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Book Clubs in July + August

Join us for a stimulating discussion about the book-of-the-month. Read at your own pace

in the comfort of your own home ... then come together for a discussion.

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€ 10,00 includes one coffee or tea + discussion

 

Morning Book Club - August 27th

8:30 AM 10:00 AM

Led by Kathryn Bishop

 

Ex-Libris by Anne Fadiman

Anne Fadiman is--by her own admission--the sort of person who learned about sex from her father's copy of Fanny Hill, whose husband buys her 19 pounds of dusty books for her birthday, and who once found herself poring over her roommate's 1974 Toyota Corolla manual because it was the only written material in the apartment that she had not read at least twice. 

This witty collection of essays recounts a lifelong love affair with books and language. For Fadiman, as for many passionate readers, the books she loves have become chapters in her own life story. Writing with remarkable grace, she revives the tradition of the well-crafted personal essay, moving easily from anecdotes about Coleridge and Orwell to tales of her own pathologically literary family. As someone who played at blocks with her father's 22-volume set of Trollope ("My Ancestral Castles") and who only really considered herself married when she and her husband had merged collections ("Marrying Libraries"), she is exquisitely well equipped to expand upon the art of inscriptions, the perverse pleasures of compulsive proof-reading, the allure of long words, and the satisfactions of reading out loud. There is even a foray into pure literary gluttony--Charles Lamb liked buttered muffin crumbs between the leaves, and Fadiman knows of more than one reader who literally consumes page corners. Perfectly balanced between humor and erudition, Ex Libris establishes Fadiman as one of our finest contemporary essayists.

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Afternoon Book Club- July 8th

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Led by Gabrielle Kalke Hinterbuchner 

Educated by Tara Westover

Bio? Um…. I wrote a whole book about this. (Yes, I very modestly wrote a book about myself.) Anyway, maybe you don’t want to read the book, so here’s the short version:

I was born in Idaho, raised by survivalist parents opposed to public education. For that reason, I never set foot in a classroom until I was seventeen. That’s how old I was when I left my father’s junkyard and enrolled in a university. I had no diploma, no formal training, so at first it didn’t go so well. I failed a lot. I was awkward. I wore the wrong clothes, said the wrong things.

Eventually, it got easier. The world began to open up. I started learning about all the things that, because I had been kept out of school, I had never heard of before: the holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement, Debussy and Degas, photosynthesis and tectonic motion. I got pretty into it. So into it, in fact, that a few years later I graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University and won a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge in England. I never did get my high school diploma, but in 2014, I left Cambridge with a PhD. I was “educated,” whatever that means.

I was also losing my family. They were unable to accept the person I had become, and I was unable to accept some of the old patterns that had defined my childhood. Violence, fundamentalism, threats. I loved my family, but I wasn’t sure if I belonged there, if I could fulfill their expectations of me. I wrote this book in large part to try to understand that tension—the tension between what I owed to my family and what I owed to myself. I don’t claim to have solved it. This story isn’t a solution. But then, most stories aren’t. That’s not the point of stories.

 

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Evening Book Club - July 9th

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Led by Christina Morgado-Treml

 

Participation in this group is limited.Please contact The English Center for availability and additional information.

Where The World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean 

Every time a lad came fowling on the St Kilda stacs, he went home less of a boy and more of a man. If he went home at all, that is...

In the summer of 1727, a group of men and boys are put ashore on a remote sea stac to harvest birds for food. No one returns to collect them. Why? Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they have been abandoned to endure storms, starvation and terror. And how can they survive, housed in stone and imprisoned on every side by the ocean?

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German Book Club

The next meeting will be July 9th

Led by PetraMenghin

Der Winter tut den Fischen gut  von Anna Weidenholzer

Maria hat Zeit. So sitzt sie tagsüber oft auf einer Bank am Platz vor der Kirche, beobachtet das Treiben dort, ein Kommen und Gehen, Leute, die Ziele haben und wenig Zeit. Die arbeitslose Textilfachverkäuferin kennt sich mit Stoffen aus, weiß, was zueinander passt, was Schwächen kaschiert und Vorzüge betont. In ihrem Fall ist das schwieriger: Welcher Vorzug macht ihr Alter vergessen für einen Markt, der sie nicht braucht? Alt ist sie nicht, sie steht mitten im Leben, vielleicht nur nicht mit beiden Beinen. Aber ihr Leben läuft trotzdem rückwärts, an seinen Möglichkeiten, Träumen und Unfällen vorbei: Otto, der sein Leben im Gemüsefach lässt und dessen Grab ein Schneemann bewachen soll, Walter, den Elvis-Imitator von der traurigen Gestalt, der sie zur Ehefrau und zur Witwe macht, Eduard, dem sie ein Schnittmuster auf die Haut malt und der dann doch mit einer anderen aus der Stadt zurückkehrt, ihre kleinere Schwester, die sosehr Mutter ist, dass sie Maria wie ein Kind behandelt, ein Nacktschwimmer, der ihr das Herz eines Fisches schenkt …
In solchen Geschichten um solche Menschen, liebenswert in ihrer skurrilen Versponnenheit, entwirft Anna Weidenholzer behutsam und mit einem hellwachen Blick für das Absurde im Alltäglichen und das Alltägliche im Absurden ein Bild von einer Frau am Rande der Gesellschaft. Ja, sie zeigt vor allem, was das heißt: Der Rand der Gesellschaft ist immer noch mitten im Leben. Und davon ist dieses Buch voll wie selten eines.
 

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Young Adult Book Club– July 21st

6:30 PM - 8:00PM 

Led by Christina Morgado-Treml

The Hate U Giveby Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

 

 

 

 

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-Book Club Program 2020

 

 

 

 

ADVENT CALENDAR

2019

 

 

 

Day 24

 

nativity

 

The account of Jesus’ birth, familiar to children around the world, is powerfully retold here.

Giotto’s unsurpassed fresco cycle of the Nativity brings the story to vibrant life, while Geraldine Elschner’s thoughtful text engages readers young and old.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 23

 

12 days

 

"On the first day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
A partridge in a pear tree."

For many centuries young and old alike have been singing about the maids a-milking, the lords a-leaping, and a partridge in a pear tree. A Christmas carol, a parlor game, and a delightful counting song-The Twelve Days of Christmas- is indeed a favorite of the holiday season.

