Best Holidays & Celebrations Books for 5 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 holidays & celebrations books for 5 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. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Book and Grinch (Classic Seuss)

by: Dr. Seuss
Release date: Sep 22, 2015
Number of Pages: 64
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A Grinch book and plush package perfect for holiday gift-giving!
 
Is there any better holiday gift than a copy of Dr. Seuss’s beloved classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas? Yes! A copy of the book packaged in a sturdy gift box with a 14-inch tall, exclusively-available soft plush Grinch! Now children of all ages can read the story while they cuddle with the iconic character whose heart grows three sizes when he learns the true meaning of Christmas. Also included exclusively in this package is a 32-page paperback “Good Deed Journal.” Filled with simple activities and room for children to write and draw, it’s the perfect way to encourage children to grow their own hearts by helping others.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Dr. Seuss

2. Love is You & Me.

by: Monica SheehanMonica Sheehan
Release date: Dec 20, 2011
Number of Pages: 38
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Love is me, and love is you.

You see, when you smile I smile too.

When you’re around, the skies are blue.

It’s like being happy . . . times two!

Monica Sheehan’s delightful follow-up to Be Happy! reminds readers about the surprisingly simple acts that demonstrate love: giving a hug, sharing your toys, being a good friend, and much more. This vibrant, uplifting title all about love makes a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day or any time of the year!

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

3. Angel Birthdays: A Day to Remember, A New Way to Heal, A Celebration of Life

by: Erin GarayKristin Abbott
Release date: Aug 22, 2013
Number of Pages: 10
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When Gracie and Jake’s Grandma passes away, these children come up with a brilliant plan to help them grieve and celebrate their grandma’s life—to host an Angel Birthday Party to celebrate their grandma’s angel birthday. They buy balloons, bake her favorite cake, and create their own memorable gifts to celebrate her special day.

Angel Birthdays is a heartfelt book that encourages children and adults alike to reframe this universal experience. This story is positive, reassuring, and provides families with tangible activities they can incorporate into their own healing process. It is a true gift for any child, family, or friend who is celebrating an Angel Birthday of a loved one.

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Self-Help > Death & Grief > Grief & Bereavement

4. Where’s My Sweetie Pie?

by: Ed Emberley
Release date: Jan 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 14
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I’ve looked low,
I’ve looked high, but…
Where’s my sweetie pie?

Little ones will love listening and playing along with this adorable lift-the-flap book from beloved Caldecott Award-winning author/illustrator, Ed Emberley. Featuring a heart-shaped die-cut on the front cover and seven fun lift-the-flaps inside, this interactive board book shows a variety of cuddly critters hiding in all different places-but there’s no sweetie pie to be found! The anticipation of what’s hiding on the next page will keep kids guessing and giggling all the way to the surprise ending-when a double lift-the-flap reveals a heart-shaped mirror and shows who the real sweetie pie is!

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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Valentine’s Day

5. Maury C. Moose And The Forest Noel (Morgan James Kids)

by: Adam Baker
Release date: Oct 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 96
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Puns & Quirky Animal Characters
Funny pun animal names include:
  • Maury Chris Moose
  • G.R. Inchworm 
  • Simon C. Owl 
  • Stoc King Crab
  • Much more!

Childhood Whimsy + Adult Humor = Book For The Entire Family

Are you looking for a new book to enjoy with your kids? This Christmas chapter book mixes adult humor with childhood whimsy to create a story that kids and parents will love reading together. 
Why Is That Important?
A survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, found that only one in three parents read bedtime stories with their children every night, and 50 percent of parents say their children spend more time with TV or video games than with books. Maury C. Moose and The Forest Noel hopes to help reverse those statistics by providing content for the entire family to enjoy.
Kid Tested – Kickstarter Approved!
This book is brought to life thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign! Over 30 days, the project received $5,725 from 89 generous backers.
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Children’s Books > Animals

6. Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story

by: Reem FaruqiLea Lyon
Release date: May 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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*Notable Social Studies Trade Book For Young People 2016, a cooperative Project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council*
*Featured Book of the Month, Anti-Defamation League*
*American Library Association Notable Book for Children 2016*

*Skipping Stones Honor 2016*

*International Literacy Association Choices Reading List*

 
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

7. Warm Hearts Day (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Owl Diaries)

by: Rebecca Elliott
Release date: Nov 29, 2016
Number of Pages: 80
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. It’s almost Warm Hearts Day! Everyone is busy making gifts for their loved ones. Eva LOVES crafting, so she creates all sorts of fun gifts and treats for her friends. She is excited to give out her homemade gifts at the big party at the Old Oak Tree. But then Eva realizes she forgot to make gifts for her family! Will she be able to make the gifts in time?
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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

8. 12 Matchsticks

by: A.C. Kret
Release date: Dec 04, 2015
Number of Pages: 164
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12 Matchsticks
12 Days 

12 Prayers

A poor young boy gets an unusual gift at a school Christmas party that will change lives forever.

