by Julie Snyder
Would your family like a chance to unplug and reconnect with one another? Holiday books seem to offer a special magic -- opening doors of childhood imagination just waiting to explore.
Decorate the tree and hang the stockings. Then, heat up the cocoa and snuggle up together with a good story.
Most of us have our own traditions and our own family favorites but here are a few that you might like to add to your collection.
Favorite holiday books
Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg
This book, one of the most popular books centered on the belief of Santa, takes you on a mystical train ride adventure. Ride along with a little boy and his friends who don't quite believe there is a Santa Claus.
Through lost tickets, elk and a strange hot cocoa delivery, they finally reach the North Pole. Join Chris' tale of adventure and see if the jolly ole elf is real or just a figment of their overactive imaginations.
Pete the Cat saves Christmas, By James Dean, Eric Litwin
Pete puts a groovy swing on Christmas with his modern 'twas the night before Christmas tale told by Pete the Cat. Pete must save Christmas when Santa falls ill and can't deliver the toys. He hops in his minibus and gets those presents rolling. Join Pete on his Christmas Eve adventure and have a groovy good time.
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
The old, tried and true Christmas Carol ranks high on our list for books this holiday year after year. You may have first heard the story while toddling around the Christmas tree. The narrator of the story of this ghostly tale of Christmas Past, present and future can make it sound scary and creepy or be sweet and serene. Their ability to turn scrooge into an ole softy is a true tale indeed. Learn a lesson from the ghosts...or else...be visited by the ghosts themselves.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss
In a little bitty town, the little Whos are all set to celebrate Christmas. Well, that is until the Grinch comes down and tries to ruin it all. He tries to take their Christmas away but the meanie Grinch has a lot to learn about the spirit of Christmas and about the village of Whoville.
The Night before Christmas, by Clement Clarke Moore
This timeless classic will never grow old with its visions of not only sugarplums, but pa in his kerchief. What is a kerchief anyway? How many questions did each child ask about a kerchief? A lot! Every mother across the world probably wishes that it was quiet as a mouse at her house, too. I
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