Christmas can truly be a magical time for our kids. As parents, we get to relive the wonder of it all, while also imparting — and often inventing — family traditions. One of the rituals in my family is reading holiday books together. I don’t keep holiday books in rotation during the rest of the year, however. They get put away with the tree and the lights. That way, when we break them out and start decorating, they become new and special all over again. Here are three new, super-fun ones I’ll be adding to our holiday stash this year!
The Night Before Christmas
Clement C. Moore’s classic story is made fresh — yet again — this time by illustrator David Ercolini, whose over-the-top drawings will delight kids and parents alike, we think. Marked by a cartoonish flair and sense of humor vaguely reminiscent of both Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers, each page is packed with intricate objects and silly jokes (including a multi-page gag in which the family dog and cat engage with Santa). And its shiny foil cover, makes it a fun gift, too.
The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas
Get in the spirit of giving with a sweet little gingerbread man — who happens to live in an elementary school classroom — in this latest in a series by author Laura Murray and illustrator Mike Lowery. Themes of kindness, perseverance amid the holiday hustle and bustle and, best of all, holiday gratitude abound in this graphic-novel style book.
A poster inside the book includes crafts and other activities on the back.
Sugar White Snow and Evergreens
Maple-sugaring season is the perfect time to visit a local farm, as seen in this book, which follows a family of four on a series of surprisingly colorful winter adventures, including a snowball fight, a sleigh ride, maple-syrup making and even a bit of bird watching. And each of the collage-like illustrations — by mixed-media artist Susan Swan — are works of art, alive with color, contrast and whimsy. Who knew winter could be so colorful? It almost makes us excited for the long winter. Almost.