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Welcome back to another week of Top Ten Tuesday!
For those of you that don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018, where Jana posts in advance topics for us and we then make a post about them.
This week’s prompt is: Holiday Reads (Books you love reading during the holiday season.)
Now… I don’t theme my reading to the season so this is a little difficult for me. But that won’t stop me from choosing great Christmas stories for our three year old – both classic – and modern ones!
Our Top Ten Holiday Reads for Children
(Books to read to your little ones during the Holiday Season)
Having a child (or children) changes everything, not the least of these things is holidays. Creating traditions and making memories is something I feel very passionate about and want to pass on to our son. One of the ways we are doing this is to read some holiday themed books for each holiday. Below are the ones we are including this year, 2019. As he is only three, they are aimed for his age. I curated this list to not only teach our son about why we celebrate Christmas but to also introduce him to some of the classic Christmas stories. Here we go:.
This is the perfect story for bedtime on Christmas Eve – every year. It doesn’t matter if you’re three or 83, it’s charming and will get you ready for Christmas morning!
This book has won awards for the illustrations. It’s about a boy who explores the world around him after the first snowfall of the season. Last year, our boy hated snow – hopefully he’ll learn to appreciate it a little more with this book.
Now that he’s old enough to grasp the concept, I’m introducing the idea that there is more to Christmas than Santa and gifts. This book is one of the tools I’m using to do that.
Another book to reiterate the concept of giving and why we celebrate this holiday. He already loves many of the Dr. Seuss books, so I am hoping this one is well received too.
We love the Berenstain bears! This one too is about more than “getting” and how we should show love for those around us.
Every child needs this story. It’s the epitome of classic Christmas for children. Last year he was too young to care, but he’s singing on his own now and we’ve gotta share the story behind how Rudolph came to guide that sleigh!
We have not read this one yet but I’m hoping with the animal illustrations it’ll capture his attention. (He really has a thing about animals.) Again, chosen to reiterate the real reason behind the holiday.
I read a few pages of this one and am enthralled. We will be putting up our tree soon and maybe a lesson can be learned before that even happens! This looks like a book that could become a classic and will stay in our rotation for a few years.
This is an adorable story about a little reindeer who just doesn’t give up. A good lesson to learn at any age.
This is becoming such a cultural classic I had to include it. We are going to watch the movie with him, but we must read the book first.
And that’s the list of books we’ve chosen to include in our December rotation this year. If there are any you think I’ve missed, please let me know below.