Christmas 2015 Staff Picks: LDS Department

Next on this year’s list of staff picks for Christmas books, our LDS deparment manager Mary Ann has chosen 8 of her favorite Christmas books.


This is the perfect book for you to read with your kids the night before Christmas or even on Christmas Day!

C is For Christmas by Tonya Skousen Arenaz

C Is for Christmas Tonya Skousen Arenaz What is Christmas? Find the answer in twentysix simple yet meaningful verses, one for each letter of the alphabet. From singing angels and jingling bells to quiet reflections on Nativity scenes, these vibrant pages celebrate all the festivities of the season while reminding us that the greatest Christmas gift can’t be found under the tree. Featuring stunning art by renowned artists Howard Lyon, Sandra Kuck, Joseph Brickey, Jean Monti, and Ben Sowards and introducing beautiful art from newly discovered Mark Missman, this richly illustrated book renews favorite family memories and inspires new ones.


These books are similar to pamphlets in that they’re only 10-15 pages long and they can fit in an envelope. These are the two we’re especially fond of this season, but we do have quite a selection. We call these our “visiting teaching” books because they’re small, not very expensive, and they tell a great story about the true meaning of Christmas.

The Perfect Gift by Henry B. Eyring

In this new Christmas booklet, President Henry B. Eyring shares some of his favorite Christmas gifts, both given and received. Through stories of assembling a barometer with his young son and creating an intricately carved wooden chest for his sweetheart, President Eyring reminds us that it isn t the price tag that determines the worth of a gift; the best gifts offer love and joy and they frequently involve help from others.

Giving joy . . . is rarely found in solitary effort, teaches President Eyring. And perhaps most important, invoking faith in the Savior, the Creator and source of all lasting happiness, invites the pure love of God, which is the greatest of all gifts and the sure source of enduring joy. However we choose to give this season, President Eyring reminds us that the best gifts of the season share love and the testimony of Jesus Christ and His restored gospel.

Cherishing Christmas by Toni Sorenson

 It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But for Santiago, Christmas is just another bitter reminder of the emptiness he’s felt since the loss of his beloved wife, Maria. He anticipates another holiday nursing the unbearable ache of loneliness, until one extraordinary night, when the dim flame of hope is reignited.

In a vivid dream, Santiago is promised that he will feel the joy of Christmas once more, with one stipulation: he must act on three truths that he once held dear. Upon waking, Santiago feels a glimmer of hope—somewhere inside himself, buried deep beneath the pain, are once-cherished truths that can free him from the bonds of sorrow. As Santiago embarks on the road to remembrance, his journey is a heartfelt reminder of the reason for the season, and of the reality of Christ’s promise: “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” (John 14:18). This warm story from bestselling author Toni Sorenson will remind you of what we cherish most, especially at Christmas.


This is the book we all want to curl up and read with a big mug of hot cocoa!

World War II Christmas Story by Dean Hughes

A historical fiction novel told from the perspective of a son fighting on the battlefields of Europe during World War II and his mother, struggling with worry and uncertainty about her soldier son while she tries to keep a semblenance of a normal, happy Christmas holiday back on the homefront.

Norma Hayes has always tried to make Christmas special for her family, but 1944 will make that more difficult with money being tight and wartime rationing making everything hard to come by. Aware of his mother’s hardships and the worry from having her eldest son at war, second son, Dennis, is determined to buy his mother a special gift this Christmas, a lavendar blue dress he hopes will bring her comfort as a symbol of special times gone by and the hope of a brighter future with the family reunited at war’s end.

Meantime, on a battlefield far from home in Holland with his 101st Airborne battalion, her soldier son catches a familiar scent of lavendar which briefly transports him back to the homefront to the perfume scent his mother wore, giving him a short respite and reuniting the family once again if only in his imagination.

Remembering The Joy Of Christmas by Anita Stansfield

A beloved season of festivity and tradition, Christmas heralds the creation of treasured family memories and inspires our hearts to turn to the tender recollections of the past. In Remembering the Joy of Christmas, more than a dozen of the finest authors in LDS fiction have joined together to craft a heartwarming compilation of their own personal accounts of Christmases gone by.

From the magic of one family’s inspiring Twelve Days of Christmas to a miraculous holiday spent in a hospital waiting room, each poignant story demonstrates a simple truth: it is not the lights or decorations that are central to a joyous holiday season. The true meaning of Christmas comes in focusing on the spirit of the season.

grandma’s BOOK:

This is the gift all you grandparent’s should look at getting your grandchildren!

