Something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read.
I think you may be familiar with this Gift of Four rhyme. Since this is the season for giving books and reading, I would like to share a few of my favorite seasons readings.
One of my first holiday books was The Night Before Christmas. I have the copy my mother read to me. It is a bit worn as I read it to my daughters and now I share it with my granddaughters. It is a classic!
I will admit that I love books by Tomie DePaola. He has two books I love for the holidays, The Legend of the Poinsettia and Merry Christmas, Strega Nona. The Legend of the Poinsettia is a Mexican legend that tells how the poinsettia came to be, through a little girl’s unselfish gift to the Christ Child. Merry Christmas, Strega Nona has Strega adding her magic to Christmas with a town feast—and she needs Big Anthony’s help. I must admit I am a Big Anthony fan!
Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama is about a blended family celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah. While this is a newer book it is sure to become a favorite.
Kwanzaa is such a beautiful holiday. My Family Celebrates Kwanzaa shares the history and the traditions of this holiday. This book is organized, engaging and educational. Children and adults will enjoy this one.
The World of Cookies For Santa takes readers across the globe to see all the treats that await Santa on Christmas Eve. I love Christmas cookies and this book has recipes for children to bake.
Now for the shameless plug for my books. I hope you will consider purchasing a copy of these books and share them with a child.
Gertie Saves the Day is a book about Groundhog Day. It is a story that explores the excitement of a competition, disappointment and friendship. With Groundhog Day arriving in February, this is a great book to share with a child or classroom of children.
Two Wins for Wiley is a book for baseball fans. Wiley suffers from frequent stomach aches, and they’re only getting worse. With his team in the play offs, he must decide whether to try acupuncture, like professional baseball players or sit on the sidelines and miss the game. This book was written to help children see that needles can be used to heal, not hurt.
I shared my favorites, now it is your turn. What are your favorite holiday books that you read to your children or what are your favorites from childhood?
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