Holiday Reading for Kids (and Adults)

Holiday Reading for Kids (and Adults)

December is upon us, and that means…the holidays have arrived.  Still shopping for a little one on your gift list? Please consider giving the gift of reading.  I’ve selected a few classics to recommend for the picture book reader…or heck, anyone who loves the holidays!  Here goes:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss…who wrote and illustrated over 50 classic children’s books with total sales of more than 100 million copies. Here’s a new release of his unforgettable 1957 holiday story from Random House, with an added surprise–a punch-out piece to play with.  For ages 5 to 9. ISBN-13: 978-0394800790; ASIN: 0394800796

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Classic Story by Thea Feldman and illustrated by Erwin Madrid.  Deluxe 50th anniversary Rudolph the red nose reindeer bookhardcover edition published by Square Fish in 2014. (The Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer television special first aired on NBC on December 6, 1964.) The complete story from the classic TV show is illustrated in full color.  Although aimed at readers ages 4 to 8 years, the book is a nostalgic gift choice for kids of all ages. ISBN-13: 978-1250047601; ASIN: 1250047609

The Polar Express written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg.  Here’s a gift-worthy 30th polar expressanniversary hardcover edition of the 1986 Caldecott Medal Winner released by HMH Books for Young Readers in 2015. For ages 4 to 7, this modern holiday classic tells the tale of a young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, who is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole. ISBN-13: 978-0544580145; ASIN: 0544580141

The Twelve Days of Christmas Hardcover illustrated by Emma Randall.  You’ll find joyfully fresh and bright illustrations to the lyrics to a classic yuletide carol in this 2017 hardcover book from Penguin Workshop. Perfect for readers ages 3 to 7 years. ISBN-10: 0515157635; ISBN-13: 978-0515157635

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas written by Clement Clarke Moore and illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith. Clement Moore’s poem was The Night before Christmaswritten in 1822 and has been a holiday classic ever since. This edition, with gorgeous illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith, was first published in 1912.  It is considered by many to be the definitive version of the story, as Jessie Wilcox Smith (1863-1935) was a prolific illustrator in the golden age of magazine art. This 2014 hardcover reissue from HMH Books for Young Readers is a great gift for kids 4-7. ISBN-10: 0544325249; ISBN-13: 978-0544325241

Auntie Clause BookAuntie Claus written and illustrated by Elise Primavera.  Auntie Claus is just another eccentric New Yorker–or is she? This deluxe gift edition of the modern Christmas classic features an access code to a printable Christmas party kit, plus downloadable audio read by Academy Award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn.  The hardcover reissue was released in 2015 for the enjoyment of readers ages 4 to 7 from HMH Books for Young Readers. ISBN-13: 978-0544538726; ASIN: 0544538722

Happy Reading, and Happy Holidays!


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