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Posted: 11/18/2012 11:04:42 AM
Starting December 1st my husband and I will have 25 wrapped books for my little girls to unwrap, one a night, to read for the 25 nights before Christmas. I need help with a list of books my girls must have? Thanks for your help!!!


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Posted: 11/18/2012 11:06:26 AM
Auntie Claus (can't remember the author's name)

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Posted: 11/18/2012 11:06:46 AM

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Posted: 11/18/2012 11:09:57 AM
Where the Wild Things Are and most other Maurice Sendak
Lizzy's Dos and Don'ts
Are You My Mother
Runaway Bunny
Any Dr. Suess
Darkness Slipped In

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Posted: 11/18/2012 11:18:13 AM
I'll second forrestmom on "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane". It's a truly magical book. LOVE it.

Check out Nancy Tillman's books as well. They are wonderful.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 11:31:26 AM
"I'd really like to eat a child" by Sylviane Donnio. My 6 yo loves it.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 11:32:20 AM
My girls were fans of books by Kevin Henkes - Lily's Purple Plastic Purse, Sheila the Brave, Julius the Baby of the World, etc. My youngest daughter loved all of the books in the Pigeon series by Mo Willems - Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus is first in the series.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 11:38:23 AM
Skippy Jon Jones!


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Posted: 11/18/2012 11:46:52 AM
Not knowing how old your kids are, these are some of my DD's favorites.

anything Fancy Nancy
anything Geronimo Stilton
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Little House on the Prairie series
Ivy and Bean

Mary Engelbreit's Night Before Christmas has wonderful illustrations.
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Posted: 11/18/2012 12:03:42 PM
DS loves:
The Octonauts series
Knuffle Bunny series
Pretty much anything else by Mo Willems
Reference books about dinosaurs and animals
Those are the first things that come to mind - the ones he picks out over and over from his bookshelf.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 12:14:59 PM
These are some of my daughters favorites:

Any of the Olivia books. Make sure it is written by Ian Falconer. There is a Christmas one that is fun.

The Ladybug Girl series

Goodnight Moon

Dr. Seuss

Curious George

I would also suggest checking out Target or Walmart for Golden Books. They have tons of Christmas ones.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 12:15:47 PM
My 6 year old DD - Pinkalicious series

My 8(few weeks from being 9) year old DS - wimpy kid series

How old are your girls??

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Posted: 11/18/2012 12:17:51 PM
Anything by Mo Willems or Leo Lionni

A house is a house for me
Press here
The boy who ate books (again, anything by Oliver Jeffers)
The aminal
The snowy day (most Ezra jack Keats books)
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Posted: 11/18/2012 12:36:43 PM
Sandra Boynton books
Audrey/Don Wood books

If I was looking for holiday themed books, I would include
Mercer Mayer: Merry Christmas Mom and Dad
Christmas in Noisy Village (Astrid Lindgren)
It's Christmas, David (David Shannon)
Merry christmas, Amelia Bedelia
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Barbara Robinson)
a Jan Brett book (The Hat, The Mitten, really any of them)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas

We also used to read books that brought in other cultures and traditions:
Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Ramadan, St Nicholas, etc.



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Posted: 11/18/2012 12:54:04 PM
The books that are most popular with the younger crowd at my elementary school library are:

The Very Fairy Princess - Andrews
The Princess and the Pea - Childs
Pinkalicious and all the others
Billy and Blaze books - Anderson
Marley picture books - Grogan
No David - Shannon
Bad Kitty series
Ivy and Bean series
Jan Brett books with their beautiful pictures

My favorite Christmas story of all time is Holly and Ivy. I used to read it to my girls every year.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 2:19:49 PM
This is an awesome idea!

