It's that time of year again – the time when we gather with our loved ones, exchange gifts, and celebrate the holiday season. For many families, one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is to read holiday books together. It’s definitely something we love to do with our Birdies.
Cozy up in your favorite Birdie Bean pajamas this holiday season and enjoy these Christmas & Holiday books. They’re a great way to introduce your Birdies to the magic of the season and share in the joy and wonder of this time of year.
There are so many great books to choose from, and it can be hard to decide which ones to read with your children. Here are 13 of our favorites – books that are sure to get your children into the holiday spirit, and spark their imagination and curiosity.
13 Christmas & Holiday Books to Read with Your Birdies This Season
"The Night Before Christmas" by Clement C. Moore.
This classic poem is a must-read for the holiday season. With its charming rhymes, and its magical tale of Santa Claus and his visit to a cozy home on Christmas Eve, "The Night Before Christmas" is sure to become a family favorite.
"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.
A timeless tale of redemption and the true meaning of Christmas is a must-read for children of all ages. With its memorable characters, including the miserable Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, "A Christmas Carol" is a timeless classic that teaches us the importance of kindness, compassion, and generosity.
“Biscuit's Hanukkah” by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Come along with Biscuit as he makes a beautiful menorah to celebrate Hanukkah. Throughout the book, we learn along with Biscuit about the traditions and meanings of Hanukkah. With colorful and fun illustrations, Biscuit’s Hanukkah is sure to be a family favorite.
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by Dr. Seuss.
This beloved story follows the mischievous Grinch as he tries to steal Christmas from the Whos in Whoville. With its whimsical rhymes and colorful illustrations, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is a fun and playful way to introduce your children to the joys of the holiday season.
"The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg.
This magical story follows a young boy as he takes a wondrous train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. With its beautiful illustrations and heartwarming message, "The Polar Express" is a book that will inspire your children's imagination and remind them of the magic of the season.
"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" by Barbara Robinson.
This funny and heartwarming story follows the mischievous Herdman siblings as they take over the annual Christmas pageant. With its lovable characters and humorous antics, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is a book that will have your children laughing and cheering along.
"A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree" by Colleen Monroe.
This beautifully illustrated book follows a little fir tree as it makes a special wish to be chosen as the town's Christmas tree. With its gentle message and stunning artwork, "A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree" is a book that will warm your children's hearts and inspire their sense of wonder.
“Hanukkah Bear” by Eric A. Kimmel
Bubba Brayna makes the most delightful latkes in the village, so much so that on the first night of Hanukkah, the scent of her latkes wakes a hungry and adorable bear from hibernation. With her eyesight going, she invites the furry bear in, mistaking him for the bearded Rabbi. This charming tale will have everyone on the edge of their seats and the author's recipe for latke is a must-try.
"The Nutcracker" by E.T.A. Hoffmann.
This classic tale of a young girl's journey through a magical world of sweets and toys is a must-read for the holiday season. With its beautiful prose and enchanting illustrations, "The Nutcracker" is a book that will transport your children to a magical land of fantasy and wonder.
"The Little Match Girl" by Hans Christian Andersen.
This heart-wrenching tale of a poor girl who tries to keep warm on a cold Christmas Eve is a reminder of the true meaning of the season. With its poignant message and beautiful illustrations, "The Little Match Girl" is a book that will touch your children's hearts and inspire their compassion.
"The 12 Days of Christmas" by Rachel Isadora.
This beautifully illustrated book brings the time-honored song to life with its vibrant illustrations and playful storytelling. As your children follow along with the story, they'll be introduced to the fun and fanciful gifts from the song, from leaping lords to milking maids. With its lively rhymes and colorful illustrations, "The 12 Days of Christmas" is a book that will get your children singing and laughing along.
"The Christmas Wish" by Lori Evert.
This breathtakingly beautiful book follows a young girl named Anja as she sets out on a journey to help Santa deliver gifts to all the children of the world. With its stunning photographs and captivating story, "The Christmas Wish" is a book that will transport your children to a magical world of snow-covered forests and twinkling lights.
“Hanukkah Cookies with Sprinkles” by David A. Adler
In this story, masterful storyteller David Alder has taken on the Jewish subject of tzedakah or charity. Sara and her friends begin a journey to help feed a man in need, and as the weather gets colder, sandwiches and apples turn into Hanukkah cookies with sprinkles.
What better way to get in the spirit this Holiday Season than with the magic of these books? Whether you’re looking for a heartwarming tale, funny stories or beautiful picture books, there’s a book on this list that’s sure to be a family favorite! Gather your loved ones, cozy up with your favorite Birdie Bean pajamas and warm blankets, and start reading! It’s time to get in the holiday spirit.
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