Christmas is the perfect time to snuggle up with a soft blanket and a good book. Reading aloud is not only great for your child's literacy development, but it's a perfect bonding activity for a cod, dark, winter evening. Think beyond bedtime, a basket of these books will look so cozy next to your Christmas tree or by a favorite reading chair. Kids find enjoyment in having their books accessible and inviting, and they will gravitate towards that beautiful display and choose their favorite books to read.
The front of our basket is filled with favorites that have been in the family for generations. These have vintage illustrations and are small and easy for the kids to pick up and explore on a whim.
1. The Christmas Snowman
2. A Thousand Candy Santas
3.Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
4. The Night Before Christmas: A Visit From St. Nicholas
5. My First Picture Book of Christmas Carols
6. Curious Little Kitten's First Christmas
7. Santa's Toy Shop
8. The merry Christmas book: Christmas songs and stories
9. My Christmas Treasury
10. Richard Scarry's Christmas Mice
In my family, we try to celebrate some Jewish Holidays since they teach important lessons about God and the Bible. We don't know all of the right ways to celebrate, but we try our best to honor God. Plus, we enjoy some Chanukah favorites during our read-aloud times.
Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?- This one is my girls' favorite. They search the basket for it, and we actually learned a lot of the basics about Chanukah from this book. It reinforces the good behaviors that children should be practicing on this special holiday.
12. Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah- A cute version of the classic song.
13. All the Lights in the Night- This is a great one to read during Chanukah because it includes the actual story of the miracle that we celebrate.
We also have lots of favorite Christmas books:
14. Mary, Did You Know?- Another beautiful version of a song. This song asks Mary if she knew the world wide impact that Jesus was soon to make.
15. How the Grinch Stole Christmas- Who can forget this classic. With an amazing message, you can't go wrong to share this classic with your kids. We even have a stuffed Grinch doll in our book basket.
16. Counting Christmas- Karen Katz is one of Ana's favorite authors, so when I saw this book, I knew she had to have it. As expected, she loves counting all of the adorable Christmas items.
17. I Spy Christmas: A Book of Picture Riddles- I Spy are amazing photographs on each page with riddles of things to find amidst the clutter. The scenes are amazingly intricate, and these are great books to snuggle down with on a cold winter's evening.
18. An Orange for Frankie- Patricia Polacco is one of my favorite author illustrators, and if you want to know why, check out this book. It details a Christmas story about her great-uncle. If, like me, you can't get enough of sleighs and old-fashioned Christmas simplicity, this is definitely the book for you. My only warning, however, is that it is quite the tear-jerker.
19. The Light of Christmas- Is it alright to list two books that made me tear up in a row? This is a beautiful story of kindness and the true meaning of Christmas. It reminds me almost of the story of the Good Samaritan.
20. Olive, the Other Reindeer- A confused little doggy ends up being very useful to Santa and his team. The kids really go in for this one even though I think the play on words is over their heads.
21.The Worst Person's Christmas- A modern-day scrooge discovers what Christmas is all about.
22. The Wild Christmas Reindeer- The intricate illustrations bring the Arctic to life in a magical way. The message is all about how it's never too late for a change of attitude, and that is a message that we love!
23. On Christmas Eve
24. The Berenstain Bears Save Christmas- Ana loves the Berenstain Bears, so she really was happy when I check this one out of the library. In this sweet story, the Bear family goes back to a sweet and simple holiday much to Santa's delight.
25. Lighthouse Christmas- This story is a beautiful introduction to the Flying Santa organization which has been dropping gifts and essential supplies to New England lighthouse families since 1929. The characters are real, and the plot is touching.
26. The Special Gifts- The message behind this book is clear- use your talents to bless others. How could you not love it? The illustrations are magnificent.
27. Coal Country Christmas- This is a bittersweet story of visiting family in Pennsylvania Coal Country for Christmas. I can't say a bad word about it, but maybe it just hits too close to home for me.
28. The Polar Express- Can you hear Santa's sleigh bells? This is a journey of belief for a young boy. It is a Caldecott medal winner, and a true Christmas classic.
29. The Trees of the Dancing Goats This is the story of a Russian Jewish family who decides to bless
several other families when they learn that they have scarlet fever on
Christmas. Partricia Pollacco is a master storyteller, and this book is
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