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

9. The Christmas Pickle Tradition

by: Tammy Lee DwyerTom NewsomEduardo Paj
Release date: Nov 11, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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The beautiful gift set comes with a glistening pickle ornament, annual pickle finder and the beautiful Christmas Pickle Tradition book in a ready-to-gift box. The Christmas Pickle Tradition is a wonderful holiday story and that reminds us all about the true spirit of Christmas. Follow the journey of Pickle Elf as he learns the magic of giving, and inspires Santa to begin this wonderful Christmas tradition. Want to join in the fun this holiday? It’s easy! Leave the pickle ornament by the milk and cookies for Santa to hang on your Christmas tree. In the morning watch your loved ones, big and small, search for the pickle. The first one to find it will receive an extra present from St. Nick!
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

10. A Party for Brobee! (Yo Gabba Gabba!)

by: Farrah McDoogle
Release date: Jul 06, 2010
Number of Pages: 14
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It’s Brobee’s birthday and his friends are throwing him a surprise party! Come celebrate with the gang from Yo Gabba Gabba! in this sweet and hilarious board book with lift-the-flaps throughout!
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations

11. Epossumondas Saves the Day

by: Coleen SalleyJanet Stevens
Release date: Nov 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 48
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It’s Epossumondas’s birthday, so Mama’s whipping up his favorite biscuits. But she’s plumb out of sody sallyraytus! (That’s baking soda to all you Yankees.) Everybody knows you can’t make big, fluffy biscuits without sody. One by one, Baby Gator, Auntie, and Mama scoot to the store to fetch some. But when no one comes back, it’s up to Epossumondas to run out and see what’s what–until he runs smack into a great, huge, ugly Louisiana snapping turtle!

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Children’s Books > Humor

12. Gingerboy’s Search for Christmas

by: Joanne Kimberly
Release date: Aug 13, 2014
Number of Pages: 66
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Special Angel Tree edition of Gingergoy’s Search for Christmas for use by churches and other organizations that sponsor Angel Tree events at Christmas time.  Angel Tree is a ministry of Prison Fellowship.

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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

13. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

by: Julie Lane
Release date: Oct 15, 2009
Number of Pages: 154
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Nicholas the orphan becomes Nicholas the woodcarver, whose job is to create a gift for every child in his small village on the Baltic Sea. As he grows older, explanations for many beloved Christmas traditions are woven into the story as the true spirit of Christmas is revealed.
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

14. The Mysterious Spooky Stories Of My Eclectic Mind

by: Heather GleasonWilliam Berry
Release date: Sep 17, 2013
Number of Pages: 30
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Turn off the lights and get the candles glowing. Spooky stories await. Ghosts and Goblins, Scarecrow’s and Witches are all ready to tell a terrifying tale. Spooky Short Stories and Poems for ALL ages!
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Halloween

15. 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

16. Edison the Christmas Elf and the Imperfect Perfect Toy

by: Papa VMelissa Blue
Release date: Oct 15, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Edison the Christmas Elf dreams of making the perfect holiday toy. He’s full of imaginative ideas, but they’re often disastrous! Every year, Santa Claus waits for Edison to reveal his new idea, and every year, Santa worries: just what enormous, tremendous, monstrous problem will Edison build next? Can the elf create the perfect toy, or will he destroy the workshop trying? Join Santa and find out!
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Intermediate Readers

17. Camellia the Fabulous Flower Girl (Flower Girl World)

by: Lynelle WoolleyKaren Wolcott
Release date: Oct 14, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Camellia Azalea Gardenia Bloom thinks she knows everything about being a flower girl. She can dance down the aisle, smile in a special way, and drop petals in a perfect path behind her. There’s only one problem—Cami has never been in a wedding before. That changes when her Aunt Bella pops the question and asks Camellia to be her flower girl. Cami is thrilled, until she discovers there will be two other girls joining her down the aisle. Now this little girl has a big dilemma: should she force the other girls to play by her rules or join in the fabulous flower girl fun?

