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This post is sponsored by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.  All opinions are my own.

Looking back at Christmases in my past, I don’t think I have a single Christmas without the memories of Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer.  The holidays were filled with singing the Rudolph song again and again and watching the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Original Television Classic show.  Now that I have kids, this is a traditional that we have continued year after year in our own home.  Every year, the day after Thanksgiving, is when our Christmas season starts.  We pick out our Christmas tree, decorate our house and watch some of our favorite holiday stories while sipping hot chocolate as a family.  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is always on the list of must-have holiday watches.  Just as it has been in homes worldwide for 50 years now.  Did you know that this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the longest running and highest rated holiday tv special of all time.  I love that a tradition in my home is one that is so long lasting.

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As part of the 50th anniversary celebration, Square Fish, an imprint of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, released 6 new Rudolph-themed books.  We have a large stack of Christmas book in our home.  Starting December 1st, we try to read a Christmas book every day until Christmas.  I love that we are able to add some really fun Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer books to that stack.

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When I first pulled out these Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer books I set them on the couch while I was doing some cleaning.  My daughter was perfectly content sitting on the couch look at book after book until I finished.  She especially loved the board books because they were more interactive, but she went through each one of them. 

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I guess she spent too much time reading, because she is starting to turn into Rudolph…. or Lily the Red-Nosed princess.  Something like that.  🙂  Here is an inside look at the 6 Rudolph books released by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Life-the-Flap
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Life-the-Flap: Board Book for ages 2-4

I love board books. My 3 year old daughter looks at books in her bed every night and I never have to worry when they are board books. This book is really fun with the classic Rudolph Story with interactive tabs that give more details into the story.  My daughter loves going through each page and finding the tab that needs to be lifted and then asking me to read it to her.  It is a great way for her to interact with the story as well as with me.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Classic Story Deluxe 50th Anniversary Edition
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Classic Story Deluxe 50th Anniversary Edition for ages 4-8

This Deluxe 50th Anniversary Edition book is beautiful. This will be a book that we will cherish. It is a high quality hardcover book that shares the story that we all love. This being a nicer quality book is one that we will read to our kids each year as a tradition.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: My Reader
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: My Reader Level 2 Paperback Reader for ages 5-7

I have a 6 year old son that can now read independently so he was very excited to read this story. He loves watching the movie and enjoyed being able to enjoy one of his favorite shows in story form. This book is simple to read but the same classic story he loves. I love the bright colors and design of this paperback book.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Rudolph Saves the Day
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Rudolph Saves the Day Paperback picture book for ages 3-7

Who doesn’t love the story of Rudolph and how he saved the day! This book is perfect for celebrating 50 years of Rudolph because we are reminded that no matter what we can become something great.  I don’t know what it is about stickers, but my kids LOVE them.  They were so excited that this book came with stickers of all of their favorite Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer characters that they could enjoy.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Slide and Find
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Slide and Find Board Book for ages 2-4

This Board Book is really fun because it is interactive in a different way.  I’ve seen a lot of lift the flap books but this one is a slide and find.  You can see an example in the photo above.  On the top photo you see many of your favorite Rudolph characters, but with just a slide you reveal colors. (shown in bottom photo) This is in response to the “What colors do you see on the opposite page?” question that the story asks.  Not only is this story interactive and fun but it encourages learning.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Island of Misfit Toys
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Island of Misfit Toys Middle-Grade Graphic Novel for ages 7-12

My 11 year old appreciates the story of Rudolph but they hit an age where they try to be cool and don’t get quite as excited about it.  The Island of Misfit Toys is such a great book.  It is in comic book style and perfect for pre-teen ages.  My son really got into the story in a way that he was comfortable with.  The style and design of this book is really fun.

I love that this books all share the same timeless story but in a variety of formats that kids and adults of all ages will enjoy.  For more information about Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group you can visit them online and on Twitter.   Now, how about a GIVEAWAY!?

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One A Sparkle of Genius reader will receive the collection of 6 new Rudolph children’s books. Prizing provided by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; open to US residents only.

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