Friday, December 13, 2013

When I'm Not Reading YA: Favorite Holiday Books For Children


Dylan is having fun decorating his Christmas tree

Currently, my little guy is obsessed with books (YAY!), so we have been reading together a lot.  Since the holidays are right around the corner, we have been reading and looking at the pictures of many holiday books.  Here are some of our favorites:




The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore and illustrated by Jan Brett - Christmas wouldn't be complete without this classic and although the vocabulary is challenging, it's a tradition and as he gets older, I am sure he will appreciate it even more.

The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup and illustrated by Matt Tavares - It reminds me of a male version of The Nutcracker; plus, there are pirates!  The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, too.



The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg - How could I not include this classic? This one is a favorite of mine and I am so glad I can share it with my son.  The version we have includes a CD audio recording of the book read by Liam Neeson. It's incredible!

Night Tree by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Ted Rand - This story is all about the Christmas spirit as the family prepares their yearly gift for the animals in the forest.  




Strega Nona's Gift by Tomie dePaola - This book is all about Italian customs and is actually pretty humorous. I even enjoy reading this one and learning more about Italian holiday traditions. 

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats - We have already gotten a lot of snow here in Pennsylvania, so we have been having a lot of fun reading this book, which is all about the enjoyment of waking up to a blanket of snow outside.


 

Baby's Christmas by Eloise Wilkin - This book was actually mine when I was little and my mom held onto it along with a few others. I loved this book as a child, because it captures the excitement around Christmastime; plus, the illustrations are so vivid! It's quickly becoming one his favorites, too.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Barbara Shook Hazen and illustrated by Richard Scarry- This "Little Golden book" was mine as well, so I love sharing it with my son. Everyone loves Rudolph!

Some Holiday Books We Would Love For Santa To Bring Us:



How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss 
Bear Stays Up For Christmas by Karma Wilson 
Carl's Christmas by Alexandra Day
A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz

So, what do you think of our favorite holiday books? Do you have any holiday books to recommend to me?  Let me know what you think!

12 comments:

  1. Those are all such great books! I haven't seen a bunch of them, but I remember reading The Polar Express and The Little Match Girl religiously when I was little. So glad to see your love of reading passed on!

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! I will have to check out The Little Match Girl. Thanks for the recommendation and for dropping by today!

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  2. The Polar Express! Probably my all-time favorite holiday children's book. I just remember staring at those gorgeous illustrations over and over again every year. I didn't even read it necessarily, I just flipped through and drooled over the pictures:) And of course, no Christmas is complete without the Grinch!

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    1. Me too, Jenny! I was obsessed and the illustrations are to-die-for. Thanks for dropping by.

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  3. I love holiday picture books. The Snowy Day is one of my ALL TIME Favorites. I really like the Bear books by Karma Wilson, too. Especially Bear Feels Sick (which isn't holiday but still super cute). And you can't go wrong with How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

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    1. I love The Snowy Day as well. Karma Wilson's books are the best. I will have to check out Bear Feels Sick--that one sound adorable. Thanks for visiting, Quinn.

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  4. I haven't read The Polar Express though I loved the movie. Bear Stays Up For Christmas looks really cute. I read one of her other Christmas books, Mortimer's Christmas Manger and I really liked it.

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    1. You need to read The Polar Express, Christina! It's awesome and the illustrations are incredible. I'll have to check out Mortimer's Christmas Manger….sounds cute! Thanks for visiting, Christina!

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  5. I love the picture of your son with the tree, so sweet!! The holiday books look like a lot of fun.

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  6. Baby Whimsy is still rough with her books. *le sigh* But I'm SO saving this list for future reference.

    Awesome picture btw! With Charlie Brown in the background. Love it!

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    1. He sometimes can be rough with books too, but has been getting better. Thank you so much, Juju! :)

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