There are many traditions that accompany the holiday season, and reading literary classics is just one of these. Consider all of the magical tales you grew up reading, snuggled up in flannel PJ’s with a cup of hot cocoa in hand. Page after page, you’d hear stories of flying reindeer, singing snowmen and jolly Santa Claus’ filling your mind and imagination.
Pass along these same memories to your little ones by sharing these popular holiday children’s books below. With backgrounds rooted in diverse traditions, celebrations, and upbringings, there’s something to be learned from every novel listed. Take a look at some of these top-ranking titles below.
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Best Overall: Polar Express: 30th Anniversary Edition
A childhood favorite — both in book and movie form — now comes in a beautiful celebratory 30th Anniversary Edition. Listen to the story of a young boy’s journey one Christmas Eve as he takes a magical trip to the North Pole to make a very special wish. This beloved classic includes new, never-before-seen elements, and a shiny jacket embossed with an ornate commemorative medal for the special occasion.
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Best Illustrations: On the Night You Were Born
This book celebrates what makes your child special and unique. Now available in board book format, Nancy Tillman's masterpiece helps give parents the words to tell children just how wonderful they are. Through dozens of beautiful illustrations, and awesome mixed media elements, follow along on the imaginative tale of dancing polar bears, musical giraffes and more wondrous events that took place on the night they were born.
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Best Classic: The Night Before Christmas
Since 1823, The Night Before Christmas has enlighten children with the classic Christmas story of St. Nicholas. This wonderful new version, complete with ornate illustrations and an embossed foil cover, will become your new family heirloom, passed down to be enjoyed by the fire on the same special night each year.
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Best Whimsical: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
No holiday is complete without the reading of the story of Mr. Grinch and the city of Who-ville. The ultimate Dr. Seuss classic — children will love to tune along to the whimsical, rhyming rendition that you grew up listening to. After reading, they’ll walk away with an entire new crew of friends, including Max, Cindy, and maybe even the small-hearted Mr. Grinch himself!Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Best Funny: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Laugh along to Barbara Robinson’s best-selling Christmas classic! Follow the story Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie and Gladys Herdman (AKA “the worst kids in the history of the world”) as they attempt to take over their annual Christmas pageant. Hilarious and heartwarming, this book is sure to boost the holiday spirits, in every way!
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Best Interactive: Little Blue Truck's Christmas
Little Blue Truck has been a household name for some time, but enjoy his latest adventure wrapped in the warmth of the holiday. Read along in the interactive story where you’ll join Blue as he delivers Christmas trees to all of his friends. Equipped with sturdy cardstock pages, and colored Christmas lights, it’ll be a treat to read this season!
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Best for Hanukkah: Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
Enjoy this creative adaption of the Hanukkah story put on by award-winning illustrator Trina Schart and author Eric Kimmel. Enjoy the magical tale of Hershel who manages to outwit all of the hobgoblins who are ruining the town’s holiday fun. Through warmth, humor, and a bit of mystery, children will be able to take away the sage message that good can prevail even in dark circumstances.
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Best with Animals: Dream Snow
Here’s one literary classic that deserves a spot under the tree. Author Eric Carle dishes a delightful family adventure of an old farmer and his animals making preparations for the big winter. Now in an engaging board book format, little ones will be captivated by each animal as they lift the flaps to discover where they lie. Critics claim it to be a crowd pleaser for any age this season.