It’s no secret that I love the Holidays! The weeks following Halloween up through New Year’s are some the best times of the year. As an avid holiday fan, my kids get their fill of Christmas carols for bedtime and holiday films. But as an avid reader, my kids also get lots of holiday stories.
I like to think we’re pretty cool in our house; my kids have tons of questions about different holidays so it’s fun to read about Yule, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah as well as Christmas.
Here are a few holiday stories every child should hear:
Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus: I was stunned and slightly heartbroken to learn that my husband had never heard this story before. How is that even possible? This fun tale is based on a true story in which an editor from The Sun answered a letter from a little girl questioning the existence of Santa. It’s a beautiful piece of history that the writer in me salivates over.
The Polar Express: Even though this has been turned into a film, I think the book is so well done it needs a place on everyone’s shelf. With stunning artwork and beautiful text, this book is a holiday classic that delights all ages.
The Christmas Story: No matter what your religious (or not) preference, I think this story is a great way to help little ones understand what people are celebrating during the holiday season. Educating your kids young is a simple way to teach tolerance and understanding, no matter what you believe.
The Hanukkah Story: If your little ones come home from school asking about a menorah or other Jewish traditions, this story is a great way to introduce your kids to a different perspective on the holiday season. Another fun option for little ones is Happy Hanukkah Corduroy.
Lil’ Rabbit’s Kwanzaa: This picture book is a fun way to show your little ones what Kwanzaa is all about. The tale features African rabbit Brer Rabbit as he looks for the perfect gift for grandma.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas: This classic tale is a classic for a reason. The Grinch doesn’t understand the true meaning of Christmas. He believes the day is only about food and presents but quickly learns that the Who’s will celebrate even without their colorful packages. (A fun lesson to help your little ones have a little less “I want, I want,” during the holidays.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: I remember reading this story as a kid. As a child who came from a home where we often didn’t have enough for food, let alone Christmas gifts, this story always hit home with me. This fun story teaches kids about kindness and tolerance while handing out more than a few giggles!
Do you have anything to add to our holiday stories every child should hear list?