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Holiday Stories

The calendar may say that the holidays are almost here, but the thermostat tells a different story. How do you get in the holiday spirit when the weather refuses to cooperate? Good books will always do the trick. Whether it’s Peter’s snowball that melts in his pocket or Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods, these great stories will bring winter to your home. So, grab a quilt, some hot chocolate and snuggle up. The weather outside may be frightful, but these books are so delightful. Happy Holidays and as always, Happy Reading!


The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Amazon Says: No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, more...
Amazon Says: No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child's wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever. less...
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Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Amazon Says: The book that started it all! Little House in the Big Woods is the first book in Laura Ingalls Wilder's treasured Little House series, which is based on her life growing up as more...
Amazon Says: The book that started it all! Little House in the Big Woods is the first book in Laura Ingalls Wilder's treasured Little House series, which is based on her life growing up as an American pioneer.Told from four-year-old Laura's point-of-view, this story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Laura lives in the little house with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their trusty dog, Jack. Pioneer life is sometimes hard for the family, since they must grow or catch all their own food as they get ready for the cold winter. But it is also exciting as Laura and her family celebrate Christmas with homemade toys and treats, do the spring planting, bring in the harvest, and make their first trip into town. And every night they are safe and warm in their little house, with the happy sound of Pa's fiddle sending Laura and her sisters off to sleep.And so begins Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of a pioneer girl and her family. The nine Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers as both a unique glimpse into America's frontier history and a heartwarming, unforgettable story.Supports the Common Core State Standards less...
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Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
Amazon Says: Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under the snow is a secret world of squirrels and snowshoe hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals who live thr more...
Amazon Says: Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under the snow is a secret world of squirrels and snowshoe hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals who live through the winter, safe and warm. OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW takes readers on a cross country ski trip through the winter woods to discover the secret world of animals living under the snow. less...
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Amazon Says: Yippee! It is a winter wonderland! What better day for Mouse and Mole to go sledding, whirl around on ice skates, and build snowmen together? But Mole does not want to go ou more...
Amazon Says: Yippee! It is a winter wonderland! What better day for Mouse and Mole to go sledding, whirl around on ice skates, and build snowmen together? But Mole does not want to go outside. Too cold! Too windy! He prefers to stay as snug as a bug in a rug inside his nice, warm bed. Mouse is lonely. Ice skating and sledding just aren’t as fun for one. Then she gets an idea…a Sno-Mole might do the trick! Mole won’t be needing his hat or scarf or mittens…or will he? Sometimes even best friends want to do different things. But at the end of a cold winter’s day, it's nice to know that your best friend will be there waiting for you, with warm mittens and all. less...
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Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time by James/ Gay, Marie-Louise (ILT) Howe
Amazon Says: When the first snow of winter falls, Catina worries about all her plans for the day being ruined, so her friend Houndsley tries to help Catina let go of her worries and enjoy more...
Amazon Says: When the first snow of winter falls, Catina worries about all her plans for the day being ruined, so her friend Houndsley tries to help Catina let go of her worries and enjoy the quiet time of a snowy day. Title: Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time Author: Howe, James/ Gay, Marie-Louise (ILT) Publisher: Candlewick Pr Publication Date: 2008/09/09 Number of Pages: 42 Binding Type: SCHOOL AND LIBRARY Library of Congress: 2007940973 less...
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Sally's Snow Adventure by Stephen Huneck
Amazon Says: Sally’s earlier books have proven themselves as perennial favorites, and now she has taken herself to the perfect holiday locale: a ski lodge. While at the resort, Sally ma more...
Amazon Says: Sally’s earlier books have proven themselves as perennial favorites, and now she has taken herself to the perfect holiday locale: a ski lodge. While at the resort, Sally makes lots of new friends, including two rescue dogs. She enjoys the comforts of the lodge, and tries her paws at various winter sports. But when night falls, Sally gets lost in the woods. How will she find her way back to the lodge? Featuring a sweet story and Stephen Huneck’s unique illustrations, Sally’s Snow Adventure will appeal to children and dog-lovers of all ages. less...
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Winter Is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer
Amazon Says: Most people think summer is the warmest season. This story, however, is brimming with evidence to the contrary--from roaring fires to grilled cheese sandwiches to toasty flan more...
Amazon Says: Most people think summer is the warmest season. This story, however, is brimming with evidence to the contrary--from roaring fires to grilled cheese sandwiches to toasty flannel pajamas. A unique twist on the traditional wintertime picture book, the beautiful visual narrative follows a boy and his family though a day of hot breakfasts, steaming afternoon cocoa, and a festive candlelit party before bed.     With its inviting scenes, poetic text, and gorgeous illustrations, Winter Is the Warmest Season celebrates all the wonderful things that make winter the coziest time of the year. less...
