holiday reading list……

holiday reading list.....


holiday reading list.....


holiday reading list.....


Last weekend I pulled our holiday decorations down from the attic. One of our totes has all of our winter themed books tucked inside. A few years ago we started putting the holiday and winter books up with the decorations. I wasn't sure how the kids would react to this, but they actually took it really well. It saves me from reading Christmas Farm in July when it's sweltering hot outside, and it's like opening a gift each year when we pull them down.

We add one or two winter books each year, so the collection slowly grows as well. I try to keep a list of what we loved from the library and then purchase them used out of season. I have to make a trip to the attic to put the book away, but it sure is worth the bargain. Also, hardcovers are almost always a better deal… which is perfect for books you want to keep around for years of seasonal reading.

I also try to find books that will resonate with our family. Something that is a passion of the kids or that has a similar story to their life. Last year I was lucky to find The Legend of Papa Noel, a Louisiana based Christmas tale and Lighthouse Christmas, which is very dear to the heart of Coast Guard families. Especially our kiddos, who's daddy once held the key to all the lighthouses in Cape Cod & helped keep them shining brightly to guide mariners. I was in tears at the end of Lighthouse Christmas…. it's a keeper for sure.

I thought it would be fun to share a list of our favorites with you, whether you choose to add some to your collection or library bag, and do share your favorite! It would be great for us all to share.


picture books:

Toot & Puddle, I'll be Home for Christmas

Bear Snores On

Snowflake Bentley

Christmas Farm

The Tomten

Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

The Mitten

Winter Solstice

The Tomten & The Fox

Stella Queen of the Snow

Lighthouse Christmas

The Legend of Papa Noel

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Owl Moon

Night Tree

The Gift of Nothing

Ollie's Ski Trip


chapter books:

The Greatest Christmas Stories

The Return of the Light


Happy winter time reading to you…..


16 thoughts on “holiday reading list……

  1. The Christmas Tapestry is a favourite here…makes me cry!
    As well as The Christmas Miracle of Jonathon Toomey…it’s MY absolute favourite. We have an old “Golden Lion” copy of The Animals’ Christmas which was a favourite when I was a child (great for young children), and of course, my dad always read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” aloud for us every Christmas Eve. I can’t get through “The Littlest Angel” (one year while reading it aloud to my class I had to get the custodian to come in and finish reading it for me because I was crying too much)…sigh.
    We pack our winter/Christmas books away for the year as well, and have “create a Christmas book basket” as one of our Advent tasks…the kids love it!
    Oh, a favourite winter book is “The Hockey Sweater” by Roch Carrier, which is an old and classic Canadian children’s story!


  2. A wonderful list! We love getting Jan Brett’s Christmas Treasury…has all of her great stories in one volume. I finally bought it off Abe Books this year instead of getting it from the library.
    We also love The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree and The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree.


  3. We brought home a Lighthouse Christmas from the library last week and loved it. This week the Christmas Farm, what a great book. I too put our holiday books away with the decorations, just brought them out last week, little man was so excited.
    Thanks for the list.


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