number of Pages: 272
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The star that led the three wise men could be the same star wished upon this Christmas-time by three young women.
     In the opening story, “Christmas Child,” 15-year-old Melanie feels cheated when her baby sister, born during the holidays, lives only a few hours. But the baby’s brief life shows Melanie the lasting value of love.
     Brenda struggles between noble intentions and earthier desires when she becomes a dying boy’s final chance for happiness in “Last Dance.”
     The closing story, “Kathy’s Life,” presents a 16-year-old who appears to have it all. Kathy is beautiful, intelligent, and has the perfect job as a live-in caretaker for a couple’s baby boy. But not everything is as perfect as it seems. Must Kathy give up the one person she loves most in the world?
     Readers will be inspired, enlightened, and comforted by these moving stories that depict the many kinds of love in the world.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Short Story Collections

5. The Mysterious Visitor (Trixie Belden)

by: Julie Campbell
Release date: Aug 26, 2003
Number of Pages: 272
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Trixie and Diana Lynch were friends for years before Di’s family became fabulously rich. So when Di’s long-lost uncle starts ruining her social life, Di turns to her old friend for help. But Trixie thinks Uncle Monty isn’t just an annoying relative–she thinks he’s an impostor!

From the Hardcover edition.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

6. Meowy Christmas

by: Gregory BrayHolly Bray-CookMark RylanderSarah Isaacson
Release date: Oct 30, 2014
Number of Pages: 44
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Meowy Christmas by Gregory E. Bray is a heart warming children’s book about a Cat who’s about to learn a very important lesson on Christmas day. When Franklin wakes up on Christmas Eve he is shocked to find that there’s a Christmas present under the tree just for him!

At first he is excited about getting a present, but then he is sad that he didn’t get his family a present and doesn’t know what to do. After speaking with his doggy friend Charley, he realizes that there is more to the beauty of Christmas than just receiving presents.

Meowy Christmas by Gregory E. Bray is a warm and colorful children’s book that parents will love reading to their little ones over and over again to help them discover the true meaning of Christmas!

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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

7. Going for the Christmas Tree:A True Story

by: Maryfran Stulginsky
Release date: Jun 24, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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“We still have to get a tree.” “Who wants to bother with a live Christmas tree? They can be such a mess.” “I’ll just run down to the lot on the corner. If I go close to the twenty-fourth, I can usually get a deal, and I’m in an out quickly.” Christmastime is such a hectic season that, for many families, finding time to get a Christmas tree becomes “just one more chore.” And the debate between getting a live versus an artificial evergreen seems on-going. This is a tale about how one family turned the task of buying a Christmas tree into a must-attend, can’t-miss event over a series of years. It is a story about making memories, building a tradition, and creating family among strangers in a very unlikely place.
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

8. A Christmas Carol: The Junior Novel (Disney’s a Christmas Carol)

by: Disney Book GroupDisney Storybook Art Team
Release date: Sep 21, 2009
Number of Pages: 144
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The timeless tale of an old miser who must face Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come, is re-imagined by cinematic visionary Robert Zemeckis. The three Ghosts remind Scrooge of the man he once used to be, the cold truth of who he is today, and what will happen if Scrooge does not strive to be a better man for tomorrow! Set during the holidays, A Christmas Carol is sure to stand out as a classic holiday film for years to come
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Children’s Books > Classics

9. A Visit on Christmas Eve: A Lesson in Secret Giving (Story Time With Windcrest Santa Book 1)

by: Karen FlinnAngie KeyAngie KeyArthur FlinnJim Key
Release date: Oct 26, 2014
Number of Pages: 38
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It’s “The Night Before Christmas” like you’ve never heard it before! With 40 pages of full-color photographs and artwork by Angie Key of Keyframe Photography, this ebook will engage and entrance children of all ages.

*****Prefer a hard copy? Order yours at http://mkt.com/windcrestsanta

Learn how Santa gets into houses without chimneys, what he drives when his sleigh is in the garage, and how much he loves his little dogs. But most important, learn why Santa gives gifts to boys and girls around the world, and why we should all engage in Secret Giving. The perfect way to introduce the connection between Santa and Jesus, this story is sure to become a treasured part of your family’s Christmas legacy.