 

 

 

 

Day 22

 

penguin

 

Penguin can't wait to celebrate Christmas with his family and friends. But when things don't go exactly as planned, Penguin learns to find holiday magic in the most unexpected places.

Countless readers have already come to love the adorable Penguin, and Salina Yoon continues this series with a timeless story of holiday magic and the importance of family and friends.

 

 

 

 

Day 21

 

night before

 

On the night before Christmas, a father catches an unexpected glimpse of St. Nicholas himself. Along with his eight reindeer, Santa is here to fill the family's stockings with toys. His short visit fills the silent house with joy and wonder.

Written by Clement Clarke Moore and first published in 1823, this read-aloud classic has been beloved for generations. Whether for nostalgia-seeking readers or new generations, The Night Before Christmas is a must-have in everyone's collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 20

 

willowby

 

Christmas is here and Mr. Willowby's tree has arrived. There's just one big problem:

The tree is too tall for his parlor.

He cuts off the top so it will fit, and soon the top of that tree is passed along, again and again, to bring holiday cheer to all the animals in the forest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 19

 

catapillar xmas eve

 

Celebrate Christmas with the Very Hungry Caterpillar!

In this brand new lift-the-flap story, set on a silent, snowy Christmas Eve, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is hoping for a very special visitor.

 

 

 

 

Day 18

 

birds

 

An old owl tells the Christmas story to the community of birds as he has done so many times before, but when he tells of the special message from the Baby Jesus, a little bird questions why they no longer sing the message. “People no longer listen,” is the sad realization. The birds decide to share the message once more, but this time to the children of the world.

And what unfolds is surely a Christmas wonder.

 

 

 

 

Day 17

bookshop3

 

Each year, for the past seventeen years, Mysterious Bookshop proprietor Otto Penzler has commissioned an original Christmas story by a leading suspense writer.These stories were then produced as pamphlets, just 1,000 copies, and given to customers of the bookstore as a Christmas present.

Now, all seventeen tales have been collected in one volume. Some of these stories are humorous, others suspenseful, and still others are tales of pure detection, but all of them together make up a charming collection.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 16

 

A Christmas Carol

 

 

A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens. It was first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843.

It is the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 15

 

polar express

 

Late on Christmas Eve, after the town has gone to sleep, a boy boards a mysterious train that waits for him: the Polar Express bound for the North Pole.

When he arrives there, Santa offers him any gift he desires. The boy modestly asks for one bell from the reindeer's harness.

It turns out to be a very special gift, for only believers in Santa can hear it ring.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 14

 

thats not my reindeer

 

Very young children will delight in meeting the soft and furry reindeer in this colorful touchy-feely book.

With simple, repetitive text on every page, children will enjoy joining in and exploring the textures, including a fuzzy neck, velvety ears and a hairy tail.

 

 

 

 

Day 13

holly and ivy

 

Ivy, Holly, and Mr. and Mrs. Jones all have one Christmas wish. Ivy, an orphan, wishes for a real home and sets out in search of the grandmother she's sure she can find. Holly, a doll, wishes for a child to bring her to life. And the Joneses wish more than anything for a son or daughter to share their holiday. Can all three wishes come true?

This festive tale is perfectly complemented by beloved Barbara Cooney's luminous illustrations, filled with the warm glow of the Christmas spirit.

 

 

 

Day 12

Tru and Nelle

 

Young Truman Capote thought life in New York City was going to be perfect, but things didn’t work out as planned. In fact, Tru is downright miserable. So he decides to run away to Monroeville, Alabama, and the only friend he’s ever had, Nelle Harper Lee.

But things don't go well there, either. Bad things seem to happen wherever he goes. The only explanation: he must be cursed.

Christmas is coming, and Tru’s only wish is to be happy. But it’ll take a miracle for that to come true. Luckily, a special feast brings the miracle he's hoping for.

Tru and Nelle: A Christmas Tale is based on the real-life friendship of Truman Capote and Harper Lee.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 11

 

Santas beard 2

 

It’s summer and Santa’s Beard is far too fluffy and warm on Santa's sweaty face.

“Don’t worry, Santa, I’ll just find a new face,” says his Beard, and off he flies straight on to … the face of someone new! But neither the baby in the pram, the princess in her castle or the pirate at sea seem to want a beard.

Will Santa's Beard ever find someone who wants him? In this completely hilarious novelty book illustrated in Nick Sharratt’s bold and distinctive style, help guide Santa's Beard page by page on its adventure to find its rightful face.

 

 

Day 10

 

grinch 2

 

“Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!” Not since “’Twas the night before Christmas” has the beginning of a Christmas tale been so instantly recognizable. This heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays, and his story is the perfect gift for young and old. 

And don't forget to celebrate Grinch-mas this Christmas season, the annual holiday tradition inspired by How the Grinch Stole Christmas that encourages readers to grow their hearts three sizes by doing good deeds!

 

 

 

 

 

Day 9

 

mistletoe murder

 

 

 

Throughout her illustrious career as the Queen of Crime, P. D. James was frequently commissioned by newspapers and magazines to write a special short story for Christmas. Now, for the first time, four of the best are collected here. In “The Twelve Clues of Christmas,” James’s iconic Scotland Yard detective, Adam Dalgliesh, is drawn into a case that is pure Agatha Christie. In “A Very Commonplace Murder,” a respectable clerk’s secret taste for pornography is only the first reason he finds for not coming forward as a witness to a terrible crime. “The Boxdale Inheritance” finds Dalgliesh reinvestigating a notorious murder at the insistence of his godfather—only to uncover the darkest of family secrets. And in the title story, a bestselling crime novelist describes the crime in which she herself was involved some fifty years ago.

Playful and ingenious, shot through with narrative elegance and sly humor, The Mistletoe Murder is a treat for P. D. James’s legions of fans—and anyone who enjoys the pleasures of a masterfully wrought whodunit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 8

 

auntie 3

Auntie Claus is just another eccentric New Yorker--or is she?

Young Sophie has often wondered about her unusual great-aunt, Auntie Claus. She lives in penthouse 25C at the Bing Cherry Hotel and is so curioso! After all, Auntie Claus serves Christmas cookies all year long and her tree is always the best-decorated in the city. And then there's her annual "business trip," right around the holidays.

