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The world’s most famous Christmas poem is now available in a beautiful oversized board book format featuring original Charles Santore illustrations. Since the poem’s inception in 1823, The Night Before Christmas has been a yearly staple of the holiday season told in countless households. Perfectly capturing the memorable charm of Clement C. Moore’s iconic poem, Charles Santore lends his artwork of fantastical splendor to tell the tale of Saint Nick’s visit, this time in a durable oversized board book that captures the same magical detail and charm as earlier editions. Children will love this book built especially for them!

The Night Before Christmas, Ages 2-6, $12.95

Stowaway in a Sleigh

Now available in one beautiful Christmas keepsake collection, enjoy the original story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and its sequel Rudolph Shines Again by Robert L. May. Every year at Christmastime, everyone young and old alike has one catchy, joy- inspiring song stuck in their heads: “Rudolph the Red- Nosed Reindeer!” Now fans of the most famous reindeer of all time can fall in love with the original story and the sequel written by Robert L. May. A beautiful Rudolph keepsake collection with two beloved classics, these timeless picture books capture all the wonder and enchantment of the Christmas season. A perfect holiday gift set for any young reader’s library!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Family, $35.99

The majestic story of Christmas, from the Annunciation to the Epiphany, has long inspired great artists. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection is particularly rich in medieval and Renaissance paintings that depict this timeless story. Gathered here are paintings by Rogier van der Weyden, Petrus Christus, Hans Memling, and Gerard David, among others, sensitively coupled with excerpts from the King James Bible. The perfect book for the entire family, The Christmas Story is a treasure to be enjoyed year after year.

The Christmas Story, Family, $19.95

Three kids venture to the North Pole to help Santa defeat an army of evil elves in Santa Calls, a holiday classic from author/ illustrator William Joyce. Art Atchinson Aimesworth-- inventor, crime fighter, and all- around whiz kid journeys north with his sister, Ester, and his pal Spaulding, by special invitation from Santa. Why did Santa call them to the North Pole? Art wants to know. But when Ester is taken by the Queen of the Dark Elves, Art must put his questions aside and save his sister. Children can once again enjoy this original Christmas story, breathtaking artwork, and adventure tale, all rolled into one. This reissue of Joyce’s epic Christmas adventure now comes complete with lift-the-flap letters from Santa himself!

Santa Calls, Ages 5-9, $18.99

Susan Jeffers, the Caldecott Honoree and bestselling artist of The Nutcracker and The Twelve Days of Christmas, takes readers on an enchanted journey set to lyrics from the beloved holiday song “Jingle Bells”. Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh, O’er the fields we go, laughing all the way…Ride along with a girl, a boy, their pony, and a mischievous dog as they travel to Grandma’s house. With playful animals in their path, their journey gets a bit sidetracked. But soon enough, they arrive at Grandma’s where an unexpected visitor fills them with holiday cheer!

Jingle Bells, Ages 3-8, $17.99

A World of Cookies for Santa takes readers across the globe to see all the treats that await Santa on Christmas Eve. Head to the Philippines, where children leave out puto seko cookies and ginger tea for Santa; jet to Russia for a honey- spice cookie; then set out for Malawi for a sweet potato cookie! When you’ve returned home, the journey’s still not over…author M. E. Furman provides recipes for children to bake some of Santa’s cookies for themselves. A World of Cookies for Santa with illustrations by Susan Gal is a multicultural celebration that families will return to year after year.

A World of Cookies for Santa, Ages 4-8, $16.99

When theVelveteen Rabbit first arrives in the nursery, he is snubbed by the other toys. But the Rabbit soon makes friends with the Skin Horse, who explains how toys can become “real” if they are loved enough. The Velveteen Rabbit longs for this to happen, and one day he finds that he has become the Boy’s very favorite toy. They play together through a long, golden summer. Rabbit becomes shabbier and shabbier as he becomes real to the boy who loves him. The rabbits in the garden think otherwise-how can Rabbit be real when he can’t leap and hop? When Boy takes ill with scarlet fever and Rabbit must be discarded, a magical fairy appears to transform him into a real, wild rabbit, though her parting words remind him that he was always real to the Boy. This classic childhood tale by author Margery Williams about the ransformative power of love, features Sarah Massini’s beautiful new illustrations and an audio reading by acclaimed actor Juliet Stevenson. A perfect gift for delivering an old favorite to a new generation.

