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Monday, 22 September 2014

It's never too early! Here's my Christmas book wish list!

Yeah ok, I know! It's too early to be thinking about Christmas....but I am! I can't help it! As of term 3 holidays, Christmas is officially on my mind. I'm looking at crafts, recipes, decorations, and books. Which brings me to the purpose of this post :) I've been trolling blogs and bookshops in search of some great titles. So I thought I'd share my wish list with you. If you have any suggestions of great Christmas books I'd love to hear about them.

Snowmen at Night 

Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you've wondered, "What do snowmen do at night?" This delightful wintertime tale reveals all! Caralyn Buehner's witty, imaginative verse offers many amusing details about the secret life of snowmen and there they go at night.

It's Christmas, David!

The bestselling star of No, David! returns and is trying to behave before Christmas. From playing with delicate ornaments to standing in an endlessly long line for Santa, here are common Christmas activities - but with David's naughty trimmings. 

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas and Santa was ill. In the cold winter wind he had caught a bad chill. Will Christmas be canceled? Will it come to that? "Never!" cried Santa. "Let's call Pete the Car!" In this rocking' new spin on the traditional tale The Night Before Christmas, Pete the Cat proves that giving your all in the spirit of Christmas is the totally groovy thing to do. 

Llama Llama Holiday Drama

If there's one thing Llama Llama doesn't like, it's waiting. He and Mama Llama rush around, shopping for presents, baking cookies, decorating the tree...but how long is it until Christmas? Will it ever come? Finally, Llama Llama just can't wait any more. It takes a cuddle from Mama Llama to remind him that "Gifts are nice, but there's another: The true gift is, we have each other."

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies

If you take a mouse to the movies, he'll ask you for some popcorn. When you give him the popcorn, he'll want to string it together. Then he'll want to hang it on a Christmas tree. You'll have to buy him one...The energetic little mouse from If You Give A Mouse A Cookie is back again, this time with a host of holiday antics. 

Froggy's Best Christmas 

Froggy has never celebrated Christmas; usually he's taking his long winter's nap. But not this year. Froggy's best friend, Max the beaver, wakes him up to join the fun. Soon, Froggy's gotten into the swing of things: finding a tree, wrapping presents, singing carols, and enjoying a holiday feast. Join Froggy as he celebrates his very first, and very best, Christmas. 

The Christmas Carrot

Everyone wants a piece of the Christmas carrot! The snowman wants him for a nose...the family want him for Christmas dinner...and even Santa's reindeer want to gobble him up! Can Christmas carrot survive? The exciting and funny fable by well-loved children's author, Allan Plenderleith, is sure to become a Christmas favourite with young and old...and in between!

Snowmen at Christmas

It's Christmas Eve and people are snug in their beds, but something is stirring outside. The snowmen are preparing to celebrate! Under the glow of moonlight, all the snow families are slipping away to gather in the town square for a night of carolling, dancing, and an exciting visit from the snowman Santa Claus. 

Another Night Before Christmas

It's the night before Christmas and a young girl creeps down the stairs, determined to find out for certain whether Santa is real. But try as she might, she can't keep awake and is soon fast asleep. She doesn't ever stir, when Santa and his reindeer land on her rooftop - but then, when he bursts out of her fireplace, she wakes to a room filled with magic. As she watched him fly off into the night, she knows that she will never forget this sight because, at Christmas, the best gift of all is belief. 

Kangaroo for Christmas

The day before Christmas, Kathryn's present from Uncle Dingo arrives in a big box. Naturally, it's a lively kangaroo. Kathryn can't wait to show grandma, so she hops onto Adelaide's back and off they go! But getting to Grandma's proves more difficult than expected. Honking horns and screeching breaks frighten Adelaide into taking off on her own. 

How Many Sleeps till Christmas?

It's hard to be patient when you're only a very little bear, and Little Pip cannot wait until Christmas! Every day he waked up and a thinks the day has finally come - it's driving Daddy Grizzle nuts! Poor Daddy Grizzle...and poor Pip! How will he be able to carry on waiting - there are sol so many sleeps to go. This is a hilarious and endearing story about patience that every parent will recognise.

A Perfect Chirpy Christmas

Flit longs to have a white Christmas with snowbirds, ice-skating and sleigh bells. You can't have these in the warm south so he travels far to the northern hemisphere where he hopes to have the perfect Christmas. His Christmas holds all the magic he wish for, but it's still not right. Back home he delights in his southern hemisphere Christmas with family and friends.

Do you have a favourite book to read at Christmas time? 


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