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

10. A Blue Chair Christmas

by: Uncle Poppy
Release date: Dec 02, 2015
Number of Pages: 83
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Join Hannah Kate, The Princess of Peachtree, a little “Special Needs” girl, and her two new friends Sandy and Burt, two fun loving seagulls, as she magically travels the world to see how other kids celebrate Christmas. Along the way, she learns a little about herself and why her “Special Needs” makes her special to the world.

It’s a great story for kids of all ages. It will make the perfect bedtime story for the twelve days leading up to Christmas.

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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

11. Lulu in La La Land

by: Elisabeth Wolf
Release date: Aug 06, 2013
Number of Pages: 274
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Lights! Camera! ACTION!

Lulu in LA LA Land

A screenplay by Lulu Harrison

Scene 1:

ZOOM IN on Hollywood mega stars LINC and FIONA HARRISON singing happy birthday to their daughter LULU. Lulu blows out the candles, and they all gather for a group hug—

CUT!

If only real life were like the movies. Instead, Lulu Harrison’s massively important eleventh birthday is just three weeks away—and her parents still haven’t RSVPed!

Lulu’s not like the rest of her glamorous Hollywood family. She likes tamales and they like tofu. She likes gardening and they like grooming. But all she wants for her birthday is for her whole family to be there. Together. So this year she’s planning a super fabulous SPA-tacular party. But what if trying to fit in leaves Lulu feeling even more like she was cast in the wrong family?

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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Performing Arts

12. Kristoph and the First Christmas Tree

by: Claudia Cangilla McAdamDavid Hill
Release date: Oct 28, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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It’s Christmas Eve 722, and Kristoph, a young orphan boy, is accompanying the missionary priest Boniface through the German countryside. They are hurrying to reach the next village by nightfall when they come upon a group of people in the forest worshiping an oak tree and preparing to sacrifice the son of the village chieftain. To prove that the oak is powerless and that there is only One True God, Boniface miraculously fells the giant tree with a single ax stroke. In its place stands an evergreen. Calling it “the tree of the Christ Child,” he instructs the men to mend their lives and take the tree home where it will shelter “loving gifts and lights of kindness.” Now rescued, the son of the village chieftain invites Boniface and Kristoph to share Christmas with his family …around another evergreen that Kristoph cuts down for their own celebration.
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Christian Books & Bibles > Catholicism > Saints

13. Lulu’s Christmas Story: A True Story of Faith and Hope During the Great Depression

by: Ludmilla Bollow
Release date: Oct 20, 2014
Number of Pages: 256
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Christmas is eagerly awaited by Lulu, a young girl living in a small Wisconsin town during the Great Depression. Anticipation is transformed into anxiety when Daddy loses his job, doubts about Santa flicker, and that Shirley Temple doll seems further away than ever. Mama reveals her own brutal Christmas as an orphan, adding new worries. But it’s Lulu’s deep faith and vibrant hope that keeps her looking forward to each new day and the glorious gift of Christmas. In her touching memoir, Ludmilla Bollow, an award-winning playwright and novelist, recounts the year before her family’s toughest Christmas. There’s a haunting encounter with freaks at a circus sideshow, the heartbreaking loss of the town’s recluse who was committed to finding true love, a disastrous Thanksgiving at Grandma’s, and, of course, the long-awaited Christmas! Lulu’s spirit of love and joy radiates throughout this emotional recall of family life during hard times.

(Ludmilla Bollow)

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Biographies & Memoirs > Historical > United States

14. Dreidels on the Brain

by: Joel ben Izzy
Release date: Oct 04, 2016
Number of Pages: 303
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At last a great American Hanukkah story! This very funny, very touching novel of growing up Jewish has the makings of a holiday classic.

One lousy miracle.  Is that too much to ask?

Evidently so for Joel, as he tries to survive Hannukah, 1971 in the suburbs of the suburbs of Los Angeles (or, as he calls it, “The Land of Shriveled Dreams”). That’s no small task when you’re a “seriously funny-looking” twelve-year-old magician who dreams of being his own superhero: Normalman.  And Joel’s a long way from that as the only Jew at Bixby School, where his attempts to make himself disappear fail spectacularly.  Home is no better, with a family that’s not just mortifyingly embarrassing but flat-out broke. 

