Holiday Book Countdown – 12 Bugs of Christmas

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Counting down to Christmas with a new holiday book each day!

12 bugs of christmas The 12 Bugs of Christmas by David A. Carter

Everyone knows the ubiquitous Christmas carol The Twelve Days of Christmas, but realistically speaking those gifts have very little relevance to a kid’s life.  Bugs are much more fun to read – and sing – about, and David Carter imagines 12 new species of insect and then engineers them into a 3-D counting extravaganza in this Christmas pop-up book.

12 bugs of christmas page

Nine Dainty Bugs a-Dancing from THE 12 BUGS OF CHRISTMAS


My favorite page?  “Five glowing bugs” has a nice candlelight effect, and “Twelve angel bugs a-rising” is an impressive finale, but my heart belongs to the “Eight popcorn bugs a-popping” as they burst right out of their pot!

Other seasonal bug books by David Carter include Jingle Bugs and Snow Bugs.

If you’d like to try your hand at creating your own pop-ups, Carter offers a page of links to get you started.

Feeling really ambitious?  Try crafting one of Carter’s Christmas tree designs along with Martha Stewart!  Click the images to view the videos.

Pop-up Tree Video Part 1

Pop-up Tree Video Part 1

Pop-up Tree Video Part 2

Pop-up Tree Video Part 2


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