This year Sophie is determined to get to the bottom of Auntie Claus's mysterious ways. Put on your mittens and bundle up for an adventure beyond your wildest dreams. Ho, ho, ho!

 

 

 

 

Day 7

 

 

All about Me

 

Day 7

Drawn from his previously unpublished private diaries, the secret life of Father Christmas is revealed with thesefestive anecdotes from over the centuries.

Readers will discover the truth about where Santa Claus lives, how he manages the elves in his gift workshops at the North Pole, how the good saint’s outfits have changed over the years, and that his favorite treat is a bag of Snowmints. 

With this ultimate Christmas gift book filled with artwork of Father Christmas, readers will delight in the secrets and surprises, including a pop-up snowflake, festive seasonal recipes, and even a silver sixpence.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 6

 

froggys best Xmas

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5

 

Poirots Christmas

 

Christmas Eve and the Lee family’s reunion is shattered

by a deafening crash of furniture and a high-pitched wailing scream.

Upstairs, the tyrannical Simeon Lee lies dead in a pool of blood, his throat slashed.

When Hercule Poirot offers to assist, he finds an atmosphere not of mourning but of mutual suspicion. It seems everyone had their own reason to hate the old man. . . .

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4

 

dream snow

 

Eric Carle's classic Christmas book is now available as a board book!

It's December 24th, and the old farmer settles down for a winter's nap, wondering how Christmas can come when there is no snow! In his dream he imagines a snowstorm covering him and his animals—named One, Two, Three, Four and Five—in a snowy blanket. But when the farmer awakens, he finds that it has really snowed outside, and now he remembers something! Putting on his red suit, he goes outside and places gifts under the tree for his animals, bringing holiday cheer to all.

 

 

Day 3

 

stickman

 

Stick Man lives in the family tree
With his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three.
But one day, Stick Man is carried off by a mischievous dog who wants to play fetch! Things go from bad to worse as Stick Man is carried farther and farther away from home. Lonely and lost, Stick Man wants nothing more than to be home with his family for Christmas. And when he helps Santa Claus out of a bind, he finds the perfect ticket home!
From the creators of Room on the Broom, this is a perennial Christmas favorite.

 

 

 

 

Day 2

 

 

quiet book

 

 

The holidays are filled with joyful noise.

But Christmas is sometimes wrapped in quiet: “Searching for presents quiet,” “Gingerbread quiet,” and “Hoping for a snow day quiet.”

Irresistibly cute, soft colored pencil illustrations of bunnies, owls, bears, and more paint a magical holiday picture indeed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1

 

Noels Xmas Stories

 

 

From the author of the bestselling Ballet Shoes-

In this captivating collection of festive stories, there are auditions on stage and antics on ice, trips to the pantomime, holiday adventures, and laughter shared with family and friends. Charming, heartwarming and funny, this exciting new collection will bring joy to readers of all ages. Originally written for annuals, magazines and the radio from the 1940s-60s, these stories by this much-loved author have never been collected before and will be a welcome discovery to all Streatfeild's admirers. Stories include: The Audition, The Bells Keep Twelfth Night, The Moss Rose, Thimble, The Princess, The Chain, Christmas at Collers, The Pantomime Goose, and Skating to the Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADVENT CALENDAR 2018

 

 

 

 

Day 24
 
nativity

The account of Jesus’ birth, familiar to children around the world, is powerfully retold here. Giotto’s unsurpassed fresco cycle of the Nativity brings the story to vibrant life, while Geraldine Elschner’s thoughtful text engages readers young and old.

 

 

 

Day 23
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Very young children will delight in meeting the soft and furry reindeer in this colorful touchy-feely book. With simple, repetitive text on every page, children will enjoy joining in and exploring the textures, including a fuzzy neck, velvety ears and a hairy tail.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 22
 
12 days

The astounding talent of Laurel Long brings this beloved song to life with breathtaking style. Set against a lush countryside, each day brings a new gift elegantly rendered. And like in the verses of the song, the previous gifts are repeated in every illustration, giving this striking artwork a hidden aspect, culminating in a staggering spread featuring them all. Readers will pore over every page, searching for golden rings, turtledoves, and all the rest, secretly tucked into each stunning painting.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 21
 
night before

On the night before Christmas, a father catches an unexpected glimpse of St. Nicholas himself. Along with his eight reindeer, Santa is here to fill the family's stockings with toys. His short visit fills the silent house with joy and wonder.

Written by Clement Clarke Moore and first published in 1823, this read-aloud classic has been beloved for generations. Whether for nostalgia-seeking readers or new generations, The Night Before Christmas is a must-have in everyone's collection

 

 

 

 

 

Day 20
 
willowby

Christmas is here and Mr. Willowby's tree has arrived! There's just one big problem . . . the tree is too tall to fit in his parlor. He cuts off the top so it will fit, but little does he know that the top of that tree will travel clear across the countryside, bringing holiday cheer to the homes of bears, rabbits, mice, and more! This heartwarming story is the perfect way to start your yuletide season, and the perfect addition to your family’s festive holiday traditions.

 

 

 

 

Day 19
jolly xmas
 
 

This gorgeously illustrated, full-color classic celebrates a time before email with an interactive picture book full of real letters to read aloud. The Jolly Postman brings a batch of wonderful letters for Christmas, including notes from the Big Bad Wolf and all the King's men. Open this book, take out the letters, and discover what favorite characters would write to each other--and reimagine best-loved tales together.

 

 

 

 

Day 18
 
message

An old owl tells the Christmas story to the community of birds as he has done so many times before, but when he tells of the special message from the Baby Jesus, a little bird questions why they no longer sing the message. “People no longer listen,” is the sad realization. The birds decide to share the message once more, but this time to the children of the world. And what unfolds is surely a Christmas wonder.

 
 
 
 
 
Day 17
 
bookshop

Each year, for the past seventeen years, Mysterious Bookshop proprietor Otto Penzler has commissioned an original Christmas story by a leading suspense writer. These stories were then produced as pamphlets, just 1,000 copies, and given to customers of the bookstore as a Christmas present. Now, all seventeen tales have been collected in one volume.