That’s why Joel’s betting everything on these eight nights, to see whether it’s worth believing in God or miracles or anything at all.  Armed with his favorite jokes, some choice Yiddish words, and a suitcase full of magic tricks, he’s scrambling to come to terms with the world he lives in—from hospitals to Houdini to the Holocaust—before the last of the candles burns out.

No wonder his head is spinning: He’s got dreidels on the brain. And little does he know that what’s actually about to happen to him and his family this Hanukkah will be worse than he’d feared . . . And better than he could have imagined.

From the Hardcover edition.

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

15. The Girls’ Revenge (Boy/Girl Battle)

by: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Release date: Sep 07, 1999
Number of Pages: 160
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This fourth book about the Hatford brothers and the Malloy sisters begins shortly before Christmas, three months after the Malloys move to Buckman, WV. As the holiday season approaches, the boys and girls continue to play pranks on one another and begin to learn the consequences of their actions. Caroline Malloy and Wally Hatford are partners for their fourth-grade December project and discover that, instead of annoying one another, they need to learn how to work together in order to receive a passing grade. Told in their alternating viewpoints, the story moves quickly, continuing the mischief and humor of the previous novels. Readers will be especially taken with precocious and dramatic Caroline, who will stop at nothing for revenge. While it is not necessary to read the first three books, fans of the series will enjoy references to the characters’ past pranks and will delight in the promise of future additions to this ongoing battle between these rivals.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Siblings

16. HALLOWEEN STORIES (Books for Kids: Scary Halloween Stories for Kids): Scary Stories for Kids, Halloween Activities, Halloween Jokes, and More! (Haunted Halloween Fun Book 2)

by: Arnie Lightning
Release date: Sep 09, 2015
Number of Pages: 44
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Scary Halloween Stories for Kids!

Halloween is upon us. For most, it’s a fun time of year where we dress up in our favorite costumes and get lots of candy. For others, it can be the most frightening time of year. In these five scary stories that’s the case. Prepare yourself. You have been warned!

  • 5 scary stories for kids
  • Just for fun activities included for extra fun
  • 100+ spooky Halloween jokes for kids

These spooky ghost stories are great for reading aloud with friends and family. You will creep everyone out and scare the living daylights out of them with these scary stories. This book is lots of fun for Halloween!

These stories are especially great for campfire tales and to be read late at night!

Story & Activity List:

  • The Legend of Jack O’Lantern Hill
  • Just for Fun Activity
  • Ellen’s Halloween Cat
  • Just for Fun Activity
  • The Mummy Doll
  • Just for Fun Activity
  • The Not-So-Grim Reaper
  • Frankie’s New School
  • Halloween Jokes
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Arnie Lightning is a best-selling children’s book author with a straightforward goal. He wants his work to create a positive impact in the lives of others through children’s books.

Arnie has published over 100 children’s books and counting!

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

17. Have a Fairy Christmas (The Magic Library Book Series 2)

by: Kymberlee Miller
Release date: Dec 06, 2013
Number of Pages: 97
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New Friends, Unicorns, and the Winter Court…

That’s what’s in store this holiday season for Holly Daniels. Two days before Christmas, she takes a special trip to the mall to see Santa Claus. He sends her to the library on a quest to find a book that could make her dreams come true.

Since moving to Montana, Holly hasn’t made any new friends. And, being an only child can be very lonely. All that could change when Holly meets Dylan, the princess of the Winter Court in the Fairy Realm.

Christmas fun and Fairy enchantment is on its way in,
Have a Fairy Christmas!

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

18. You’re Invited

by: Jen MaloneGail Nall
Release date: May 19, 2015
Number of Pages: 336
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Four best friends start a party-planning business in this fresh, funny tween novel from the authors of At Your Service and Breaking the Ice.

Twelve-year-old Sadie loves helping her mom with her wedding planning business, and with Sadie’s mad organizational skills, she’s a natural! That’s why it’s so devastating when her mother “fires” her after a Little Mermaid–themed wedding goes awry.

