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1. Narwhal’s True Christmas Wish by Lisa Ann Scott; Illustrated by Amberin Huq

Nigel Narwhal wants to be one of Santa’s helpers more than anything, but thinks only elves and reindeer can do that. But when Santa loses someone’s special gift—their True Christmas Wish—can Nigel help him deliver it and save Christmas?

Dive undersea at the North Pole to meet a world of fun animals celebrating Christmas and experience the joy of making holiday wishes come true in this important story about high hopes, big dreams, generosity, and never giving up!

It’s Christmas Eve, and as Nigel Narwhal watches Santa get ready to deliver all his gifts, he wishes he could be one of Santa’s helpers, even though all his friends tell him sea creatures can’t. Yet when Santa takes off in his sleigh, he drops a special package containing someone’s True Christmas Wish. It seems someone’s Christmas will be disappointing—until Nigel steps up to save the day! With encouragement from Mrs. Claus and the help of some ocean friends, Nigel races to deliver the present before it’s too late. And if he succeeds, he just might get his own True Christmas Wish, too . . .

2. A Charlie Brown Christmas: Pop-Up Edition by Charles M. Schulz

Christmastime is here. There’s snow and ice-skating, and the sweet sound of carols fills the air. Everyone is happy…everyone except Charlie Brown. He can’t seem to find the holiday spirit. Come along with Charlie Brown and his friends and discover the true meaning of Christmas in this beautiful, deluxe pop-up edition of the holiday classic.

3. Walking in a Winter Wonderland by Richard B. Smith

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening . . . Winter calls in this classic holiday song, brought to life in a beautiful picture book–perfect for sharing! Tim Hopgood’s joyful and colorful illustrations show all the wonders of winter–snowmen and sleigh rides, sweaters and smiles. Follow a family on their walk through snowy scenes. A beautiful and festive celebration of the season!

4. Frozen 2: One For The Books

Olaf has learned to read, and it is one of his favorite things to do. He is a frequent visitor to the Arendelle library. When he and Anna discover that the librarian is going out of town for a few days and the library will be closed, they can’t think of anything sadder.

But Anna has a brilliant idea for a substitute librarian . . . Olaf!

The lovable snowman shares his joy for books with the children of Arendelle and leaves the library in a state different than that in which he found it. Will Odvaar the librarian mind when he sees it? Or will a warm hug from everyone’s favorite snowman fix everything?

5. Snow Globe Wishes by Erin Dealey

As the worst snow storm of the year rolls in, one family hunkers down together in a cozy blanket fort for the night. A little girl makes a wish on a snowglobe and, in the morning, the sun rises on a winter wonderland–beckoning all outside. And what if, on this snow-filled day, family shake their busy lives and everyone goes out to play?
2019 Top 20 Goodreads Choice Awards As the worst snow storm of the year rolls in, one family hunkers down together in a cozy blanket fort for the night. A little girl makes a wish on a snow globe and, in the morning, the sun rises on a winter wonderland–beckoning all outside. And what if, on this snow-filled day, families shake their busy lives and everyone goes out to play? A lyrical holiday story about wishes and community and snow–lots and lots of snow.

6. Snow Friends by Margery Cuyler

A charming winter picture book about friendship and dogs set against a perfect snowy day.

Snow! Snow! And more snow! Oscar was itching to go outside, but the house was as quiet as a sleeping puppy. No one was awake, not even his boy Matt. When Oscar finally gets out to play, he can’t resist the chance to run away and pursue his how own wintry escapades. He builds an igloo, he makes a doggy angel, and he even goes ice skating—all with the help of his new friend Daisy. But the best part of this snow day comes when Oscar’s boy and Daisy’s girl join them for a cozy igloo huddle.

This seasonal friendship story has all the timeless understated charm of Wolf in the Snow and When It Starts to Snow—by the team who created the bestselling The Biggest, Best Snowman.

7. Happy Narwhalidays by Ben Clanton

Dive into three new stories about Narwhal’s favorite time of the year! It’s the festive season in the world wide waters, and Narwhal is looking forward to cozying up with a good book, singing and partying with his pod pals and enjoying some warm waffle pudding. But most of all he’s excited about the arrival of the Merry Mermicorn! According to Narwhal, she’s part mermaid, part unicorn and completely mer-aculous! Jelly is of course skeptical about the existence of the “Mira-Miny-What-A Corn”…even when he receives a mysterious present. It must be from Narwhal. Now Jelly has to get the perfect gift, but finding a present for someone as unique as Narwhal is no easy feat, even when you have six tentacles. How will Jelly ever come up with a whaley great gift for a best pal who spreads cheer all through the year?

