Our Favorite Holiday Books

There are few things better in life than snuggling up on a cold winter’s night and sharing a book or two with a child. Take a few minutes to escape to a magical world through the pages of a book and you may even find yourself feeling like a kid again. Grab some blankets, make a cup of hot cocoa and select your favorite books for a memory-making night with your little one.

Need some suggestions for new books? Here are a few of our favorite holiday titles:

The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers – Age 4 and up 

Show your little one this ageless classic in an easy-to-understand story, so that they can learn the enchantment of The Nutcracker and graduate when they’re ready to the longer versions and the ballet. Susan Jeffers has succeeding in simplifying the story so a child can truly follow along and understand. This book reads like a fairy tale where Marie is the ‘princess’, the Nutcracker is certainly the prince, and Fritz and the Rat King are the antagonists. Right away, your child will notice the texture on the cover, as Marie’s hair is heavily sprinkled with glitter. The pictures inside are drawn and painted in a plentiful array of colors and shading, with Marie’s eyes detailed to the point of seeming real. Each page is filled with activity and details, from the giant Christmas tree flushed with ornaments, to the delectable details of the Land of Sweets, so be prepared to read slow and allow your little one time to fully take in each page.

 Read our full review here.

The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden – Age 5 and up

“This is a story about wishing,” begins The Story of Holly & Ivy, and it is the wishes of several people that come together one Christmas morning for a miracle. Ivy is a orphan longing for a doll and a grandmother to love. Mrs. Jones is a police officer’s wife longing for a little girl to love. Holly is a Christmas doll longing for a little girl to play with her. Each two-page spread contains at least a page of text allowing for wonderfully detailed descriptions and a more complete story. The illustrations are also wonderfully detailed and realistic scenes from an old English town.

Read our full review here.


Merry Christmas, Curious George! by Catherine Hapka and H.A. and Margret Rey – Age 4 and up

Everyone’s favorite primate is back with more monkey mayhem in this holiday edition. What starts as a simple trip to the tree farm with the Man in the Yellow Hat quickly turns into an adventure for Curious George when two hospital workers cut down the tree he was in and take the tree (with George still hanging on to it) back to the hospital. Preschool-age children will fall in love with George all over again as he decorates the tree with the best of intentions and yet finds himself in trouble with the hospital staff. Like all Curious George books, there’s a happy ending and everyone has a good chuckle. The illustrations are classic and sure to elicit a few laughs along the way.

Read our full review here.


The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson – Age 3 and up

Lauren Thompson’s The Christmas Magic is a story that takes a new look at a familiar character. It follows Santa’s preparations for Christmas, as he holds himself with a quiet dignity and waits for the Christmas magic to carry his sleigh away. The illustrations are beautiful and unique, and the story will likely become one of your holiday favorites.

Read our full review here.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss – Age 4 and up

No holiday book collection is complete without the classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! This story of Whoville and its Grinch with a heart two sizes too small has been entertaining children since 1957. The illustrations are typical Suess-style sketches, primarily in black and white with just two shades of orange sprinkled in for emphasis, leaving plenty of room for young imaginations to take over. The unique Seussical rhyming patterns and repetition in words are the focus of the book and ideal for getting children interested and involved in reading. They will soon learn the repetition and be able to pipe in and ‘read along.’

 Read our full review here.


What’s your favorite holiday book? How many of these titles have you read? Which books haven’t you read but would like to read?

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9 Responses to “Our Favorite Holiday Books”

  1. Earl Claycomb says:

    Twas the night before Christmas is a family favorite

  2. Amanda Alvarado says:

    We love How the Grinch Stole Christmas!! That and Twas the Night Before Christmas are our Christmas favorites. We also have the Merry Christmas Curious George. I’d love to read The Christmas Magic and The Nutcracker.

  3. stacy hancock says:

    I love The Grinch, but now would love to read Christmas Magic! We have Curious George’s Christmas book, too. Oh and The Night Before Christmas! The classics are my favorite.

  4. Elizabeth Wilson says:

    We love the Grinch. It has always been one of my favorite books, and I love to watch the movie too.

  5. Jessica Johannsmeier says:

    We have The Christmas Magic

  6. Alix Davis says:

    We love How The Grinch Stole Christmas at our house!! My kids want to read it year round!

  7. Twila Claycomb says:

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of our favorites, and we also love Twas the Night Before christmas. There are so many wonderful children’s books today.

  8. Beth says:

    I especially love the Grinch

  9. Jade Horn says:

    We all love the Grinch.

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