Monday, December 14, 2015

The Best Holiday Stories to Share this Season

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Perhaps you are looking to fill your children’s library with some holiday classics. Maybe you are looking for a meaningful story to gift to your grandkids. Whatever the reason and whenever the time, make sure to take some time and share a few of these Christmas stories with the ones you love.

Timeless Classics

The Night Before Christmas by Jan Brett (A poem by Clement Clarke Moore)
This story has been reworked countless times, but never better than Jan Brett’s version. Set in a small and snowy New England village, tell your children the story of a Victorian family’s encounter with old St. Nicholas.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Pure holiday magic, this classic tale has been voted among the top 100 storybooks of all time by the School Library Journal. Let your kids experience the magical journey to the North Pole. This story is best suited for those who love trains, adventure, and the magic of imagination.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
This 1972 classic features the Herdmans, a family of six naughty, misbehaving, and mischievous kids. See how they take over their local church pageant and reinvent the story of Christmas into one outrageous and hilarious spectacular.

Cheery Critters and Friends

The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving by Jan Berenstain
Brother and Sister Bear are so excited for all the presents they are getting this year, but have they forgotten what the Christmas season is really about? See how the Berenstain bears learn about the joy of sharing and giving.

Olive the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh
“All of the other reindeer” or “Olive the other reindeer?” Join one Jack Russell Terrier on her quest to save Christmas morning and to replace Blitzen as one of Santa’s cherished reindeer. See what hijinks Olive finds herself in with a cunning Penguin, surly Postman, and the kind Mrs. Claus.

A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas by Phillip Yates and Sebastiá Serra
Like most of us have wondered, what does a pirate do on the night before Christmas? An untraditional Christmas tale, this story has us learning pirate lingo, decorating with pirate shipmates, and sailing the high seas with the person who drives giant seahorses for Santa! Read this one for a wacky and new take on the traditional Christmas story.

Beloved Authors and Illustrators

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
“Maybe Christmas, he thought, means a little bit more,” said a grouch who came to be loved by all. What would Christmas be without the Grinch? Follow his transformation from a grumpy holiday scrooge who tries to cancel Christmas to a warm and big-hearted Who.

Dream Snow by Eric Carle
Iconic illustrator Eric Carle pulls out all the stops in this beautiful Christmas tale of a farmer who dreams of a white Christmas. Young readers will appreciate this book as it has cutouts and counting, but the whimsical and gentle story will appeal to readers of all ages.

The Mitten by Jan Brett
Who knew that one lost red mitten would evoke so many delightful memories or that it would be able to fit an entire forest of creatures in it? Brett’s beautifully illustrated story is one for the ages. If you love this one, make sure to check out Brett’s other winter storybook classics, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, Trouble with Trolls, The Hat, and Gingerbread Baby.

Read these tales as you make your own stories this year. To visit countless other beloved characters like Ebenezer Scrooge, the Nutcracker, and Jack Skellington, visit Children’s Books Guide for more storybook favorites or Nerve.com for a list of the 100 Best Christmas Movies of All Time.