Great Holiday Books to Read with Kids (pt. 1)

reading_on_couchHere at we are all about connecting with our kids and enjoying real quality time together. One of our favorite indoor activities this time of year, is to gather up the children and read some holiday stories.

Our next few posts will provide you with a few of our favorite holiday books. Suggestions provided by our friend and children’s book enthusiast Andrea Moffatt.

Which books are holiday traditions at your house? Please let us know in the comment section, we would love to hear from you!

Trees of the Dancing Goats

by Patricia Polacco

Trees of the dancing goats

This is a lovely story about kindness, generosity, and sharing the holiday spirit. In rural Michigan, Trisha and her family prepare for a joyous and abundant Hanukkah. They realize that their neighbors down the road are facing a very difficult problem. What happens next reveals the true magic of this time of year.

If you have not read this story, you are in for a treat. The art work is rich with detail and emotion. Polacco’s writing is simple enough for small children and nuanced enough for both older children and adults. You will love this story. It is especially relevant for families working to blend traditions during this time of year.


Christmas in The Country

by Cynthia Rylant & Diane Goode

Christmas in the country This story is warming, like a wood fire on a cold night. It relays a flowing sense of the rhythms of life and the special joys of each season. The author’s descriptions of the little white house in the mountains will make you want to come in out of the cold and sit in a rocking chair beside grandpa. Her sentences are simple, but the words are powerful. She captures the sights, sounds, smells and feelings of the season in beautiful detail.

Diane Goode’s  ink and water color illustrations evoke just the right balance of stark whiteness and colorful celebration. This is a fantastic book appropriate for ages 3 and up.

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