Boasting engaging storylines and vibrant illustrations, the Flower Girl World series moves beyond how to be a flower girl by highlighting themes of friendship, leadership, and acceptance. The empowered, sassy Camellia and her friends are strong central characters who continue to grow through their experiences, and they will appeal to any girl with dreams and determination. 

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

18. Monster Museum

by: Marilyn SingerGris Grimly
Release date: Aug 04, 2009
Number of Pages: 40
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Welcome, brave souls, to the Monster Museum!
 
On your left, see the Zombie do his walk.
Look out for the mummy (she’s snapped and come unwrapped).
Frankenstein’s grumpy—they gave him a bride, but never a name.
 
Come in, if you dare, and meet all the slimy, screaming, slithery friends and fiends. They’re just dying to show you a good time!
 
Gris Grimly’s colorful caricatures perfectly complement the playful beat of Marilyn Singer’s poems to create a ghastly good Halloween read.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

19. Up and Away on My First Flight

by: April ReadyLorie Miller Hansen
Release date: Jan 02, 2013
Number of Pages: 14
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Up and Away on My First Flight is about a baby bears first anticipated trip to see her grandparents for the holidays. But when the plane takes off she is in for more than expected.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

20. Santa’s Little Friend: A Fun Christmas Picture Story for Toddlers and Young Children

by: MK Grassi
Release date: Dec 23, 2013
Number of Pages: 44
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“It is Christmas Eve and someone is coming.”

And so begins this enchanting picture book by award winning artist/author MK Grassi.

Hearkening back to such Christmas classics as “Twas The Night Before Christmas” and “Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer”, Santa’s Little Friend features…

* beautiful color illustrations that will captivate your children
* a warmhearted, humorous story with a surprising “feel good” twist at the end
* simple flowing text that will engage your children and sustain their interest

Santa’s Little Friend is written for toddlers and young children, but older ones (and their parents) will enjoy it too!

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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

21. A Duckling for Daniel

by: Jason Fruchter
Release date: Jan 05, 2016
Number of Pages: 14
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Daniel and his friends wait for a baby duckling to hatch in this shaped board book with foil on the cover based on a popular episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood!

It’s springtime in Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and a baby duckling is about to be born! Teacher Harriet says the egg will hatch soon, but it’s so hard to wait. Daniel and his friends are so excited to meet their fluffy new friend!

© 2016 The Fred Rogers Company

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Children’s Books > Animals > Ducks & Other Waterfowl

22. Ericka The Puppy’s First Halloween (Volume 3)

by: Chasity Conley
Release date: Sep 20, 2016
Number of Pages: 24
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Ericka the puppy is going Trick-or-Treating for the very first time. Robin teaches her about Halloween safety, and they have a fun filled, spooky night! Along the way they see ghosts, a mummy, and even friends!
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Halloween

23. It’s Raining Bats & Frogs

by: Rebecca ColbySteven Henry
Release date: Aug 11, 2015
Number of Pages: 40
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A little witch named Delia has been looking forward all year to flying in the annual Witch Parade. When the rumors of rain come true and the other witches start complaining, Delia takes action. Using her best magic, Delia changes the rain to cats and dogs. At first this goes over quite well, but she quickly realizes the animals cause a few issues. She must change the rain again! This time to hats and clogs. And finally, she tries bats and frogs. But each new type of rain brings its own set of problems. How will Delia save the day?
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Children’s Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy & Magic

24. ‘Twas Nochebuena

by: Roseanne Greenfield ThongSara Palacios
Release date: Oct 16, 2014
Number of Pages: 40
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‘Twas Nochebuena and all through our casa

every creature was kneading tamale masa

It’s Christmas Eve, and you’re invited to a Nochebuena celebration! Follow a family as they prepare to host a night filled with laughter, love, and Latino tradition. Make tasty tamales and hang colorful adornos (decorations) on the walls. Gather to sing festive canciones (songs) while sipping champurrado (hot chocolate). After the midnight feast has been served and the last gifts have been unwrapped, it’s time to cheer, “Feliz Navidad and to all a good night!”

Savor the magic of Nochebuena with a holiday tale you’ll want to read again and again. 

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

25. The Magic Gingerbread House

by: Pam Franks
Release date: Nov 10, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Inspired by true events and a family tradition spanning over 30 years, The Magic Gingerbread House tells the story of 5 of Santa’s Elves-Hans, Grietal, Kirsten, Franz, and Stefan who teach sisters Meghan and Mollie, and their friend Sammy, about the power of hope and believing in the magic of Christmas. Once the house is built, the elves come to live with the girls at night to get a respite from the North Pole. Each night the Elves come alive and have fun at the house and leave a special note of encouragement to the girls. Sammy is lonely as both her parents have been deployed to the Middle East, and she has moved to town to live with her grandparents. With the help of the Elves, the girls learn to have hope and believe in the magic of Christmas.
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

26. The Homeless Christmas Tree

by: Leslie M. GordonCourt Bailey
Release date: Oct 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 48
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?Of what use is one ugly little tree?”

