If you’re like me, you’ve been looking forward to gift giving season and have probably bought at least a few items already. The kids and/or grandkids have, most likely, already have been dropping hints and circling items in the Christmas Amazon catalog. I’m always going to get my people a lot of what’s on their special list, but whether or not they’re on the list, books are always going to be part of my holiday giving. I’ve read many, many books over the years to my kids and grandson, as well as donating them to children in need, and these are some of my favorite.
Check out this list of 10 Must-Buy Kids Books For The Holiday Season:
- ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore: This book was originally published as a poem in the early 1800s. It stands the test of time with its magical and mysterious account of Santa’s late-night visit to a family’s home. It’s been remade 100 times over with different characters and themes but you can’t beat the original.
- The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg: A fascinating tale of Christmas adventure that reminds children and adults about what it means to believe.
- Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown: This classic bedtime book is a perfect soothing bedtime ritual as bunny gently and lyrically says goodnight to all the things in his room, his room itself, and of course, the moon. I loved to play spot the bunny on each page with my kids and now they do the same with theirs.
- Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems: This Caldecott Award-winning picture book about a pigeon who desperately wants to drive a bus will have both parents and kids laughing out loud. This whole series will not disappoint and neither will the spin-off series Elephant & Piggie! All are great for early readers!
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak: This is the tale of little Max, who uses his big imagination to go on an even bigger adventure when he gets sent to his room! A whimsical and fun Caldecott winning picture book.
- Swimmy by Leo Lionni: Another Caldecott winner, this is the story of brave little fish living deep under the sea and how they tackle their big and dangerous problem through teamwork.
- Olivia by Ian Falconer: Olivia the little pig is rambunctious and full of energy. She keeps her mother busy and on her toes all day. Neither one of them would have it any other way! This book won the Caldecott Honor in 2001.
- Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson: This Halloween story can kick off the holiday season with a fun tale of helping, teamwork, and friendship. The clever rollicking rhyming words will have you reading in a playful sing-song fashion.
- Duck and Goose by Tad Hills: These two sweet birds become fast friends in this funny tale of friendship and adventure. Everyone will love these silly little birds.
- Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett: This story about a lovable tickle monster brings joy to kids and parents as they revel in the fun of reading and tickling!
Related: 5 Fun Holiday Kids Books
These 10 Top Kids Books For The Holiday Season are so much fun, you could get any one of them for your children or grandchildren and they will love it! In fact, why not get them all. They’ll help make for extra cuddle time with your little ones at bedtime or anytime.
Do you have any of these books on your child’s bookshelf? Which is your favorite?
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Lisa is a mother of three lovely young women and is a new grandmother to a baby boy! She has been married to her high school sweetheart for more than thirty years. Lisa is originally from Dearborn Heights, Michigan, but has lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1984. Running a small business for over 25 years and raising a family has made for a busy, busy life with many ups and downs; it’s definitely been an adventure.
Lisa’s always involved in one project or another whether it’s work related or serving her community. She also recently went back to school to finish her bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Lisa tries to make every day a good day—that means learning something new, practicing kindness, and enjoying the present moment.