Reading to kids: 85 holiday books for little ones

Christmas Books for Your Kids

Deck the Halls
Illustrated by Ruth Hills
To keep your holiday spirits bright, try this musical board-book version of "Deck the Halls." The pictures show a contemporary family putting up holly boughs and getting ready for a sing-along. Keep your eye on the mice, who are having their very own Christmas celebration. Also in the series are: "Away in the Manger", "Frosty the Snowman", "Jingle Bells", "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town". 1997.
ISBN: 0-694-00939-3

Angel Pig & the Hidden Christmas
Jan L. Waldron
Pictures by David McPhail
The piggies are quite distressed to realize that they have left their Christmas preparations until too late, and now they have no money for all the finery they had hoped to buy. An angel pig comes to tell them the true meaning of Christmas, so they are all aflutter making homemade presents and goodies. Soon they realize this is the best Christmas ever. 1997, Dutton.
ISBN: 0-525-45744-5

Wizzer's Christmas
Sue Kassireer
Illustrated by Julia Gorton
In this tale, Wizzer, one of the 101 Dalmatian puppies wants to understand Christmas. What's it all about? As Wizzer explores and searches for an answer to his question, he learns through his observations and actions the true meaning of Christmas. 1997, Disney Press.
ISBN: 0-7868-3140-5

Albert's Christmas
Leslie Tryon
Albert gets his pals in Pleasant Valley ready for their very important Christmas assignment. Santa is going to touch down, and they need to be ready to feed the reindeer, scrape the runners on the sleigh and even help Santa spruce up. They have only 20 minutes for this pit stop, so it's a breakneck pace for all the Pleasantville crew, and then back to bed to rest and wake up to their special surprises on Christmas morn. Tryon provides an amusing and contemporary look at Christmas and another delightful entry in the series of Albert stories. 1997, Atheneum.

ISBN: 0-689-81034-2

Where's Prancer
Syd Hoff
After a hard night delivering toys, Santa is relaxing in the North Pole. He takes carrots out to his eight reindeer, but one is missing! Where's Prancer? They finally locate him in Philadelphia, where he had decided to stay to see how people look on Christmas Day. Satisfied, they return to the North Pole and Prancer finally gets his carrot. Originally published in 1960, this is dubbed a "newly illustrated edition." Colorful illustrations might make this book fun for the younger set. 1988 (jacket art, 1997), HarperCollins.
ISBN: 0-06-027600-2

An Angel Just Like Me
Mary Hoffman
Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu
Tyler's family needs a new Christmas-tree angel. He searches in all the stores, looking for an angel that looks just like him. But Tyler can't find a boy angel, much less a Black angel. After a while, he is forced to settle on buying a star because "a star's the same for everyone." Tyler's full of many questions this Christmas, like "What did Baby Jesus really look like? What does Santa really look like?" The real, glowing illustrations help Tyler and the rest of us to see that angels have many faces. 1997, Dial Books.
ISBN: 0-8037-2265-6

A Bad Start for Santa Claus
Sarah Hayes
Illustrated by Jamie Charteris
Santa is frantic; he can't find his red mittens and he needs them to keep his hands warm while he drives the sleigh. As he searches the house and his workshop, he picks up stray toys and puts them in a sack. Finally, just as he is about to give up, the mittens are found. Young kids will probably spot them right away. 1986, Candlewick.

ISBN: 0-7636-0348-1

The Best Smelling Christmas Book Ever
Laura Rader
The mice are whipping up a delightful confection -- a gingerbread house. Kids can enjoy the baking and building of a yummy gingerbread house and some of the delicious aromas that the spices and flavorings offer. In this scratch-and-sniff book, there are nine scents to enjoy, including bayberry, vanilla, spearmint, cinnamon and more. A fragrant holiday treat. 1997, Little Simon.
ISBN: 0-689-81417-8

A Christmas Carol
Retold by Justine Korman and Ron Fortes
Illustrated by Lane Yerkes
The complex Christmas story by Dickens has been greatly simplified for this picture book, but it still retains the necessary elements. Scrooge is reborn and, in becoming a new person, he is able to make the lives of those around him better. The illustrations have a bit of humor, and the quality, color and layout are quite good for such an inexpensive book. 1997, Inchworm.
ISBN: 1-57719-081-5

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