Post by Michelle of Avery and Augustine
The holidays are a perfect time to read classics or older stories to your kids because the weather’s cold outside and with them being home from school, you have extra time to spend together and really mull over what you’re reading. Sharing books that you read when you were younger is a lovely way to share a piece of your childhood with your kids. You can discuss what you thought of the stories when you first encountered them so long ago and the impressions they made on you—children love hearing their parent’s perspectives as youngsters. Below we’re sharing some of our top holiday children’s books:
- The Snowy Day — Now over fifty-years-old, The Snowy Day is a beautiful and iconic book about a child’s joyful encounter with snow, illustrated in collage with a simple palette of colors and vintage patterns that are a part of the poignancy of the story as much as is the text.
- Anne of Green Gables — So many of us read about the adventures of Anne of Green Gables when we were younger and remember her talent for savoring and delighting in the beauty of everyday moments. The red-headed girl from Prince Edward Island inspired us with her resilience, creativity and unbreakable work ethic. Anne is generally recommended for ages nine and up, but there are definitely excerpts that you can read aloud and explain to younger children.
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas — Almost every grown-up remembers reading this heartfelt story about the irrepressible citizens of Whoville and the Grinch, and now it’s time to share it with our own little ones, who will be on the edge of their seats until the joyous ending!
- So Many Stars — A sweet and beautifully illustrated board book to share with your youngest ones at bedtime—this one is for sharing wonder and awe about the world around us while exploring the word “so” — “so sweet,” “so bubbly,” “so happy” and “I love you so.”
Thanks to The Land of Nod for sending the items for this post.