Merry Christmas 2015!
This year, I have been thinking a lot about reading. ‘But Beth’, you’re thinking, ‘don’t you always think about reading?’ And to answer your question, yes, I am always thinking about reading in some form or another, but to be more specific, I was thinking about the stories that were read to me out loud as a child. I remember curling up in a parent or grandparent’s lap (or next to them, as I grew older) with a favorite book and listening to the story. There’s a certain magic to the words that doesn’t always come across when you are reading something to yourself. Plus, there’s a plethora of other really good reasons reading aloud can be awesome – especially for young children.
So here’s a list of some holiday favorites to read aloud with the family. Most of them are marketed as children’s books, but I find that these can be enjoyed at most any age. And wherever you are or whatever you do to celebrate the season, have fun, be safe, and have a wonderful holiday!
Eight Tales for Eight Nights: Stories for Chanukah by Peninnah Schram & Steven M. Rosman; 978-0876682340
The Tale of Three Trees retold by Angela Elwell Hunt, illustrated by Tim Jonke; 978-0745917436
Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Jason Cockcroft; 978-1416925187
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry; 0836247396
Santa’s Favorite Story: Santa Tells the Story of the First Christmas by Hisako Aoki, illustrated by Ivan Gantschev; 978-1416950295
The Night Before Christmas: The Classic Edition by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Charles Santore; 978-1604332377
Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus: The Classic Edition by Frances P. Church, illustrated by Joel Spector; 978-0762411207
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg; 978-0395389492
Corduroy by Don Freeman; 978-0140501735
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss; 978-0394800790
The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert, photographs by Per Breiehagen; 978-0449816813
The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett; 978-0698116528
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated by P.J. Lynch; 978-0763678227
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story by Gloria Houston, illustrated by Barbara Cooney; 978-0803702998
Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin; 978-1442496736
Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh, illustrated by J. Otto Seibold; 978-0811818070
How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague; 978-0545416788
The Smallest Gift of Christmas by Peter H. Reynolds; 978-0763679811