Some of these stories are humorous, others suspenseful, and still others are tales of pure detection, but all of them together make up a charming collection and a perfect Christmas gift for all ages.

 

 

Day 16
 
dickens

On the night of Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three Christmas spirits. The Ghost of Christmas Past confronts Scrooge with his youth, the Ghost of Christmas Present reveals the Cratchits' struggle amid poverty, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come harrows Scrooge with dire visions of the future if he does not learn to treat his fellow man with kindness, generosity and compassion. Charles Dickens redefined the spirit and importance of Christmas and initiated a rebirth of seasonal merriment. The book played a significant role in reinventing Christmas with an emphasis on family, goodwill, and compassion.

 
 
 
Day 15
 
dinos go xmas shopping

My Christmas is for presents And fun and Santa Claus, I'd never want it spoiled By naughty dinosaurs. When a group of unruly dinosaurs threaten to ruin Christmas, one little boy decides to take charge. Will the dinosaurs listen? You bet they will! And after a lot of sorting, cleaning and tidying, it's very clear that this will definitely be the best Christmas ever. Hooray for the dinosaurs!

 
 
 
Day 14
 
Where is Santas Bead

Find out what's happened to Santa's beard and help Santa get ready for Christmas in this fun lift-the-flap, touch-and-feel holiday picture book.
Santa's lost his beard and he can't find it anywhere! Who could have it? Has the pirate taken it? Or maybe it was the yeti? A funny story featuring a delightful array of characters, this bold, bright, and fun interactive book is a perfect stocking stuffer.

 

 
Day 13
 
 
holly ivy
 

Ivy, Holly, and Mr. and Mrs. Jones all have one Christmas wish. Ivy, an orphan, wishes for a real home and sets out in search of the grandmother she's sure she can find. Holly, a doll, wishes for a child to bring her to life. And the Joneses wish more than anything for a son or daughter to share their holiday. Can all three wishes come true?

 
 
 
 
Day 12
 
winnie and wilbur and santa

Winnie and Wilbur have just opened the latest door on their advent calendar when they wonder 'who gives Santa a present'? This thought leads to an epic Christmas quest.
A brand new story in a fabulous gift format, this is the perfect Christmas present for Winnie and Wilbur fans who are ready to move on to a longer story.

 

Day 11
 
 Santas Beard

Help Santa's Beard on a hilarious adventure to find the right face. It's summer and Santa's Beard is far too fluffy and warm on Santa's sweaty face. "Don't worry, Santa, I'll just find a new face," says his Beard, and off he flies straight on to ... the face of someone new! But neither the baby in the pram, the princess in her castle or the pirate at sea seem to want a beard. Will Santa's Beard ever find someone who wants him? In this completely hilarious novelty book illustrated in Nick Sharratt's bold and distinctive style, help guide Santa's Beard page by page on its adventure to find its rightful face.

 

 

 

 

Day 10
 
Grinch

“Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!” Not since “’Twas the night before Christmas” has the beginning of a Christmas tale been so instantly recognizable. This heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays, and his story is the perfect gift for young and old. 

 

 

 
 
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Christmas is coming, and Paddington has saved just enough money to take the Brown family to Barkridges store to visit Santa's Winter Wonderland. But trouble has a way of finding the lovable bear, so when Paddington decides to lend a helping hand, the whole store is suddenly in chaos. Luckily Mrs. Bird knows just what to do and—with a little help from Santa Claus himself—might even make Paddington's special Christmas wish come true!

 

 

 
Day 8
 
Auntie Claus

Auntie Claus is just another eccentric New Yorker--or is she? Young Sophie has often wondered about her unusual great-aunt, Auntie Claus. She lives in penthouse 25C at the Bing Cherry Hotel and is so curioso! After all, Auntie Claus serves Christmas cookies all year long and her tree is always the best-decorated in the city. And then there's her annual "business trip," right around the holidays. This year Sophie is determined to get to the bottom of Auntie Claus's mysterious ways. Put on your mittens and bundle up for an adventure beyond your wildest dreams. Ho, ho, ho!

 

 

Day 7
 
 
 allaboutme
 
 
 
Drawn from his previously unpublished private diaries, the secret life of Father Christmas is revealed with these festive anecdotes from over the centuries. Readers will discover the truth about where Father Christmas lives, how he manages the elves in his gift workshops at the North Pole, how the good saint’s outfits have changed over the years, and that his favorite treat is a bag of Snowmints. With this ultimate Christmas gift book filled with artwork of Father Christmas, readers will delight in the secrets and surprises, including a pop-up snowflake, festive seasonal recipes, and even a silver sixpence.

 

 
 
 
 
Day 6
 
unicorn

Christmas is just days away, Milly and her mom are staying at Grandpa's house when something wonderful happens...Milly meets Florian, a unicorn. He patters into Grandpa's house and transforms Milly's Christmas, filling it with friendship, surprise, and sparkle. And, somehow, Florian makes all of Milly's wishes come true. A heartwarming story for everyone who believes in the magic of Christmas.

 
 
 
 
 
Day 5
 
whisper 2a

Can one lost teddy bear make it home for Christmas? The little rabbits and mice who find him in the snow certainly hope so. A lost bear means a sad Christmas for him and for the poor child missing their friend. Together the animals, with a little love, spruce up this shoddy teddy just in time to make a very special Christmas for his lonely owner. This is a heart-warming story about the power of hope, persistence, and finding the way home.

 
 
 
 
 
Day 4
dream snow

It's December 24th, and the old farmer settles down for a winter's nap, wondering how Christmas can come when there is no snow! In his dream he imagines a snowstorm covering him and his animals—named One, Two, Three, Four and Five—in a snowy blanket.
But when the farmer awakens, he finds that it has really snowed outside, and now he remembers something! Putting on his red suit, he goes outside and places gifts under the tree for his animals,
bringing holiday cheer to all.
 

 

 

 

 

Day 3
 
stick 

This delightful story told by The Gruffalo author, Julia Donladson is another much loved story about Stick Man, who lives in the family tree With his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three. Will Stick Man ever get back home to his family tree?

 

 

 

 

Day 2
 
mistletoes murder

Throughout her illustrious career as the Queen of Crime, P. D. James was frequently commissioned by newspapers and magazines to write a special short story for Christmas. Now, for the first time, four of the best are collected here. In “The Twelve Clues of Christmas,” James’s iconic Scotland Yard detective, Adam Dalgliesh, is drawn into a case that is pure Agatha Christie.

