One of my favorite holiday traditions is to wrap up several winter/holiday books for my oldest. Each night he picks two books to unwrap and read. We typically start our tradition two to three weeks before Christmas. But do what works best for your family! A friend from school had this tradition with her kids and class, and I loved the idea! I did this with my classes and my son once he was old enough. They absolutely loved it! I can’t even begin to tell you the level of excitement over this! I wrapped the majority of the books in one pattern of wrapping paper and the longer books that went with movies in a different pattern for a weekend night! Here are some of our favorites. Click on the pictures of the books and it will take you to the website to preview it.
The Night Before Christmas- The pictures are amazing! This is such a great book to read each year. I was impressed by the price!
The Little Snowplow- This is one of my new favorites! I love the message of this book. A little plow is teased because he is so small. Every day and night he trains by doing plow lifts and pushing gravel. One night a blizzard blankets the town. See how Little Plow comes to the rescue!
Polar Express- I have amazing memories listening to my mom read The Polar Express when I was growing up! Before staying home with my 3 kids, my dad came in every year dressed in a suit and a conductor hat and read this book to my students. He also brought in cookies and hot chocolate. This was my favorite day of the year! The book is a bit long, but so worth it. Maybe save it for a weekend when you have more time and can watch the movie too!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas- The New Grinch movie is out! We love this classic book, but be prepared it is a bit long. Personally, I would save this classic book for the weekend when you have more time. If you have a younger or more sensitive child, I would get the cartoon Grinch DVD. The one with Jim Carrey is great, just a bit much for my son when he was 3.
Home Alone- I couldn’t stop giggling when I first saw this book. The movie is retold in a picture book. This is a great one for kids that you feel can handle the movie. My 4-year-old is pretty sensitive, so he wouldn’t be a good fit for this yet, but my nieces and nephews in elementary school would love this! By the way, they have a whole series of books based on the TV shows and movies from our youth. Some of them include ET, Back to the Future, The X-Files, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. These are great to read with your older children!
The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish- I love the hardcover version! The board books tend to be a shortened version and can miss some good details. One of my favorite lines from this book is, “For the best gifts of all, come straight from the heart.” Pout-Pout Fish ends up making gifts from the heart for all of his friends. I love looking at the pages where his friends receive their gifts. This opens up great conversations with my son.
How Santa Got His Job- It is very cute!! It is about all the jobs Santa failed at before becoming “Santa”. The reasons he failed at other jobs ended up being the reasons he was a perfect Santa. The elves found him, and he was a perfect fit to deliver holiday cheer.
Ninja Claus- I just read this last week. It was funny, and I know my son would like the ninja humor in it! The boy sets traps for Santa but catches other things and people. At the end, the boy got the perfect gift from the original ninja himself.
Snowmen at Night- I love reading this book with my kids. Reading books that rhyme is so good for them! This is especially fun after building a snowman. Do you know what your snowman does when you go to bed?
Santa Duck- Mysteriously a hat is delivered to this duck. He puts it on and everyone starts listing what they want for Christmas!
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies- I feel like this book is me every night! You give your child a cup of water before bed and then they have to go to the bathroom. After they go to the bathroom, they remember they forgot their blanket downstairs. Once they find their blanket downstairs, they realize they forgot to take out every book from the bookshelf… I feel for this mouse’s mom!
Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia is silly and makes me smile. I loved these books when I was younger!
The Mitten is a classic!
The Snowy Day is a Caldecott Award winner!
Bear Stays Up for Christmas has over 500 perfect reviews! Very cute!
There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell- Kids love this series of books!
Llama Lama books are another class favorite!
How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? This series is good short read for your dino loving preschooler! The rhyming is great for kids to hear.
Tacky is nothing like his friends. But Tacky saves the day by being himself… odd!
The Itsy Bitsy Snowman- Sung to the tune of Itsy Bitsy Spider! It’s a great board book for your little ones!
Olive, the Other Reindeer- Olive thinks she is a reindeer after hearing the famous Christmas song!
Penguins and Polar Bears- Any nonfiction books about polar bears or penguins are fun to read in the winter!