Atop a windswept hill, a crooked little tree stands alone . . . until one Christmas Eve, when an old woman labors up the hill with a box of ornaments, and tells the tree that he is special. He is to be the official Christmas tree for all of the homeless people in the city below!

Year after year, colored balls and garland adorn the tree at Christmastime, but one year, the woman does not come. Will there be a Christmas for homeless? This story is based on actual events about a funny-looking mimosa tree that sits above a busy freeway in Fort Worth, Texas. A formerly homeless woman decorated the tree, year after year, so that the homeless would have a Christmas tree. When she died, neighbors took over the custom and now decorate it for Easter, Halloween, and other holidays as well. It can be seen on the north side of Interstate 30 near the Oakland exit.

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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

27. I Will Kiss You: Lots & Lots & Lots

by: Stoo HampleStoo Hample
Release date: Dec 13, 2005
Number of Pages: 32
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A mother kisses her way through a rhymed love letter to her child in a brand-new read-aloud from Stoo Hample that’s bound to become a bedtime classic.

I will kiss you everywhere…
on your fingers, on your hair,
on a chair on a stair….
on the floor, in the air.
And I’ll kiss your teddy bear.

As every parent of a small child knows, the funny little games that find a favorite place in the everyday forge a bond that lasts forever. Now the inimitable author of THE SILLY BOOK captures a universal ritual with such infectious charm and humor it can’t help but start its own tradition. Whether in scenes farmiliar or outlandish, whether planted on hats or knees or freezy noses, the kisses just waiting to be shared in this exuberant picture book are guaranteed to delight little listeners (lots and lots and lots).

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

28. Milo Armadillo

by: Jan FearnleyJan Fearnley
Release date: Dec 22, 2009
Number of Pages: 40
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Tallulah’s present is not what she asked for. And it’s not what the other kids have. Would she be better off without him?

When no one can find a pink fluffy rabbit to buy for Tallulah on her birthday, Grandma gets creative with her knitting needles. But the surprise Tallulah lifts out of the box is not a rabbit, it’s a pink fluffy . . . thing, named Milo Armadillo. He’s athletic, musical, and great for sharing adventures, but Tallulah’s friends say he’s funny-looking. What can poor Milo do to make Tallulah happy? With humor, poignancy, and a nod to the out-of-the-ordinary, this sweet story shows that if you can’t be with the one you want, you can definitely love the armadillo you’re with.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Mammals

29. Octonauts and the Great Christmas Rescue

by: Grosset &amp Dunlap
Release date: Oct 13, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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The Octonauts are planning to spend Christmas with Professor Inkling. But when they arrive, the Octonauts discover that a rockslide has endangered the lives of the local creatures! With the help of Tweak’s latest invention—the amazing Gup X—the Octonauts rescue all the creatures and save Christmas. This 8×8 also includes a festive sheet of stickers!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Fish

30. Artie: The First Artificial Christmas Tree

by: Dee ManerDelton Gerdes
Release date: Sep 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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“Artie watched the trees. When they saw children misbehave, a fine mist flowed from their branches. When touched by this mist, children stopped bickering, babies stopped crying, and parents started smiling. “What’s that coming from your branches?” asked Artie. “That’s Christmas Spirit…” Artie is delighted when a family selects him to be their Christmas tree. But, because he’s not a real tree, he doubts he has enough Christmas Spirit to bring the children the hope, joy, love and peace they need. Who can help Artie believe in himself? No one knows more about Christmas Spirit than Santa. That jolly old elf soon sets Artie straight. Any tree?just like any person?has an infinite amount of Christmas Spirit to share, if it comes from the heart. Artie: The First Artificial Christmas Tree shows children how important it is to share Christmas Spirit. Artie’s struggle to feel worthy of the special work of the evergreens will encourage young readers facing their own obstacles and help them to understand the importance of developing their own special talents. Timeless watercolors capture the enduring magic of the Christmas season and will inspire readers to spread cheer through the holidays?and beyond. Artie’s story shows that with Christmas trees, just like with people, it’s what’s inside that matters!”
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Self-Esteem & Self-Respect

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