Asleep On The Hay by Ben Sowards

It is Christmas Eve when a knock comes at the door of Paul’s family farmhouse. A small family is stranded due to a broken-down truck and seeks shelter for the evening. Paul’s grandfather not only welcomes them in, but offers them dinner and a bed for the night. Even though it is a season of giving, Paul’s heart is not filled with charity. It is the height of the Dust Bowl and food is scarce. Why should he share what little he has with strangers? Worse, in order to help the sick baby, Paul will have to sell his beloved calf to buy a part to fix the truck.

Angry, he retreats to the barn, where he sleeps and dreams of faraway Bethlehem. In his dream, he visits Mary and Joseph, and their newborn son, Jesus. The family offers Paul food and shelter and warmth extending to him the love and charity he lacks and teaching him of the true meaning of Christmas.


These books are small and not very expensive. In other words, they are perfect gifts for Santa to place in your child’s stocking!

Little Reindeer Little Snowman (with Finger Puppet)

Little Snowman Finger Puppet Book Little Snowman

Christmas 2015 Staff Picks: General Books

Each year we have a list of staff picks for Christmas books and products in each department. To start off this season, our General Books deparment manager Ellen has chosen 6 of her favorite Christmas books.

 The Christmas Baby by Marion Dane Bauer

This beautiful retelling of the Nativity story that celebrates the timeless joy of Christmas and of welcoming a new baby into the world is now available as a Classic Board Book!

When Mary and Joseph’s child was born, the good tidings spread from the animals in the manger, to the shepherds in the fields, to the kings in distant lands, and even to the angels in the heavens! Now every time a baby is born, we celebrate and people travel from far and wide to greet the new baby—because every new baby is a small miracle.

Filled with lyrical text and lush illustrations, this Classic Board Book is the perfect gift for baby’s first Christmas!

Itsy Bitsy Snowman by Jeffery Burton

A fun and playful seasonal twist on “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” makes this favorite nursery rhyme perfect for wintertime!

The itsy bitsy snowman went sledding into town,
looking at the snowflakes softly falling down.
Out came his friends to lend a happy hand.
And everything was perfect in his winter wonderland.

Little ones will love this fresh winter spin on a classic nursery rhyme, as one little snowman sleds through a winter wonderland.

A Christmas Carol by Adam McKeown

Now even the youngest readers can enjoy Charles Dickens s classic Christmas tale in this beautifully illustrated picture-book version of the holiday favorite, simpler to read but with all the magic of Dickens s voice preserved.

Follow miserly Scrooge as he is whisked through the night by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come in order to face his selfish treatment of Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, and Tiny Tim. Families will enjoy reading this shortened version of Dickens s story together, with its warm illustrations that capture every twist and turn.

Immortal Nicholas by Gleen Beck

Before he was Father Christmas he was simply a father. Thirteen-time #1 national bestselling author Glenn Beck realized years ago that somewhere along the way, his four children had become more focused on Santa than the meaning of Christmas. No matter how he tried, he could not redirect their attention away from presents and elves to the manger instead.

Glenn didn’t want to be the Grinch who spoiled the magic of Kris Kringle, so he had to find a unique way to turn his kids back toward the true meaning of Christmas. He decided the best place to start was by first turning Santa himself back toward Christ.

That was when one of America s best storytellers began to craft a tale that would change everything his kids thought they knew about Santa the incredible story he went on to tell them that Christmas Eve spans over a thousand years and explains the meaning behind the immortality and generosity of the man named Claus.

“The Immortal Nicholas” has now been expanded and reimagined into this novel for adults; a novel full of drama, history, legend, and heart. From the snowy mountains of Western Asia, to the deserts of Egypt, to Yemen s elusive frankincense-bearing boswellia trees, this is an epic tale that gives the legend of Santa a long overdue Christ-centered mission.
In this novel, Glenn Beck fundamentally transforms the figure that the world now mainly associates with shopping, all while staying true to the real story of the baby who brought redemption and salvation to the entire world.

Christmas Ideals 2015

A family favorite and time-honored Christmas tradition for more than 70 years. Now in its 71st year, Christmas Ideals continues its legacy of holiday cheer and warmth.

This classic collection of all things Christmas includes poetry, essays, quotations, and recipes, as well as three Bible excerpts from the story of the first Christmas. Each carefully chosen selection is accompanied by beautiful, full-color artwork or photography. Perfect for sharing with loved ones and friends, this beautiful book will spread Christmas joy once more this year.

Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Little Blue Truck is spreading cheer by delivering Christmas trees to his animal friends. Can you help count each green tree from one to five and back again? Don’t forget to save one for Blue! Beep! Beep!

With the gentle rhythm and signature illustration style that made Little Blue Truck a household name, Blue’s new adventure is full of holiday warmth. Sturdy cardstock pages, a compact and child-friendly text, and flashing colored Christmas lights on the final page come together in a novelty gift book that’s sure to be the favorite treat of the season.

2015 Thanksgiving Hours

The Book Table will be holding special hours during the Thanksgiving Holiday so our employees can spend time with their families.

Wednesday, November 25 we will be closing early at 5 p.m.

Thursday, November 26 we will be closed all day

We will reopen Friday, November 28 at 10 a.m., and we will not be holding any sort of Black Friday sales.

Thank you for your continued support, and have a great Thanksgiving!

2015 Midnight Madness Sale In Two Weeks

It is that time of year again, folks! The 2015 Midnight Madness Sale is almost upon us. This year’s Midnight Madness will take place exactly 2 weeks from today on Friday, December 4, 2015 between the hours of 8 p.m.-midnight.

Whether this is your first year with us, or you are a seasoned veteran of Midnight Madness, here are some helpful tips to making the most out of this fantastic event:

  1. Come early. Midnight Madness officially starts at 8 p.m., but the authors are often here early and eager to tell you about their latest books. Plus, you’ll often beat the lines if you’re here and ready on time.
  2. Say hi to the authors! Every year we pull in a ton of really fun authors who are just bursting to tell you about their latest books. Don’t just walk past them, take time to say hi and ask them about their work. You may just discover your next favorite book, and you’ll have a chance to get it signed!
  3. Grab a flyer at the door and then look for the balloons! Though everything in the store is at least 20% off during the sale, there are additional sales going on during the night which are always marked with balloons. So keep an eye out.
  4. We cannot hold any product for you during the sale. None. Whatsoever. Not even for a minute. So either bring someone to help you carry your product while you shop, or adhere to tip #1 and get here early enough to get a cart.
  5. We also cannot take special orders during the sale. If we are out of something that you want, make sure remember the product and call us on Saturday morning and we will be happy to order the product for you then.
  6. Absolutely no returns during the sale. If you need to return a product, please make sure to make it to a register well before 8 p.m. as we will not be able to help you after that time.
  7. Keep your receipts. For product returned within 90 days of this sale without a receipts, we are required to return the product at 20% off, even if it wasn’t purchased at the sale. So please remember to always keep your receipts just in case you need to return something later on.

Midnight Madness is our favorite night of the year. Please help us out by adhering to the above guidelines and everyone will have a pleasant night!

Thanks for shopping with us, and we hope to see you there!

Autumn and Thanksgiving 2015

Here are some product that we have in the store to get you ready for this season of thanksgiving and this autumn weather.

The Oak Inside The Acorn by Max Lucado

It was hard for Little Acorn to believe he would ever be a big, strong oak tree.

Soon Little Acorn grew into Little Oak. But now what was he to do? He couldn’t grow oranges like the orange tree or flowers like the rose bush. He just grew and grew until he became Big Oak, and his branches were big and strong-but still he didn’t know what he was to do. Then one day Big Oak found that his strong branches were just right for a very special purpose. The Oak Inside the Acorn is the story of the miracle inside each of us. For within every child is the special person God created, just waiting to grow.

Promised Land Game

This is a fast passed themed action game of the Book of Mormon. Players use items like, the Brass Plates, tree of Life or the Liahona to avoid consequences that come from false Traditions and Lamanite armies.


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Contemporary and whimsical. This Faux Bois Serving Tray with Owl Bowls includes three adorable owl dipping bowls plus a serving tray that looks like carved wood. Tray and bowls are sculpted from ceramic for elegance and quality with lots of detail and color. Tray is 12 3/4 Inch long and 5 1/8 Inch wide; bowls are 4 7/8 Inch long, 4 1/8 Inch wide and 1 3/8 Inch deep. Tray and three bowls are securely packaged into Kraft paper gift box for shipping and easy gifting. Tray with bowls are dishwasher, microwave and oven safe up to 350 degrees. Fun and simple way to brighten up the cupboard for fall season with these and other matching Crimson Hollow themed tabletop decor items from Grasslands Road collection.

