The Best Holiday Books to Read with Little Kids

by Hilary Braaksma

The Best Holiday Books to Read with Little Kids
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Celebrate the season with these sweet, heartwarming and hilarious stories of winter holidays. This selection of Christmas and Hanukkah books is a great way for parents to bond with their little ones and have some festive fun.


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The Broken Ornament by Tony DiTerlizz


The Broken Ornament is a sweet picture book for kids that tells the story of a beloved broken ornament and a little boy who wants the best Christmas ever. When the little boy is unable to fix his mom’s broken ornament, he learns the true meaning of Christmas.

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The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg


This classic Christmas story follows the journey of a young boy who takes a magical trip aboard the Polar Express on Christmas Eve. Generations of readers have loved this heartwarming holiday story, and your children are sure to love having it read to them.

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Gover’s Eight Nights of Light by Jodie Shepherd


Celebrate Hanukkah with the characters of Sesame Street and this festive, fun holiday book. This book shares a simple story of Hannukah’s origins and the importance of traditions like lighting the menorah. Join Elmo, Grover, Abby, Bert, Ernie and more as they tell this fun holiday story.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss


Nobody can resist the silly charm and heartwarming story of the Grinch. Most kids have seen one of the multiple movie renditions of this classic Christmas book, but reading it aloud together is sure to delight and entertain your little ones.

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Dream Snow by Eric Carle


Iconic children’s author Eric Carle is the author of Dream Snow, a Christmas Eve story about an old farmer and his wish for Christmas snow. Toddlers and little kids will love the sweet story and pretty illustrations.

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Farmer Kobi’s Hanukkah Match by Karen Rostoker-Gruber and Rabbi Ron Isaacs


Readers can join Farmer Kobi and his lovable animals for the story of a hilarious Hanukkah dinner. Children and parents alike will love laughing along to this sweet and silly holiday story.

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The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola


The Legend of the Poinsettia tells the Mexican origin of the poinsettia, considered the flower of the Holy Night. Award-winning author and illustrator Tomie dePaolo has created an imaginative and visual story families will love reading together.

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Pete the Cat Saves Christmas


Pete the Cat truly does it all, and in this Christmas story he’s set on making Christmas the best it can be. Join the beloved blue cat as he puts his own spin on the classic holiday story The Night Before Christmas.

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How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague


Dinosaurs love celebrating Chanukah, didn’t you know? Join these prehistoric party crashers as they stomp through every holiday celebration, bringing antics that will have little ones laughing and giggling all through the story.

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How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace


This New York Times bestselling holiday book might be able to help your family catch their very own elf—or maybe not. Either way, this laugh-out-loud story will provide tons of joy and laughter as you celebrate the season together.