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Posted on Dec 3, 2018 in Expert Picks

Start an Advent Calendar Tradition…with Books!

If you ask us (and maybe we’re partial), unwrapping 12 books is the best way to count down to Christmas and celebrate the season. Here are 12 great books that have been hand-picked by our Kids Book Expert. Our collection includes both seasonal titles and overall great books for your little ones, so it’s sure to bring the spirit of togetherness to the whole family.

December 13th: Day 1

Today we’re opening How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss.

Your heart will grow three sizes when you share this Christmas classic with your family this year. This treasured story of the villain who has the ultimate change of heart is the perfect book to kick off the season in your home.

And don’t forget to read the book together before taking the family out to see the new movie!

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December 14th: Day 2

Today we’re opening Llama Llama Loves to Read, by Anna Dewdney.

If your home is like mine, Llama Llama (and Mama Llama!) has been a beloved part of bedtime since day one. This book in the series follows Baby Llama as he’s growing up, going to school, and learning to read. Your child will love practicing letters and following along as he shows Mama Llama everything he’s learned.

Don’t forget to check out other Llama Llama favorites like Llama Llama Holiday Drama, and of course the original Llama Llama Red Pajama.

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December 15th: Day 3

Today we’re opening The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg.

Nothing will bring the magic of Christmas into your home quite like The Polar Express. For over thirty years, one little boy’s enchanted journey to the North Pole has delighted millions of readers worldwide. With stunning illustrations and a heartwarming story, this book will be a Christmas favorite in your home for years to come.

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December 16th: Day 4

Today we’re opening The Wonky Donkey, by Craig Smith.

If you haven’t seen the video of the Scottish Grandmother reading The Wonky Donkey, stop what you’re doing and watch it right now (you can thank me later)! Laugh until you cry this holiday season with this perfect read-along book.

(P.S.: Find the latest from the Scottish Granny here, where she reads another hilarious book, I Need a New Butt!)

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December 17th: Day 5

Today we’re opening The Snowy Nap, by Jan Brett.

Jan Brett is known for her playful illustrations of animals and for her unforgettable stories. Her latest is no exception. Experience the wonder of Jan Brett this winter with her newest picture book, which brings back Hedgie the Hedgehog, who decides to stay awake instead of hibernating this winter.

Don’t miss more Jan Brett favorites like The Mitten or her new collection, Jan Brett’s Christmas Treasury.

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December 18th: Day 6

Today we’re opening Elbow Grease, by John Cena.

You may know John Cena from…well, from all over! But the WWE star turned television host has now written a children’s book. Meet Elbow Grease, a young monster truck who’s smaller than his four brothers but wants to prove he’s still got what it takes! This picture book about the power of believing in yourself makes a great addition to any kid’s library.

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December 19th, Day 7

Today we’re opening The Nutcracker, by Susan Jeffers.

The Nutcracker story vividly comes to life with the illustrations of Susan Jeffers. The Mouse King, the Sugar Plum fairies, Marie, Fritz, and the Nutcracker himself are all beautifully depicted, with text based on the classic ballet. This book is sure to be a perinnial favorite for years to come.

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December 20th, Day 8

Today we’re opening Princesses Save the World, by Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim

In this follow up to the bestselling Princesses Wear Pants from The Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie and parent educator Allison Oppenheim, Princess Penelope Pineapple is back and ready to save the day! Your child will love learning the power of teamwork with this instant classic.

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December 21st, Day 9

Today we’re opening Charlie Brown Christmas, by Charles M. Schulz.

Christmastime is here, carols fill the air, and everyone feels happy. Everyone, that is, but Charlie Brown. Join Charlie Brown and his friends as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. This deluxe collector’s edition is sure to be a favorite this year and keepsake for Christmases to come.

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December 22nd, Day 10

Today we’re opening If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Numeroff.

If a hungry little mouse shows up on your doorstep, you might want to give him a cookie. And if you give him a cookie, he’ll ask for a glass of milk. And you may not be able to get rid of him!

This beloved book will be the perfect addition to your child’s growing library.

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December 23rd, Day 11

Today we’re opening Happy Birthday Jesus, by Nell Navillus.

Help your family celebrate the most important birthday party of all! This charmingly illustrated story is a great reminder of the real reason for the season of giving. Follow along as a shepherd boy searches for the perfect birthday present for baby Jesus: his love.

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December 24th, Day 12

Today we’re opening The Night Before Christmas, by Clement Clarke Moore, illustrated by Tom Newsom.

Clement Clarke Moore’s poem comes to life like never before in this beautifully illustrated book. Save this one for December 24th to get those visions of sugar plums dancing in their little heads!

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