TO READ TO
735983-1 The holiday season
is a special
time of year for
people of all ages, but
children might be the
most enthusiastic celebrants
Children spend much of
the holiday season anticipating
the arrival of
the man in the red suit,
and that enthusiasm can be contagious.
Families have their own unique traditions during the
holiday season, but one popular way to harness kids'
enthusiasm between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
is to read them holiday stories. There's no shortage of
great holiday books for kids, but here are a handful
that kids may remember well into adulthood.
• The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg: The
beloved tale is the story of a young boy who boards a
mysterious train bound for the North Pole.
• The Littlest Elf, by Brandi Dougherty: Part of a
series, this story focuses on a tiny elf named Oliver
and a series of misadventures as he navigates his way
through Santa's workshop.
• Olive, the Other Reindeer, by Vivian Walsh: Olive
is no ordinary reindeer. In fact, Olive is a dog who
heads to the North Pole believing she is a reindeer. Her
decision to join Santa's team ultimately benefi ts the
big man and his trusty reindeer.
• The Miracle of the First Poinsettia: A Mexican
Christmas Story, by Joanne Oppenheim: A little girl
named Juanita is the star of this retelling of a traditional
Mexican tale with a valuable lesson.
• Gingerbread Mouse: A Christmas Holiday Book
for Kids, by Katy Bratun: A fallen tree branch almost
ruins Christmas for Mouse, whose determination
and resourcefulness mixed in with a little Christmas
magic ensures she fi nds a place to call home in time
for the holidays.
• A Night in Santa's Great Big Bag, by Kristin
Kladstrup: Santa saves the day in this tale starring a
young boy's favorite stuffed animal, whose excitement
for Christmas compels him to climb into Santa's big
bag of presents on Christmas Eve.
• Santa Claus and the Three Bears, by Maria Modugno:
This twist on the popular tale Goldilocks and
the Three Bears fi nds three unsuspecting bears encountering
a familiar fellow in a red suit upon returning
home after a nighttime walk.
• "Twas the Night Before Christmas: Edited by
Santa Claus for the Benefi t of Children of the 21st
Century," by Clement C. Moore: Parents will appreciate
this updated version of the popular tale that,
among other things, has removed the reference to Santa
• "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" by Dr. Seuss:
Children can join generations of fans that came before
them as they hear the redemption story of the Grinch
who was once determined to ruin Christmas for the
happy people of Who-ville.
• "The Nutcracker," by the New York City Ballet:
The classic story is retold based on famed choreographer
George Balanchine's production.
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