8. All the Little Snowflakes by Cindy Jin; Illustrated by Dawn M. Cardona

A wintry celebration full of snow and all things that sparkle, this novelty board book reminds us that everyone is one of a kind—just like each special snowflake that falls from the sky.

9. Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale by Eric A. Kimmel

Before Simon sails to America, he promises his family that he will get a job and send for them. Simon’s mother knows he will need a miracle, so she reminds him to celebrate Hanukkah wherever he may be. Little does either of them know that Simon will spend the first night of Hanukkah on an ice floe after his ship sinks. The lone survivor out in the wide ocean, Simon lights the first candle, and it attracts a visitor: a polar bear.

Does she eat him? No! She shares his latkes, enjoys his songs, goes fishing for him, and even keeps him warm at night. By the last day of Hanukkah, Simon has nearly given up hope of ever being rescued. But then he recounts all of the miracles that have befallen him so far. Perhaps it is not too much to hope for one more, he thinks, as he lights all of the candles in the menorah. The bright glow signals a passing ship, and Simon makes it to New York after all. This fanciful Hanukkah tale — like none you’ve ever read before — celebrates eight miracles: family, friendship, hope, selflessness, sharing, faith, courage, and love.

From the author of the Caldecott Honor-winning classic Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins comes a gorgeously illustrated fantasy Hanukkah tale full of miracles, from sharing latkes with a polar bear to surviving a Titanic-like sinking. The story behind the ancient holiday is included at the end.

10. The Unicorns Who Saved Christmas by Mary Winn Heider

It’s Christmas Eve, and Santa’s reindeer are sick with the chicken pox. They can’t pull his sleigh, so Santa needs some serious help. Will the unicorns save Christmas despite coming down with a case of hiccups? Or will Christmas have to be canceled?

11. Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak

In a simple, cheerful conversation with nature, two young children witness how the season changes from autumn to winter.

As leaves fall from their trees, animals huddle against the cold, and frost creeps across windows, everyone knows—winter is on its way!

Join a brother and sister as they explore nature and take a stroll through their twinkling town, greeting all the signs of the coming season. In a series of conversations with everything from the setting sun to curious deer, they say goodbye to autumn and welcome the glorious first snow of winter.

12. The Twelve Unicorns of Christmas by Timothy Knapman

One little girl is counting down to Christmas with her unicorn friend. There’s so much to prepare and fun to be had before the big day! They hang stockings, make snow unicorns, and bake tasty treats. But her mischievous unicorn keeps making a mess, munching all the pies, and scribbling on the Christmas cards. And when the carolers arrive, cover your ears, because unicorns really can’t sing!

As Christmas draws closer and closer, will the two friends get their Christmas wish? Join in the song and count each gift on the page as you go along, ending with a grand festive finale full of unicorn celebrations!

13. How the Crayons Saved Christmas by Monica Sweeney

Oh no! Santa has lost his Christmas spirit. Feeling as though the magic and meaning of Christmas has slowly gone away, Santa makes a tough decision: This year, Christmas will be canceled. But when Santa crosses paths with a box of seven determined crayons with unique personalities, he gets a gift he never saw coming. With plucky determination and Christmas spirit in their hearts, the crayons use their talents and unique personalities to inspire children everywhere to remind Santa what Christmas is all about.

How the Crayons Saved Christmas is the colorful Christmas book from the peppy crayons who brought you How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow and How the Crayons Saved the Unicorn. How the Crayons Saved Christmas teaches the importance of lifting friends up when they’re feeling down and celebrating the true spirit of a colorful and heart-warming time of year.

14. Bad Kitty: Searching for Santa by Nick Bruel

Kitty’s back for another Christmas tale—this time involving Santa and complete with a colorful poster! In this hilarious story, Kitty battles with Santa . . . and loses. Or does she?

15. Young Scrooge: A Very Scary Christmas Story by R.L. Stine

Rick Scroogeman hates Christmas. He can’t stand the carols and the pageants. He can’t stand the lights and the mistletoe. But what he hates the most is having to watch the old movie A Christmas Carol every year at school. Since his name is Scroogeman, all of his classmates start calling him Scrooge. And he hates being called Scrooge.

But everything starts to change when three ghosts visit him. At first, he thinks it’s a dream. But then he realizes that it might be a nightmare. A nightmare that could become real.

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