Enter Sadie’s best friends: sporty Vi, ace student Lauren, and boy-crazy Becca. The girls decide that in order to get Sadie’s mom to reconsider, they have to make her see how amazing Sadie is at party planning. Except no one’s gonna hire a twelve-year-old to plan a wedding. A birthday party, though? Definite possibility.

Before long, RSVP—your one-stop shop for the most creative parties in town—is born. Of course, Sadie can’t wait to prove herself to her mom, but the other girls also have their reasons for enlisting: Vi has her eye on the perfect gift for her hardworking dad, and Becca’s all aflush at the thought of connecting with Ryan, the new Irish cutie in town. And though Lauren thinks she’s too busy with summer studies to “officially” join, she’s willing to help out in any way she can.

But in this particular party-planning business, nothing goes according to plan! Sadie’s mom is a perpetual no-show, Vi’s archrival is dead set on ruining her summer, Becca can’t seem to get Ryan to glance in her direction, and Lauren keeps choosing studying over her friends. Is the girls’ friendship strong enough to survive a business? Or does RSVP spell the end of these BFFs?

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

19. Kitten in the Cold (Animal Ark #13)

by: Ben M. BaglioShelagh McNicholas
Release date: Nov 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 144
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Because her parents are veterinarians, Mandy Hope is an expert on animals, from rabbits and hamsters to kittens and puppies. She and her friends help animals in need -and sometimes Mandy gets the animals to help kids in need.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

20. Shooting at the Stars

by: John Hendrix
Release date: Oct 07, 2014
Number of Pages: 40
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Shooting at the Stars is the moving story of a young British soldier on the front lines during World War I who experiences an unforgettable Christmas Eve. In a letter home to his mother, he describes how, despite fierce fighting earlier from both sides, Allied and German soldiers ceased firing and came together on the battlefield to celebrate the holiday. They sang carols, exchanged gifts, and even lit Christmas trees. But as the holiday came to a close, they returned to their separate trenches to await orders for the war to begin again.
John Hendrix wonderfully brings this story to life, interweaving fact and fiction along with his detailed illustrations and hand-lettered text. His story celebrates the humanity and kindness that can persist even during the darkest periods of our history. Back matter includes a glossary, additional information about World War I and the Christmas Truce and its aftermath, and an archival photograph taken during the Truce.

Also available by John Hendrix: Miracle Man

Praise for Shooting at the Stars
STARRED REVIEWS
“Few titles at this level convey the futility of World War I as well as this one does. A first choice.”
School Library Journal, starred review

“Timed with the centenary of World War I but a lesson for always, Hendrix’s tale pulls young readers close and shows the human side of war.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > Europe

21. Big Honey Dog Mysteries HOLIDAY COLLECTION (Halloween, Christmas & Easter stories for kids): A dog detective holiday mystery adventure for children ages 9 to 12 years

by: H.Y. Hanna
Release date: Oct 20, 2014
Number of Pages: 213
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“If you love dogs or mysteries, this is the book for you!”
“If you want to get your middle grade reader interested in picking up books, then this is a great place to start.” – Net Galley reviewer

Celebrate your favourite holidays with this collection of exciting short mysteries featuring Honey the Great Dane sleuth and her canine friends. In NIGHT OF FLYING SHADOWS, a creepy visitor on Halloween night sends the dogs on a dangerous mission through a haunted forest. Then Honey and her friends find themselves deciphering a mysterious note during a snowy Christmas in MESSAGE IN A BAUBLE. And in TREASURE FROM THE PAST, the dog detectives race to uncover a long-lost secret over an Easter weekend.

Perfect for fans of animal fiction, dog stories and classic mystery series like Nancy Drew and the Famous Five. Kids and dog lovers of all ages will love this action-packed collection filled with suspense and humour. A great middle grade read or a book for parents and children to enjoy together.

