This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx on behalf of Candlewick Press.
One of my favorite holiday traditions is sharing holiday books for kids with my own. It comes from my love of children’s literature and the time I spent teaching first grade. It also comes from my love for all things holiday. Holiday books are a great way to spend time with the kids.
HOLIDAY BOOKS FOR KIDS
For more than 30 years, Candlewick Press has published outstanding children’s books for readers of all ages. They have some amazing children’s holiday books for kids of all ages.
Some of their holiday titles include:
- Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol
- Pick a Pine Tree
We received a copy of each of these books and I am excited to add them to our holiday books collection because they’re all new to us!
Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol
Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol is a holiday hybrid story that is perfect for both Christian and Jewish families. It is a fictional origin story to explain why American Jewish children receive Hanukkah gifts.
The story follows Nate Gadol as he works behind the scenes with Santa to help families. The 19th century New York setting is one that my daughter fell in love with. Lately, she’s been interested in everything related to New York City and the holidays.
This children’s Jewish holiday book is a great addition to holiday books for kids. It adds a new character to the holiday stories that feature characters that are more mythological than religious. Nate Gadol joins the ranks of Santa, Rudolph, and the Grinch!
Author Arthur A. Levine creates a magical story and award-winning illustrator Kevin Hawkes brings it to life with gold speckled illustrations throughout the book. It’s really a beautiful holiday book for ages 5 to 8 although it’s one that will stay on our holiday book collection for years to come.
Pick a Pine Tree
Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht is a celebration of family, friends, and the holiday season. It focuses on the entire process of decorating the Christmas Tree (and the book features a full-page pop-up Christmas Tree that is amazing).
From getting the tree home and pulling out all of the boxes of ornaments to stringing tinsel and turning on the lights, no step in the holiday tradition is skipped. The book works great as a stocking stuffer but would also be great as part of your Christmas tree tradition.
The book is for children aged 3 to 7, featuring rhyming text that captures all the joy and excitement of the season. The retro-style illustrations just feel like Christmas. When you turn that final page to see the pop-up Christmas tree, it feels like the perfect holiday book for families to enjoy together.
Dasher tells the tale of an adventurous young reindeer who has a dream. She is in a traveling circus with her family but she dreams of a different life.
The book, by Matt Tavares, features a female protagonist which is a welcome addition to the holiday books for kids we own. Dasher dreams of snow beneath her hooves and the North Star leading her way.
Her adventure begins when an opportunity arises and she goes off to pursue the life she’s been dreaming about. When she meets a man named Santa, with the power of a Christmas wish, everything changes.
The story celebrates family and magic. It’s written for ages 4 to 8, but is a wonderful book to read together as a family. The illustrations showcase snow-covered scenes that had my children dreaming!
HOLIDAY BOOKS FOR KIDS TRADITION
If you’re looking for a new holiday tradition to share with your family, one of our favorites includes holiday books for kids. Each year, I get out our books and each night we sit down and read one together.
In the past, I’ve wrapped each book and stacked them next to the Christmas tree. Each night one of the kids would choose one and unwrap it for us to read together. (Yes, I wrapped the same books every year once I had collected 24 of them.)
Now that my kids are a bit older, they have their favorite books they like to choose so I just set the books out and they take turns choosing what we read together each night.
Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol, Pick a Pine Tree, and Dasher are all great additions to our holiday book collection and I look forward to sharing for years to come.