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Winter Waits by Lynn Plourde
Amazon Says: Winter sprints across the way. "Father, Father, come on, let's play." Father Time smiles and kisses his son. "Not now, I must work, my littlest one." So Winter wai more...
Amazon Says: Winter sprints across the way. "Father, Father, come on, let's play." Father Time smiles and kisses his son. "Not now, I must work, my littlest one." So Winter waits for an hour or two, painting the grass with a frosty hue... While Winter waits for his father, he finds ways to amuse himself. Winter "whistens and glistens" the world in frost, "whizzles and whittles" ice sculptures, and "snizzes and snips" snowflakes. At last, Father Time turns his full attention to his son, and they "frisk and frolic away." Lynn Plourde, author of the best-selling picture book Wild Child, reunites with acclaimed illustrator Greg Couch to continue the story of Nature's family with this exquisite book that captures the joy of a father-son relationship. less...
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A Redwall Winter's Tale by Brian Jacques
Amazon Says: On the last day of autumn, the Redwallers are preparing for some special guests: a troupe of traveling players who promise an evening of entertainment in exchange for a grand more...
Amazon Says: On the last day of autumn, the Redwallers are preparing for some special guests: a troupe of traveling players who promise an evening of entertainment in exchange for a grand feast. The merriment continues far into the evening, until it's time for sleepy Dibbuns to be tucked in their beds with a story: the tale of Snow Badger, Lord of Wintertide, who comes on the first night of winter, bringing snow across the land. As they did in The Great Redwall Feast, Christopher Denise's warm pastel illustrations and Brian Jacques' magical words take young readers straight to the heart of Redwall. Fans, young and old, will be enchanted by this delightful winter's tale, spun by a master storyteller. less...
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Special Gifts by Cynthia Rylant
Amazon Says: Lily wants pillows that say "wish"! Tess wants a vest with sequins. And Rosie wants dolls with dresses. And since the cousins have three weeks off from school for Winter V more...
Amazon Says: Lily wants pillows that say "wish"! Tess wants a vest with sequins. And Rosie wants dolls with dresses. And since the cousins have three weeks off from school for Winter Vacation, they want Mrs. White to give them sewing lessons so they can make all the pillows and vests and dolls they want. Of course, Aunt Lucy loves the idea, and soon Lily, Rosie, and Tess are not only learning to make stitches, but also how to hold on to their precious Cobble Street memories. less...
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Amazon Says: A mass-market paperback edition of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, book two in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. This edition features black-and-whit more...
Amazon Says: A mass-market paperback edition of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, book two in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. This edition features black-and-white illustrations by the original illustrator, Pauline Baynes, and eight pages of stills from the epic motion picture. Read it before you watch the movie!Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.Step through the wardrobe and into The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the second book in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, which has been enchanting readers of all ages for over sixty years. This is a stand-alone novel, but if you want to return to Narnia, read The Horse and His Boy, the third book in The Chronicles of Narnia.Supports the Common Core State Standards. less...
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Amazon Says: Moishe's Miracle author Laura Krauss Melmed and illustrator Elisabeth Schlossberg celebrate Hanukkahin joyful action rhymes, festive poems, and exuberant scenes of family life more...
Amazon Says: Moishe's Miracle author Laura Krauss Melmed and illustrator Elisabeth Schlossberg celebrate Hanukkahin joyful action rhymes, festive poems, and exuberant scenes of family life. From traditional holiday foods to the story of the Maccabees, they capture the warm sights, sounds, and tastes of this wintertime festival. less...
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Amazon Says: Join the Mousekin family as they prepare for Christmas! Filled with crafts and recipes, poems and stories, this is a Christmas book to share with the whole family, year after more...
Amazon Says: Join the Mousekin family as they prepare for Christmas! Filled with crafts and recipes, poems and stories, this is a Christmas book to share with the whole family, year after year. All the highlights of a great December are here. The Mousekins pick out and decorate a tree. Make paper snowflakes with Nana Mousekin. Bake cookies for friends and neighbors. Write letters to Santa Mouse. Welcome carolers. Sled and skate and make a snowmouse. Share family stories of Christmases past. And find secret corners of the house to work on surprise presents for each other. You can celebrate along with the Mousekins—this book includes recipes for cookies, instructions for paper and felt crafts, and stories and poems to share with your family. Maggie Smith perfectly captures the happy whirl that is Christmas—when the house smells of cinnamon and ginger and you’re putting the finishing touches on homemade gifts, and the excitement of secrets soon to be revealed is buzzing in the air. Open these pages and step into the warmth of family, the spirit of sharing, and a season full of love. less...
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