The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real, Ages 5-9 $19.99


Sarabella is a thinker. She is always conjuring, daydreaming, and creating special new worlds in her imagination. With thoughts this big, it’s a wonder they all fit inside her head! But there are times when daydreaming is decidedly not a good thing—like when you’re supposed to be focusing in class. Fortunately, a special assignment inspires Sarabella’s best thought yet, and she figures out how to show the world who she really is. Showcasing bestselling author Judy Schachner’s stunning artwork, this heartwarming story celebrates quiet thinkers and creativity in all its forms.

Sarabella’s Thinking Cap, Ages 5-8, $17.99

Lizzie is the busiest, buzziest bee in Hivetown! David Shannon’s vivid artwork in Bizzy Mizz
and Lizzie’s endearing efforts to “do it all” will make children laugh aloud at her frantic antics as she juggles school, multiple sports, dance, violin, and art. With charm and determination, she longs to impress the Queen by winning a spelling contest, but she studies to the point of exhaustion. When she dozes off in the middle of the competition, the only solution is rest -- and her refreshing visit to the local Garden finally teaches Lizzie to stop and smell the flowers, “which . . . is exactly what bees are supposed to do.” Shannon’s exuberant new book is funny and fresh, approaching the subject of over scheduled children (and adults) with breezy good humor and delivered with his signature fun and heart.

Bizzy Mizz Lizzie, Ages 4-8, $17.99

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai’s first picture book, Malala’s Magic Pencil, will inspire young readers everywhere to find the magic all around them. As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true. This beautifully illustrated volume tells Malala’s story for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed Malala to hold on to hope even in the most difficult of times.

Malala’s Magic Pencil, Ages 4-8, $17.99

The Purloining of Prince Oleomagarine by Mark Twain and Philip Stead with illustrations by Erin Stead. In a hotel in Paris one evening in 1879, Mark Twain sat with his young daughters, who begged their father for a story. Twain began telling them the tale of Johnny, a poor boy in possession of some magical seeds. Later, Twain would jot down some rough notes about the story, but the tale was left unfinished . . . until now. Plucked from the Mark Twain archive at the University of California at Berkeley, Twain’s notes now form the foundation of a fairy tale picked up over a century later.

With only Twain’s fragmentary script and a story that stops partway as his guide, author Philip Stead has written a tale that imagines what might have been if Twain had fully realized this work. Johnny, forlorn and alone except for his pet chicken, meets a kind woman who gives him seeds that change his fortune, allowing him to speak with animals and sending him on a quest to rescue a stolen prince. In the face of a bullying tyrant king, Johnny and his animal friends come to understand that generosity, empathy, and quiet courage are gifts more precious in this world than power and gold. Illuminated by Erin Stead’s graceful, humorous, and achingly poignant artwork, this is a story that reaches through time and brings us a new book from America’s most legendary writer, envisioned by two of today’s most important names in children’s literature.

The Purloining of Prince Oleomagarine, Ages 8-12, $24.99


As the British Library unveils a very special new exhibition in the UK, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, readers everywhere are invited on an enchanting journey through the Hogwarts curriculum, from Care of Magical Creatures and Herbology to Defense Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy, and more in this book uncovering thousands of years of magical history. Prepare to be amazed by artifacts released from the archives of the British Library, unseen sketches and manuscript pages from J.K. Rowling, and incredible illustrations from artist Jim Kay.

Discover the truth behind the origins of the Philosopher’s Stone, monstrous dragons, and troublesome trolls; examine real-life wands and find out what actually makes a mandrake scream; pore over remarkable pages from Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook; and discover the oldest atlas of the night sky. Carefully curated by the British Library with 144 pages full of extraordinary treasures from all over the world, this is an unforgettable journey exploring the history of the magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories.

Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic, Ages 8 and up, $19.99

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Illustrated Edition, Newt Scamander’s classic compendium of magical creatures, has delighted generations of wizarding readers. With this beautiful, large-scale new edition illustrated in full color, Muggles too will have the chance to discover where the Runespoor lives, what the Puffskein eats, and why shiny objects should always be kept away from the Niffler. An essential companion to the Harry Potter novels.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Illustrated Edition, Ages 8 and up, $34.99

This is the third of J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter books to be presented in a lavishly illustrated full-color edition. Kate Greenaway award-winning artist Jim Kay has created over 100 stunning illustrations making Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition a must-have for Harry Potter fans of all ages.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition, All Ages $39.99


Butterflies migrating south, polar bears playing on the ice, tigers hunting in the jungle, and nightingales singing in the heart of the woods animals are everywhere. In a remarkable collection of poems, children’s author Nicola Davies shares keen observations on wildlife around the world in Song of the Wild: A First Book of Animals. Sometimes lyrical and sometimes humorous, the poems reveal fascinating facts about animals of every color, shape, size, and origin, from giant blue whales to bats as tiny as bumblebees. Lively, colorful illustrations by Petr Horácek reveal the vast beauty and variety of the animal world in this essential introduction, perfect for even the youngest amateur zoologists. The art, reminiscent of Brian Wildsmith, captures more than 60 animals on 108 pages.

Song of the Wild: A First Book of Animals, Ages 3-9, $19.99

Don’t miss this fun new title from DK, written by American Museum of Natural History educator Dustin Growick: Dinosaur A to Z is a colorful parade of 150 of the most exciting creatures that have ever lived. Dinosaur A to Z provides a line-up of the biggest, smallest, baddest, nicest, scaliest, and everything-in-between dinosaurs that have been discovered to date, as well as other prehistoric creatures of the air, land, and sea. Specially commissioned CGI images of children alongside the dinosaurs illustrate exactly how big or small each one was in comparison. Children can learn how to pronounce dinosaur names from Abelisaurus to Zuniceratos and discover the meaning behind each, as well as learn about different dinosaur shapes, sizes, and meals. Dinosaur A to Z is the perfect first visual dictionary for the youngest dinosaur enthusiast as well as older siblings!

Dinosaur A to Z, $24.99

WILD: Endangered Animals in Living Motion (A PHOTICULAR Book) created by Dan Kainen and written by Kathy Wollard brings the reader face to face with our vanishing wildlife. Using unique Photicular technology, Wild brings to vivid life the animals who are under threat of extinction. It turns abstract numbers and names into touching and unforgettable images. From the cover panda, lazily munching on leaves, to an albatross swooping on its magnificent wings, to the hovering bumblebee, among the most critical of threatened animals in terms of its effect on the global food supply, Wild captures eight endangered animals in living motion.

We see gorillas at play, a rhinoceros and its baby trotting across the savanna, a pangolin skittering along the landscape, and an elephant bathing in a river. An opening essay explores the environmental and economic threats to animal populations and how conservationists are working to slow and when they can, reverse the damage. Profiles of each animal accompany the images, which are warm, accessible, and friendly. Wild is the most spectacular title yet in the Photicular series joining the first four: Safari, Ocean, Polar, and Jungle.

WILD: Endangered Animals in Living Motion, All Ages $25.95 

A puzzle, a work of art, and a collection of classic American songs, all in an innovative book by one of the world’s foremost contemporary artists Xu Bing with illustrator Becca Stadtlander, Look! What Do You See? An Art Puzzle Book of American and Chinese Songs. Every page of this book is filled with secret code. It seems like Chinese calligraphy, but it’s not. It seems like you can’t read it, but you can. Once the pieces of the puzzle start falling into place, you will understand it all. And some of it may even strike you as strangely familiar . . . Twelve traditional American songs, such as “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and “Yankee Doodle,” as well as five classic songs from Chinese culture, are written here in artist Xu Bing’s unique “square word calligraphy,” which uses one-block words made of English letters.

From a distance, these pieces are beautiful but unintelligible art. Up close, they are a mystery just waiting to be solved—like the fine art version of “Magic Eye.” For readers ages 7 and up, Look! What Do You See? is perfect for long car rides or coded notes to friends. Incredibly intricate and visually engaging, this is a book that children and adults will return to again and again.