In “A Very Commonplace Murder,” a respectable clerk’s secret taste for pornography is only the first reason he finds for not coming forward as a witness to a terrible crime. “The Boxdale Inheritance” finds Dalgliesh reinvestigating a notorious murder at the insistence of his godfather—only to uncover the darkest of family secrets. And in the title story, a bestselling crime novelist describes the crime in which she herself was involved some fifty years ago.

Playful and ingenious, shot through with narrative elegance and sly humor, The Mistletoe Murder is a treat for P. D. James’s legions of fans—and anyone who enjoys the pleasures of a masterfully wrought whodunit.

 

 

Day 1

 

pete1

 

'Twas the day 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 Cat!"

In this rockin' 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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- 5 Buch Clubs in 2 Sprachen

- einfach reinschauen, mitlesen & mitreden

-Book Club Program 2018/19

 


 

 

 

 

 

ADVENT CALENDAR

2017

 

 

 

Day 24

 

nativity

 

The Nativity

The account of Jesus’ birth, familiar to children around the world, is powerfully retold here. Giotto’s unsurpassed fresco cycle of the Nativity brings the story to vibrant life, while Geraldine Elschner’s thoughtful text engages readers young and old.

 

 

 

Day 23

 

stillle

 

Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht

24.12.1818. Einekleine Ortschaft in Österreich. Hunger herrscht, Armut greift um sich. Das Lied „Stille Nacht – Heilige Nacht“ entsteht und wird am selben Abend in einer Kirche uraufgeführt. Tief ergriffen, mit einem wahren Geschenk, gehen die Menschen an diesem Abend nach Hause. Inzwischen wird das Lied in über 14O Sprachen gesungen.

 

 

Day 22

12Days

 

Twelve Days of Christmas

A centuries-old favorite holiday carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" was one of the first to celebrate the secular tradition of gift-giving. Set against a lush countryside, each day brings a new gift elegantly rendered. And like in the verses of the song, the previous gifts are repeated in every illustration, giving this striking artwork a hidden aspect, culminating in a staggering spread featuring them all. Readers will pore over every page, searching for golden rings, turtledoves, and all the rest, secretly tucked into each stunning painting.

 

 

 

 

Day 21

 

night before

 

The Night Before Christmas


Since it was first published in 1823, “The Night Before Christmas” has enchanted children with the story of St. Nicholas climbing down the chimney and filling all the stockings before springing back to his sleigh. Many families read the poem every year. Start your own family tradition.

 

 

 

 

Day 20

willowby

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree


Mr. Willowby's Christmas tree
Came by special delivery.
Full and fresh and glistening green--
The biggest tree he'd ever seen.


That was the trouble. The tree was so tall, it couldn't stand up straight in his parlor. Mr. Willowby asked his butler to chop off the top of the tree. What happens to the treetop? Where will it be for Christmas? Snuggle up with this story and follow along through a forest full of friendly creatures who get to share in a bit of Christmas joy.

 

 

 

 

Day19

 

polar express

 

The Polar Express

Since its publication in 1985, Chris Van Allsburg’s holiday classic has sold more than four million copies and has come to signify the essential spirit of Christmas for countless readers. Now, in celebration of its fifteenth anniversary, THE POLAR EXPRESS is available in a deluxe gift set, beautifully packaged and featuring a dramatic new reading of the timeless tale. The set includes a hardcover copy of the Caldecott Award–winning book, recordings of the story on both cassette and compact disc, and a commemorative ornament designed by Chris Van Allsburg. Readers young and old are sure to treasure this inspiring book, which brings to life the magic of Christmas for all who believe.

 

 

Day 18

 

message

Message of the Birds

An old owl tells the Christmas story to the community of birds as he has done so many times before, but when he tells of the special message from the Baby Jesus, a little bird questions why they no longer sing the message. “People no longer listen,” is the sad realization. The birds decide to share the message once more, but this time to the children of the world. And what unfolds is surely a Christmas wonder.

 

 

Day 17

 

bookshop

 

Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop

Each year, for the past seventeen years, Otto Penzler, owner of the legendary Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, has commissioned an original story by a leading mystery writer. The requirements were that it be a mystery/ crime/suspense story, that it be set during the Christmas season, and that at least some of the action must take place in The Mysterious Bookshop. These stories were then produced as pamphlets, 1,000 copies, and given to customers of the bookstore as a Christmas present.

Now, all of these stories have been collected in one volume—Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop. Some of the tales are humorous, others suspenseful, and still others mystifying. This charming one-of-a-kind collection is a perfect Christmas gift, appropriate for all ages and tastes.

 

 

 

 

Day 16

Carol

 

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens. It tells the story of bitter old miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from supernatural visits by Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim.

The book was written and published in early Victorian era Britain, a period when there was strong nostalgia for old Christmas traditions together with the introduction of new customs, such as Christmas trees and greeting cards. Dickens’ sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.

The tale has been viewed by critics as an indictment of 19th century industrial capitalism. It has been credited with restoring the Christmas season as one of merriment and festivity in Britain and America after a period of sobriety and sombreness. A Christmas Carol remains popular – having never been out of print – and has been adapted many times to film, stage, opera, and other media.

Dickens’ Carol was one of the greatest influences in rejuvenating the old Christmas traditions of England but, while it brings to the reader images of light, joy, warmth and life, it also brings strong and unforgettable images of darkness, despair, coldness, sadness and death. Scrooge himself is the embodiment of winter, and, just as winter is followed by spring and the renewal of life, so too is Scrooge’s cold, pinched heart restored to the innocent goodwill he had known in his childhood and youth.            

 

 

 

 

 

Day 15

 

jbells

 

Jingle Bells

Written by American songwriter James Lord Pierpont for Sunday-school children to perform at an 1857 Thanksgiving concert, "Jingle Bells" is now an irreplaceable part of Christmas traditions around the world. Niroot Puttapipat's exquisite cut-paper edition, with their silhouetted illustrations at once bold and delicate, follows a sleigh ride across a snowy landscape. Featuring scenes that change on every spread and a stunning 3-D pop-up at the end, this holiday keepsake captures the thrill of a winter adventure and the magic of the season.

