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The Night Be­fore Christ­mas This en­dur­ing clas­sic is Do you re­mem­ber your par­ents read­ing you a beloved hol­i­day story? If you are on the look­out for a great book to share with your fam­ily this year, try one of these fes­tive favourites and clas­sics, rec­om­mended by Robin Tameshtit, di­rec­tor of kids and teen print at Indigo. Elf On The Shelf This fun Christ­mas ad­vent game and story will help build hol­i­day ex­cite­ment. It’s be­come an in­stant favourite with a ded­i­cated fan fol­low­ing and loads of Christ­mas magic. (Carol Ae­ber­sold, $34.99, Zib­bers Inc.). How The Grinch Stole Christ­mas This peren­nial clas­sic is fan­tas­tic to read aloud and has a heart­warm­ing hol­i­day mes­sage about the af­fects the Christ­mas spirit can have on even the small­est and cold­est of hearts. (Dr. Seuss, $18.99, Ran­dom House of Canada). brought to life by the sig­na­ture plas­ticine art of Cana­dian favourite Barbara Reid. A per­fectly adorable take on the Christ­mas Eve tale. (Cle­ment Moore, $19.99, Scholas­tic Book Ser­vices). Scaredy Squir­rel Pre­pares For Christ­mas A quirky, fun-filled guide of prac­ti­cal tips and nutty stepby-step in­struc­tions to help read­ers pre­pare for Christ- mas — be­ing pre­pared is so much fun with the adorable Scaredy Squir­rel. (Me­lanie Watt, $18.95, Univer­sity of Toronto Press). Olivia Helps With Christ­mas The fab­u­lous, dra­matic piglet is back and ready to help out with the holidays in the way only this adorable pig can. Sure to bring about gig­gling and hol­i­day cheer in this board book edi­tion. (Ian Fal­coner, $9.99, Simon & Schus­ter Canada). Po­lar Ex­press Win­ner of the 1986 Calde­cott Medal, it’s the story of a boy’s mag­i­cal train ride to the north pole on Christ­mas Eve to re­ceive a spe­cial gift from Santa. A guar­an­teed hol­i­day favourite. (Chris Van Alls­burg, $23.95, Allen & Son Ltd.).

Thomas Night Be­fore Christ­mas — 10th An­niver­sary This loved Christ­mas clas­sic poem comes to life in this per­fect edi­tion that you will read with your fam­ily year af­ter year. In­cludes stun­ning il­lus­tra­tions by Chris­tian Birm­ing­ham. (Cle­ment C. Moore, $11.50, Perseus Dis­tri­bu­tion). A Cana­dian ver­sion of the 12 Days of Christ­mas, com­plete with fun rhymes and adorable il­lus­tra­tions. The deluxe box set comes with an adorably hug­gable plush por­cu­pine. (Helaine Becker, $24.99, Scholas­tic Book Ser­vices). That’s Not My Snow­man De­light­fully win­tery, this board book is great for the lit­tlest rev­ellers. Com­bines colour­ful il­lus­tra­tions with a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent tex­tures to touch and feel. (F. Watt, $11.95, Pen­guin Canada Books Inc.).

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Gather the fam­ily around the tree and a fire and read some clas­sic hol­i­day tales to cre­ate mem­o­rable mo­ments.

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