The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Caldecott Award winning "The Snowy Day" captures the magic of the first snowfall of the year.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" follows the story of the Herdman family as they decide to join the church Christmas Pageant.
The Story of Hanukkah by David Adler
"The Story of Hanukkah" is David Adler's best-selling book about how Hanukkah came to be. It's a great story for explaining Hanukkah to children and includes a recipe for latkes and instructions on playing dreidel.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
"Little Women" isn't a traditional Christmas or holiday book, but much of the story takes place in winter and the Christmas scene is, to me, one of the most endearing of the book. It's a great family read any time of year, but especially at the holidays when we are all reminded to take stock of our blessings.
Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Caldecott Award Winning "The Polar Express" just can't be read too many times. Following the narrator on his journey to the North Pole is a magical journey for all of us!
The Seven Spools of Thread by Angela Shelf Medearis
"The Seven Spools of Thread" is an African folktale written to help introduce children to the holiday's seven principles. It incorporates the values of Kwanzaa into the story and its illustrations add a sense of magic to the tale as well!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is, like Little Women, not a typical Christmas book. But who can forget Harry's first Christmas at Hogwarts? The Christmas dinner, the sweater from Ron's mom and of course the Invisibility Cloak!
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
"A Christmas Carol" is such a classic Christmas story. It's one of the few books from which movies do not deviate. Even if they use muppets or Disney characters, the narration remains the same. Scrooge is a reminder to us all to be happy and grateful and to keep Christmas in our hearts every day of the year.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas": Sure you can watch the cartoon version on TV, but first read the original! Whether you love Christmas as much as the Whos or consider yourself more of a Grinch, take a moment to stop, read just one drop, and we think you'll be hooked - it's a cinch!
Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore, illustrated by Charles Santore
"Twas the Night Before Christmas" and all through the house...we were so tired of watching "A Christmas Story" we were ready to grouse!