Make Memories With Holiday Crafts, Recipes and Stories

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From punch-out ornaments to favorite recipes in a grand-mother’s kitchen and a hilarious classic tale about a girl who grows antlers, these selections offer some activities, crafts and stories to jump start holiday fun. Enjoy!

Christmas Shapes (Little Simon, $6.99) is an interactive board book by author Nancy Davis that will have little ones learning their shapes in a flash. Build a snowman and put the star on the top of a tree with this lift-the-flap book that features press-out play pieces. Ages 0-4.

Hanukkah: A Counting Book (Scholastic, $6.99) is a colorful counting book by Emily Sper that honors the Jewish holiday and teaches readers how to count from one to eight in English, Hebrew and Yiddish. Each page features a die-cut menorah candle as well as the spelling and pronunciation of the numbers in each language. Also includes a brief story explaining the meaning of the holiday symbols. Ages 3 to 7.

In Ten on the Sled (Sterling, $14.95) by Kim Norman and illustrated by Liza Woodruff, 10 adventurous friends speed down a snowy slope. How many will reach the bottom? Have fun with rhyming refrains: There were 10 on the bed and the caribou said, “Slip over! Slide over! Ages 3 and up.

The queen of Italian cooking, Lidia Bastianich, shares traditions, recipes and the simple joys of the season in her debut children’s book, Nonna Tell Me a Story: Lidia’s Christmas Kitchen (Running Press Kids, $15.95). Enjoy the story of how Lidia’s family used what they grew at home and find recipes and tips for trimming the tree in this beautifully illustrated book. Illustrated by Laura Logan. Ages 4-8.

Enjoy the holiday classic, Imogene’s Antlers (Random House, $16.99), now celebrating its 25th anniversary. Written by award-winning author David Small, this charming picture book features young Imogene, who wakes up one day to find she has grown antlers overnight. With help from the cook and the kitchen maid, Imogene brainstorms ways to use her new appendages. Ages 4-8.

Have fun with another I Spy treasure hunt classic, I Spy a Christmas Tree (Scholastic, $9.99). Complete with eight punch-out ornaments, this is a book of riddles by Jean Marzollo with photographs by Walter Wick. Sit down and hunt for treasure together! Ages 4-8.

The Toymaker’s Christmas: Paper Toys You Can Make Yourself (Sterling $7.95) has 11 paper toys to pop out, fold, glue together and play with! Leave Santa his milk and cookies in your homemade Santa’s treat box, decorate the Christmas tree with the four little angels and create a magical winter complete with moving parts like an ice skating penguin. Written by Marilyn Scott-Waters, who runs the award-winning website, Ages 9-12.

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