A Short History of Thanksgiving by Sally Lee

Young readers learn about the early traditions which have led to our present-day celebration of Thanksgiving.

Honoring All Who Served

Wednesday, November11th is Veteran’s Day and all of us here at the Book Table want to thank all of those who have served our country.  Because of you, we are free. You are true heroes!

New Yamaha Keyboards

In the last year, Yamaha has released a few new keyboards!  As portable as your most basic keyboard, these new products are complete with a full keyboard of 88 weighted keys!

 Some models have cool features such as iPad app controls and divided keyboards!
Available for as low as $499.99

Thanksgiving – Children’s Books

Fancy Nancy: Our Thanksgiving Banquet by Jane O’Connor

This is going to be the best Thanksgiving ever!

There is a gigantic turkey, Grandma’s secret stuffing, green beans, and authentic cranberry sauce, the kind that doesn’t come out of a can. And desserts? There are almost too many to count.

Join Nancy and her entire family as they celebrate Thanksgiving in this brand-new storybook, complete with more than thirty swanky stickers.

T Is For Turkey by Tanya Stone

Little ones will love learning about Thanksgiving in Tanya Lee Stone’s newest shaped alphabet book. Join in as the elementary school puts on a play that tells the true story of the first Thanksgiving. Rhyming couplets that flow through the alphabet help kids celebrate everything from Harvest to Pilgrims to Turkey.

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano

Turkey is in trouble. Bad trouble. The kind of trouble where it’s almost Thanksgiving . . . and you’re the main
course. But Turkey has an idea–what if he doesn’t look like a turkey? What if he looks like another animal instead?
After many hilarious attempts, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise to make this Thanksgiving the best ever!

Thanksgiving Is For Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland

Sure, Thanksgiving is about pilgrims and history–and turkey, of course!–but most importantly, it’s a holiday all about everything that we are thankful for. Cheerful, colorful illustrations accompany the simple text in this celebration of family, friends, and the holiday that brings them all together.

Run, Turkey, Run by Diane Mayr

Thanksgiving is only a day away. Can Turkey find a place to hide from the farmer searching for a plump bird for his feast? If the farmer doesn’t fall for his tricks, there’s only one think left to do … run, Turkey, run!

2015 Halloween Treat Walk and Store Hours

In observance of the holiday, we will hold special hours on Saturday, October 31, 2015.  We will be open 10 am-5 pm.

And don’t forget about the annual Halloween Treat Walk in Downtown Logan from 10am-4pm on Saturday, October 31. Our employees will be dressed up and handing out candy with the rest of the shops on Main Street, so be sure to bring your kids. You don’t want to miss this!

Thank you for your continued support, and happy halloween!

Halloween Children’s Books

To help get you excited for Halloween, we’ve set up a couple of displays around the store filled with great Halloween products. Here are some new and fun children’s books that you are just going to love!

Trick-or-Treat by Debbie Leppanen

It’s that time of year again…

And the happy haunters are ready for a monstrous good time! In this collection of fifteen sweet, silly, and seriously fun rhyming poems, young readers will meet hungry ghouls, sneaky ghosts, and frisky skeletons, all who love partying in the moonlight. It’s a Halloween spook-tacular like no other!

Story of the Jack O’Lantern by Katherine Tegen

On Halloween night, we dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, and carve jack-o’-lanterns. But what is really behind these holiday traditions?

It all started with a greedy man named Jack, who made a pact with the wrong person. When it comes time for Jack to repay his debt, the deal doesn’t quite end as he expected. . . .

Katherine Tegen weaves together legend and tradition to tell the story of one of Halloween’s most popular icons. With vibrant and dazzling illustrations from Brandon Dorman, The Story of the Jack O’Lantern answers one of the mysteries of that spooky night.

Crankenstein by Samantha Berger

Who is Crankenstein?


He may look like any ordinary boy, but when faced with a rainy day, a melting popsicle, or an early bedtime, one little boy transforms into a mumbling, grumbling Crankenstein. When Crankenstein meets his match in a fellow Crankenstein, the results could be catastrophic–or they could be just what he needs to brighten his day!
The Spooky Smells of Halloween by Mary Man-kong

Little Sammy and his friends are having one spooky Halloween! They bob for apples, eat scary shaped Halloween cookies, and go trick-or-treating for other spooky treats. Children will love to read—and smell—all The Spooky Smells of Halloween.