 

 

 

Day 14

 

turkey

 

The Turkey that Voted for Christmas

The animals of Pear Tree Farm love a vote - they'll vote for almost anything - but when it comes to Christmas the turkeys always vote 'No!' Only Timmy Turkey is different. He really wants to bring festive cheer to the farm. And how's he going to do it? Through a free and fair democratic electoral process, of course! An appealing, timely, and funny seasonal story, perfect for families preparing for Christmas.

 

 Day 13

holly ivy

The Story of Holly and Ivy

Ivy, Holly, and Mr. and Mrs. Jones all have one Christmas wish. Ivy, an orphan, wishes for a real home and sets out in search of the grandmother she's sure she can find. Holly, a doll, wishes for a child to bring her to life. And the Joneses wish more than anything for a son or daughter to share their holiday. Can all three wishes come true? This festive tale is perfectly complemented by beloved Barbara Cooney's luminous illustrations, filled with the warm glow of the Christmas spirit.

                                                                                                              

 

Day 12

our xmas play

Our Christmas Play

Presents a picture book for young children based on a school nativity play. It comprises a narration by one of the children, and details the event from casting the play, through rehearsals, to the nativity play itself. And we see, through a child's eyes, all the things that can go wrong, and right.

 

 

 Day 11

Santas Beard

Santa’s Beard

Help Santa's Beard on a hilarious adventure to find the right face. It's summer and Santa's Beard is far too fluffy and warm on Santa's sweaty face. "Don't worry, Santa, I'll just find a new face," says his Beard, and off he flies straight on to ...the face of someone new! But neither the baby in the pram, the princess in her castle or the pirate at sea seem to want a beard. Will Santa's Beard ever find someone who wants him? In this completely hilarious novelty book illustrated in Nick Sharratt's bold and distinctive style, help guide Santa's Beard page by page on its adventure to find its rightful face.

 


 

Day 10

Grinch 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

“Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!” Not since “’Twas the night before Christmas” has the beginning of a Christmas tale been so instantly recognizable. This heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays, and his story is the perfect gift for young and old. 

And don't forget to celebrate Grinch-mas this Christmas season, the annual holiday tradition inspired by How the Grinch Stole Christmas that encourages readers to grow their hearts three sizes by doing good deeds!

 

 

 

 

Day 9

not my snowman

 

That’s not my Snowman

 Young readers may touch various pieces of clothing and articles, such as scarves, mittens, and buttons, that are not the one someone is looking for, until the right picture appears. On board pages.

 

 

 

Day 8

Auntie Claus

 

Auntie Claus

Auntie Claus is just another eccentric New Yorker--or is she? Young Sophie has often wondered about her unusual great-aunt, Auntie Claus. She lives in penthouse 25C at the Bing Cherry Hotel and is so curioso! After all, Auntie Claus serves Christmas cookies all year long and her tree is always the best-decorated in the city. And then there's her annual "business trip," right around the holidays. This year Sophie is determined to get to the bottom of Auntie Claus's mysterious ways. Put on your mittens and bundle up for an adventure beyond your wildest dreams. Ho, ho, ho!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Day 7

 

santa

 

Father Christmas: All About Me

Drawn from his previously unpublished private diaries, the secret life of Santa is revealed with these festive anecdotes from over the centuries. Readers will discover the truth about where Santa Claus lives, how he manages the elves in his gift workshops at the North Pole, how the good saint’s outfits have changed over the years, and that his favorite treat is a bag of Snowmints. With this ultimate Christmas gift book filled with artwork of Father Christmas, readers will delight in the secrets and surprises, including a pop-up snowflake, festive seasonal recipes, and even a silver sixpence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 6

 

mouse3

 

Mouse’s First Christmas

Late one winter night, Mouse discovers new sights, smells, and tastes: sweet and sparkly cookies, jingly and glinty bells, and lots of boxy and ribbony presents. Mouse doesn't know what any of it means, until a whiskery and jolly guest arrives with a very special holiday message.

 

 

 

Day 5

 

punchinello

 

Punchinello and the Most Marvelous Gift

With the Maker-Day Festival fast approaching, Punchinello wants to do something really big for Eli, the woodcarver. But everyone else he meets in Wemmicksville is also trying to make the best contribution to the festival.

Hans believes that his seven-layer chocolate cherry truffle cake with double butter-cream frosting will be the best part, but Violet is sure her bountiful bouquet will come out on top. Lucia knows her vocal solo will make the day, and Dr. Marvel is eager to show off his magnificent Marvellaphony-organoni. What can Punchinello do?

When all of Wemmicksville gathers for the unveiling of the cake and the bouquet and Lucia's solo, Punchinello accidentally destroys the cake, the bouquet, and the Marvellaphony-organoni! What could have been a disaster results in the marvelous gift, and the people of Wemmicksville realize that Maker-Day is not about a cake or a bouquet-it's all about Eli.

 

 

Day 4

dream snow 

Dream Snow


It's December 24th, and the old farmer settles down for a winter's nap, wondering how Christmas can come when there is no snow! In his dream he imagines a snowstorm covering him and his animals—named One, Two, Three, Four and Five—in a snowy blanket. But when the farmer awakens, he finds that it has really snowed outside, and now he remembers something! Putting on his red suit, he goes outside and places gifts under the tree for his animals, bringing holiday cheer to all.

 

 

 

Day 3

 

stick

 

Stick Man

Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three.
But one day, Stick Man is carried off by a mischievous dog who wants to play fetch! Things go from bad to worse as Stick Man is carried farther and farther away from home. Lonely and lost, Stick Man wants nothing more than to be home with his family for Christmas. And when he helps Santa Claus out of a bind, he finds the perfect ticket home!

 

 

 

 

Day 2

 

quiet book

The Christmas Quiet Book

The holidays are filled with joyful noise.

But Christmas is sometimes wrapped in quiet: “Searching for presents quiet,”

“Getting caught quiet,” and “Hoping for a snow day quiet.”