My kids liked:
Arthur books
Clifford books
Eric Carle books
Bearenstein bears
Richard Scary books

Don't forget some non-fiction books about animals, places, people, how things work, etc. they are interested in. We all tend to buy more fiction books, but it is still good for kids to be exposed to non-fiction books as well.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 2:35:12 PM
Both of my boys love Caps for Sale


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Posted: 11/18/2012 3:10:31 PM
The Monster at The End of This Book
Jillian Jiggs
The Jester Has Lost His Jingle
Good Night Moon
Where the Wild Things Are
The Polar Express
Mike Mulligan And His Steam Shovel
Make Way For Ducklings
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Curious George

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Posted: 11/18/2012 3:47:26 PM
The Biggest Bear by Adam Relf


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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:28:14 PM
For little girls (and this big girl):
The Queen of France (Junior Library Guild Selection (Candlewick Press))

The story is adorable and one that I could read again and again.

A Bargain for Francis

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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:53:01 PM
My girls are almost 2 and 2 months old. Ha! But these are great for Christmases to come! I should hav told you in my op!

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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:57:25 PM
You didn't say how old the kids are so I hope these aren't too young for them.

My oldest daughter loved
May I Please Have A Cookie?.

She also loved any Harry the Dog books, Corduroy (the bear), or Curious George.

My youngest is just starting to read and is falling in love with these characters, too.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 7:41:58 PM

Preschool books:


The Napping House

Owl Babies

Kindergarten books:

The Pout Pout Fish


Beginner Reader:

Biscuit books

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Posted: 11/18/2012 7:50:09 PM
The Velveteen Rabbit
Make Way for Ducklings
Goodnight, Moon
Knut, the polar bear
Z is for Zamboni
The goalie mask
Any Dr Seuss books
Where's Waldo
The man who walked between the towers

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Posted: 11/18/2012 7:53:44 PM
Click Clack Moo
Skippy Jon Jones
Where the Wild Things Are
The Christmas Sweater
The Polar Express
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Good Night Moon
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Boy Who Wouldn't Share
Too Many Toys
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Posted: 11/18/2012 7:56:09 PM
All of my kids loved "Just in Case You Ever Wonder" by Max Lucado. It is a book for small children. I read that book to each of them every night. As a matter of fact, when we moved my oldest son (college freshman) into his dorm this past August, I left a brand new copy of it on his pillow (under his blanket) as a surprise for him to find that night when he went to bed. He really appreciated it! It was his first night living away from home, and I know he was feeling just a little bit lonely. Now, of course, he hardly ever comes home! Great idea, and enjoy them while you can.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 7:57:40 PM
Many of the above, as well as Knuffle Bunny (or anything by Mo Willems), Corduroy, and the Pete the Cat books.

For holiday themed books, Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) designed the sets for the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker ages ago. There's a hardcover book with his illustrations that is just magical. I just checked Amazon and it was re-released at the end of October. I added one to my cart to get for my own DD.

Nutcracker-Maurice Sendak


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Posted: 11/18/2012 8:07:44 PM
For a little bit older...

Walter the Farting Dog

I might actually like it better than my kids do....

Also "I'll Love You Forever..."

Many of the other books I love have been listed already.

OP: This is a super adorable idea!



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Posted: 11/18/2012 8:15:16 PM
I have a List on Amazon of a whole bunch of kid's christmas books I'm planning on getting for our bucket.

Christmas Book list



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Posted: 11/18/2012 8:17:29 PM
Forgot to add...I LOVE Kate DiCamillo but Edward Tulane was seriously depressing. There are a couple of children's book blogs that still refer to it as the depressing bunny book.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 8:24:13 PM
If you give a mouse a cookie

a moose a muffin

a pig a pancake

Panda Cake....we would read this and then make our own version of panda cake.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 8:27:07 PM
For little ones, we love Sandra Boynton books. We bought Moo, Baa, LaLaLa when DD was about 3 months old & you could tell she enjoyed hearing it even then. She's 3 yrs old now and the Sandra Boynton books are still read pretty regularly.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 8:29:30 PM
"There was an old lady who swallowed a bell" by Lucille Colandro is very funny!

