The Weather Outside is Frightful, but these Books are So Delightful: 10 Holiday Titles for Kids

There is just nothing more comforting than getting toasty with a good book.

Suddenly, school is out, daycare is closed, and the office is lights out. It’s downtime, why not have a little ritual storytelling?

We’ve got you covered with these brilliant and beautiful holiday kids books, because nothing makes the season come alive better than our own imaginations. So pop some popcorn, heat up the cocoa, and make room on the couch.

1. Happy Hanukkah, Corduroy by Don Freeman

Corduroy is that snuggly, curious little teddy bear with tons of friends and on this Hanukkah holiday, they are having a wonderful party! They play games with the dreidel, unwrap presents, and find the gelt before they light the candles on the menorah. Kids can explore all the Hanukkah traditions with Corduroy, to understand the meaning behind these ancient rituals and connect to a rich history.

2. Santa Mouse by Michael Brown, Illustrated by Elfrieda De Witt

You might not even be able to handle it, this little guy is so adorable. Yep, Santa Mouse is on a mission to make friends. Find out how one lonely little guy changes his world for the better because giving is the best gift of all.

3. Olive, the Other Reindeer by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh

San Franciscan Duo Vivian Walsh and J. Otto Seibold created a bold brand that has become a hipster household name. The Mr. Lunch series are wildly graphic with a style and a storytelling technique entirely their own. Olive the Dog has Christmas dreams of being the other reindeer. So set on this goal is Olive that she goes to the North Pole to help Santa. And in fact, Olive turns out to be enormously helpful to Santa’s sleigh team.

4. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

All aboard, the Christmas fantasy of traveling to the North Pole comes alive in Chris Van Allsburg’s classic tale of a mystical train that arrives deep in the night on Christmas Eve. Only the children have the profound pleasure of riding in this magical train straight to Santa’s whimsical workshop. This edition comes with a listening CD narrated by the talented Liam Neeson. The atmosphere of this beautiful story is as crisp as a winter night.

5. The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett

Few children’s authors manage to meld finely detailed artistry with master storytelling the way Jan Brett does. Little Teeka has an important job: getting the reindeer ready for their long, tough journey with Santa. But when her bossy style starts to cause problems, Teeka puts her problem-solving skills to use. Wrought in arrangements and detail that capture real-life with a distinctly Scandinavian style, this story is a unique and delightful tale that can easily become a seasonal treat.

 6. Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May) by Barbara Park

Junie B. Jones is a kick in the pants, and everyone who knows her will be thrilled to add Batman Smells to their Junie B. collection. Barbara Park’s New York Times bestselling character overcomes her holiday obstacles with her usual penache: while the whole school is joyfully prepping for Christmas, Junie’s nemesis threatens her good time. What can she do? Her spirited solution will make you smile.

7. Dinosaur’s Night Before Christmas by Jim Harris

Why is it that dinosaurs and Christmas go together so well? Well, they do in this story, anyway. Dad is just about to get some shut-eye when out on the lawn there arose such a clatter…that only dinosaurs could possibly make that kind of noise. A delightfully drawn and inventive play on the classic, Jim Harris will squeeze a chuckle out of you.

 8. Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle

Little Blue Truck is so excited, spreading cheer, delivering Christmas trees! Your early reader can count the trees as Little Blue Truck presents his animal friends with their very own. Great rhymes, sweet pictures, and a solid holiday message of warmth, this board book features flashing colored Christmas lights as a finale.

 9. The Itsy Bitsy Snowman by Jeffery Burton

Everyone knows and everyone loves the “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” song. Little kids go nuts when they hear this funny holiday version:

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.”

This is a sweet spin through a winter wonderland that will enthrall your small ones.

10.The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Really, this book is such a treasure, it is appropriate all year long, but when that first snow starts to drift down, Keats captures the magic of an urban environment blanketed in beautiful powder. A contemporary of great artists like Eric Carle, Caldicott Winner Keats has a signature collage style that embodies a time, a place, and a child’s wisdom.

Great stories feed the soul, and reading together is a powerful way of rejoicing in our time together as another year passes. Reading to your children, no matter what age they are, is one of the biggest gifts you can bestow on them. After all, there is no more pure peace that curling up with a good book, and peace is what the holidays are all about.

About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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