14 Great Books to Read to Kids This Holiday Season

Happy Holidays! If your family will be celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or any other holidays this year or if you are just looking for some excellent winter-themed reading, we have compiled a list of books to read during this festive season.

Share the books from our Holiday Book List you will read with your family.

1.      The Kvetch Who Stole Hanukkah by Bill Berlin

Inspired by Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” this story is great for families and kids to read as they begin their Hanukkah celebrations.

Recommended for children ages 5 and up

2.      The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes  by Linda Glaser

Celebrate the joys of Hanukkah from latkes to driedels. This story explains the importance of spending time with family and friends as Rachel embarks on a quest to get her stubborn neighbor to join in the festivities.

Recommended for children ages 6 and up

3.      The Christmas Menorahs  by Janice Cohn

This book is not only a great read for families who celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas but also for parents looking for books that highlight the importance of community and togetherness.

Recommended for children ages 7 and up

4.      The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers

The story of Clara and her nutcracker is an excellent choice for families to share with their kids just before seeing the ballet this holiday season.

Recommended for children ages 4 and up

5.      The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

Start your own family tradition by reading this holiday classic as you tuck your kids in on Christmas Eve.

Recommended for children ages 4 and up

6.      How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

Share this classic, rhyming Christmas story by Dr. Seuss about how the Grinch forms a devious plan to steal Christmas, only to learn that Christmas and the holiday spirit doesn’t come from a store.

Recommended for children ages 5 and up

7.      Seven Candles for Kwanzaa by Andrea David Pinkney

For families with young children beginning Kwanzaa celebrations, this is an excellent book that explains the origins and history of the holiday with stunning illustrations.

Recommended for children ages 5 and up

8.      Celebrate Kwanzaa with Boots and Her Kittens by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy

Read about one family’s quest to find their beloved, but missing cat while learning the seven values of Kwanzaa.

Recommended for children ages 4 and up

9.      Happy New Year’s Everywhere by Arlene Erlbach

As your family counts down to 2013, share this book with your kids to show how people around the world celebrate the coming of the new year.

Recommended for children ages 4 and up

10.  The Night Before New Year’s  by Natasha Wing

This book tells of one family’s determination to stay up until the clock strikes midnight. A great read for explaining the excitement of New Year’s Eve for young children.

Recommended for children ages 3 and up

11.  Cecil’s New Year’s Eve Tail  by Marie Fritz Perry

This charming tale shows the importance of acceptance and friendship when Cecil the snake attends a New Year’s Eve ball.

Recommended for children ages 5 and up

12.  Magic Tree House #32: Winter of the Ice Wizard  by Mary Pope Osborne

This magical winter’s tale is a great book for kids of all ages who love exploring worlds of magic, mystery and adventures.

Recommend for children ages 7 and up

13.  The Mitten by Jan Brett

This heart-warming story, which details what happens to Nicki’s glove after he loses it in the snow, is a great read to share with your kids this winter.

Recommended for children ages 3 and up

14.  Dear Rebecca, Winter is Here by Jean Craighead George

Winter is coming for those in the Northern Hemisphere, but for those down under, its summertime. The book is an excellent choice for parents looking to explain the difference between seasons in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

Recommended for children ages 3 and up