Last night we needed a few books so I headed to Barnes and Noble with two of my sons. I have to be honest, as much as I love bookshops it’s been a while since I’ve set foot in a brick and mortar bookstore.
While browsing up and down the aisles I noticed hundreds (maybe more) of holiday books for children. There were some classics that I remember from when I was a kid and there were also newer titles that I was unfamiliar with.
I decided to reach out to a few blogger friends to ask for their favorite children’s holiday books.
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Sara Vartanian of Green Moms Collective: “I like Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas: A Safety Guide for Scaredies because the students (as a librarian) love it! Scaredy squirrel is funny and prepares a plan. I also like The Mitten by Jan Brett and Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins.”
Beth Buczynski the author of Sharing is Good has a classic favorite: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Melissa Anulao Moog of Itsabelly Baby Planners added a few holiday books that I’m unfamiliar with. She’s reading A Christmas Wish to her 3 year old twins now and they request it all of the time along with The Night Before Christmas (old fave).
Amity Hook-Sopko, the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief at Green Child Magazine, loves the book Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons. Even though it’s centered around a treat, the illustrator shows this beautiful mix of humans and animals, representing diversity. And it teaches lessons about being grateful and generous.
Leigh Ann of Green4U.com says Twas the Night Before Christmas is her family’s favorite. It is a tradition in my husbands family for “Dad” to read that story before bed every Christmas eve. When I was pregnant with my first child they gave us a very nice copy of the book to use.
Betsy Escandon, writer at Eco Novice Going Green Gradually, published a fantastic list of her holiday favorites HERE. If she had to narrow it down to just one she would pick The Friendly Beasts: an old English Christmas Carol by Tomie dePaola. Her kids would probably pick How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Here are a few favorites in our family:
- Latke, the Lucky Dog
- I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel
- The Dreidel that Wouldn’t Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah
- My First Kwanzaa (My First Holiday)
- Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
What holiday books do you love to read as a family?
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