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So, I’ve been holed up in the BubbleLife offices now for a few days, spying on Publisher Saffie Farris and the other folks on the BubbleLife team.

They’re gone for the weekend, but I found a list of favorite Christmas books for kids on Saffie’s desk! I heard her say Friday afternoon before she left that BubbleLife graphic designer Crystal Roznik needed to get a few holiday books for her two little munchkins.

Check out these top secret book suggestions—since I’ve got no one to spy on until Monday, I’ll be catching up on my reading.

The Elf on the Shelf, a Christmas Tradition by Carol V. Aebersold and Chanda A. Bell – Oh come on, of course this is my first pick! It’s all about me!

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore – This classic story builds up the anticipation of Christmas day, and reminds me of my friends (including Santa!) back at the North Pole.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg – Did you know there are Christmas elves in this story? Plus, the illustrations are fun to look at!

Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson – Some of my favorite animals are in this book, and I like how Bear stays up all night long because it reminds me of working late hours in the toy shop at the North Pole.

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin – Pete the Cat may look a little grumpy, but he totally saves the day with his Christmas spirit.

Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney – Llama Llama has to wait for December 25, kind of like I’m waiting for the BubbleLife staff to get back into the office, but he discovers another meaning to the holiday season!

The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Patricia M. Scarry – This book makes me hungry. I’m a skinny little elf but I love to eat, and the scratch-and-sniff holiday scents in this book are enough to make me want to bake a batch of Christmas cookies right now!

Mortimer’s Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman – Mortimer the Mouse moves into a stable and makes space for the baby Jesus on Christmas.

Christmas in the Manger by Nola Buck and Felicia Bond – The littlest elves like this book because it has pretty pictures and animals from the manger.

Who is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate and Ashley Wolff – Animals prepare for Mary and Joseph and tell the nativity story through their eyes. This one is perfect for younger kids.

Oh, and I was searching around on BubbleLife and saw this story with some local librarians’ top Christmas books for kids. Gotta get to reading! 

P.S. To check out some of the other spying shenanigans I've been up to in the BubbleLife office, click here.

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