                                                                                                                          

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1

 

noelle

Noelle of the Nutcracker

From the moment she sees Noelle, the beautiful ballerina doll in the toy store window, Ilyana knows that Noelle is the Christmas present she wants more than anything in the world. But Noelle has a dream of her own: to be a real ballerina, performing on stage for adoring fans. When the Imperial Ballet Company chooses Noelle to be the doll that Clara, the little girl in The Nutcracker, finds under the Christmas tree, it seems that Noelle’s dream is the one that will come true. Then, an unexpected setback makes Noelle realize that maybe, for a doll, being loved by one little girl is the best dream of all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADVENT CALENDAR

2016

 

Day 24

 

nativity

 

The Nativity

The account of Jesus’ birth, familiar to children around the world, is powerfully retold here. Giotto’s unsurpassed fresco cycle of the Nativity brings the story to vibrant life, while Geraldine Elschner’s thoughtful text engages readers young and old.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 23

 

stillle

 

Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht

24.12.1818. Einekleine Ortschaft in Österreich. Hunger herrscht, Armut greift um sich. Das Lied „Stille Nacht – Heilige Nacht“ entsteht und wird am selben Abend in einer Kirche uraufgeführt. Tief ergriffen, mit einem wahren Geschenk, gehen die Menschen an diesem Abend nach Hause. Inzwischen wird das Lied in über 14O Sprachen gesungen.

 

 

 

Day 22

 

12Days

 

Twelve Days of Christmas

A centuries-old favorite holiday carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" was one of the first to celebrate the secular tradition of gift-giving. Set against a lush countryside, each day brings a new gift elegantly rendered. And like in the verses of the song, the previous gifts are repeated in every illustration, giving this striking artwork a hidden aspect, culminating in a staggering spread featuring them all. Readers will pore over every page, searching for golden rings, turtledoves, and all the rest, secretly tucked into each stunning painting.

 

 

 

Day 21

 

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The Night Before Christmas


Since it was first published in 1823, “The Night Before Christmas” has enchanted children with the story of St. Nicholas climbing down the chimney and filling all the stockings before springing back to his sleigh. Many families read the poem every year. Start your own family tradition.

 

 

 

 

Day 20

 

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Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree


Mr. Willowby's Christmas tree
Came by special delivery.
Full and fresh and glistening green--
The biggest tree he'd ever seen.


That was the trouble. The tree was so tall, it couldn't stand up straight in his parlor. Mr. Willowby asked his butler to chop off the top of the tree. What happens to the treetop? Where will it be for Christmas? Snuggle up with this story and follow along through a forest full of friendly creatures who get to share in a bit of Christmas joy.

 

 

 

Day 19

 

Reindeer Christmas

 

 

 

Reindeer Christmas

Late one snowy winter evening, two young children and their grandmother happen upon a weak and weary deer while feeding the animals in the forest. Together the children care for the deer and warm him by the fire until he is back to health, completely unaware of the surprise that awaits them on Christmas morning!

Mark Kimball Moulton and Karen Hillard Good, the bestselling creators of A Snowman Named Just Bob team up to tell this enchanting story filled with the magic of the season and the true spirit of giving that Christmas brings.

Reindeer Christmas is a heartwarming story to share with the whole family this and every Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

Day 18

 

 

message

 

Message of the Birds

An old owl tells the Christmas story to the community of birds as he has done so many times before, but when he tells of the special message from the Baby Jesus, a little bird questions why they no longer sing the message. “People no longer listen,” is the sad realization. The birds decide to share the message once more, but this time to the children of the world. And what unfolds is surely a Christmas wonder.

 

 

 

 

Day 17

 

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Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop

Each year, for the past seventeen years, Otto Penzler, owner of the legendary Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, has commissioned an original story by a leading mystery writer. The requirements were that it be a mystery/ crime/suspense story, that it be set during the Christmas season, and that at least some of the action must take place in The Mysterious Bookshop. These stories were then produced as pamphlets, 1,000 copies, and given to customers of the bookstore as a Christmas present.

Now, all of these stories have been collected in one volume—Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop. Some of the tales are humorous, others suspenseful, and still others mystifying. This charming one-of-a-kind collection is a perfect Christmas gift, appropriate for all ages and tastes.

 

 

 

 

Day 16

 

Carol

 

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens. It tells the story of bitter old miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from supernatural visits by Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim.

The book was written and published in early Victorian era Britain, a period when there was strong nostalgia for old Christmas traditions together with the introduction of new customs, such as Christmas trees and greeting cards. Dickens’ sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.

The tale has been viewed by critics as an indictment of 19th century industrial capitalism. It has been credited with restoring the Christmas season as one of merriment and festivity in Britain and America after a period of sobriety and sombreness. A Christmas Carol remains popular – having never been out of print – and has been adapted many times to film, stage, opera, and other media.

Dickens’ Carol was one of the greatest influences in rejuvenating the old Christmas traditions of England but, while it brings to the reader images of light, joy, warmth and life, it also brings strong and unforgettable images of darkness, despair, coldness, sadness and death. Scrooge himself is the embodiment of winter, and, just as winter is followed by spring and the renewal of life, so too is Scrooge’s cold, pinched heart restored to the innocent goodwill he had known in his childhood and youth.

 

 

 

Day 15

 

polar express

 

The Polar Express

Since its publication in 1985, Chris Van Allsburg’s holiday classic has sold more than four million copies and has come to signify the essential spirit of Christmas for countless readers. Now, in celebration of its fifteenth anniversary, THE POLAR EXPRESS is available in a deluxe gift set, beautifully packaged and featuring a dramatic new reading of the timeless tale. The set includes a hardcover copy of the Caldecott Award–winning book, recordings of the story on both cassette and compact disc, and a commemorative ornament designed by Chris Van Allsburg. Readers young and old are sure to treasure this inspiring book, which brings to life the magic of Christmas for all who believe.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 14

 

pat2

 

A Special Delivery for Christmas

Join Postman Pat and Jess on a Christmas special delivery mission. Readers can work the forklift, use Ben's computer, peep inside the delivery van, zoom around on the motorbike and even fly Postman Pat's helicopter! With sturdy flaps to open, tabs to pull and a pop-up surprise at the end, children will love helping Postman Pat and Jess with this important delivery.