Look! What Do You See?, Ages 7 and up, $18.99

Extraordinary images and irresistible fact snippets on each topic spread—from space to gemstones to the food we eat—make learning fun, but it’s the “13½” fact that kids will be most eager to know. Does cracking your knuckles really cause arthritis? Do ligers really exist? Are scorpions really deadly to humans? The answers to these questions and many others are revealed and will have kids digging for even more information behind the truths. A perfect gift for curious young minds, 13½ Incredible Things You Need to Know About Everything will stimulate the imagination of young readers, satisfy their thirst for knowledge, and allow them to look at the universe from a new perspective as they explore a wide variety of topics and discover the truth.

13½ Incredible Things You Need to Know About Everything, Ages 8-12, $24.99

Brand new from DK Smithsonian is the incredible 360-page Explanatorium of Nature This remarkable visual reference for kids explores the natural world in stunning detail and allows young readers to see nature as they never have before, through amazing close-ups and cross- sections, exploded images, X-rays, and more. From fish to forests, from mammals to mountains, from seeds to salamanders, this extraordinary new encyclopedia is the perfect tool for curious minds to find out how things work and why they exist, and will keep young readers absorbed with its amazing close-up images that depict and explain the wonders of plants, animals, and the living world around us. Its die-cut cover makes it even more appealing and awe-inspiring, with an iguana appearing to emerge from the book itself. Created in association with the Smithsonian Institution, Explanatorium of Nature is a groundbreaking way to explore the science of the natural world around us and is sure to inspire inquisitive young readers.

Explanatorium of Nature, Ages 8 and up, $29.99

Everything around and inside you is made from elements-your bones, your phone, your car, even your cat. There are more to be discovered, but the basic elements, 118 of them, have been gathered together in an organized array we call the Periodic Table. Looking at the periodic table can be a bit daunting… how can you possibly remember what 118 different elements do?

The Periodic Table: The Definitive Visual Catalog of the Building Blocks of the Universe, authored by Sean Callery and Miranda Smith takes a new approach to this important science topic by offering a fully visual guide to the elements. Featuring eye-popping photography and an enormous wealth of cool facts in 208 pages, this is the only book you’ll need to help you learn about the basic building blocks that make up everything in our world.

The Periodic Table: The Definitive Visual Catalog of the Building Blocks of the Universe,

Ages 8-14, $19.99 Flexbound

Complex, passionate, brilliant, flawed, Alexander Hamilton comes alive in this exciting biography for young adults by Martha Brockenbrough. He was born out of wedlock on a small island in the West Indies and orphaned as a teenager. From those inauspicious circumstances, he rose to a position of power and influence in colonial America. Discover this founding father’s incredible true story: his brilliant scholarship and military career; his groundbreaking and enduring policy, which shaped American overnment today; his salacious and scandalous personal life; his heartrending end. Richly enhanced by Hamilton’s own writing, with archival artwork and new illustrations, this is an in-depth biography of an extraordinary man. Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary.

Alexander Hamilton Revolutioary, Young Adult and up, $19.99

Cynthia L. Copeland, author of the bestselling Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me and Really Important Stuff My Kids Have Taught Me, now turns her attention to our mysterious feline friends. Really Important Stuff My Cat Has Taught Me is a book that will delight every cat lover, full of wise and unforgettable life lessons, each paired with the perfect photo. Cats are the ultimate savants, possessing intelligence, poise, and sass in equal measure. They know when to play it cool, and when to pounce; when to fly solo, and when to cuddle up.

Entertaining, unpredictable, and just a bit wild, cats encourage us to explore, take chances, and live on the edge just as if we too had nine lives. Every page of this full-color gift book is a joyful reminder of what's important in life.

Really Important Stuff My Cat Has Taught Me, All Ages, $12.95

Does Somebody Need a Hedgehug? And Other Thoughts from the Animal Kingdom by Anita Wood. Quack up your friends with this effortless gift. Animal puns of encouragement and endearment for friends, family members or coworkers. Keep this at your desk as a pick-me-up, or sneak it into someone’s Christmas stocking. Whether you want to say, “I ham so glad we’re friends,” or “Sometimes you need to be little shellfish.” Cheeky humor always has a place amongst friends.

Does Somebody Need a Hedgehug?, Young adult and up, $9.99

Recommendations include those by independent booksellers from across the nation.