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The 11 Best Kids Holiday Disaster Books

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Part of the excitement of Christmas is trying to pull it all together. As we all know, that doesn’t always happen! But sometimes a good adventure or disaster can make a holiday memorable. Here I’ve compiled some of the more exciting examples of times Christmas became more complicated than planned on . . .

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780064402750
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - April 12th, 2005

Holiday pageants are notorious for being disaster prone!  With so many moving pieces, it’s easy to lose sight of the holiday at hand.  Everyone should read this hilarious classic at least once.


How to Catch Santa Cover Image
By Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553498394
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 20th, 2015

From the popular series HOW TO BABYSIT A GRANDMA and HOW TO BABYSIT A GRANDPA comes a fun holiday guide.  There’s lots to do, and NOT do in this laugh out loud “how to” book.


The Gingerbread Pirates Cover Image
By Kristin Kladstrup, Matt Tavares (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763632236
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Candlewick - September 8th, 2009

This is my favorite new Christmas book.  We all know Santa likes cookies, but what do the cookies think about that?  Follow a very concerned group of gingerbread pirates as they fret and prepare for the arrival of “the man in the red suit”.


Olivia Helps with Christmas Cover Image
By Ian Falconer, Ian Falconer (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781416907862
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 2nd, 2007

Read along as Olivia “helps” with Christmas.  With innocent charm and lots of laughs, this is a great addition to your Olivia collection or your holiday collection.


It's Christmas, David! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545143110
Availability: Special Order
Published: The Blue Sky Press - September 2010

OH, DAVID.  We all know he means well, but things don’t always turn out well.  Enjoy David’s enthusiasm and classic hijinks in this Christmas addition to the “David” books.


Too Many Tamales Cover Image
By Gary Soto, Ed Martinez (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399221460
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 15th, 1993

Take a break from classic characters and explore Navidad in this classic.  Everyone loves tamales for Christmas.  Can there ever BE too many tamales?  Read along to find out and enjoy the lovely illustrations as you go!


If You Take a Mouse to the Movies (If You Give...) Cover Image
By Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780060278670
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - October 3rd, 2000

This is less a disaster and more of a never ending story.  We all know what happens “if you give a mouse a cookie”, but what if you take him to the movies?  Find out all of the holiday traditions mouse will want to do, IF you take him to the movies in this great holiday addition to Laura Numeroff’s classic works.


Stick Man Cover Image
By Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545157612
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - September 2009

Stick Man leads a happy life with his family.  Until he’s grabbed by an energetic pooch who takes him far away from his home!  Will Stick Man ever make it home in time for Christmas?


The Last Holiday Concert Cover Image
$19.79
ISBN: 9780689845161
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 2004

What if you had to save Christmas AND your teacher’s job?  You’d do it, right?  Andrew Clements tackles the hilarity and hardships of school in this middle grade book.


My Weird School Special: Deck the Halls, We're Off the Walls! Cover Image
By Dan Gutman, Jim Paillot (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780062206824
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - September 24th, 2013

The kids are back and wacky as ever in this holiday special of the popular chapter book series, MY WEIRD SCHOOL.


When Santa Fell To Earth Cover Image
$3.99
ISBN: 9780545415118
Availability: Available Now
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - September 30th, 2011

When an unreliable reindeer makes a mistake, Santa falls to Earth and lands in a Christmas caper you won’t forget.  It takes a gang of kids, Santa, and more to defeat the evil plans of Jeremiah Goblynch and his nutcracker goons . . . and save Christmas!