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Vigna, Judith
Disappointed when her mother's ex-boyfriend forgets her birthday, Amy is comforted by her family when they give her a surprise birthday party and a special gift.

Merriam, Eve
It is Helen's birthday. She wakes up and there is an envelope with a clue inside it. Her parents made several clues, each of them rhyming directions to different doors in her home. The last one leads her to a dollhouse which looks just like her home.

Little, Lessie Jones//Greenfield, Eloise
A young boy wants to go by himself to buy his mom a birthday gift. He becomes scared, but in the end he manages to do it by himself. He is proud of himself.

Pomerantz, Charlotte
Daniel decides to give his six-month old sister one half of a birthday party. She receives half presents with whole stones. Very imaginatively, Daniel gives her the best present of all.

Lydon, Kerry Raines
It was little Blue's seventh birthday. He must celebrate while traveling west with his family on a conastoga wagon. Blue's father was unable to give him a present, so he planted seven trees along the wagon trail that would be Blue's forever.

Parker, Nancy Winslow
Charlie receives a present from his Uncle Clyde. His uncle leaves directions, so Charlie will know how to take care of the present.

Mora, Pat
A little Mexican girl and her family throw a surprise party for her tia (aunt). She makes her a special present of sentimental value. Tia opens her present and loves it.

Stevenson, James
A boy imagines owning a candy factory. On each of his friends' birthdays, he gives them a carload of their favorite candy. He then invites all the kids in the world to come to the party.

Mariana.
It is Miss Flora McFlimsey's birthday, but it appears that all of her friends forgot. So Miss McFlimsey went away. She then discovers that she misses home and goes back. Waiting for her are her friends, presents, and a birthday cake for her.

Seuss, Dr.
Birthdays are special in Katroo. Everything that you want on your birthday is yours; it's a special day that celebrates YOU!

Barrett, Judi
Benjamin was having his nineth birthday party. After he had opened his presents he realized how much he enjoyed opening gifts. So he decides to wrap something up every day and open it the next morning. He did that for all 365 days of the year.

Van Laan, Nancy
Little Maria learns all about La Boda, a mexican wedding, from her grandmother, in a bilingual manner. She becomes part of the celebration and is happy to learn about and be part of her first wedding.

Lopez, Loretta
Lori wants to find her older sister the perfect gift for her birthday. At the market, Lori learns that it's not easy to find the right gift. Little does Lori know that the best gifts can come to us when we least expect them. Why is this the year of the best birthday party ever?

Hoban, Russell
Emmet and his mother are poor and each want to get the other something special for Christmas. They each enter a contest to win money but lose. However, both tried hard and are touched by the effort.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds
Michael slips and gives away the secret of what his father's Christmas gift is. He is very upset with himself, so he decides to surprise the whole family with a small but important present.

Mayo, Virginia
Santa Claus comes to deliver presents but he forgets to give them to the youngest boy. The boy becomes very upset and follows Santa outside and gets in his sleigh. When Santa realizes he has company, he gives the boy his presents and takes him back home.

Moore, Clement C.
On the night before Christmas, one little boy sees Santa Claus outside his window. Later he sees him in his living room, bringing presents for all.

Merriam, Eve
A family awoke Christmas morning expecting to find lots of presents from Santa. Instead, there was only one box under the tree. Inside the box, there were gifts for everyone.

Say, Allen
A young Asian boy learns of Christmas when his mother decorates a tree with cranes for him. She teaches him that it is a day of giving and receiving and he makes a promise to her as a gift. She gives him a kite in return.

Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Chita is excited about Christmas. She picks out a tree for the family. Together they decorate the tree the night before Christmas. They all wake up together on Christmas morning to find presents under the tree.

Seuss, Dr.
The Grinch wants to stop Chrismas in Who-ville, so he dresses up as Santa and takes all the materialistic parts of Christmas. When the Grinch realizes the Who's are not upset and that there still is a Christmas, he realizes that Christmas is more than presents and decorations. He returns their belongings and discovers the true meaning of Christmas.

Brown, Marc
Arthur worries about what to get Santa for Christmas. He searches everywhere for the perfect gift. Finally, he sees Santa eating at several different places and decides to make Santa's favorite foods.

Holabird, Katharine
Angelina sees Mr. Bell all alone the night before Christmas. Angelina and Henry make cookies for Mr. Bell. She and Henry go over to take the cookies to Mr. Bell. He invites them in and they have fun listening to stories. In return, Mr. Bell plays Santa in Angelina's Christmas Pagent.

Kvasnosky, Laura McGee
Two sisters, Zelda and Ivy, can't wait for Christmas morning. Zelda hopes to get a lovely velvet evening gown while Ivy wishes for a princess Mimi doll with all the ballet accessories. The two sisters make a beautiful bracelet for their lovely elderly neighbor. The neighbor receives her christmas wish, but will Zelda and Ivy get their Christmas wish too?

Brillhart, Julie
Anna is a teacher who moves away to a new house. Her students are sad that she is leaving so they make an apron for her. Anna writes to her students to keep in touch.

