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So many families enjoy reading to their children throughout the year, and at no time is that activity more joyful than at Christmas. If you’d like to add a new book to your list, here are some of the hot sellers this season. “The Sweet Smell of Christmas” by Patricia Scarry, is a favorite scratch and sniff story that captures the innocence of a child’s first Christmas.

“Are You Grumpy, Santa?” by Greg and Evan Spiridellis, will leave you laughing – maybe just the stress-reducer you need this holiday season. It’s the story of how sometimes even the merriest guy on the planet wakes up on the wrong side of the bed. Or how about “The Polar Express,” the classic from Chris Van Allsburg? This is such a magical story of Santa’s visit on Christmas Eve, arriving on a train instead of a sleigh. This might be one you start a yearly tradition of reading to your family – the language is so beautiful.

Another idea for a new Christmas book is “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson, a book that also made a wonderful television movie. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is the story of a family of incorrigible children who discover the true story of Christmas.

Other top selling Christmas books include John Grisham’s out-of-character novel “Skipping Christmas” about a couple who decides to buck their holiday-happy neighbors and just skip Christmas. Robert Sabuda and Clement Clarke did the wonderful “Night Before Christmas Pop-Up” book and also “The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Pop-Up Celebration.” Or you could always read the classic of all classics for the season and the one my family always shared on Christmas Eve – “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.

Have a wonderful holiday and here’s wishing you have a book or two under the tree. On the Book Beat for KSL Newsradio 1160, I’m Amanda Dickson.

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