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Happy Holidays

Holiday Books

What To Give/What to Get: Best Books of 2004

Two SPECIAL New Matt Christopher Books

Don't Miss: The Movie Tie-In Titles to A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS

Books Into Movies


Reviews and Features
Poll: How Many Books Did You Read This Year?
Question of the Month
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Happy Holidays

If you are anything like me, these past few weeks have been really hectic. And now just when the wrapping, baking and card writing is coming together, school gets out! Thus you move into your new role --- entertainer extraordinaire. Not to worry, there is lots of reading for the kids at Log them on and have them make lists of what they want to read.

We have stocked our "shelves" with lots of great reading ideas. Whether you are looking for last minute gift, or suggestions on how the kids can "spend" some holiday moola, you can't go wrong with the titles we have mentioned here. Or, schedule a trip to your local library for the week between Christmas and New Year's!

Have a great holiday and a terrific New Year. We hope you all take some time for yourselves this holiday season. We know that parents usually forget this. Looking for a book for YOU to enjoy. Go to

We'll see you next year!

Carol Fitzgerald (

Holiday Books wishes you all the happiest of holidays --- and to celebrate this joyous time of year, we've assembled a number of outstanding seasonal tales. Whether you gather around a Christmas tree, a Menorah or a Kinara, these books are guaranteed to provide you with a healthy dose of history and hysterics while pulling on all the right heartstrings.


Read our Holiday Books feature here.

What To Give/What to Get: Best Books of 2004

As 2004 comes to a close, we at have assembled some of our favorite books of the year for children. These entertaining and memorable reads, which consist of both chapter books and picture books, make for great holiday gifts (to give or to get).

Read our Best Books of 2004 feature here.
Read more about BEHIND THE DESK WITH...MATT CHRISTOPHER here. Read more about THE LUCKY BASEBALL BAT here.

Two SPECIAL New Matt Christopher Books

BEHIND THE DESK WITH...MATT CHRISTOPHER: The #1 Sports Writer for Kids - A Biography, by Dale Christopher
In 1954, Matt Christopher wrote and published The Lucky Baseball Bat and has since released more than 120 novels, making him the most prolific and bestselling sportswriter for children ever. Celebrate 50 years of good sportsmanship with Matt Christopher's own commemorative biography written by his son, Dale. Reviewed by Ron Kaplan. 

THE LUCKY BASEBALL BAT: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition, by Matt Christopher
Martin is the new kid in town, anxious to prove himself on the diamond. But when he loses his lucky baseball bat, Martin fears that he also has lost his ability to play baseball. Reviewed by Ron Kaplan.

For more about Matt Christopher, go to

Don't Miss: The Movie Tie-In Titles to A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS

To celebrate the film release of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, HarperEntertainment has made available a number of outstanding books that pay tribute to the three Baudelaire children and their alarming adventures. Click here for all the fortunate details!
Read more about The Series of Unfortunate Events movie tie-in titles here.

Books Into Movies

Did you like the book? Well now you can see the movie! Check out the newest fall flicks that are based on books to get another dose of the stories you love. Standouts include The Polar Express, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (which is based on Nickelodeon's popular animated series). Plus, Simon & Schuster has released a cool new book that ties in perfectly with the SpongeBob film!

Click here to read our Books Into Movies feature.


SANTAKID by James Patterson
James Patterson, the author of countless international bestsellers, has written his first book for children. SANTAKID is an entertaining picture book that introduces us to Chrissie, who is probably one of the luckiest youngsters in the world. Why? Because her father is none other than Santa Claus!

SANTAKID is a book you won't want to miss.

Reviews and Features

LAUGH TILL YOU CRY by Joan Lowery Nixon
When thirteen-year-old Cody Carter moves from California to Texas to be near his sick grandmother, he finds himself in a not-so-funny situation when he's wrongfully accused of committing a crime at school. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle and excerpted.

SAM I AM by Ilene Cooper
With a Jewish father and a Christian mother, twelve-year-old Sam Goodman and his family try celebrating two different holidays --- Christmas and Hanukkah --- harmoniously. Reviewed by Kristi Olson.

Have you ever wondered how Violet Baudelaire invented a telephone? Or what Count Olaf's eye tattoo might really mean? Find out the answers to these and other mysteries of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" in Lois H. Gresh's companion guide to Lemony Snicket's highly successful series. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

BIRD by Angela Johnson
Thirteen-year-old Bird has run away to find her stepfather. She would like him to return home --- to fill the hole he left in their family. But while she hides near a farmhouse, she becomes involved in the lives of three people who also have holes to fill. Reviewed by Kristi Olson.

ENNA BURNING by Shannon Hale
When Enna's brother finds a mysterious piece of vellum that gives him the power to burn, Enna realizes that its dangerous beauty can mean the difference between life and death for her country --- and herself. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle.

Series Update: Geronimo Stilton
Book 14: THE TEMPLE OF THE RUBY OF FIRE by Geronimo Stilton
Geronimo's old friend Professor von Volt has discovered the location of the famous Ruby of Fire, and Geronimo and the gang race to find the legendary jewel. Unfortunately, the Ruby of Fire is protected by thousands of ancient booby-traps --- every mouse adventurer's worst nightmare.

Read our reviews and features here.
Poll: How Many Books Did You Read This Year?

How many books did you read this year?

More than 100

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Question of the Month
What book would you pick as the best book of 2004?
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