Check out our great holiday read suggestions! Cocoa and snuggling encouraged while reading. //
1. Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera
What if the whole North Pole operation was actually run by an eccentric New Yorker? Young Sophie is determined to figure out where her holiday-loving aunt disappears every year Christmas. In this delightful and beautifully illustrated book, Sophie goes on a clandestine adventure to discover a charming family secret and a bit more about the spirit of the holiday. Ages 4-8.
2. Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Tanya and Richard Simon, illustrated by Mark Siegel
In 1938, young Oscar is sent to America by himself to stay with an aunt he has never met. He arrives in New York City on the seventh day of Hanukkah, which is also Christmas Eve, with only an address, feeling alone and frightened. As he walks the length of Manhattan looking for his aunt, he encounters several residents who offer him small acts of kindness. Winner of the 2015 National Jewish Book Award for Children’s Literature, this heartwarming book speaks of the power of daily kindness and the courage it takes to start a new life. Ages 4-8.
3. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated by P.J. Lynch
Jonathan Toomey is a woodcarver, nicknamed ‘Mr. Gloomy’ by the village children for his perpetual frown. One Christmas season, a woman and her son come to Mr. Toomey’s door to request that he carve a nativity for them. What follows in the gorgeously illustrated pages is a heartwarming and inspiring story about the transforming magic of love. Ages 6-12.
4. Christmas at the Top of the World by Tim Coffey
Little Reindeer’s Papa disappears every year to the top of the world on Christmas Day, and Little Reindeer is curious to see the magical place for himself. He starts out on an adventure to the North Pole, and is joined by all sorts of creatures from the North Woods, who help him on his hunt for his father. A simple story, with beautiful illustrations from a New Hampshire resident. Ages 3-6.
5. The Twelve Days of Christmas illustrated by Gennady Spirin
The words are the familiar and epic Christmas carol, but Gennady Spirin’s remarkable illustrations bring the traditional song alive afresh. Kids will enjoy pouring over the intricate and colorful depictions of lavish rings, lords a’leaping, and the partridge in his (increasingly crowded) pear tree. Ages 6-8.