A Month of Holiday Reading

Reading has always been a huge part of my life. My mom is, and always has been, an avid reader and she passed that love of literature on to me. It never mattered what we read, as long as we were reading.

As a kindergarten teacher, I spent my year teaching young minds to read. So, needless to say we read A LOT in my classroom. One of my favorite times of the year for reading was, and is, the holidays. My Thanksgiving and Christmas section of my classroom, and now home, library takes up significantly more room than any other topic or theme.

This year, Koa has also developed an increased love of reading. Both boys adore books, and I could not be happier. So, This Christmas I have grabbed all of my holiday books, and some new ones, and I cannot wait to share them with my boys.

I have put together a list of 25 of my favorite holiday books. Most are Christmas, but a few are of other cultural or religious holidays, like Hannukah. They are beautiful and fun books, and I like to expose my kids to the idea that not everyone celebrates as we do.

There are about a gazillion ways to go about doing this, but I have chosen to just let Koa choose one book each night, it just has to be a new one, from a basket I have set out.

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Many of these books may be familiar to you; some may be new. I realize many of them may seem to be for a younger audience, but I assure you anyone and everyone will enjoy these stories. Some were chosen for the beautiful illustrations, some for the funny words, others are classic stories read through generations. All of them spread the magic and cheer of the season.

  1. Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini
  2. The 12 Days of Christmas  Illustrated by Jan Brett (stunning illustrations)
  3. The Year Without a Santa Claus by Phyllis McGinley
  4. One Winter’s Night by Claire Freedman
  5. The Little Drummer Mouse by Mercer Mayer
  6.  Bear’s First Christmas by Robert Kinkerk
  7. Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
  8. The Miracle of  the First Poinsettia: A Mexican Christmas Story by Joanne Oppenheim
  9. How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky
  10. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  11. Bear Stays up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
  12. Christmas Trolls  by Jan Brett
  13. Willy and May by Judy Schachner
  14. Mrs. Greenburg’s Messy Hanukkah by Linda Glaser
  15. Bear Stays up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
  16. Santa Claus The World’s Number One Toy Expert by Marla Frazee
  17. Olive the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh
  18. Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett
  19. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  20. Guess Who’s Coming to Santa’s for Dinner? by Tomie dePaola
  21. The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett
  22. The Magic Dreidels by Eric A. Kimmel
  23. The Story of Aloha Bear by Dick Adair
  24. The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore (The version illustrated by Bruce Whatley) or Ke Ahiahi Mamua o Kalikimaka ’twas the Night Before Christmas in Hawaii illustrated by Barbara Ewald
  25. The Story of Christmas ( whatever your family’s favorite may be)

There is one book for each night, but of course do it however you want. These are just 25 of the wonderful books for this time of year. I am sure your family has some favorites! Are there any that I missed and should check out?

 

 

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