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Posted: 11/18/2012 8:53:46 PM
The Five Chinese Brothers
The Napping House
Alexander's Horrible Terrible No Good Very Bad Day

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Posted: 11/18/2012 9:59:51 PM
The baby who wouldn't go to sleep
Pumpkin soup and the rest of the series
Room on the broom
Tatty ratty.

Basically, anything by helen cooper or Julia Donaldson.



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Posted: 11/18/2012 11:13:32 PM
I second the Jan Brett suggestion! She has some great books and amazing illustrations!


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Posted: 11/18/2012 11:13:33 PM
I second the Jan Brett suggestion! She has some great books and amazing illustrations!


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Posted: 11/18/2012 11:15:29 PM
Amelia Bedelia and Eloise books are popular at our house too!

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Posted: 11/19/2012 12:08:32 AM
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Posted: 11/19/2012 1:22:54 AM
We love Chrysanthemum, any of the Amelia Bedilia books, The Mixed-Up Tales of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler, all Harry Potters, and Series of Unfortunate Events. Also agree with all the Jan Brett books -- beautiful illustrations!


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Posted: 11/19/2012 4:05:16 AM
harold and the purple crayon
amelia bedelia
any kind of Q&A/tell me why book

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Posted: 11/19/2012 6:45:17 AM
Any of the pigeon books by mo Willems as well as the Gerald and piggy books.
When a dragon moves in
I'd really like to eat a child
Any of the truck town books by John S.
The baby that roared!
Follow me mittens
Any of the gossie and gertie duck etc board books by Olivier something
Chicka Chicka boom boom
Llama llama red pajama (and all the other llama llama books)
Click clack moo, cows that type (and the others)
up and down by oliver Jeffers

There are oodles more but those are my kids current favs


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Posted: 11/19/2012 6:52:23 AM
Is Your Mama a Llama
Sandra Boynton books
Skippy Jon Jones
Goodnight Moon
Harry the Dirty Dog
Knuffle Bunny series

At their age I would highly recommend books that rhyme like the Boynton books.

What a great way to start their library too! DS16 still has all of his Boynton books stashed away.


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Posted: 11/19/2012 7:05:54 AM
Thank you so much everyone! If you have anymore please share! I am a lover of books and am determined to have a library for my girls to read....not just an e reader, which I'm sure they will eventually have also. I love my e reader....I just love to hole a book also!


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Posted: 11/19/2012 8:25:12 AM
When my son was younger (kindergarten-ish) one of his bedtime books was "Roxaboxen". It surprised me when we were talking a few months ago that he does not remember some of the funny or silly books that we used to read, but he still absolutely remembers that book as one of his favorites (he's 25 now, so it was a while ago that we last read that one!) It's a very mellow book, good for settling kids down before bed

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Posted: 11/19/2012 11:27:33 AM
One of my dd's all-time favorites:
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood

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Posted: 11/19/2012 11:45:27 AM
As an English teacher, I just want to say that is an AWESOME idea!!

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Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by frost."
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Posted: 11/19/2012 4:35:41 PM
All of the Rainbow Fish books by Pfister

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Harry the Dirty Dog by Zion-Graham

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

The McDuff Stories by Wells

Town Mouse Country Mouse
By Jan Brett

Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

Rhinos Who Surf. By Mammano

Six Dinner Sid by Moore

Pig Pig Grows Up by McPhail

Geraldine's Blanket by Keller

Walter the Farting Dog by Kotzwinkle

A Cache of Jewels by Heller

Chickens Arent the Only Ones by Heller

How the Manx Cat Lost It's Tail by Janet Stevens

Giggle Giggle Quack by Cronin

The Farmer in the Dell by Wallner

The True Story of the Three Pigs by Scieszka

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Posted: 11/19/2012 4:45:53 PM
Tinker and Tom and the Star Baby was DDs absolute favorite.

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Posted: 11/19/2012 8:18:38 PM
The Very Fairy Princess is LOVED in my house. My DD (3) makes Daddy read it every night . . . we now have the three versions so Daddy can get a little variety.

If you are a Dave Ramsey fan (or the most basic of his principles at least), he has a series of kids books that my children ADORE.

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