Holiday Reading: 9 Favorite Books for Kids

KIDS BOOKSG ifts giving in Christmas is important, especially for your children. But beyond just toys, A “Books for Kids” gift was a priority on lists as well as toiletries, school supplies, clothes and other little surprises for lasting holiday to make kids’ Christmas just a little brighter

Create your own special holiday memories with “Books for Kids”. I invite you and your family to Discover Something New at your local “Books for Kids” this holiday season. I always enjoy this time of year and the holiday-themed children’s books are part of what I like.

Need some inspiration?

If you are looking for a few new options for great reading for the season. I’ve put together a list of my very favorite Christmas children’s books and below is that 9 books for kids on my list of favorites.

 

Discover something new BOOKS FOR KIDS

 

The 12 Sleighs of ChristmasThe 12 Sleighs of Christmas

Ages 3-6

In this picture book by the author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, Santa’s elves discover that his sleigh is a total wreck. What to do? A build off, of course. Every kind of vehicle is imagined but it’s the smallest elf who comes up with the winner. Wild, imaginative, and perfect for kids who love vehicles.


Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas

Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas

Ages 4-7

This Hanukkah story brings traditions together in a family that has samosas instead of latkes for a fun multicultural celebration. Everyone gets a chance to participate and even some typical sibling irritation can’t stop the fun in this holiday tale that will resonate with many of today’s families.

 


The Nutcracker in Harlem

The Nutcracker in Harlem

Ages 4-8

A jazz-infused take on the Nutcracker gives it new dimension in this beautiful picture book. Set in New York during the Harlem Renaissance, a little girl finds her voice in music thanks to a very special toy. A beautiful and welcome addition for holiday reading to be shared with many future generations.

 


Ramadan (Celebrate the World)

Ramadan (Celebrate the World)

Ages 2-4

Learn all about the traditions of Ramadan with this first book in the brand-new board book series Celebrate the World, which highlights celebrations across the globe. A beautifully illustrated board book that shares the traditions of Ramadan and what the holiday is all about–doing good deeds, spending time with family, and being thankful.

 


 Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas

Ages 3-7

The inspiration for the beloved film is back in print after over 40 years. The book that led to Jim Henson’s classic Christmas movie is now back in print. Written in 1971 and inspired by The Gift of the Magi, this holiday gem from the author of Bread and Jam for Frances will delight a new generation of readers.

 


Red and Lulu

Red and Lulu

Ages 3-7

Incredibly sweet and heart-warming, this beautiful picture book about Red and his mate, Lulu, who lose each other when their fir tree home is moved. Red searches endlessly for Lulu, until the singing in Rockefeller Center brings them together again. A miracle of the season about the power of love.

 


The Itsy Bitsy Dreidel

The Itsy Bitsy Dreidel

Ages 2-4

A chunky little board book that puts a Hanukkah twist on The Itsy Bitsy Spider nursery rhyme. A fun pick for reading to little ones who are getting ready for the Festival of Lights, just like the dreidel in the story.

 


A World of Cookies for SantaA World of Cookies for Santa: Follow Santa’s Tasty Trip Around the World

Ages 4-7

A World of Cookies for Santa takes readers across the globe to see all the treats that await Santa on Christmas Eve. Start on Kiritimati (also known as Christmas Island), the first location to welcome Christmas Day, then travel across the globe to see what local treats and traditions children around the world prepare on the night before Christmas. Fun and interesting for kids, the book includes nine cookie recipes to make.

 


A Christmas for BearA Christmas for Bear (Bear and Mouse)

Ages 5-9

One frosty night, Bear hears a tap, tap, tapping on his front door. “Merry Christmas!” I love the Bear and Mouse books, and this holiday installment is every bit as sweet and funny as the others. While Bear thinks Christmas is celebrated with pickles and poems, Mouse keeps looking for the presents. In the end, each gives the other one special gift that goes perfectly with their perfectly matched friendship.

Do you have a favorite kids books for Christmas that isn’t on the list? I’d love to hear!