My boys love to listen to me read stories, and this time of year, the holiday books are favorites.  Mr. A. is in kindergarten and is learning to read, so it’s especially fun to read with him since he thinks he knows all the words.  I am a huge sucker for Christmas and magic and Santa, and all that the holiday’s bring.  So when Scholastic Books offered me a couple of new Christmas reads, I accepted.

9780545037730_xlgThe first book I read to the boys was the E.T.A. Hoffmann classic The Nutcracker And The Mouse King.

On Christmas Eve, Godfather Drosselmeier has arrived with gifts of marvel and enchantment for his young godchildren. Goddaughter Marie falls in love a bewitching nutcracker doll and claims him as her own. Yet when the clock strikes midnight, something terribly amazing happens to Godfather’s handcrafted toys…they come alive. Marie is swept off her feet on an incredible journey with the Nutcracker in this astonishing classic story by E.T.A. Hoffman. Critically acclaimed artist Gail de Marcken’s stunning illustrations bring this spellbinding tale to life.

The Scholastic website says that this book is good for ages 4 and up, but it was a little long to hold my 5 year old’s attention.  But the pictures are gorgeous and the story is a classic and I’m sure as he get’s a little older it will become a favorite.

The Nutcracker And The Mouse King is currently on sale at for $12.91 (regular price is $18.99).

9780439774970_xlgThe next book we received is The Christmas Magic.

Far, far North, when the nights are longest and the stars shine brightest, Santa begins to prepare for his big night of giving. He gathers his reindeer, feeds them parsnips and berries, and polishes his bells and his sled. Then lovingly, he chooses toys for every child in the world. For Santa loves them all, and he knows what each child at heart wants most. Then, with the thrum of magic that makes reindeers fly, he spreads the Christmas joy and warmth throughout the world–as he always has — and always will until the end of time. From best-selling author Lauren Thomas, and Caldecott Honor Artist Jon J Muth

Scholastic recommends this book for children ages 4-8.  All three of my boys sat and listened intently.  It was a simple but magical book and Mr. A. has been talking all day about how “the Christmas magic” is coming.

The Christmas Magic is currently available at for $9.93 (regular price of $16.99).

giveaway titleScholastic Books is offering TWO winners BOTH copies!  YAY!  Some Holiday classics to add to your children’s library.

First Mandatory Entry:

Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite holiday book/story was as a child…or even as an adult.  Mine is a book that I found last year at a craft store simply called Santa Claus. It explains all the magic of Christmas and how it’s all possible.  It’s a lot of fun to read and really helps get me and the kids into the holiday spirit.

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This giveaway will end December 11th at 10:00pm Pacific Time.  TWO winners will be chosen by from all valid entries and notified by email.  They will then have 48 hours to claim their prize before a new winner is chosen.  Good Luck!