Collect the other books in this series:
– Curse of the Scarab (Book 1)
– A Secret in Time (Book 2)

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PRAISE FOR THE BIG HONEY DOG MYSTERIES:
Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards 2014 – GOLD Medal Winner
Children’s Literary Classics Book Awards 2014 – GOLD Medal Winner
Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards 2014 – SILVER Medal Winner
The Wishing Shelf Independent Children’s Book Awards 2013 – Finalist

“Dog lovers young and old will love this rip-roaring, bark-serious adventure… highly recommended” ~ Midwest Book Review

“If you want to get your middle grade reader interested in picking up books, then this is a great place to start.” – Net Galley reviewer

“My daughter NEVER reads and couldn’t put this book down.” – Amazon reviewer

“The author has a great voice with a wonderful sense of humour.” – Indie Abode Book Reviews

“I just adored this mystery. Ms. Hanna knows how to hook her readers in, both young and old.” – Night Owl Reviews (Top Pick)

“We are loving this book. My 10 year old son who has a short attention span cannot get enough.” – Amazon reviewer

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Children’s Books > Mysteries & Detectives

22. The Christmas Turkey Disaster (Hank the Cowdog (Hardcover))

by: John R EricksonGerald L Holmes
Release date: Oct 09, 2015
Number of Pages: 121
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Hank is in real trouble this time. Loper and Sally May’s relatives are coming for Christmas dinner, and Sally May has been working to get the entire ranch in order including preparing for the Christmas feast. Unfortunately, when she discovers that the turkey she bought has met a terrible end, she pins the blame on Hank! Is he the guilty party, or have more sinister forces been at work to frame him for the crime? Later that day things seem to be looking up, that is, until the replacement Christmas turkey “flies the coop” too, landing Hank in even deeper trouble! Can an act of true heroism right the terrible wrong and salvage Hank’s reputation, or is he doomed to spend the rest of his doggie days in exile?
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

23. The Christmas Present

by: Alexander McCabe
Release date: Nov 16, 2015
Number of Pages: 33
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I have a little secret to tell you that not many people know. Something that maybe your mum and dad don’t even know!

You see, at the very moment you were born, Santa allocated you an elf. It’s true! Your very own elf who watches to see when you have been naughty and nice. Every year, just before Christmas, your elf reports to Santa so he can decide what presents you can have from your list.

Yet there are some people that don’t believe in Santa. I know, I know, it’s crazy… but it’s true! Once those people stop believing in Santa, then their elf’s are sent away from the North Pole and only allowed back when they start to believe in him again.

Gabriel the Elf is very worried. His child is beginning to think that Santa isn’t real. Gabriel the Elf doesn’t want to be banished from all his friends at the North Pole, so what can he do? There is only one thing he can do.

He must prove that Santa is real.

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Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths

24. Cold Feet: A Short Story for Christmas (Hand-Me-Downs Book 2)

by: Meggan Haller
Release date: Oct 13, 2014
Number of Pages: 18
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“He saw the distinct shape of a hand carefully placing one more stocking alongside the others. Though Jakob was sure he saw it, at first he didn’t believe it was real. It took him a long time to figure out there was no Santa, and short of a miracle, he wouldn’t be quick to change his mind.”

Another Christmas and nothing had changed for 5-year-old Jakob. Papa still had no job, the family still had no money, and Jakob still had the same pair of old, threadbare socks only now with holes in them. This was the Great Depression, a time of hardship for many families, the Strumpfs included.
Year after year, Santa brought nothing for the Strumpfs but a hand-written promise that next Christmas would be better. Jakob’s older brothers and sisters believed Santa would keep his promise and bring them a gift this year—even Mama and Papa believed—but Jakob doubted. When a sensitive boy loses heart, his family must help him find it.

These days, Christmas may be a season of abundance, but this solemn tale introduces young readers to an era of struggle. A generation after Bern learned to believe in Santa in Light in the Snow, Jakob carries on the Strumpf tradition of turning hardships into happiness. With contemplative and compassionate prose, this remarkable story reminds us that where there is love, hope can flourish despite poverty.

