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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. 

 
 
 
 
Day 9
 
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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
 
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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

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'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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 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.

 

Day 19

 

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

 

jbells2

 

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

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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