Everyday Living December 5th, 2018

8 Overlooked Kids' Books To Help You Celebrate The Season

There’s a chill in the air; a crispness that heralds the coming of snow.

People rush by on the sidewalk, bundled in warm coats and scarves, shopping for last-minute gifts for the family, their boss and the letter carrier.

The smell of evergreen drifts through my house and the wood in the fireplace crackles and pops as the flames dance between the logs. My children are excited because tonight is book reading night. Dishes sit in the sink; dust bunnies remain under the bed. No chores will be done tonight; we’ll be reading instead.

My kids and I have indulged in this tradition ever since my littlest was born. She’s now 5 years old. The 9-year-old tries to act sophisticated but can’t help getting into the spirit of things. They come bounding down the stairs, dressed in their pajamas, books in hand and jump onto the couch, pulling the comforter up to their chins.

They both have a favorite book or two, and so do I. It’s never too late to start reading with your kids, especially during the holidays when life can get so hectic. Here are eight holiday books to get you started!

Holiday Reads


Grace at Christmas

Grace learns the true meaning of Christmas when she has to share her special day with visitors from Trinidad.

Hanukkah Lights

A simple story to showcase Hanukkah traditions and a great way to introduce different cultures to young children.


Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa

Poor Li’l Rabbit’s Grandmother is sick, and he needs to find something to make her better so they can celebrate Kwanzaa together.

Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama

Holiday time at Sadie’s means golden gelt sparkling under the Christmas tree and candy canes hanging on eight menorah branches.


Seasonal Reads


The Elf on the Shelf

A great story to teach kids the importance of being nice for the holidays or else the Elf will report your naughty habits back to jolly St. Nick!

No Two Snowflakes

A child in Ghana reaches out to his pen pal in Canada with a simple question: “What is snow?”


The Snowy Days

This book captures the magic of the first snowfall for a little boy in the city.

The Snowman

When the snow falls, a little boy rushes outside to build a snowman who comes to life in his dreams that night!


Remember, reading books to your kids doesn’t have to be a holiday-themed tradition. But it’s a great way to start!

Now, pardon me, but my kids are clutching their books and holding their mugs of hot cocoa waiting for me on the couch. I need to change into my pajamas and get this reading party started!


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