Looking for the perfect gift for your or your friends/family's little ones? You cannot go wrong with a classic holiday children's book. Pack 'em up with the ornaments and bring them out each year for a truly special read! Here are a few of our favorites that you might want to check out at your local bookstore or library. Merry, merry!
The Twelve Terrors of Christmas
by John Updike, illustrated by Edward Gorey. Long out of print, this one is back on shelves at Barnes & Noble! With words by wordsmith John Updike, and wonderful (and creepy!) illustrations by Edward Gorey, this is the perfect read for the unconventional.
The Polar Express
by Chris Van Allsburg. Forever the classic, this book won the Caldecott medal in 1986. Definitely opt for this book over the movie--but enjoy both!
Leonard Weisgard's The Night Before Christmas
. One of our dear favorites, this classic with illustrations by Leonard Weisgard belongs in everyone's holiday collection. Originally printed in 1949, the illustrations are deliberate and oh-so-perfect. Just lovely!
Santa Through the Window
by Taro Gomi. Forget the chimney--in this one, Santa just tosses the gifts right through the window! Illustrated by Japanese artist, Taro Gomi of Everyone Poops
fame, don't miss this silly sweetness.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
by Dr. Seuss. Another one you probably recognize, learn how the Grinch's heart grew three sizes on that Christmas day. (Poor Max, the reindeer dog).
Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas
by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban. Also a Jim Henson feature film (one of his first!), this one tells the story of Emmet and his Ma, who both try to make Christmas super special for one another under bleak circumstances on the river. The perfect story about what the holidays truly embody.
The Night Before Christmas
Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa. Another Night Before Christmas? Yes! We couldn't miss this one. With illustrations by classic artist, Gyo Fujikawa, you'll have sugar plums dancing your head for days after a quick glance.
by Eric Carle. You just can't lose with Eric Carle. This one tells the story of a Santa-like farmer and a day of heavy snow. Perfect, bright and colorful illustrations!
The Sweet Smell of Christmas
by Patricia M. Scarry, illustrated by J.P. Miller. This one's a scratch-and-sniff delight, for all you children of the 80s! Gingerbread cookies, minty candy canes, and the piney Christmas tree: trust us when we tell you that the "sniff" does not wear off, even after almost thirty years!
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