Classic Holiday Stories to Share With Kids

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or other traditions, get in the spirit of the season with these tales that evoke nostalgia and fun.

Dec 01, 2023



Classic Holiday Stories to Share With Kids

Dec 01, 2023

Foster feelings of gratitude, warmth, and comfort this holiday season with these enduring books. Use story time to connect with your child and talk about important themes like tradition and family. Below are a collection of some holiday favorites that your growing reader will love. 

In Peter Reynold's Our Table, Violet strives to remind her family of special moments spent at a dinner table characterized by food, warmth, and love. This insightful book will help readers think about the importance of living a life full of connection. In advance of significant holiday meals, it's bound to spark great coversations about where and why we gather together. 

The Christmas Pine was written by Julia Donaldson, well known author of books like The Gruffalo or Room on the Broom. The book is based on the true story of the Christmas tree that Norway gives annually to the UK to thank them for sheltering their king during World War II. Beautifully illustrated and written in Donaldson's popular rhythmic prose, it's a delight to share. 

Teach your child about different holidays that take place during the winter season with books that are educational and fun. Tap into the Christmas spirit by reading Clifford's Christmas — a charming picture book that explores quintessential festive activities like decorating a tree. Learn about special Hanukkah traditions from playing dreidel and lighting the menorah with prehistoric pals in How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?. Meanwhile, The Seven Days of Kwanzaa explains the history and traditions of Kwanzaa and also includes recipes for African-inspired dishes and craft ideas. 

Use this holiday season as an opportunity to help your growing reader fall in love with reading this season! Shop the best books for the holiday season below. 

Looking for holiday gifts for kids? Explore trending books, gifts to spark their imagination, and ideas to instill a love of reading and learning in our Holiday Gift Guide. You'll find everything you need for a book-filled holiday, such as Christmas books with characters like Peppa Pig and Clifford. Shop our picks and more at The Scholastic Store. Or to give a reader you love the gift of choice, give an egift card.

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