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Best books to stuff in the kids' stockings

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Kids' books for gifting

Need a few inspired stocking stuffers for your kids this Christmas? Forget plastic candy canes filled with chocolate drops. After all of those Christmas sugar cookies, do the kids really need any more sugar? This year, stuff your kids' stockings with some awesome new books, as well as old classics that deserve a place in your family's home library.

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

For more than 20 years, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault has served as a family favorite with its fun storyline and absolutely unforgettable chant. Even if your child asks you to read it 1,000 times, you'll never grow tired of reading it just once more.

Auntie Claus

This delightful holiday story by Elise Primavera follows Sophie Kringle as she stows away on her Auntie Claus' annual business trip to discover what kind of work her mysterioso great aunt really does. While trying to uncover Auntie Claus' secret career, spoiled Sophie learns a great lesson about the spirit of giving. Kids will love the colorful illustrations -- you'll love the feel-good finish.

Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator

If your little story lover can't get enough of Mo Willems' previous books like Don't let the Pigeon Ride the Bus and the Knuffle Bunny series, she will love finding Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator in her stocking. In his latest collection, Willems introduces readers to new character Amanda and her best friend, who just so happens to be a stuffed alligator.

Interrupting Chicken

David Ezra Stein's New York Times bestseller Interrupting Chicken will have your children laughing out loud at Little Chicken's interrupting antics as her Papa tries to complete a bedtime story without any, ahem, added commentary. (Sound familiar?) It received a Caldecott Honor this year, and is a Junior Library Guild Selection and Golden Kite Award winner as well.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas has earned a place in the hearts of story -- and Christmas -- lovers the world round. Though it has been made into a cartoon, a full-length movie, and even a musical, nothing tops the original hardcover book that follows the Grinch as he discovers that the true spirit of Christmas cannot be stolen out from underneath a tree.

Pomelo Begins to Grow

This new book by Ramona Badescu, translated from the French version by Claudia Bedrick, spotlights young elephant Pomelo as he begins to experience changes in his body as he starts to grow. Along with those changes flows a river of questions and concerns that Pomelo must resolve as the book comes to a close. The simple and cute illustrations will entice your littlest readers -- and the storyline will engage kids of all ages.

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Goodnight Moon

Is any child's home library complete without the classic tale Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown? Though the book was originally published nearly 65 years ago, this simple bedtime tale is still a sleepy time favorite for young kids and parents alike.

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