Wells, Rosemary
It is Christmas Eve, Max sneaks downstairs to see Santa Claus but falls asleep by the chimmney. When Santa arrives, he puts his hat over Max's face because nobody is supposed to see Santa Claus. Max peeks anyway and was surprised to find himself surrounded by presents.

Wild, Margaret
Mr. Nick and Mrs. Jolley ride the train to the city and knit together each day. Mrs. Jolley gets ill and Mr. Nick decides to cheer her up and knit her a very special gift.

Lobel, Arnold
A little boy goes to the market to buy gifts for his friend. He buys gifts that begin with each letter of the alphabet. The market is rich with colorful foods.

Varley, Susan
When Badger dies, the rest of the animals are very sad. It is not until they remember all of the good times with Badger that they get over their sadness.

Wooding, S.
Arthur, a fat mouse, is granted one Christmas wish from his fairy Godfather. Godfather says his wish has to make someone happy. His wish, playing beautiful music on the piano, is granted.

Van Leeuwen, Jean
It is eight days before Christmas and Oliver's family is busy getting prepared for the holiday. They make gifts for each other, chop down a tree, hang their stockings, and make Christmas cookies. On Christmas morning, they open their gifts and play with them.

Wolf, Winfried
After the death of his father, Thomas is not looking forward to Christmas. Christmas at his grandfather's house in the country changes that when Thomas receives a special gift.

Luenn, Nancy
Rosita and her grandmother are very close. Rosita's grandmother teaches Rosita how to braid, garden, and make tortillas. When Rosita's grandmother dies, Rosita feels a great loss without her around and misses her terribly. Her family tells Rosita that she can make a gift to give to her grandmother on the Day of the Dead. Rosita braids a cord that is filled with love and memories for her grandmother.

Razzi, James
Harry finds a box at his door with Don't Open this Box written on it. Ultimately, Harry's curiousity gets the best of him and he opens the box. Inside is a boat called Don't Open this Box.

Tsutsui, Yoriko
Anna moves to a new house close to the mountains. After a couple of days she feels lonely and misses all of her friends. Anna keeps hearing noises at the front door and finds flowers, a letter, and a paper doll. One day Anna opens the door in enough time to meet a girl her age and they become friends.

Novak, Matt
Irwin is the smallest of Santa's elves, and everyone is always bossing him around. After Santa leaves to deliver the Christmas presents, Irwin discovers a forgotten present. Determined to deliver the present, he goes on the journey himself. He proves to Santa and everyone that he is the head elf.

Isadora, Rachel
Ben is a young boy who loves to go into the jazz club and listen to all of the different instruments. He especially likes the trumpet. He often pretends he is playing the trumpet until one day he actually receives one.

Crawford, Ron
A little girl wants a bike for Christmas REALLY BAD!She dreams about riding her new bike. Christmas morning comes, and she thinks about her new bike as she opens her other presents. She thinks she is not getting it until, finally, her parents open the closet door to show her the best present ever.

Kroll, Steven
Six children and their mother all pitch in to make Father's Day special for their father. They finish his chores for him, give him homemade gifts, and take him to see his favorite baseball team.

Buckley, Helen E.
A little boy is afraid nobody will remember his birthday so he makes a special effort to remember everyone elses. Eventually he gets so wrapped up in everyone else's birthday he forgets his own, but the others remember and he is surprised.

McDermott, Beverly B.
Three sisters work in the fields all day. Their father goes to market and bring each of them a gift. Marusha receives a crystal apple, but her sisters break it. She realizes that she did not need it, because she has her imagination so she forgives her sisters.

Bunting, Eve
It is Mother's Day and three little mice go out into the meadow to get their mother a present. One little mouse cannot find a present, so he makes up a song and sings it to his mother.

Hest, Amy
Maggie and Brette visit their grandmother to help her set up for her birthday party. This is their annual visit to see each other, sleep in the same room that their mom slept in, and spend some precious time with their grandmother. Challenges always seem to occur when they need to get their grandmother a present.

Matze, Claire Sidhom
Alex enjoys a brief but special visit of his grandfather to the United States from the Middle East. They spend a lot of time together as Alex learns of his grandfather's homeland, customs, religion, and language.

Rattigan, Jama Kim
Truman's Aunt Fran sends him an aunt farm for his birthday. Hundreds of aunts appear at Truman's house. He cares for them until he runs out of room. Truman puts a sign in his yard which says that the aunts are free to good homes. Girls and boys line up at Truman's house and each take an aunt home.

Rodda, Emily
For his birthday, a young boy gets a video game and keeps playing until he wins.


Wells, Rosemary
Max and Ruby go shopping to get a birthday present for Grandma. They spend their money on other things however, and don't have enough for what they want to get. Grandma is happy with her present at the end anyway.

Quattlebaum, Mary
Mama's birthday is coming soon and even though she says she doesn't want a big fuss, her daughter knows better. With her aunts' help, she plans a birthday surprise. Planning was the easy part though, actually getting the party ready on time will be difficult, especially if no one does their part. In the end, only a take-charge kind of person will be able to surprise Mama.

Wisniewski, David
A young princess takes you on many adventures and helps you understand the value of presents.