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Holiday Books for Kids

Now that the holidays are here, why not spend your day in front of a cozy fire with that special child in your life reading a joyful yuletide book. Whether it'??s a traditional family favorite or a newly released title, sharing the gift of reading is the best present we can give our little ones. Forget about your holiday to do list for a while, and take a peek at the hottest books available in stores this merry season.

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For those insearch of a non-traditional read, check out Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko. A tale of one little girl'??s attempt to blend her family'??s religious traditions, it brings to life how truly multicultural families have become. Whether it'??s hanging candy canes on a menorah or singing Christmas carols while eating latkes by the tree, Sadie celebrates the festivities with twice the fun as her family discovers their own traditions this holiday season.

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Calling all cowboys! Here'??s the perfect holiday book for you. Cowboy Christmas written by Rob Sanders and illustrated by John Manders is the delightful story of three quirky cowboys who try their best to make their campsite festive, despite the lack of holiday cheer. When an unexpected visitor stops by, rest assured it becomes the most magical Christmas these fun-loving ranchers could ever imagine.

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If you'??re looking for laughter, check out this hilarious new title A Bit of Applause for Mrs. Claus written by Jeannie Schick-Jacobowitz, Susie Schick-Pierce, and Muffin Drake. We all know behind every great man is a woman who made him that way! Finally, Mrs. Claus gets the respect she deserves in this whimsical tale parodying '??Twas the Night Before Christmas. Best of all, if you'??re in need of something unique for an adult Christmas gift exchange, I guarantee your mom friends will surely appreciate this festive twist on a favorite holiday poem.

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One story not to miss is The Carpenter'??s Gift written by David Rubel and illustrated by Jim LaMarche. Combining the beauty of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and the outreach projects of Habitat for Humanity, it'??s the poignant story of one little boy whose life changes by a simple act of kindness due to the planting of a tree.  A time-honored lesson in giving back to your community, this book stresses the real-life importance of helping those in need.

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Finally, for the traditionalists my favorite selection is A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by John Hendrix. A beautifully illustrated picture book that depicts the early life of Charles Dickens, it is a valuable learning tool for parents who wish to address the role of social reform throughout time. Follow-up with your favorite edition of A Christmas Carol, and you might just find yourself with a child who yearns for more stories by one of the world'??s most beloved literary greats.

When a twist of fate landed Jennifer Vido at the "Reading with Ripa" roundtable discussion with Kelly Ripa, her entrée into the publishing world officially began. As an author, columnist and book reviewer, Jennifer dishes the scoop on the latest happenings in the world of publishing. Her popular author interview column Jen'??s Jewels appears on library websites around the country. Visit her website at http://www.jennifervido.com and follow her on Twitter @JenniferVido.

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