Cold Feet is a 4,300-word short story.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Short Story Collections

25. The Greatest Christmas Gift

by: Tiah Rodriguez-Crawl
Release date: Oct 21, 2014
Number of Pages: 60
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School is out, and the Christmas vacation has just begun, but James is far from excited. Like other kids his age, James is looking forward to celebrating Christmas with his family and receiving lots of gifts. When a winter storm hits home, everything changes, and Christmas will never be the same. With his mom stranded at an airport back in New York, James will spend Christmas alone with his father; forcing James to deal with his true feelings about their separation.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Marriage & Divorce

26. Big Book of Christmas Jokes for Kids!: A Book of Giggles from The Little Holiday Helper!

by: Maxime-Alexandra LavergneTara Palov
Release date: Dec 13, 2014
Number of Pages: 94
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The Holiday Helper’s Big Book Of Christmas Jokes for Kids is absolutely stuffed full of more than 200 hilarious Holiday jokes! Brilliantly illustrated by the talented Tara Palov, these side-splitting jokes are guaranteed to keep the whole family in laughter throughout the holiday season! Santa Jokes, Christmas Jokes, North Pole Jokes, Elf Jokes, Reindeer Jokes, Knock Knock Jokes and more! There is something here for everyone! Share them with teachers and friends in the classroom or at the park with playmates! Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins…there are enough jokes inside to keep everyone you know giggling for weeks! Partial proceeds from the purchase of each book are donated to carefully researched and selected charities for children and animals.
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

27. Clementine for Christmas

by: Daphne Benedis-Grab
Release date: Aug 25, 2015
Number of Pages: 256
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Josie usually keeps to herself, but she comes out of her shell when she and her dog, Clementine, volunteer at the local hospital during the holiday season. Josie loves dressing up in silly costumes, singing carols, and helping to prepare for the big Christmas Festival. That is, until she learns that this year’s Festival has been canceled.

Meanwhile, Oscar’s parents are fighting more and more–and so is he. He gets into trouble at school, and his punishment? Volunteer hours at the local hospital.

Gabby’s life seems perfect. She’s stylish, smart, and everyone looks up to her. But Gabby has a secret, one that could ruin everything.

Then, Clementine disappears, Oscar’s parents separate, and Gabby’s secret is uncovered. Together, can Josie, Oscar, and Gabby find a way to save the holiday, or will this be the worst Christmas ever?

Daphne Benedis-Grab, author of The Angel Tree, has created a heartwarming story that sparkles with humor, light, and Christmas spirit.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

28. HALLOWEEN STORIES (Scary Halloween Stories for Kids): Scary Short Stories for Kids, Halloween Activities, Halloween Jokes, and More! (Haunted Halloween Fun Book 3)

by: Arnie Lightning
Release date: Sep 13, 2015
Number of Pages: 44
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Scary Halloween Stories for Kids!

Halloween is upon us. For most, it’s a fun time of year where we dress up in our favorite costumes and get lots of candy. For others, it can be the most frightening time of year. In these five scary stories that’s the case. Prepare yourself. You have been warned!

  • 5 scary stories for kids
  • Just for fun activities included for extra fun
  • 100+ spooky Halloween jokes for kids

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These spooky ghost stories are great for reading aloud with friends and family. You will creep everyone out and scare the living daylights out of them with these scary stories. This book is lots of fun for Halloween!

These stories are especially great for campfire tales and to be read late at night!

Story & Activity List:

  • Purple Paradise Pie
  • The Haunting of Herbie Palmer
  • Just for Fun Activity
  • The Halloween Witch
  • Too Good to Be True
  • Just for Fun Activity
  • The Haunted Halloween Forest
  • Halloween Jokes
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  • About the Author

Best-Selling Children’s Book Author, Arnie Lightning

Arnie Lightning is a best-selling children’s book author with a straightforward goal. He wants his work to create a positive impact in the lives of others through children’s books.

Arnie has published over 100 children’s books and counting!

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29. A Haunted Halloween (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Galaxy Zack)

by: Ray O’RyanJason Kraft
Release date: Jul 28, 2015
Number of Pages: 128
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Although Halloween is not celebrated on the planet Nebulon, Zach, a boy from Earth, discovers that ghosts may be real.
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30. Hooray for the Holidays (The English Roses No. 7)

by: Madonna
Release date: Sep 11, 2008
Number of Pages: 128
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The English Roses are in a tizzy over the gift exchange at school, especially Charlotte. Certain she?ll get something fabulous, she can?t hide her dismay at ending up with a dumpy pot holder. After her Secret Santa, the nerdy Jeanette Jones, runs off in tears, the English Roses help Charlotte grasp the true meaning of Christmas.
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