Winter is here! So curl up and read books with your kids. There’s great excitement about reading Christmas and holiday books as they can ignite children’s imaginations during this magical time. As well as being fun and engaging, reading can turn into a special time with your child. Your child will build a rich network of words and become inspired to read books for years to come. Here are some titles to get you into the festive spirit.
Learn how different families celebrate the winter holiday season with this colourfully illustrated board book for toddlers. With upbeat rhyming lines, the book captures the meaning of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Whether it’s decorating the tree, lighting the menorah or preparing for Kwanzaa, this story demonstrates that the holiday season is a special time for everyone.
The Real Santa
Follow the story of one Black family as their young son gets ready for Christmas and wonders what Santa really and truly looks like. Will he look like the Santa figurines on the chimney mantel? Will he look like the smiling Santas on the gift wrap? Will he resemble the Santa that is knit on his sweater? Find out the answers in this joyous tale celebrating identity, family and the magic of the Christmas season.
I Got the Christmas Spirit
This cheerful picture book explores the joys of the holiday season by a young girl as she visits the city on a snowy day. The girl hears carollers and she feels the “spirit from my heart.” She goes skating and “swirled and twirled around the spirit” and she sparkled in the “spirit of the lights.” With simple text and colourful illustrations, the book encourages kindness and gratitude the whole year.
The Twelve Days of Christmas in Canada
This colourful book is full of Canadiana. Follow Juliette and her cousin as they take a holiday trip across Canada from Charlottetown all the way to Victoria. She visits all the provinces and sends letters home about her adventures. During the cross-country trip, Juliette finds lots of Canadiana such as a loon in a maple tree, three lobsters, five golden bagels and six Mounties marching. This book is fun to sing along to as you read as well as learn facts about Canada.