For me, one of the best memories during the holidays was reading books as a family. Of course, I believe you should do this year-round, but it is a great tradition to instill for your children. You could even replace that story you read at bedtime every single night with one of these great books. Your kids may protest at the change in story, but your sanity (yes, we all know you now hate that stinking curious monkey) will thank you. You’re welcome.
1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
The Grinch, who lives on the top of Mount Crumpit, makes it his goal to ruin Christmas in Whoville. In my opinion, one of the best Christmas stories ever written. Your heart will surely grow three sizes.
2. ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
Really, do I have to tell you what this is about? Come on.
3. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
A young boy, who doesn’t believe in Santa, hops aboard a train to the North Pole.
4. Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney
Llama llama once again teaches us the importance of patience–and what Christmas is truly all about.
5. The Biggest Most Beautiful Christmas Tree by Amye Rosenburg
The animals in a forest make their tree home as beautiful as can be in the hopes that Santa will come for a visit.
6. A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas by Philip Yates
This piratey twist on the holiday classic Twas the Night Before Christmas will have your little landlubbers mesmerized.
7. The Dinosaurs’ Night Before Christmas by Anne Muecke
Yet another twist on the classic Twas The Night Before Christmas, the dinosaur fossils in a museum all come to life! Your children will love it.
8. The Mitten, Adapted and Illustrated by Jan Brett
Adapted from a Ukrainian folktale, this story is about a mitten that is left behind in the forest and several animals all squeeze inside, making room for each other.
9. Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh
This little dog believes that she is the “other reindeer” and travels to the North Pole to become part of Santa’s team.
10. Santa Mouse by Michael Brown
When a little mouse realizes that no one ever gives Santa presents for Christmas, Santa Claus names the mouse Santa Mouse and makes him his helper.