One of my fondest memories growing up involved reading books with my mom. From the time I was a little girl, not even old enough to read myself, she would spend hours reading to my sister and I. From short stories to chapter books, my mother often read anything and everything to us kids.
As an adult, and a new mother, reading books to my young son has become a year ‘round staple in my house. While this is also common for most, it isn’t for all families. Some just pull books out around the holidays, for others it’s a bedtime ritual. Reading books to children from a young age not only enhances their imagination, but also helps listening and language development.
My husband and I love reading to our son every night after his bath. It’s our calm, quiet time for just the three of us to bond. We make it a point to always squeeze a story in before bedtime in hopes that one day he will grow to love reading books himself.
As a child, holiday books were always my favorite. They were often paired with hot chocolate, warm slippers, or cozy blankets while the aroma of scented holiday candles wafted through the house.
So with the holidays quickly approaching, I’ve compiled a list of some great Holiday Kids Books for babies and toddlers. While the classics like The Night Before Christmas, The Polar Express, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas are always great for older children, I’ve come across a handful that are sure to be a hit for any baby or toddler. All of the books are available on Amazon.
5 Fun Holiday Books for Children
The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll– A great wintry story perfect for any preschooler. The lesson in this book encourages teamwork to accomplish a common goal- building the biggest snowman ever! Also check out the original, The Biggest Pumpkin Ever. You can find it here.
Duck & Goose, It’s Time for Christmas by Tad Hills– The Duck & Goose series is among my new favorites. It all started when my mom bought my little J Duck & Goose 1 2 3 for Christmas last year. He was only 4 months old and his eyes would light up every time we read it. Thus, began the search for every book in the series. The big, bold colors and easy lessons of Duck & Goose are a sure favorite. You can find here.
Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Chertile & Jill McElmerry– Another great series with beautiful illustrations that are sure to capture any child’s attention. Little blue truck delivers Christmas trees to all of his animal friends while encouraging counting and rhyming skills. Bonus- There’s a surprise light Christmas tree show at the end of the book. You can find here.
Jingle Bugs by David A. Carter– Can’t go wrong with a pop-up book! Let’s just admit they’re great for all ages…even Mommies and Daddies. My copy belonged to my youngest sister and somehow it has lasted all these. You can find it here.The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats– Also amongst the classics, and winner of the Caldecott Medal. This is a short story about a boy enjoying the first snowfall. Adventure awaits for little Peter just outside hid front door. The bright colors are sure to stimulate any young reader. You can find it here.
Be sure to pick up any, or all 5 of these Holiday Kids Books and you’re sure to put a smile on any child’s face. All books are available on Amazon. Some of the small books are great stocking stuffers, while others might just need to be wrapped. Either way, all 5 Holiday Kids Books are sure to be a hit this Christmas.
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What are some of your favorite holiday books and why? Tell me in the comments below.
My little one’s favorite is Little Blue Truck’s Christmas. Forget the story, he skips to the end every time to enjoy the light show!
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