Cuddle Up with Stories About the Holidays
Brighten a child's world with a magical holiday book this season and give the best gift of all by enjoying it together.
Hanukkah Lights and Christmas Tree (Candlewick Press, $5.99 each) board books introduce holiday traditions to young children. Hanukkah Lights conveys the joy of Hanukkah by portraying everything from playing dreidel to lighting the menorah and receiving presents. Christmas Tree is a simple story of all the things that can be in a Christmas tree, from snow to squirrels.
The countdown to Christmas can seem endless for a young child. My First Read and Learn Countdown to Christmas (Scholastic, $12.99) numbers the days of Advent. Each day contains a "letter to God," often related to giving thanks, and suggested activities such as, "count nine months on a calendar; that is how long Mary waited to have the baby Jesus."
The Sound of Kwanzaa (Scholastic Press, $16.99) celebrates the seven guiding principles that reaffirm African American culture. This bright, colorful book explains the meaning behind the lighting of the seven candles during each night of Kwanzaa.
Stick Man (Arthur A. Levine Books, $16.99) is a rhyming story filled with the adventures of misunderstood Stick Man as he tries to get home to his family for the holidays. The world is a dangerous place for Stick Man. A dog wants to play with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on fire!
Penny's Christmas Jar Miracle (Shadow Mountain, $17.95) is about the spirit of giving. Penny Paisley and her family have a special Christmas tradition. They collect loose change in a glass jar on the kitchen counter and decide who should receive it. This year, Penny wants to give the jar to the whole neighborhood. The outcome of her plan is a lesson in compassion.
Ever wish that Santa Claus would reveal his secrets? In Secret Santa (Sterling, $16.95), Santa does just that. Have you ever wondered how Santa delivers so many presents in one night and why no one ever sees him? Find the playful answers in this elaborately engineered, delightful pop-up book.
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Orchard Books, $18.99) has been enjoyed by children and adults for nearly 200 years. In this enchanting story, the toys come alive and a young girl, Marie, is swept into a magical journey with the Nutcracker. A beautiful gift book.
A hilarious story about Santa's reindeer going on strike results in Santa trying everything from flamingos to elephants to guide his sleigh. Nothing works the way Santa expects, and The Great Reindeer Rebellion (Sterling, $14.95) has the reader laughing all the way.
On This Special Night (Scholastic, $14.99) is a story of a mother cat and her baby kitten who are snuggling together in a barn on a winter night. They join animals traveling to see a stunning bright star. As the cats journey toward the star, they learn the meaning of this special night.
In Berenstain Bears Christmas Tree (Zonderkidz, $12.99), the Berenstain Bears are searching for a Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. This slightly updated version is rich in the traditional family values that make this series a family favorite.