2011 Holiday Chapters

Christmas Stories

adapted from the Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder


Gentle adaptations of Laura Ingalls Wilder's celebrated Little House stories have been gathered together here in two new titles in the Little House Chapter Book series. In Christmas Stories, join Laura and her family for some pioneer Christmas celebrations. Christmas on the frontier means visits from friends, good things to eat, and presents! For Laura, every Christmas in the little house is better than the one before. Laura and her friends share...

Stanley's Christmas Adventure

by Jeff Brown; pictures by Scott Nash


For use in schools and libraries only. Stanley Lambchop is just a normal boy, with a normal younger brother named Arthur, and two normal parents. That is, until a bulletin board falls on him during the night and flattens him to half an inch thick! From this point on, Stanley will never again

White House White-out

by Ron Roy


At the White House, Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose meet the president's stepdaughter, KC, and her friend, Marshall (from the Capital Mysteries series). After the president's dog vanishes, the kids set out to find her, but it's not going to be easy. Illustrations.

One Yellow Daffodil: a Hanukkah Story

by David A. Adler; pictures by Lloyd Bloom


During Hanukkah two children help a Holocaust survivor to once again embrace his religious traditions.

The Christmas Genie

by Dan Gutman


It's the last day of school before Christmas vacation and Alex, Chase, and the rest of Mrs. Walter's fifth-grade class couldn't wish more for that final bell to ring. But the day takes a crazy turn when a mysterious meteorite crashes through their classroom window and a genie pops out. He will grant just one wish for the whole class to share. Be careful what you wish for!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

by Barbara Robinson; pictures by Judith Gwyn Brown

In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids - probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem - and the fun - when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! This delightful comedy is adapted from the best selling book and the only story ever to run twice in McCall's Magazine. "An American classic." -McCall's Magazin...

Miss Holly is Too Jolly!

Dan Gutman; pictures by Jim Paillot

Something weird is going on! Miss Holly, the Spanish teacher, is hanging mistletoe everywhere! That means boys will have to kiss girls. And girls will have to kiss boys. Ugh! Miss Holly is taking the holidays way too far!

The Case of the Santa Claus Mystery

by James Preller; illustrated by Jamie Smith; cover illustration by R. W. Alley

Jigsaw Jones's newest client, Sally Ann Simms, has just one wish: She wants to meet Santa. As in Claus. You know, the big guy with the white beard, red suit, and black boots last seen driving a sleigh. And she won't take no for an answer. Jigsaw and his partner, Mila Yeh, always get their man-but can they really set a trap for Santa Claus?

The Last Holiday Concert

Andrew Clements

For Hart Evans, being the most popular kid in sixth grade has its advantages. Kids look up to him, and all the teachers let him get away with anything -- all the teachers except the chorus director, Mr. Meinert. When Hart's errant rubber band hits Mr. Meinert on the neck during chorus practice, it's the last straw for the chorus director, who's just learned he's about to lose his job due to budget cuts. So he tells the class they can produce the ...

The Dog Who Thought He Was Santa

Bill Wallace

Christmas is quickly approaching and twelve-year-old Don Franklin should be excited, but something is wrong. Times are tough, and he's not sure his family will have enough money to spare to celebrate the way they always have. His dog, Frank, thinks worrying is a waste of time, especially when Don could be scratching his ears. And his little sister, Susan, is sure that Santa will bring the gift she wants, but she won't tell anyone what it is. Told...

Judy Moody & Stink: The Holly Joliday

Megan McDonald; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.

Judy Moody is making a list and checking it twice, but all her brother Stink wants this year is snow. It hasn't snowed on Christmas in Virginia in more than a hundred years. Enter their new mailman, Jack Frost, who looks a lot like a jolly old elf, and who may have the answer, in this brand-new, full-color holiday adventure.

Candlelight for Rebecca

by Jacqueline Dembar Greene; illustrations, Robert Hunt; vignettes, Susan McAliley

Rebecca is troubled when her teacher assigns her class to make Christmas decorations. Rebecca's family is Jewish and doesn't celebrate Christmas, but her teacher says Christmas is a national holiday, for all Americans to celebrate. Yet Rebecca knows she's as American as anyone else, even without celebrating Christmas! She wants to please her teacher, but she's sure her family will be upset. Then, on the first night of Hanukkah, Rebecca finds kind...

When Santa Fell to Earth

Cornelia Funke; translated by Oliver G. Latsch; illustrated by Paul Howard

Scared by a storm, Twinklestar, the least reliable reindeer, bolts--causing Santa and his sleigh to crash-land and putting them all in danger from Jeremiah Goblynch, the ruthless new leader of the Council of Yuleland.