 

 

 

Day 13

 

holly ivy

 

The Story of Holly and Ivy

Ivy, Holly, and Mr. and Mrs. Jones all have one Christmas wish. Ivy, an orphan, wishes for a real home and sets out in search of the grandmother she's sure she can find. Holly, a doll, wishes for a child to bring her to life. And the Joneses wish more than anything for a son or daughter to share their holiday. Can all three wishes come true? This festive tale is perfectly complemented by beloved Barbara Cooney's luminous illustrations, filled with the warm glow of the Christmas spirit.

 

 

 

Day 12

 

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Merry Christmas, Curious George

It’s Christmastime! And irrepressible, excitable Curious George has just the spirit for it. He can’t wait to help his best friend, The Man with the Yellow Hat, pick out their holiday tree. At the tree farm, however, amid all the excitement of finding the perfect specimen, George gets carried away, as usual—atop his favorite tree! Hiding in the tree’s branches, George finds himself delivered to the local children’s hospital, where his tree trimming antics cheer the children and he gets to meet a jolly man in a bright red suit

 

 

 

 

 

Day 11

 

9781406347470

 

Santa’s Beard

Help Santa's Beard on a hilarious adventure to find the right face. It's summer and Santa's Beard is far too fluffy and warm on Santa's sweaty face. "Don't worry, Santa, I'll just find a new face," says his Beard, and off he flies straight on to ...the face of someone new! But neither the baby in the pram, the princess in her castle or the pirate at sea seem to want a beard. Will Santa's Beard ever find someone who wants him? In this completely hilarious novelty book illustrated in Nick Sharratt's bold and distinctive style, help guide Santa's Beard page by page on its adventure to find its rightful face.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 10

 

HowtheGrinchStoleChristmas

 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

 

“Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!” Not since “’Twas the night before Christmas” has the beginning of a Christmas tale been so instantly recognizable. This heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays, and his story is the perfect gift for young and old. 

And don't forget to celebrate Grinch-mas this Christmas season, the annual holiday tradition inspired by How the Grinch Stole Christmas that encourages readers to grow their hearts three sizes by doing good deeds!

 

 

 

 

Day 9

 

spot

 

Spot's First Christmas

The bestselling puppy is better than ever. Spot's 25th birthday presents are bold, beautiful color covers that give him a great new look. Enjoy Spot in paperback with full-color covers and traditional Lift-the-Flap features. Have more fun with Spot!

 

 

 

 

Day 8

 

Auntie Claus

 

Auntie Claus

Auntie Claus is just another eccentric New Yorker--or is she? Young Sophie has often wondered about her unusual great-aunt, Auntie Claus. She lives in penthouse 25C at the Bing Cherry Hotel and is so curioso! After all, Auntie Claus serves Christmas cookies all year long and her tree is always the best-decorated in the city. And then there's her annual "business trip," right around the holidays. This year Sophie is determined to get to the bottom of Auntie Claus's mysterious ways. Put on your mittens and bundle up for an adventure beyond your wildest dreams. Ho, ho, ho!

 

 

 

 

Day 7

 

allaboutme

 

 

Father Christmas: All About Me

Drawn from his previously unpublished private diaries, the secret life of Santa is revealed with these festive anecdotes from over the centuries. Readers will discover the truth about where Santa Claus lives, how he manages the elves in his gift workshops at the North Pole, how the good saint’s outfits have changed over the years, and that his favorite treat is a bag of Snowmints. With this ultimate Christmas gift book filled with artwork of Father Christmas, readers will delight in the secrets and surprises, including a pop-up snowflake, festive seasonal recipes, and even a silver sixpence.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 6

 

mouse3

 

 

Mouse’s First Christmas

Late one winter night, Mouse discovers new sights, smells, and tastes: sweet and sparkly cookies, jingly and glinty bells, and lots of boxy and ribbony presents. Mouse doesn't know what any of it means, until a whiskery and jolly guest arrives with a very special holiday message.

 

 

 

Day 5

 

Poirots Christmas

 

 

Hercule Poirot's Christmas

The holidays can be murder—and just in time for yuletide 2008 comes this holiday edition of one of Agatha Christie's most popular and confounding mysteries.

The wealthy Simeon Lee has demanded that all four of his sons—one faithful, one prodigal, one impecunious, one sensitive—and their wives return home for Christmas. But a heartwarming family holiday is not exactly what he has in mind. He bedevils each of his sons with barbed insults and finally announces that he is cutting off their allowances and changing his will. So when the old man is found lying in a pool of blood on Christmas Eve, there is no lack of suspects. Did Lee's taunts push one of the boys to a desperate act? And how did the murderer escape from the locked room? Intrepid Belgian detective Hercule Poirot suspends his own holiday festivities to sift through the motives and evidence surrounding the crime.

 

 

 

 

Day 4

dream snow

 

Dream Snow


It's December 24th, and the old farmer settles down for a winter's nap, wondering how Christmas can come when there is no snow! In his dream he imagines a snowstorm covering him and his animals—named One, Two, Three, Four and Five—in a snowy blanket. But when the farmer awakens, he finds that it has really snowed outside, and now he remembers something! Putting on his red suit, he goes outside and places gifts under the tree for his animals, bringing holiday cheer to all.

 

 

 

 

Day 3

 

stick

 

 

Stick Man

Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three.

But one day, Stick Man is carried off by a mischievous dog who wants to play fetch! Things go from bad to worse as Stick Man is carried farther and farther away from home. Lonely and lost, Stick Man wants nothing more than to be home with his family for Christmas. And when he helps Santa Claus out of a bind, he finds the perfect ticket home!

 

 

Day 2

 

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The Christmas Quiet Book

The holidays are filled with joyful noise. But Christmas is sometimes wrapped in quiet: “Searching for presents quiet,” “Getting caught quiet,” and “Hoping for a snow day quiet.”

 

 

 

 

Day 1

noelle

 

Noelle of the Nutcracker

From the moment she sees Noelle, the beautiful ballerina doll in the toy store window, Ilyana knows that Noelle is the Christmas present she wants more than anything in the world. But Noelle has a dream of her own: to be a real ballerina, performing on stage for adoring fans. When the Imperial Ballet Company chooses Noelle to be the doll that Clara, the little girl in The Nutcracker, finds under the Christmas tree, it seems that Noelle’s dream is the one that will come true. Then, an unexpected setback makes Noelle realize that maybe, for a doll, being loved by one little girl is the best dream of all.

 

 

 

 

 

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